• Nanamom Nanamom
    August 13, 2009
    What type of tennis shoes should I buy for walking?
    Nanamom Nanamom
    August 13, 2009

    I am going on a trip and will be doing lots of walking.  I only wear tennis shoes because of the pain in legs and feet, due to RA.  The last time I did a lot of walking I paid for it the whole night.  What type of shoe do you all recommend?

     

    Thank you,

    Nanamom

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  • Lene  Andersen
    Health Guide
    August 26, 2009
    Lene  Andersen
    Health Guide
    August 26, 2009

    tennis shoes aren't always the best use for people with RA. You may need shoes with more support and I would suggest that you ask your doctor for a referral to a podiatrist who can set you up with some orthotic inserts for running shoes.

     

    finding shoes can be really hard when you have RA, but there are a number of good places out there to get shoes that are comfortable, provide good support and look stylish, too. Check out BarkingDogShoes (for a review of one particular model, click here) Easy Spirit and Walking on A Cloud (it's a Canadian store, ships to the US, but you may want to use it more for research to find out what brands are available - I've worn nothing but Clark's and Ecco for years).  You can also look up shoe stores that specialize in wide sizes in the Yellow Pages - they often have the kinds of shoes that are comfortable for people who have RA.

     

    I hope you have a great trip!


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  • robert nelson August 28, 2009
    robert nelson
    August 28, 2009

    There is one shoe/tennis, that I found that works great for me.  Actually, I can walk 18 holes of golf..about 5 miles..and have no ill effects.  It is called "new balance".  I get the black leather ones vs the canvas, I feel they work better.  They are sold in a national chain that only sells shoes, I cannot think of the name, sorry.  Good luck. 

    I just did a search, and I think the name is Famous Footwear, but am no sure..hope this helps.

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    • Nanamom
      August 28, 2009
      Nanamom
      August 28, 2009

      Thank you Robert.  I bought some New Balance shoes today. I walked in them some this afternoon and so far no leg pain.  Hopefully, they will work.  Or at least be better than what I had before. 

       

      Thanks again for your help.

      Lynn

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  • mkmac4 August 18, 2009
    mkmac4
    August 18, 2009

    I would check with some sort of professional on this. Check with foot specialist. Don't rely on shoe sales personel.

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