Arthritis symptoms: Wearing slippers could be causing joint pain

  • Arthritis symptoms include joint pain and inflammation
  • Condition could be enhanced by wearing slippers
  • Slippers tend to make people 'shuffle'
  • Joints don't work properly when people shuffle

Wearing slippers could be adding to arthritic discomfort.

Those wearing slippers often could develop a “shuffle” instead of walking, according to footwear brand Gentle Grip.

The shuffling stops joints being used properly, leading to stiffness.

The effects could be worse when it’s cold outside, the brand added.

Elderly people must make foot care a priority in the winter months, Gentle Grip said.

Keeping feet warm, dry and comfortable will help to reduce the risk of developing complications, including joint stiffness.

“Many older people with achy or swollen feet will choose slippers, but this kind of footwear does not offer the right level of support,” said Gentle Grip.

“Frequent wearing of slippers encourages a “shuffling” movement, which prevents the proper use of the joints, leading to further stiffness, which can be worse when it’s cold.”

Wearing appropriate shoes and socks - even while indoors - will help joint movement, and reduce the risk of a fall.

Despite the temptation, it’s important not to stay huddled in bed or on the sofa over winter, Gentle Grip said.

Staying in the same place for long periods of time could cause fluid to build up.

Also, watch out for red constriction rings around the ankles, seen when socks are removed, as they could be a sign of blocked circulation.

Keeping feet warm and toasty can help to achieve a good night’s sleep.

Charity Age UK recommends wearing socks both indoors and outdoors.

Meanwhile, experts have reminded diabetes patients that warm and wet weather leaves them at greater risk of developing foot ulcers.

People with diabetes have a much greater chance of developing feet problems, as the change in blood sugar leaves them vulnerable to poor circulation.