Best Shoes for Arthritis Foot pain

Maximum Cushion for Increased Joint Protection

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, which can have a variety of causes and sources as well as different courses of treatments. Arthritis is an umbrella term that refers to pain and other issues within your joints.

Most types of arthritis are defined by a common array of symptoms that affect your joints. These symptoms include pain, stiffness and decreased mobility. While your shoes may not be able to treat arthritis directly, wearing proper footwear can cushion and protect your joints to reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness. Toes, knees and hips are all common sites for arthritis, and supportive shoes can help protect these vital connections in your body.

The best arthritis shoes will feature cushion and shock absorption to protect painful joints, while offering the stability your body needs to keep you moving the way nature intended. Shoes that lack support or that have worn out can change the way you walk and stand, and these small changes can cause pain that radiates from your feet to other parts of your body—particularly joints.

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Experts Guide to the Best Shoes for Arthritis Foot Pain

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a broad term that refers to dozens of different disorders and diseases, but the common theme is issues with your joints. The most common symptoms of arthritis are swelling, stiffness and pain in your joints. These issues can occur in young people, but generally they tend to get worse with age.

There are two main types of arthritis:

  • Osteoarthritis: This is the most common type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis results from wear and tear on the cartilage that cushions the ends of your joints. That cartilage is there to prevent friction, and when it wears away or is damaged your bones can rub together in painful ways. This damage can occur gradually over time, or more rapidly as the result of an injury.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Another common source of arthritis involves issues with your immune system. This occurs when your immune system attacks the linings in your joint capsules, causing pain and inflammation—and sometimes damage to the cartilage.

While many arthritis patients fall into one of these two broad categories, there are dozens and dozens of other less common forms. A doctor is the best person to diagnose you if you believe you have arthritis, and various medications and treatments can help manage the pain and inflammation. No matter the source, wearing supportive shoes can help protect your body from shocks and impacts that further stress out your joints.

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"So Very Comfortable

I need a slip on-off shoe/slipper to wear in the house that would provide relief and support to my feet. I have issues especially with one foot that was injured years ago and arthritis in both feet that is on-going. At first I wasn't sure how these would be, thought they seemed a bit large but as I continued to wear them, I knew they were keepers. So happy to know of Kuru brand, am sure I will have more different models of their shoes in the future."

- Suzanne D.

"As Advertised

I’m 62 and my hobby is racing sailboats. I also have arthritis in both feet. I needed orthopedic non-slip shoes to wear on the boat. These shoes are exactly as advertised right down to the size/fit. Not only does the boat heal (tip) radically from side to side but it also is not an even surface. I stuck to the deck like glue and have had zero pain even after all day - multi-day regattas. Not what you designed them for but they work great!"

- DaveB

The #1 Shoe Technology, Patented for Pain Relief


Arthritis is defined by pain and inflammation in your joints, so cushion and shock absorption may be just what you need to make it through your to-do list. Enter KURUCLOUD. This lightweight blend of foams blends soft cushion and firm support to protect your body from impact, so you’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds.

KURU Footwear's KURUCLOUD base layer delivers superior cushion and shock-absorption with every step


Your body comes with a natural pillow of cushion beneath your heel. But this fat pad can wear down over time, leading to increased pain and discomfort. Our patented KURUSOLE technology works with your body to maximize this natural cushioning. The key is the way our technology dynamically flexes with each step to cushion and cup your heel, containing your fat pad while protecting it from stress.

KURU Footwear's patented KURUSOLE technology cups your heel and dynamically flexes with each step


If you have foot arthritis, you’ve probably tried your share of aftermarket inserts. But what if you could get strategic support and complete cushioning right out of the box? We build our ULTIMATE INSOLES into every pair of KURUs, so you can simply step into your favorite pair of shoes knowing you’re supported from heel to toe and everywhere in between. The dual density foam offers support where you need it and cushion where you want it.
KURU Footwear's ULTIMATE INSOLE features high-quality arch support and dual-density foam that molds to the shape of your feet

Arthritis Foot Pain Causes & Symptoms

Learn more about the causes of arthritis, the symptoms, and how they relate to foot pain.

There are many kinds of arthritis, and many of them have different causes. The mechanisms may differ, but the symptoms are largely the same across the different kinds of arthritis. These include swelling, tenderness, pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility—specifically in your joints. The location, frequency and duration of these symptoms may help you pinpoint which kind of arthritis you have. Even within the same type of arthritis, different patients may experience these symptoms in different joints.

Let’s go over some of the more common types of arthritis and their causes/risk factors:

Osteoarthritis: This is the most common form of arthritis and is defined by wear and tear on your joints, either occurring gradually or from a traumatic event. This kind of arthritis is more common the older you get, and it tends to get worse with age. Osteoarthritis can affect any of your joints, particularly the ones you subject to regular stress.

Rheumatoid arthritis: This kind of arthritis is a disorder that causes your immune system to attack the cartilage in your joints, causing swelling and pain and even damage. Rheumatoid arthritis can have a family history component and is also more common in women than in men. Age, obesity and smoking are all risk factors for RA. RA can affect more than one joint, commonly those in the hands, wrists and knees.

Gout: This painful type of arthritis is common and affects the big toe joint. Gout cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be managed with medication. The pain will often “flare up” for periods of time and then go away. More common in men than in women, gout occurs when your body builds up too much uric acid. Your diet may be a factor if you experience gout.

