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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Podiatrist's Review of Hoka Bondi 5 & Tor Summit.


Hoka One One 
Two Excellent Podiatrist Recommended Shoes




Hoka One One Bondi 5 Running Shoe




Hoka One One Tor Summit Waterproof Hiking Shoe

These two Hoka One One shoes are an excellent choice for most patients with finicky feet. What makes these two shoes so good are that they both meet the 4 criteria that a shoe needs to be comfortable:

1. A thick, rigid sole with no motion or flexibility. Less motion through painful or sore joints means less inflammation, less swelling and less damage to the joints. All of this translates into less pain! 

2. A wide toebox, which puts less pressure on toes which stops or slows the progression of bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, corns. 

3. Rearfoot control. If you are walking in shoes without rearfoot control you are scrunching down your toes to stay in the shoe and that promotes hammertoes, bunions, tired leg syndrome as well as knee, hip and lower back discomfort. 

4. Arch support. Both of these shoes can accommodate custom-molded orthotics or a good over-the-counter arch supports, which helps prevent knee, hip and lower back discomfort as well as to and slow the progression of bunions, hammertoes, and tendonitis.  

These shoes are recommended for patients with:
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Mild to moderate bunions
*Hammertoes
*Morton's Neuromas
*Metatarsalgia
*Capsulitis
*Sesamoiditis
*Hallux Limitus
*Functional Hallux Limitus
*Hallux Rigidus
*Osteoarthritis
*Peroneal Tendonitis (wear with orthotics or arch support) 
*PT Tendonitis (wear with orthotics or arch support) 
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*History of Lisfranc's Injuries (wear with orthotics or arch support) 
*Plantar Plate Issues   


These shoes are not recommended for patients with:
*Diabetes with history of Ulcerations
*Charcot Foot
*Drop Foot 
*Severe Achilles Tendonitis (you need a shoe with less cushion and more stability - like a New Balance 928 or 1540)
*Not for Geriatric patients with muscle weakness, instability or severe balance issues (they need a lighter shoe with more stability such as New Balance 813 with velcro strapping).


Check with your podiatrist to see if these shoes are appropriate for you if you have: 
*Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Diabetes


For more information, please refer to these other articles:

Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc's injuries



I hope this was helpful! 

Dr. Cathleen McCarthy

:)



Saturday, November 18, 2017

Top 7 Podiatrist Recommended Bedroom Slippers.


Podiatrist Recommended 
Bedroom Slippers


Specialist Crocs (with no vents)

The Crocs Specialist is my "go to" bedroom slippers and they work for 90% of patients - and myself! I recommend that you wear the strap to the back for more rearfoot control. If you are walking in the house barefoot or wearing only socks or are in flimsy bedroom slippers, if you switch to wearing these Crocs as a bedroom slipper in the house, then you will have 30% improvement in foot, knee, hip and lower back pain within 3 weeks. Don't get the Specialists with vents because the sole is too flimsy and they are not nearly as good. They don't work as well if you have extremely narrow feet. 


Fleece-Lined Crocs

These fleece-lined Crocs are wonderful for anyone who has cold feet, Raynaud's syndrome, peripheral arterial disease or you simply just need more cushioning. They also work great for older people who need something easy to slide into and need to keep their feet warm. 

Orthofeet Diabetic Slippers

The Orthofeet Diabetic Slippers are my recommendation for older patients or anyone with back pain because you can slip into them without having to bend down and adjust any straps. 



Orthofeet Relax Slipper

This is another great choice for older patients or anyone with chronic back problems. What makes this slipper so excellent is that it has a rigid sole with excellent arch support and lots of cushioning. 



Aligning Comfy Toe Slippers 

These weird-looking slippers are excellent for anyone who has flexible hammertoes. These slippers help to resist soft tissue contraction of the tendons that are pulling the toes into the hammertoe deformity, which helps to slow the progression of hammertoes. They are not going to fix the hammertoes, but they will help slow down the progression of the deformity.  


Uggs

For those of you can't deal with the aesthetics of the Crocs, this is a great alternative for bedroom slippers. Especially if you have teenagers with challenged feet that need to wear better slippers in the house, this is a great "starter drug" to better shoe gear. 


Birkenstock Sandals

The Birk sandals are an excellent choice for anyone who has hallux limitus, functional hallux limitus, arthritis of the 1st toe joint or the Lisfranc's joint. I recommend that you go to a Birkenstock dealership in your area and be properly fitted for them. I highly recommend that you get the Birks with the rearfoot strapping as helps to biomechanically control the rearfoot. Without rearfoot strapping, you are gripping down your toes to stay in the Birks, which can promote hammertoes and mechanical strain to the tendons and joints. 


For more information, please refer to my other articles: 

Podiatrists top 10 recommendations for alleviating foot pain. 


Shoe Recommendations for Patients Recovering from Lisfranc's Injuries. 




I hope this was helpful and have a great day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)






Monday, July 31, 2017

Podiatrist's Top 10 Recommendations to Alleviating Foot Pain!


Podiatrist Top 10 Recommendations 
to Alleviate Foot Pain

The Basics


1. Stop Walking Barefoot. This is absolutely crucial! We are living longer and we are living on concrete floors. It's your feet versus the concrete and the concrete is going to win. Walking barefoot leads to arthritic joint changes, degenerative joint disease, stress fractures, tendonitis, and promotes knee, hip and lower back pain (to name a few). If you do not stop walking barefoot, the foot pain will never resolve.

2. Stop walking around the house wearing only socks. Socks offer only minimal cushioning and they offer zero protection for your joints against the ravages of time and concrete floors. Socks are great for sleeping in or wearing with excellent shoes, but not walking in. The best socks to get are microfiber socks or any man-made fiber socks, which are far superior to cotton socks. 

3. Stop wearing flip-flops. Wearing flip-flops is better than walking barefoot, but not much. Even the 'best' flip-flops aren't good enough for your feet as they do not have the added protection of having rearfoot strapping, which I will discuss later in this article. 

4. Stop wearing flimsy bedroom slippers. Flimsy is bad. Ninety percent of slippers are flimsy and they offer only minimal protection for your foot joints. The world is full of flimsy shoes and bedroom slippers because that is what sells and that is what people think they need, but what actually feels much more comfortable and is better for your foot is to have a solid, supportive shoe with a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole. Like a firm mattress that has a cushioned top cover for more comfort, the same idea works with shoes. You need a firm, rigid sole (for more protection and support for your foot) and then it needs a cushioned top. 

5. As a bedroom slipper, I've listed your best options below. The only time that you should be barefoot and standing is when you are in the shower. I would recommend that you get a cushioned shower mat to stand while in the shower. As soon as you get out of the shower (or bath), step onto a thick, cushioned rug and, right after you dry yourself, immediately put on your bedroom slippers. If you get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, step down directly into your slippers and then stand up and go to the bathroom. At our office, we treat a great deal of injuries that are caused by people walking barefoot between the bed and the bathroom in the middle of the night. Wearing a good slipper will prevent injuries as well as prevent falls for geriatric patients. 



Crocs Specialist (with no vents)
Don't purchase the Specialist Crocs that have the vents as they aren't as good. Crocs don't work as well for patients who have narrow feet because they tend to be wide. If you order these online, you need to order the next size up as they only come in full sizes. For instance, if you wear a size 7.5, then order an 8. If you wear a size 8, then order a 9. If your toes are touching the end of the Croc, then they are too small. If they feel too big, then that is the correct size. Remember, you have to be able to slip into them without fussing with the rear foot strap because you are using them as a bedroom slipper. They are only meant to be worn to get you from the bed to the bathroom and while you are puttering around in the morning. Once you are ready for your day, put on better shoes, such as the New Balance choices listed below.

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Fleece Crocs
The fleece Crocs are a great choice if you live in a cold environment or if your feet tend to be cold. If you have severe athlete's foot or sweaty feet, this may not be your best choice. 

