A good athletic shoe is important to exercising comfortably with arthritis. Here are some tips from the Mayo Clinic to keep in mind when you shop for new sneakers:
* Have both your feet measured. Your feet may be different sizes, and you’ll want the shoe to fit your largest foot. Your feet expand while bearing weight, so make sure you’re standing when they’re measured.
*Try on shoes after a workout or at the end of the day. Your feet tend to swell and will be at their largest during these times.
* Wear athletic socks similar to those you’ll wear during the activity.
* Try on both shoes and check the fit. Make sure your heel fits snugly in each shoe and doesn’t slip as you walk. Wiggle your toes. If you don’t have a half-inch between your longest toe and the end of the shoe — approximately the width of your thumb — try a larger size.
* Test for comfort by walking or jogging a few steps. If the shoes don’t feel comfortable right away, try another pair. There should be no break-in period for a pair of athletic shoes.