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What to wear for high arches, over-pronation, and arthritis?

I was born in 1979 with metatarsus adductus, mostly corrected with casts, as better treatment was not available. I have quite high arches, but I severely over-pronate, and am slightly pigeon toed. Consequently, I now have arthritis in my knee, hip, lumbar and cervical spine. I eat well, exercise, and take ibuprofen as needed to manage the arthritis as well as I can; I am in pain every day, however.

I think that my shoes are a huge issue. It is near impossible to find shoes that help me be in less pain. I stand all day for work, on a hard linoleum floor (I'm a science teacher), so I need good shoes. But shoes for over-pronation are made for people with flat feet. I have tried prescription orthotics, but each time, they give me intensely painful shin splints. Clark's with Wave technology and Dansko's are pretty ok. When I wear them, I am in less pain than if I wear sneakers or (the worst) ballet flats, but I cannot make it through a day without being in pain and needing ibuprofen at least once (my average is twice a day now, down from 4 without the Clark's/Danskos).

I was wondering if there are other, perhaps better, options out there you could recommend. Any recommendations are appreciated. I feel like I am too young to be in this much pain by the end of every day, and it is only getting worse as time goes on. Thank you.

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It is hard to recommend something specific with seeing you. But suggest you see a Pedorthist in a facility that has a wide range of shoes available. They should be a big help.

Alternatively, maybe try something radical like one of the Hoka One One running shoes - they are super cushioned, but also have a rocker type function in the forefoot. That radical difference may make a difference.

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