Choosing the right footwear when running with arthritis

If you suffer from arthritis you are not alone! With nearly 350 million people worldwide, and more than half under the age of 65; chances are that either you or someone you know is struggling with the symptoms of arthritis.
Since June 3rd is #GlobalRunningDay, we’d like to share some tips on choosing the right footwear in order to help improve the quality of your walk or run!

Best Running Sneakers for osteoarthritis (OA) of the knees:

Each individual’s type and location of arthritis in their knee may vary. Such as, one person may suffer with arthritis on their condyles while another might have arthritis of the patellofemoral section of the knee joint. This is why it’s important to have the right pair of sneakers for staying active. When shopping for walking or running sneakers, it’s worthwhile to utilize the foot and gait assessments offered at your local athletic shoe stores such as Marathon Sports. A few highly rated brands of running sneakers are:

  1. Asics Gel: Many runners that suffer from knee pain, recommend shoes from the Asics Gel-Kayano This shoe has cushioning which helps stabilize and protect your knees.
  2. Brooks: The Glycerin 18 is a plush, ultra-cushioned running shoe, making it a great option for people with knee pain.
  3. New Balance: The 1080 from New Balance is a neutral shoe that provides high levels of support for your knees, shin splints, or plantar fasciitis, even if you don’t pronate or supinate.

Best Running Sneakers for OA of the feet:

Hallux Limitus refers to limited flexibility in your big toe while Hallux Rigidus is when the condition has progressed. This can cause strain, pain, and fatigue elsewhere in your lower extremities such as your knees, hips or lower back. To avoid this complication and to be able to keep moving, your shoes can help compensate for the stiffness in your toe.

  1. Hoka One: The Bondi 6 running shoes have a wide, deep toe box providing plenty of space for your toes.
  2. Altra: The Olympus has great cushioning and provides support on uneven surfaces. These sneakers also have a wider toe box.
  3. Saucony: The toe box on the Kinarva is generously roomy while the lacing system offers a nice midfoot fit without over-tightening the big toe area.

Running Tips

Here are a few tips to keep in mind especially if you are a beginner.

  1. Apply Heat: Use a warm towel compress where you typically experience joint pain, for 15-20 min prior to starting your workout.
  2. Move Gently: Always begin with a dynamic warm-up before you start running.
  3. Go Slow and Keep Track: Start off slow by walking for a few minutes and jogging for 20-30 seconds. Slowly increase the time spend jogging with each session and keep a journal to track your progress!
  4. Ice Afterwards: Place an ice pack on your joints for 15-20 minutes or as needed after running to reduce any inflammation. Use a towel as a barrier, so that the ice pack is not placed directly on your skin.


Learn More!

If you are considering joint replacement surgery and want to get your active lifestyle back, you may be a candidate for our Knee or Toe Joint Preservation Implant Systems. Our implants remove significantly less bone than traditional joint replacements, restore the native anatomy of the joint, and can allow you to resume full activity levels and live an independent lifestyle!
We’ve included the links to a few of our patients who were able to get back to running after receiving an Arthrosurface implant.

Contact us today or Find a Dr. in your area!

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