Study: Certain Footwear Could Serve as an Osteoarthritis Treatment

Sneakers could cause less stress to the kneeFor individuals who suffer from excessive knee pain, a simple solution might be as easy as changing their footwear.

According to a new study published in the journal, Arthritis Care & Research, shoes such as flip flops and sneakers that have flexible soles are easier on the knees than clogs or even specialized walking shoes.

Researchers believe that this could be key in preventing osteoarthritis, because as long as people ensure that they’re wearing proper footwear, they may be able to avoid joint complications later on in life.

The scientists studied 31 patients who complained of symptoms of osteoarthritis. They observed the participants as they walked barefoot, wearing clogs that many healthcare professionals wear, stability shoes, street shoes and flip flops.

It was found that the loads on the knees were 15 percent greater when individuals were wearing the specialized clogs. Researchers believe that heel height may have something to do with the added pressure on the knees.

“Heel height is one factor, and may explain why the stability shoes and clogs in our study, both of which had higher heels, produced greater knee loads,” said Dr. Najia Shakoor.

In addition to changing footwear, such as vitamin D and Bromelain may decrease the pain.ADNFCR-1960-ID-19690315-ADNFCR