Slippers for arthritis

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Many people prefer to wear slippers in the house rather than shoes. However, slippers are not a good idea for those who have arch abnormalities. Slippers also sometimes are responsible for falls in the elderly.

The other problem is that slippers offer very little support and this can be a problem for those people who have severe instability in the foot and ankle as a result of arthritis.

It is critical to make sure slippers have non-skid soles to

prevent falls.

The uppers of slippers are often soft and are comfortable for patients with hammer toes, but the soles often lack adequate cushioning and arch support. The other nice feature of slippers is they offer a wide toebox so that patients with hallux valgus (bunions) often find them more comfortable than real shoes.

Like outdoor shoes, slippers should fit properly and should not be too loose. Backless slippers and slippers with a high heel should be avoided. The features of a good slipper are the same as for a good shoe.

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