Gabapentin and New Shoes

My MN started about two years ago. I tried everything to compensate for it, including a variety of socks, inserts and shoes. Nothing worked very well, except a pair of shoes that let me walk a bit further than normal.

So, after reading about gabapentin, I decided to try it. My doctor (my GP) started me on 200 mg per day for 10 days, and then bumped it to 300 mg per day. It seemed to help a bit – at least in the beginning I could get out of bed in the AM without foot problems.

Anyway, my running shoes (I walk but wear running shoes) were wearing out, so I decided to get a new pair. I use Brook shoes and found that they sell walking shoes. I’m not sure if they did in the past or not, but decided to try a pair. I got the “Brooks Addiction Walker 2” shoes. See picture.

Here is what the specs are (lot of advertising language):

MAXIMUM SUPPORT: Our Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PDRB) is a support system for your entire body, guiding and keeping your body in its natural path of motion.

SLIP-RESISTANT: An innovative outsole that’s been certified (SATRA TM144:2011) for slip resistance provides excellent traction.

SOFT CUSHIONING: BioMoGo DNA adapts to your stride, weight and speed, to make every step comfortable and reduce impact on your joints.

LONG-LASTING: Both comfortable and durable, this shoe with a full-grain leather upper will be a staple to your wardrobe.

So, what is the result?

For the first time in a long time, I was able to walk my entire 3.5-mile route without having to stop to stretch my toes. I am thrilled about this, but the jury is still out.

If you are interested in the shoe, you can get, and other Brooks shoes, on Amazon. Here is a link: