What is Psoriatic Arthritis?
Are you in need of the best shoes for psoriatic arthritis? Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic auto-immune condition that causes inflammation and pain of the joints, tendons and ligaments. The most commonly affected joints are those in the feet, ankles and toes, so it is extremely important to find the most suitable shoes for psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriatic arthritis is also a combination of psoriasis and arthritis. Psoriasis is a skin condition where skin cells are over-produced, causing inflammation and/or red and flaky skin. It is often compared and confused with eczema. Arthritis is a very common condition which causes inflammation and pain of the joints.
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Difference Between Psoriatic Arthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are very similar and often are treated in the same way. Rheumatoid arthritis is also an auto-immune condition which occurs when your immune system attacks the joint lining tissue, causing painful inflammation and stiffness.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis in your feet, the joints can become swollen and painful. In this case, it is extremely important to find suitable shoes for arthritic feet. Psoriatic arthritis features similar symptoms, but often affect people that have a skin condition called psoriasis.
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Difference Between Osteoarthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis?
Need to know the best shoes for Osteoarthritis? Let’s start with what is osteoarthritis first. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is a condition which affects the joints, where over time the cartilage or protective tissue can wear away, causing the bones or joints to rub together. The symptoms of osteoarthritis include stiffness, swelling and sharp pain.
It can form in any bone joint, but the most common is in your fingers, knees and feet. This can often be a challenging condition to deal with, especially when looking for the most suitable shoes for osteoarthritis. Comparing this condition with psoriatic arthritis, both have similar traits, however psoriatic arthritis affects the whole body more than just the joints.
How Does the Condition Affect the Feet?
Psoriatic arthritis can affect the whole body, but specifically the feet. When looking for the best shoes for psoriatic arthritis, you need a shoe that features a lot of underfoot cushioning and a roomy toe box. Psoriatic arthritis causes foot pain where ligaments and tendons are connected to bone.
Both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are conditions that occur when your body’s immune system attacks its own tissues, creating painful scaly patches on the skins surface. Combined with arthritis, you can also experience sharp joint pain from the wearing down of the protective tissue.
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Shoes for Psoriatic Arthritis
The best shoes for psoriatic arthritis should feature a cushioned sole unit, shock absorbency, a roomy toe box to accommodate wide feet and swelling, as well as a soft leather upper.
It is important to find a style that not only looks good, but feels good! All Sole Bliss shoes feature a sole unit with 3 Layers of Memory Foam cushioning, combined with shock absorbency to give you the ultimate comfort and protection.
- Most Comfortable Shoe for Psoriatic Arthritis
The most comfortable shoes for psoriatic arthritis tend to feature a lower heel or flat sole. We would advise against wearing a shoe with a high heel as this can often cause more pain in the ball of your foot.
Our Miracle Trainers, Ballet Flats and Low Heels all feature the suitable technology for psoriatic arthritis to provide you with ultimate comfort and protection.
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- Best Walking Shoe for Psoriatic Arthritis
Sole Bliss have created the best walking shoes for psoriatic arthritis. When dealing with psoriatic arthritis pain, it is essential to look for a style that has a solid sole unit, with lots of cushioning.
If you plan to do a lot walking or spend a lot of time on your feet, comfortable walking shoes for psoriatic arthritis are a must! You need a shoe that will offer a comfortable and cushioned sole, shock absorbency to protect your feet and a roomy toe box to ensure you have space in case you experience swelling.
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- Best Trainers for Psoriatic Arthritis
Sole Bliss Miracle Trainers really are a miracle! Our Miracle Trainers made for psoriatic arthritis and other foot problems are all designed with suitable technology to relieve pain caused by psoriatic arthritis.
We recommend all Sole Bliss Miracle Trainers for Psoriatic Arthritis as they offer a deep and wide toe box, suitable for problem feet. They have a built-in stretch panel which offers softness and stretch for any difficult joints and the sole unit also features shock absorbency and memory foam cushioning, offering a custom support and pain free walking!
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What to Look for in Shoes for Psoriatic Arthritis
- Shape of foot
When trying to find the best shoes for psoriatic arthritis, it is very easy to forget what shape toe box you need! We would not recommend a style like a pointed court shoe as this often pinches the toes and does not accommodate as much room in width or depth.
It is best when looking for suitable footwear for psoriatic arthritis to choose a style that has a round or square toe box shape, which compliments the shape of your own foot and provides plenty of room where you need it the most.
It is extremely important to find the right size when getting comfortable shoes for psoriatic arthritis. Any style that is ill-fitting can often make the arthritis worse. We recommend finding a style that offers a deep and wide toe box but to also keep in mind the length of the shoe.
A shoe that is too long in length could slip up and down, creating blisters, making psoriatic arthritis worse. Any style that is too short in length will push against your toes creating pain and pressure, and this often leads to hammer-toes over time.
- Avoiding high heels
Psoriatic arthritis is difficult to find suitable shoes for, especially when looking for heels. We all know that high heels are not the most comfortable shoes in the world, but luckily Sole Bliss have the answer! A style that offers a platform eases the pressure and pain high heels can cause. We would never recommend anything that has too high of a heel, as this can often create more pain and pressure underfoot.
We would recommend looking for a style that has a heel height of 8cm or below, and always with a wide and deep toe box.
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Comfortable cushioning and padding are essential when it comes to looking for the best shoes for psoriatic arthritis. All Sole Bliss shoes feature award winning comfort technology, which provides 3 layers of memory foam underfoot. The base layer provides high-performance shock absorption which protects the ball of your foot, the middle layer contours around your foot for custom support and the top layer offers ultimate softness and cushioning under your entire foot!
- Arch support
Arch support is very important when looking for psoriatic arthritis shoes. You should always look for supportive shoes when dealing with problematic feet, but arch support will often give you extra support you didn’t even know you needed! Arch support can support the mid-tarsal of your foot which often does not get the support needed with everyday normal shoes.
What Does Psoriatic Arthritis in Feet Feel Like?
If you are fortunate enough to not experience psoriatic arthritis, you may not know or understand what people with psoriatic arthritis have to deal with! We know already that it is an auto-immune condition which commonly affects people who suffer with the skin condition psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis in the feet often involves painful joint pain, limited mobility, skin rashes and nail peeling. Psoriatic arthritis pain in the feet has often been compared to the pain of Plantar Fasciitis as both can cause sharp foot pain in the whole foot.
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What Helps Psoriatic Arthritis Pain in Feet?
Struggling to find a solution to ease the pain of psoriatic arthritis? Sole Bliss have a few solutions that may help manage your psoriatic arthritis. We would recommend treating your feet as if you were having a spa day. The right amount of rest, stretches and icing the foot can often create a significant difference in decreasing the pain levels. Psoriatic arthritis can often become worse due to your own personal habits. This means if you have a bad diet or do not exercise regularly, this could potentially make your psoriatic arthritis worse, or create more pain.
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Do I Need to See a Doctor About it?
If you experience persistent pain from psoriatic arthritis, we would recommend speaking to your GP or doctor about certain treatment options that may be best for you. If your GP thinks you do have psoriatic arthritis, they will usually refer you to a rheumatologist, which is a doctor that specialises in joint conditions. If you are referred to a rheumatologist, often they will test your blood or take an x-ray to confirm the diagnosis. This is often to rule out other types or arthritis which could be rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.