Fibromyalgia is a painful chronic condition that affects about 10 million people in the U.S. A person with fibromyalgia may live with constant, full-body pain. While the exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, it can occur due to overactive and sensitive nerve receptors in the body. It is often found in those with autoimmune issues like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Fibromyalgia symptoms can include:
- Cloudy thoughts or difficulty concentrating.
- Pain and stiffness all over the body.
- Depression and anxiety.
- Sleep problems.
Fibromyalgia patients can try a variety of techniques to manage pain and increase their quality of life. Wearing proper shoes can make a big difference in patients’ daily lives, increasing mobility and limiting overall pain while walking.
People with fibromyalgia pain should look for these 3 best shoe qualities
Too-tight or too-loose shoes can trigger a fibromyalgia patient’s sensitive pain receptors, causing lasting pain while walking. Comfortable shoes, however, can help fibromyalgia patients move with less pain by distributing body weight evenly. People with fibromyalgia should look for the best shoes with the following qualities:
Great cushioning — A person with fibromyalgia can be sensitive to activities that place repetitive pressure on their feet. Walking for long periods of time, for example, can be challenging, especially when wearing shoes that are flat and hard. This is because flat shoes do not easily absorb the shock from walking. Shoes with memory foam or soft soles, on the other hand, can help absorb shock from walking or exercising and reduce sharp or aching pain. They can also help cushion every step and protect the body from overrelying on certain areas of the foot.
Ample space — Shoes that are too tight can squish the toes and other bones in the foot together. This can make walking feel strained and painful. Finding a shoe that cradles the feet comfortably, while leaving enough room for the toes to breathe, can help those with fibromyalgia pain walk more comfortably.
- Flexibility — Wearing a rigid shoe can restrict foot movement and increase the risk for injury while walking. Meanwhile, a flexible shoe can allow the feet to move according to the contours of the terrain. This can make walking smoother and less painful for those living with fibromyalgia.
Biocorrect can help turn your shoes into the best shoes for your fibromyalgia pain
It can be difficult to find the best shoes that can accommodate fibromyalgia pain. Our team at Biocorrect can customize orthotic inserts that can offer you fibromyalgia pain relief while walking. Contact us to learn more about the orthotics we offer or to set up an initial evaluation with one of our certified pedorthists.