Does anyone find that a brand of shoes helps your foot neuropathy?

Posted by lorirenee1 @lorirenee1, Mon, Mar 25 5:10pm

I am on a constant quest for shoes that don't kill my feet due to the neuropathy. I find that Spencos and Wolky shoes seem the best. Are there any other suggestions? Shoes can be just crippling for me. Horrid.

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@cappyys

I took gabapentin, but side effects were almost worse than neuropathy. I have switched to Cymbalta….works a bit better , but less side effects.i do add a Lyrica sometimes when real bad. I did the electro therapy…useless. Useless.

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One of these days I am going to tell my very nice doctor that I am finished with his pill suggestions and I plan to grow old , die sooner rather than later, rather than sit in a rocker with a blanket over me half asleep in my nineties. My granddaughers say that I am doing so much better than others my age that I will live to 100 easily because I eat well and avoid junk food, so, pain or no pain, I guess I will slow down, wear socks to bed, and try to do enough small stretching to have a decent day any way I can manage. I pray a lot. Dorisena

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Hi there I have found a pair of dr comfort shoes helps with the pain.

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I really like my Propet Diabetic shoes, my feet feel the best they have in years.

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@cappyys

I took gabapentin, but side effects were almost worse than neuropathy. I have switched to Cymbalta….works a bit better , but less side effects.i do add a Lyrica sometimes when real bad. I did the electro therapy…useless. Useless.

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Hello, @cappyys – I'd like to welcome you to Mayo Clinic Connect. Good to hear you have found some shoes that give you the longest comfort you've found.

Since you mentioned you'd taken gabapentin for your neuropathy, I wanted to share a thread you might be interested in https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/can-gabapentin-make-neuropathy-pain-worse

You may also be interested in reading some of the posts in this thread on neuropathy https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/living-with-neuropathy-welcome-to-the-group. Click VIEW & REPLY in your email to get to the entire discussion so you can take a look.

How are you finding changing shoes partway through the day helping with the neuropathy symptoms in your feet?

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Dot you live close to Austin, I know of a shoe store there that might help

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@jjwest

Dot you live close to Austin, I know of a shoe store there that might help

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I live in Illinois, but thanks so much, anyway! Lori

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I use Spenco foam arch supports inside Skecher's goga mat shoes. This combination is the most soft and cushioned I have found so far. It still hurts much of the time. Sometimes I take them off and spray topical Lidocaine. That helps for a few minutes. I haven't found anything to stop the internal burning. Peggy

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@retiredteacher

@lauraj155 I guess I'm on the same quest many people are on. I remember the good old days when I could wear spike heels and flats and tennis shoes, and fancy expensive shoes all the way to going barefoot. Now, it's the bane of my existence to try to figure out what my feet will tolerate. I am thankful to @lorirenee1 for getting me started with the Spencos. When they come, if they don't work, I'll be trying something else. My Birks (over 100 pairs) are the only shoes I have so I am starting all over. I am not going to wear shoes that cost a fortune, even if my feet hurt so bad that I can't walk. I am going to have to settle on something in the affordable range. This is the most awful shopping I have ever done, and I have always been a shopaholic!
I'll just have to wait and see. Thanks for your info on Foot Solutions.
Carol

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Now I have to put my 2cents in about comfortable shoes.. I've been wearing Merrell shoes for years and when my feet began acting up so much I tried others.. Many of my Merrells were wearing out and when I tried to replace them I found that the footbed isn't as great as it use to be in their sandals.. So.. back to my closet and tried a pair of my least favorite (for pretty!!) ones.. and they are the only shoes I wear now.. Merrell Treviso slipons… Recently I searched on Ebay for these in different colors and found a pair that looked like they had never been worn.. Bought the shoes for $10 plus another $10 for shipping… When I bought them in the past, I paid around $85 for a pair.. Don't think they're made in this style now… There are no seams inside to rub my tender tootsies, and the footbed is so nice, flat, and smooth.. Perfect for comfort, not especially cute, but I seldom go out anymore and when I do, I'll be wearing them.. Good luck to all of you… Oh, also, someone mentioned Wolkys and you can find them on Ebay, too… I haven't tried them yet…

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@hotfooted

Ladies, I just ordered the Spenco Java shoes on Ebay.. With Erythromelalgia I have to have open toe shoes. This looks like the same style that I use to get from Merrell and they were my go to shoes for a long time, until they cut back and made the soles thinner and less supportive.. I have high hopes for the Spenco sandals now tho.. Thanks for the recommendation..

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Shucks! Cute shoes, but way too stifff upper part for me…

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@lauraj155

@lorirenee1, Lori, I hope you are having less painful days with your feet. Sigh….I feel like I know what’s been going on with my feet more than the doctors do that I have seen so far. I have been trying to figure this out off and on since 2005. I have researched like a mad woman and my gut tells me I have CRPS. I really hope to heck that I am wrong. I have taken pictures of my feet this past week for documentation. Most of the time they feel cold to the touch and hurt the most in cold, damp weather. If I dangle my feet down and leave them in that position for a few minutes they turn a dusky purple color and get very cold. This brings on a lot of nerve pain. I also have pics of when they feel quite warm and turn red and look swollen. This happened 14 years ago when I had a slight ankle sprain and the pain was very disproportionate to what was only a minor injury. Then soon after the pain spread to my left foot. I saw many doctors who all had a different diagnosis and no one could really figure it out. I quit seeking treatment out of frustration and disappointment. My PCP was very kind and tried to get a referral to go to Mayo but of course it was denied by my HMO plan. I just lived with it and gradually through many, many years it got progressively better until this past January when my big toe started getting sore and soon all the crazy nerve, burning and all other symptoms erupted again. My Podiatrist was perplexed because my X-ray of left foot showed slight osteoarthritis and MRI looked pretty normal as well. I see the Neurologist on Friday and I will bring in these pics I took and I hope these will help In getting a definitive diagnosis. Let me know how you have been doing! -Laura

