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Footwear that helps?

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Loobs Mon 11-May-20 10:18:51

I have found over the past few weeks that my legs ache more than usual. I had a partial knee replacement 14 weeks ago but have recovered remarkably well so I can't see how it can be that (especially as it effects both legs). I can walk 3 or so miles a day but my legs ache terribly afterward, specifically lower legs and also the soles of my feet. I am taking all relevant medication (low thyroid) so Thyroxine, Vit B12, Selenium etc. - all the things that help so cannot see that I am deficient in anything. I am now wondering if it could be my footwear. I am wearing gym type shoes (Sketchers) as anything too firm is uncomfortable - they are comfortable and reasonably well cushioned but I am considering buying a pair of shoes specifically to help with leg pain. However, they are extremely expensive - has anyone bought these and did they help??

GrandmaMoira Mon 11-May-20 10:22:59

Sketchers are well cushioned underneath but very soft. Although you find firm shoes uncomfortable, you may find it helps to wear something slightly firmer such as standard trainers.
I was wearing very comfortable soft Clarks trigenic but they aggravated my plantar fascitis and now wear Ecco which are quite firm and they help.

midgey Mon 11-May-20 10:35:49

If you are walking a lot you do need ‘proper’ walking shoes. There are lots available, they are not necessarily very expensive. Good shoes will last awhile so more of an investment! I haven’t tried the Aldi trainers but have friends who swear by them.

Teetime Mon 11-May-20 10:51:09

I have had surgery on both my feet and find my Skechers to be wonderful for walking.
A friend a retired doctor swears by his foot massage machine (they are advertised on TV by Ian Botham) sorry dont know its name.

Riverwalk Mon 11-May-20 10:53:06

Which type of Skechers are you wearing Loobs?

I've been wearing them for about 10 years and know some are more 'shock absorbant' than others. I've recently bought these and as usual they're really comfortable and kind to the soles.


Some of the styles are more for casual wear e.g. out to the shops rather than a good walk or work out.

henetha Mon 11-May-20 11:38:18

I've got funny feet and always wear Pavers (which I think are the same as Sketchers) with memory foam insoles and they are wonderfully comfortable.

silverlining48 Mon 11-May-20 12:05:27

Aldi trainers are good, and they last as long as more expensive ones. We always get them now.
My podiatrist told me not to get sketchers for a painful foot as they don’t give sufficient support.

Westcoaster Mon 11-May-20 12:16:29

I have been wearing Skecher walking shoes for a couple of years and love them. Sadly can't find similar ones on-line to replace them.
As for foot pain, I had terribly sore feet, always worse at night, and was forced to take pain killers most nights. I bought one of the Sir Botham's circulation booster machines and like a miracle the pain has gone. I know they are expensive, and until you try it you'll have no idea if it will work for you, but for me it's been worth every penny!

Nannarose Mon 11-May-20 14:36:40

I have had similar problems (without going in to details) and I really think you need specific advice from a physio or specialist podiarist. Difficult at present, but you must have a physio contact from your surgery. I would speak to them and explain. They may have suggestions based on the assessments they have done.
I would not shell out ££££ until you have had a decent assessment. Whatever you were used to before, 3 miles at 14 weeks post-op is pretty good, so no need to push yourself too far.
My personal recommendation based on what suited me would be a pair of lightweight Merrell walking boots. These are not heavy, give excellent ankle support (which is often important post-op) and are likely to be useful whatever the physio /podiatrist recommends as they have removable insoles.

Charleygirl5 Mon 11-May-20 14:46:51

Loobs please do not buy one of those massage machines for your feet or body because it will slowly loosen the partial replacement.

Loobs Tue 12-May-20 06:34:53

Thanks for all the replies, I will have a look at the various makes mentioned. Charleygirl5 - I was going to seriously consider the Revitive - why do you say it can loosen my PKR - is this personal experience or have you heard of it happening somewhere else?

Esspee Tue 12-May-20 08:20:52

I wear Fit Flops because of plantar fasciitis. Just stepping into them is bliss.