Juvenile/childhood arthritis: Juvenile arthritis is the term for arthritis in children, which is less common as age is a major risk factor. Juvenile arthritis can have several different causes but the most common is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which is an immune disorder.

Gout almost always affects your big toe joint, but other kinds of arthritis can affect many different joints including those in your feet and your knees. Because arthritis involves inflammation and sensitivity in those joints, wearing supportive shoes with plenty of cushioning can help. While your doctor is treating your arthritis, comfortable footwear can relieve some of the pressure and prevent some of the pain that occurs when those vulnerable joints suffer impact from walking or strain from standing.

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Arthritis Foot Pain Facts and Stats

Read on for some facts and stats about arthritis.

  • There are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis, and it can affect people of all ages.
  • Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
  • Almost 60 million adults in the United States have some form of arthritis

Treatments To Manage Foot Pain From Arthritis

Learn ways to manage and prevent foot pain from arthritis.

Most of the treatment plans for arthritis focus on two things: relieving pain and improving joint function. While you may not be able to cure arthritis, you can manage it for a better quality of life. Here are some of the options:

Medication for pain and swelling: You may find success with basic over the counter NSAIDs like Advil or Ibuprofen. These medications can help with pain and also reduce inflammation. Reducing the inflammation can also relieve some of the stiffness and pain in your joints.

Steroids: Steroids given via an injection directly into the painful joint, or sometimes in pill form, can help reduce inflammation and even slow the progress of damage to the cartilage in your joints.

Physical therapy: Depending on the type of arthritis you have, physical therapy may be helpful. Exercises that strengthen the muscles around your joints can help increase your mobility and range of motion, or a physical therapist may recommend a splint or brace to support the painful joint.

Supportive shoes: If your arthritis impacts the joints in your feet, comfortable and supportive shoes can help. Increased tenderness in these joints can make everyday activities like walking and standing more painful, so look for shoes that cushion and support the areas where you feel pain. Shoes that help guide you to a natural gait are also important, as changes to the way you move can put increased strain on muscles, ligaments and joints. Over time these changes can cause foot pain or pain that radiates to your legs and back—or to joints like your hips and knees.

Surgery to repair or replace the joint: Conservative options are generally the first step in treating pain from arthritis. But if these other options aren’t helping, your doctor may recommend surgery to either repair the damaged cartilage or completely replace the joint in question.

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Why Others Who Are Expecting Love KURU

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"Most Comfortable

I have several issues with my feet, arthritis, these shoes are the most comfortable shoes ever. I stand for 8-10 hrs each day, I am amazed at how well I feel at the end of each shift."

-- Sheila U

"He loves them

I bought these for my husband who has terrible foot and leg pain due to arthritis and circulatory problems. He loved them immediately and wanted to wear them not only in the house but outside. It was tough getting him not to wear them all day at first but he complied with the break-in period. Once we got through that he wanted to join me on my walks. I've bought him 3 pairs of Kurus now and they are really helping him us they look great."

-- CoastalSteph

"Life changing. I thought my walking days were over.

I have rheumatoid arthritis and thought all my foot pain was due to bone degeneration associated with that disease. I finally realized I also had plantar fasciitis. The difference with these shoes is profound. I found very little break in necessary."

-- Shannon M


Answers to the most frequently asked questions are just a click away.

What shoes are the best shoes for arthritis?


Do you need the best shoes for rheumatoid arthritis or arthritis in top of foot? Perhaps you’re after the best shoes for arthritis in big toe? Arthritis can affect many different joints, so the best shoes for your needs may vary. Look for shoes that offer plenty of room around the affected area, so wide toe boxes for gout sufferers are a must! Forgiving materials with some stretch may also help spare sensitive spots.

More generally speaking, arthritis of all kinds involves pain and swelling in your joints. This can make walking or standing even more painful. Flimsy flip flops or shoes with a high heel put increased strain on joints that are already struggling. Look for shoes that cushion your body and support a natural gait. The best shoes for arthritis feet cushion and cup your heel as you walk, while offering support along your arch and plenty of room for sensitive toes.

Can I use custom orthotics with KURU shoes?


Due to the anatomical shape of the KURUSOLE, custom orthotics with a rounded heel fit best inside our shoes. If the underside of the custom orthotic (the part that sits on the footbed) is squared off, then it may not fit into our deep heel cup—which is rounded like your foot.

That said, many of our customers tell us the KURUSOLE technology offers better support and stability than they expected, and that they don't need to wear their custom orthotics with KURU shoes.

Are your shoes considered orthopedic shoes?


While our shoes are not currently considered orthopedic by a medical standard, we have received thousands of positive reviews from customers who say their KURU shoes with good arch support helped reduce or eliminate their pain—from plantar fasciitis to bunions.

Each of our shoes feature a wide toe box, superior arch support, shock absorption and patented heel technology, engineered for pain relief.

I just received a pair of your shoes and my feet are sore/hurt after wearing them. Why is that?


Some customers experience tenderness when they first start wearing a new pair of KURUs. That’s ok! Your body may need time to adjust to the new levels of anatomical support you experience with our patented KURUSOLE technology. Our shoes are also designed to mold to your unique foot shape, which takes a bit of a break-in period. To help mitigate this, we suggest you follow our break-in procedure, including wearing your KURUs for a couple hours per day around the house in the first couple of weeks as they break in and form to your foot.



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