Gout patients 'must wear comfy shoes'

Posted on 04 October 2011

People with gout should take care over their footwear choice, according to new research, with this applying to many people paying for care.

Research published in the journal of the American College of Rheumatology found that gout patients who made poor footwear choices experienced more foot-related pain, impairment and disability.

Furthermore, comfort, fit, support and cost were found to be the most significant factors when it came to selecting footwear.

Around 56 per cent of patients made good footwear choices, such as walking shoes, trainers or Oxfords.

Meanwhile, 42 per cent went for poor choices which included sandals, flip-flops, slippers or moccasins.

Study leader Professor Keith Rome commented: "We found that gout patients in our study often wore improper footwear and experienced moderate to severe foot pain, impairment and disability."

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis which is caused by the crystallisation of uric acid within the joints and other tissues.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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