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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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I can wear slip-ons that have a small heel or lift to the sole and I wear leather orthotics in my tie shoes. I cured my foot pain with rubber band therapy, orthotics, and Finn shoes. After years of spinal stenosis, I had surgery and can bend over slowly and carefully but can't walk far without tightening and maybe some pain. Yes, I have some neuropathy but we think it is from spinal surgery nerve damage. I can't sit for very long. I just keep working on it.
At age 83, I may never get back to "normal", whatever that is supposed to be, but I do well on wide width, expensive shoes, mainly Finn, German, and SAS, American made shoes. I can wear SAS sandals for a while in the summer. My Finn slip-on shoes have a wedge sole, more than an inch lift, maybe.Dorisena
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Try Dr.Schools slip ons. They have a web site.
I did some research on shoes with a wide toe box and arch support. I currently use Brooks Adrenaline GTS18 in a Women's 11XWide. I love them. Super comfortable, great support and doesn't feel uncomfortable on my neuropathic achy feet. I've had neuropathy starting about 4 years ago after a car accident. I was pretty sure there was nothing they could do for me (based on my own research and reading), but my primary care doctor disagreed with me and recommended a neurologist. Well after she ran blood work and a battery of tests, guess what?! There really is nothing she can do to help me. She can't find a specific cause but recommended extra Vitamin D, and to try some Alpha Lipoic Acid vitamin supplements as there is research to show it can help some people. So I take 600 mg of the ALA per day. My husband gives me a little massage now and again just because it sometimes helps. Can't walk barefoot outside anymore, it's like walking on glass to me. My feet have little feeling in them except occasional pain and burning. I relieve the burning pain by focusing a fan on it at night. Helps a lot. When the burning feels really bad, I soak them in cold water. Feels soooo good. 😀 The neuropathy has been creeping up my right leg and now has reached the top of my thigh. This really scares me. And my left leg is starting to have some numbness up my calf now too. I don't like pain, but I think the numbness is really scary, I can get hurt and not know it till I see the blood or bruise. Sometimes my feel like I am wearing Kleenex boxes on them for shoes. Weird feeling but when they stretch the end of my big toe, feels like it's touching the end of the box. I hope this site will be of some help to me. I just turned 60 and have been having these problems such a short time. My husband is 4 years older than me and he has nothing like. I guess I'm just unlucky this way. Oh, yeah, my diagnosis is Generalized Peripheral Neuropathy. Wendy
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Laura, how are your orthos from foot solutions working for you? Are they helping your Neuropathy? I went to foot solutions and purchased some also. He made mine to go in some boots that I need to wear to help with walk . He’s trying to straighten out my body and my ankle on left foot doesn’t support me. Also I have pf on that foot and this is suppose to help. The orthos are not the kind you take in and out of shoes. He wants me to wear the boots everyday and I feel I have to so I maybe can get better. I also have the ones he put in Finn Sandles which I wear some. I should get the boots next week, but so far I think the the Finns are helping. I’m nervous of wearing the boots because I don’t like anything on my feet, but it is worth a try. I also have to have a total hip replacement and I just have to get better with something. He said the may help with the burning pain. ????
I did some research a few years ago on running shoes for my feet. I have to have a comfortable and supportive shoe. I have very flat feet, plantar fasciitis, and a wide foot. So I found an affordable running shoe … BROOKS Adrenaline GTS19 Running Shoes in Dark Turquoise in XW. I love them. Super comfortable. I can wear them with my orthotics and they have a nice wide toe box that comforts my neuropathic feet, and toes. They have firm support and are great for the fasciitis. Lots of Brooks running shoes have wide toe boxes. Great shoes. I only paid $70 on Amazon.
Oh yeah, for a regular looking shoes, I personally like Propet. They have lots of styles, colors, widths and sizes. So I can have some normal looking shoes and not just running shoes.
Skechers Goga Mat for me. The spongy soles cushion every step and give good rebound. I wear orthotics too (for insufficient cartilage, I was born without some of it, what I do have is so soft it doesn't hold, the bones move around like marbles in a bag and they pinch nerves of course), made by a fellow in St. George, Utah. They are firm enough to hold up the bones in a straight line and still soft enough so they don't hurt my feet as much as my former orthotics did. I still get sore spots from them and have to switch to foam rubber commercial orthotics for awhile. Other shoes are so hard they start making sore spots right away. I found the Utah guy and Skechers through 'trial and error' — it was expensive and took years. Peggy
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@peggyf Thanks for the information Peggy I have a different problem with my feet but I think they will help me so will look for them Linda
I have had luck with Orthofeet.
@lorirenee1 I would love to have the answer for that too. Wonderful question. I have tried soft soles and hard soles and orthopedic inserts and gel inserts. I have found nothing that keeps my feet from feeling as if I'm walking on broken glass. If you find something, will you let me know? I am almost to the point of not being able to walk. I'm sure there are others who would like suggestions too.
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My neuropathy is joined with severe plantar fasciitis, so inserts are necessary. I have gotten relief with SAS shoes. They fit perfectly and have a larger toe box—excellent. Expensive, yet worth every penny.
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@dckuke With you plantar fasciitis are you doing the exercise also .? If not ask Dr to send you for P.T.
I have the best response with Dr. Comfort, old style, and they last longest.
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My go-to shoes are Clark's with a wide toe bed, and gel insoles. I also have a couple of pairs of work boots and running shoes up a size – Nikes and Puma. I will wear some cowboy boots for a short time, without too much walking.
Yes, stretching is extremely important. The neuropathy, numbness and pf have caused muscle loss. I take Lyrica, pain med and stretch about an hour before I get up for the day. Then another round when I wake and always the last thing at night. The only thing that helps most painful episodes is stretching until all I feel is numbness. If I walk more than usual, try to use gym equipment or other exercise, I pay for it that night and the next day. Without stretching, I would need much stronger pain medication.
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I was referred to a shoe store that catered to diabetics. They had many brands of shoes but what was the clincher for me were the inserts that they had. Many different brands and degrees of firmness. So I found some shoes I liked …put in the inserts I felt were most comfortable and found some new comfort. Then I also bought inserts for some other shoes I had, so now my footwear is better for my problem. Still some pain but a great improvement. I am not a diabetic and they told me many of their customers are non diabetics who just have foot pain..
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