Missfoodlove Tue 12-May-20 09:27:23

Fitflop s are amazing.
I have sandals, shoes, boots and slippers.
I did a 10k walk in my fitflop shoes yesterday. Just love them.

Loobs Wed 13-May-20 07:11:55

Wonderful, I have got a pair of fitflops summer shoes which I haven't worn yet so will try those. I think, with regard to Revitive, the machine that is a problem for knee replacement patients is actually the Vibroplate - a machine which is meant (I believe) to help with weight loss? You stand on it and it vibrates - it is not recommended if you have had a knee replacement as it can indeed shake loose the replacement.

Liz46 Wed 13-May-20 07:53:06

I had a few problems and saw a podiatrist at the local hospital. He asked me to walk along the corridor and said my left ankle was twisting. He made me some insoles and I bought a larger pair of Skechers to accommodate them. They are more like trainers and lace up so I think I get some support from them. I think you need professional advice to help you in the long term. Well done on recovering so quickly from the operation.

mumofmadboys Wed 13-May-20 10:14:19

I would recommend Ecco lace ups. Really comfy. However if you are walking 3 or more miles maybe walking shoes or boots and walking socks would be better.

TerriBull Wed 13-May-20 10:32:46

Everyone has their go to choice of footwear and I'm sure all the recommendations here are good.

Another vote for Fitflops, I find their merchandise really comfortable, comfortable shoes are incredibly important to me, I try to do a couple of miles every day, particularly at the moment. I've sliders, ankle boots, trainers all ordered on line and satisfactory on delivery, they often seem to offer discounts, I don't think I've bought any of their products at full price.

Interestingly, there was a thread over on MN, where the OP suggested that Fitflops were ugly and an old woman's type of shoe, I would definitely refute that, I do remember at least one of my grandma's wearing what I would deem "old women's shoes" but today there is a great variety of good to look at styles in the more comfortable footwear on offer. The lovers of the brand defended them robustly in the thread, pointing out how important foot comfort was. Amazingly, the thread was pulled along the lines of "ageist and not in the spirit of MN" I didn't agree with the OP, but thought she was entitled to her opinion hmm

However, I digress, I hope you find something that suits you OP, in the current climate, I'm sure you will find many discounts.

lostinfrance Wed 13-May-20 11:01:03

I feel that it might be trial and error to find the right shoe for you.

I run and have a gait analysis each time I buynew running shoes. Some are more supportive in differing areas. It does make a difference to howyou carry yourself.

I have seen this on QVC - They make a bif deal out of showing how their shoes will correct standing and walking positions. Expensive but I guess you can try them and return after you've tried them out if you purchase via qvc.

grandtanteJE65 Sun 17-May-20 11:51:01

I swear by Ecco shoes - they are expensive, but not if you consider that the pair I shall soon have to replace were new in 2007!

BBbevan Sun 17-May-20 18:59:05

I mostly wear Josef Seidel or Birkenstock in the summer. Both are good for the feet and last for years.

Hetty58 Sun 17-May-20 19:11:18

It's a case of finding out which shoes suit you personally.

I live in fitflops, indoors and out (keep some for indoors only) except for longer walks when I prefer Merrell trainers.

I used to like Sketchers too (the more supportive kind) but they wear out too quickly.

You may find that you need to support your feet and ankles when out walking for long term comfort.

Check with your doctor, too, especially if you take BP meds, that it isn't med or circulation related.

Loobs Tue 26-May-20 08:00:00

Just to say - I bought a pair of Sketchers 'walking' shoes (made of what seems to be carpet but with a sturdy sole) but oh so comfortable. I am finding walking much better now - so pleased with them. Thanks for all of your replies.

Jane43 Wed 27-May-20 12:09:29

Yes I swear by FitFlops too. You can get them in flip flops, sandals, shoes and boots. In ongoing quest for comfortable footwear I tried Hotter shoes and found them very uncomfortable. A friend always wears Ecco And Padders footwear.