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Good Shoes for People With Fibromyalgia

By Sarah Barnes

A lot about fibromyalgia is still misunderstood. The condition of chronic pain can develop out of nowhere, go undiagnosed by many tests and significantly cripple your lifestyle. However, regular activities like working, doing hobbies and exercising are helpful in managing the condition. A good pair of shoes can help you get through your days and continue to enjoy your life.

Definition

Fibromyalgia affects about 2 percent of the U.S. population, according to MayoClinic.com. Symptoms include widespread pain throughout the body, fatigue and tender areas on the body. Women and older people are the most likely populations to develop fibromyalgia. It often occurs in conjunction with chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome, lupus, osteoarthritis, post-traumatic stress disorder, restless legs syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis.

Solutions

There's no cure for fibromyalgia; it is a chronic condition. Treatments for physical symptoms include pain medication, antidepressants to promote sleep, anti-seizure drugs and physical therapy. Much of the treatment available, however, focuses on sufferers' mental states. It is easy to become depressed and withdraw from regular activities when you experience chronic pain, but maintaining a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle is key to managing the condition, according to MayoClinic.com.

Lifestyle Shoes

Because everyone's pain is a little different with fibromyalgia, no specific pair or type of shoes is recommended for the condition. However, anyone with foot pain should wear comfortable shoes with plenty of support. High-quality shoes tend to be more comfortable than inexpensive, cheaply made brands. Look for thick soles, arch support and ample room for your toes and heels. The shoes should fit right away; don't count on "breaking in" a new pair. Getting your feet measured at a shoe store may be helpful in choosing the right size. Cushioned insoles can also help shoes feel more comfortable.

Exercise Shoes

Light exercise can help relieve fibromyalgia pain, though it may seem to worsen at first. Low-impact activities such as walking, swimming and biking are recommended. Choose a high-quality shoe designed for whatever exercise you do, especially walking; there are many brands of sneakers designed especially for walkers, as opposed to running or aerobics shoes. For swimming, you obviously don't need special shoes, but an aquatic shoe will help protect your feet while entering and exiting the swimming area. You can also walk around in the shallow end of a pool instead of swimming.

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