Choose Sensible Footwear
Elastic Laces Are a Good Choice
It's important to get exercise, even when you have osteoarthritis. Walking may be painful, but wearing shoes with adequate cushioning and good arch support can take the strain off of your knees. Tying shoe laces may be difficult. Elastic laces can be a big help. The first time you wear a pair of shoes with elastic laces, have someone else put them on and tie the laces for you. Leave the laces tied so you can then slip the shoes on and off easily. You can use a shoehorn if you need extra help. If you have flat feet, hammertoes, bone spurs (osteophytes), high arches, or other foot condition, see an orthopedist for treatment. You're more likely to stress joints if your gait isn't right. Wearing orthotics may help not just your feet, but your knees and hips to feel better, too. Swimming can be an ideal form of exercise for those with osteoarthritis. You're more likely to exercise when you feel well.