Shoes for Multiple Sclerosis and Gout

by Shoe Digest on August 22, 2011

Dear Shoe Abby

I have read pretty much everything that has been presented on the Shoe Digest and just about everywhere else, and two things I have not heard anyone mention is Multiple Sclerosis and Gout. I have M.S. and lately have attained Gout, and yes it is terrible. It has caused me a lot of pain with walking or standing. My question is this: are there any tennis shoes or types of shoes that a 71 – 72 year old person could see or try that may provide comfort with these ailments?

Thank you for your time and information.

- Angel Jeanne

P.S. I also I live in Montana, so with winter coming,  I will AGAIN be looking for a comfortable Snow Boot or shoe that may be good for winter. Thanks again.

Dear Angel Jeanne,

The combination of your ailments does indeed sound painful – but they have a common symptom: swelling. For those who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.) or Gout, or both in your case, the most important factor to keep in mind when purchasing footwear is room.

Make sure that any shoe you intend to wear has enough depth and width to accommodate swelling. Also, to relieve some of the pain you may be experiencing, it’s recommended that over the counter arch supports be inserted into the shoe to take some of the pressure off of the ball of your foot.

There are several brands that have been recommended, and even a few specific styles within those. A common feature that many of these shoes share is a forefoot rocker – which prevents the toe box from flexing at the ball of the foot – as well as adjustable straps so that you may adjust their tightness at the onset of swelling.

Here are some recommendations:

Finding snow boots to accommodate your foot needs has indeed proven quite difficult. As intensive research has yielded no results, readers are encouraged to write in if they have any solutions or ideas to pass along. It may be best to ask your podiatrist for recommendations in the mean time.

Thanks for writing in Angel Jeanne!

-Shoe Abby

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Shoe Digest August 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Our twitter friend Dr. M. Robitaille ( @FootandAnkleDoc ) suggests that a snow boot accommodating swollen feet such as those with gout should have a semi-rigid sole and a flexible upper (think soft leather).

Thanks Dr. Robitaille!

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