Because arthritis causes swollen, painful joints, it is vitally important that your footwear has enough space for your feet and joints. Your condition may be prevalent in the toe joints, ankle joints, or both, amongst other areas.
That’s why wide-fitting shoes that have enough room for swollen feet can be a blessing, and where DB Wider Fit Shoes come in, with the widest and deepest footwear available on the market.
If your condition is in your toe joints, then a wide and deep toe box will be important to minimise pressure point contact and reduce rubbing in this area.
Our styles with round toe boxes – like smart loafer Nicolette, easy access ankle boot Badger, or ankle boots Unite - or square toe boxes – like mid-heel court shoe Atlantic, mid-heeled boot Winton or men’s casual shoe Benny (plus many more!) or our new "asymmetric toe", like zip entry ankle boots Deer, mid-calf Chelsea boots Wildcat or easy entry flat shoe Scott - could be just the thing for you, depending on your foot shape.
You may also find different levels of swelling on different days or at different times, meaning that you need adjustability in your fastenings. Our dual-fitting system means that you can adjust the internal space within each shoe independently of the other and, coupled with many different fastening systems, means that they have ultimate adjustability.
Finally, on this point, if your joints are sore then it is important that your shoes fit securely and are not loose, in order to avoid rubbing. This issue is twofold:
We would recommend having your feet measured professionally to ensure that you are buying the right size and width fitting that you require.
Choosing a shoe with the right fastening type for you. Laces offer the most secure fit and adjustability as they can be loosened or tightened as required, but they're not good for people with limited hand dexterity, so adjustable, touch-fastening straps may be more suitable for your needs.