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Nurse developing early osteoarthritis


Has 8 years experience.

Everyone develops arthritis sooner or later from usual wear and tear on joints through life. Recently I had an X-ray done of my knees that showed some osteoarthritis. I've always had an acheness in my left knee every once in a while. Having been a nurse for over 7 years, walking those on those hard floors in a hospital for  makes me wonder if I'm doing more damage by the shoes I wear. The shoes I wear are saconny running shoes and are very comfortable and don't hurt my feet. I feel it's too soon for me to be developing OA at 32. A nurse that has been floor nursing for 30 plus years definitely will have OA. Looking for advice. What types of shoes do you normally wear.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

Danskos have been my go-to. I also wear Keen.

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

I've had OA since my mid-30s (I'm 62 now). What helped me through my years of nursing was New Balance running shoes. They're light and almost every pair I've ever owned fit me like they were made specifically for me. They weren't terribly expensive, I paid about $60-80 a pair so it was no big deal to replace them every six months or so. I was very overweight and hard on shoes, but these lasted as long as the more costly brands and they come in all sorts of colors and sizes. I recommend the runners as opposed to the walking shoes because they have good grips on the bottom, which is great when you're about to step in a puddle of pee on the floor that got there because the CNA forgot to clamp the Foley bag when she emptied it. (It's just a personal quirk of mine to prefer running shoes even though the last time I actually ran was when I was 40 and even then I moved with the speed of a herd of turtles. Haha!)


Has 8 years experience.

I went to see an orthopedic doctor and he said I didn’t have OA, which is good. But I do have a condition that makes my knees hurt. As far as shoes I need something that provides good support, I’m looking at the brooks adrenaline shoes.

Nurse Trini

Specializes in LPN School Nurse. Has 4 years experience.

Everybody has unique feet, but I have been getting Brooks Addiction Walkers for a few years now.   Fits me well and yeah, I can tell when I get a new pair that the old ones were worn out.    I'm on my feet less in the current job, but in my old one I was on my feet non-stop (and why are those floors so darn hard).

speedynurse, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ER, Pre-Op, PACU.

I like ASICS. I used to love Sanitas, but then they started causing joint pain too.

FallingInPlace, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg, Hospice, Wound Care. Has 8 years experience.

I always wear Brooks Adrenaline, but everyone's feet are different.