Customers often ask us to assist them in finding the best shoes for Gout. This complex, yet treatable, form of arthritis usually forms in the foot at the base of the big toe, but can also occur in the ankles, knees, hands and wrists. Gout is more common in men but can affect women as well, especially post-menopause. This medical condition occurs when high levels of uric acid in your blood cause needle-like crystallization in the affected joints and surrounding tissue.
Symptoms of Gout usually include severe pain of the affected joint structure, which is often at it’s worst within the first 24 hours after symptoms begin. The inflammation associated with the condition causes pain, swelling, redness and tenderness of the area. Generally symptoms will subside partially within 24-48 hours but may continue to be present for 1-3 weeks or longer. Subsequent episodes of Gout may present increased pain and a longer duration of associated symptoms.
When To Seek Medical Attention
If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of Gout in an area of your body commonly associated with the condition it is important to seek out medical attention for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. If left untreated, this arthritic condition can worsen and lead to infections or permanent joint damage and complications.
Treatment & Lifestyle Changes
Doctor-prescribed treatment of NSAID’s, Corticosteroids, and other Gout-specific drugs is often the best way to treat the condition. In addition, drinking 3-4 liters of water daily, avoiding alcohol and consuming a moderate amount of protein, especially from low-fat dairy products, can help alleviate symptoms significantly.
It is also important to limit your activity during episodes of Gout to further reduce swelling and inflammation. This may include bed rest if the episode involves the toes, feet or ankles, and also ensuring that you wear the proper footwear while on your feet. Gout can cause such severe swelling and pain that it’s often difficult to wear shoes. It’s important that people suffering from the condition do not wear flip-flops or sandals, as the extra effort and movement by your toes to hold and carry the footwear can lead to increased pain and swelling.
Best Shoes for Gout
Choosing a shoe or boot that is wide enough with ample cushioning and motion control can assist you in getting back to regular activities sooner than later. The Altitude hiking boot by Hi-Tec is world-renowned as a popular choice for climbing mountains but has recently been worn by many of our customers in alleviating pain associated with Gout in the big toe or foot.
Available in men’s, women’s and children’s styles, the Altitude should be purchased in the extended wide width and 1/2 to a full size larger in length than your normal shoe size. The front toebox of this shoe is deeper than most shoes, allowing for both extra width and increased toe-height(an often overlooked feature when choosing the best shoes for Gout). The Hi-Tec Altitude is lightweight and also features a Comfort-Tec contoured sockliner and removable cushioned insole.
Remember to seek the advice and treatment of a trained medical professional if your gout symptoms are severe. Simply choosing the best shoes for gout symptoms will not solve the underlying problem.
About the author Matt Burdick.