Getting the right shoes
The right pair of shoes can make you look and feel great, but when you have Fibromyalgia it's more important that you can walk and feel safe too.
The biggest concerns affecting footwear for fibromyalgia sufferers, are sensory and balance issues and motor weaknesses. Depending on how you are most affected in any of those areas but also make sure you go for Comfort and and a Good Fit.
If someone is not comfortable in their shoes, they’re going to be miserable. The shoe has to fit not only the foot, but also the person.
You can still look for styles you like, but find shoes that fit comfortably right away, Don’t assume that you can break them in and they'll be comfortable after you’ve worn them a few times.
Try Out the Treads
The tread — the pattern on the bottom of the shoes — is an important footwear feature to consider to help you avoid falls, particularly if you have trouble with balance.
wear shoes with firm, slip-resistant soles both inside and outside your home. Avoid smooth, slippery, leather soles and overly soft soles on slippers.
Someone with balance, walking, and mobility issues related to Fibromyalgia may want a thicker-soled shoe that offers more stability.
Checking Shoes' Weight and Flexibility
When looking for the best shoes consider the weight and flexibility. Someone experiencing muscle weakness because of Fibromyalgia may have trouble walking in a big, heavy shoe. a shoe made of lightweight materials is the best one to choose in this instance.
Someone with stability issues, may benefit from a heavier, sturdier shoe with no flexibility. This helps provide a bit more balance to help reduce the risk of falls and provide more stability.
Don't wear anything with a heel higher than two inches, or your feet will hurt and you may have trouble walking.
Also avoid any shoes that are backless, such as mules or slip-ons, or that could slip off your heel like Flip-flops.
Buy the Right Size
The best time to go shoe shopping at the end of the day, when your feet are swollen, and finding a shoe that is a half-inch longer than your biggest toe when you’re standing up.
When trying on shoes, wear the same type of sock you plan on wearing most of the time. Walk around the shop in the shoes for a few minutes. If your toes touch the front of the shoe when you stand or walk, you need a bit larger size. If your heel slides up and down in the shoe when you walk, try a little smaller.
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(Voted by FRUK members)