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Sneakers/shoes for PsA, orthotics and toe/feet pain?

I have extreme foot pain after walking for about thirty minutes or more.

I think most of the pain is caused by the flexibility of the sole; sneakers or shoes with a nearly solid bottom seems to feel best (I think foot surgery is next, and am waiting to see an orthopedist).

Rockers have worked well in the past.

I currently use the "old" MBT Tariki, with a very sturdy orthopedic.

What are other options?

Here’s what I’ve tried:

Finn Comfort Watford

Dr Comfort

WP Winor

Drew Shoe

SAS

Xelero

Orthofeet

Alegria Shoes

I’m looking into Hoka One One Clifton, or Bondi.

Am I missing something?

Any others that provide ample toe-top room, perhaps is a rocker, and includes a non-flexible sole?

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My two favorite brands are: Born and Kuru - so comfortable!

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Thanks! They look great.

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Sketchers work best for me. Sooo comfortable 😊

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Gosh thank you this is great 😁

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Yes sketchers for me to do comfortable yet plenty of support

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My NHS physio recommended Sketchers, but when I saw a podiatrist privately he said definitely not, as you say, they are too flexible. He recommended running shoes which I found much better. No particular brand. NHS podiatrist says your shoes can come from Tesco as long as they are comfortable. Good luck

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I too had a lot of foot pain. I use the fitflop brand good foot support.

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As advised by my podiatrist I found hiking boots with custom made orthotic insoles worked fine in the early years, but as my feet, mainly toes, gradually deformed over the years I found them too stiff and changed to a wide fitting more supple chukka boot with the above orthotic insoles. That particular boot was no longer available when I needed a new pair so I chanced my arm and ordered a pair of Skechers chukka boots online which have turned out to be the most comfortable boots I've ever owned. With their memory foam inners there's no need for orthotic insoles. The uppers are very supple so don't provide the support that my other boots did, but neither do they annoy my bunions and hammertoes to the same extent.

I think much depends on the individuals feet, so if possible it's probably best to visit a shoe shop and try different pairs on.

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I could never walk for 30 minutes and would never choose foot surgery as I’ve heard of so many complications. Please talk to your rheumatologist about this. Try a foot soak followed by topical pain creams or the freeze sprays after your walks.

PS. I can only wear flexible sneakers and crocs.

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Wolky do some good shoes

Like you I need a sole that is not too flexible. Also wauldlufer shoes

You probably need some Poron insoles These do not bottom out . The green ones are best also make sure your feet do not slide in the shoes always haves strap or laces to hold the feet in the shoe I was A Podiatrist ,hope this helps

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My podiatric surgeon recommended Brookes Addiction Walkers. I’ve used those for several years now (with custom orthotics) and found them to be very supportive & comfortable.

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Hi Steve,

Avoid surgery if you can.

I have my shoes made to measure for me supplied by NHS orthotics department.

Unfortunately due to surgery on my hip one leg is a little shorter than the other and the R.A. has distorted my feet.

Rheumatology, Podiatry and/or orthotics may help.

Wishing you well Carol xxx

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I've had foot surgery to straighten a painfull and distorted left foot, best thing I've ever done. No pain and shoes fit and yes your right solid soles not Sketchers which are soft and I love now as fashionable but have a soft footbed. I'd suggest going to a good shoe shop which fits for width and support. If your in Kent The Golden Boot in Maidstone is fantastic.

Don't forget you can have steriod injections which I've also had done a couple of times but honestly yes surgery means crutches (which can be fun !) and obvuiously a risk but it changed my life for the much better. I could not bear any pressure on my foot so had to go to an auto car and it was so horrable walking on hard surfaces it made me cry on occassion. So why not ask about surgery it'll be done by an orthopedic surgeon who can explain risks v benefits etc.

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NHS podiatrist recommended Wolky shoes to me and I haven’t looked back. I have many different styles. Not cheap but well worth it. Insoles come out so you can put in orthotics.

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Can you please ask your GP to send you to Piodatary clinic, for a referral, it has helped me, for people like us for RA.

I was told when my insoles get old you can get free ones on the NH S, that is good, they make them on site.

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