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Laura, your description of your feet sounds exactly like mine… and I have Erythromelalgia along w/ Raynaud's.. a rather complicated issue when it comes to finding relief from either hot red burning feet to frozen ice cold white ones! My doc didn't really get too concerned about my complaint until one day in his office the right foot took off and got all hot and red.. finally! he acknowledged it..
I've had this problem with my feet for almost 15 years, and was diagnosed only last year.. When they are burning, and they wake me up sometimes during the night even, I sit in the shower and spray them with COLD water.. but when they are icy cold I sit and spray with warm water.. I also find that wearing warm wool over the ankle socks give me considerable pain relief when they feel cold.. Oddly, they may feel like they are burning sometimes, but when I touch with my hands they are cold… so the warm socks make a difference.. Now, too, I found that using Frankincense and Myrrh rubbing oil on them helps immensely with the burning hot feet issue.. I take Cymbalta, Magnesium Citrate, and at night I also take one Benadryl to help me sleep.. I was only recently diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2, so am on Meformin and Pigolatz?? for that.. And always sit with my feet UP… if they are down, they burn and hurt more.. Erythromelalgia seems to be a vascular problem and of course we know what good ole neuropathy is like.. I'm 76 years old and can take it easy nowdays, thank goodness… Oh yes, I ride a stationary bicycle 2 miles every day for exercise.. We do have to figure out what works and doesn't for ourselves, because what helps one person might not help another.. That's why I love MayoConnect.. we offer up our own regimens and can borrow or try with each other.. That's way better than any doctor might be able to do for us.. We can actually educate them sometimes..

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@hotfooted

Laura, your description of your feet sounds exactly like mine… and I have Erythromelalgia along w/ Raynaud's.. a rather complicated issue when it comes to finding relief from either hot red burning feet to frozen ice cold white ones! My doc didn't really get too concerned about my complaint until one day in his office the right foot took off and got all hot and red.. finally! he acknowledged it..
I've had this problem with my feet for almost 15 years, and was diagnosed only last year.. When they are burning, and they wake me up sometimes during the night even, I sit in the shower and spray them with COLD water.. but when they are icy cold I sit and spray with warm water.. I also find that wearing warm wool over the ankle socks give me considerable pain relief when they feel cold.. Oddly, they may feel like they are burning sometimes, but when I touch with my hands they are cold… so the warm socks make a difference.. Now, too, I found that using Frankincense and Myrrh rubbing oil on them helps immensely with the burning hot feet issue.. I take Cymbalta, Magnesium Citrate, and at night I also take one Benadryl to help me sleep.. I was only recently diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2, so am on Meformin and Pigolatz?? for that.. And always sit with my feet UP… if they are down, they burn and hurt more.. Erythromelalgia seems to be a vascular problem and of course we know what good ole neuropathy is like.. I'm 76 years old and can take it easy nowdays, thank goodness… Oh yes, I ride a stationary bicycle 2 miles every day for exercise.. We do have to figure out what works and doesn't for ourselves, because what helps one person might not help another.. That's why I love MayoConnect.. we offer up our own regimens and can borrow or try with each other.. That's way better than any doctor might be able to do for us.. We can actually educate them sometimes..

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In winter, I can wear Ugg boots or Skechers boots that are soft inside, with foam orthotics for more softness. I can't keep hard pinching shoes on my feet for even 1 second. How about the rest of you? Peggy

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I also use Ugg boots, and even Ugg insoles in regular shoes. It seems to delay the onset of burning I get without them. but eventually, the burning comes anyway.

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I found LL Bean has a mocassin like shoe with a Vibram sole and an ice grip tread has benefited me

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@robschweiger

I found LL Bean has a mocassin like shoe with a Vibram sole and an ice grip tread has benefited me

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Thanks for the suggestion on the moccasin type shoe, @robschweiger. Do you feel the type of sole is what is making the most impact with helping the neuropathy in your feet, or some other component of that shoe?

@jeffrapp – also interested in what you have found with the particular soles in your boots that seems to help delay the onset of burning? Fur, support offered, or something else?

@pfbacon – do you find that softness inside of your shoes – through the shoe design itself or added insoles – is the key to keeping your feet the least painful?

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Unfortunately, I cannot point to just one component. It is simply I’ve tried multiple shoes for the neuropathy which I particularly have on my left foot. That burning and stabbing pain we are all familiar with just seems to have become minimalized with the LLBean TEK Arctic Grip Vibram. The inside is pretty standard and does have a somewhat cushioned insole. However, I believe what probably helps the most is the incredibly thick rubberized soul and heel. Coincidently, i used to be a very active long-distance runner and used Vibram barefoot running shoes, esp. when running on dirt and grass. I still can wear them occasionally but the neuropathy now is such that I use this LL Bean shoe as my standard daily one. It is a bit pricey as they come in at approximately $100. I order them through L.L. Bean‘s mail order catalog and I believe they are returnable.

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