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Orthofeet Diabetic Slippers 
This is my favorite choice for geriatric patients because they can slip into it easily and it offers great stability. It only has minimal rearfoot control, but the sole is extremely supportive. If Crocs don't work for you, this is an excellent choice.  

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Orthoheel Vionix Relax Slippers
This is another great choice for geriatric patients. It is easy to slip into and the sole is supportive and it has excellent arch support. 

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Birkenstock Sandals
For patients who don't like to wear enclosed shoes, the Birkenstock sandal is a good choice. Also, if you have sweaty feet, hot feet or chronic athlete's foot infections, the Birkenstock sandals is an excellent choice.


6. Wear only excellent shoes! This doesn't mean that you have to spend a fortune on shoes. This only means that you have to know what you are looking for when shopping for new shoes. For a shoe to be good enough for your feet, they must meet these three criteria, which are listed below:

7. Only wear shoes that have a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole. This concept is counterintuitive, but extremely important. If you are wearing a shoe that is flimsy and flexible, then you are allowing too much motion through your foot joints, which causes joint damage such as osteoarthritis and degenerative joint changes as well as stress fractures, tendinitis, and mechanical strain. For example, if you are recovering from a Lisfranc's Injury and you have just gotten out of a below-the-knee walking boot, then the last thing you want to do is wear a flexible shoe that re-aggravates the injury. You have to continue to protect your foot with a thick, rigid sole that never allows motion through the injured joint. And, yes, that is for the rest of your life. 

8. Only wear shoes with a wide toe-box. Pointy-toed shoes cause constant pressure and irritation to the toes, which causes bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, corns, Morton's Neuroma's, and joint damage. It is important that you wear shoes with a wide and preferably soft toe box.   

9. Only wear shoes with rearfoot control. The reason why flip-flops don't work for anyone is that, without rearfoot strapping, then you are forced to scrunch down your toes to stay in the flip-flop, which causes more mechanical strain on your tendons, ligaments, and joints. It also increases your risk of injury as well as strain to your knees, hips and lower back. 

10. Wear arch support. Even if you think that you don't need arch support, the analogy I use is that bridges have arches and engineers put struts under bridges to help decrease stress and strain. Unless you are one of the ten percent of people who cannot tolerate arch support, then I would recommend trying either custom-molded orthotics or at least an excellent over-the-counter insert. Talk to your podiatrist about getting orthotics. Also, most podiatrist offices carry excellent over-the-counter inserts that are much less expensive and quite effective. The over-the-counter insert I recommend is Powersteps, which I've listed below. 


Powerstep Inserts



Best Shoe Choices:


Women's New Balance 928
The NB 928 is an excellent choice for anyone with foot pain. I always recommend that you go to the New Balance store to try them on and get properly measured. Try to go shopping after 2pm when your foot is a little more swollen and ask the store personel to measure your feet. If there is any pressure on your toes, go up a half size or width. Before you purchase the shoe, double check and make sure that the forefoot sole is not bending or flexing! Ten percent of shoes can be defective, poorly made or broken. Do not buy any shoes that have a sole that is bending or flexing. It's a waste of time, money and it defeats the purpose.



Women's New Balance 1540
If the NB 928 is not to your liking, the NB 1540 is a great second choice. It's not as good as the NB 928, but it is still better than anything else that I've found in the stores.




Women's Hoka One One Stinson ATR
This is a great choice for anyone with plantar fasciitis as it has amazing extra cushioning for the foot. Be aware that the toe box tends to run narrow. 



Remember, if your foot hurts then follow up with your local podiatrist for x-rays and a full evaluation. Avoid surgery and pursue conservative treatment first. 

Have a great day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy 

:)








Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cole Haans ZeroGrand CrissCross - Podiatry Recommended Women's Sandal.

Cole Haan ZeroGrand Crisscross

Podiatry Recommended Women's Sandals


The Cole Haan ZeroGrand CrissCross is an excellent choice for many foot types. What makes the shoe so good is that it meets three of the four criteria for what you need in an excellent shoe. 

First, it has a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole, which helps to prevent the progression of bunions, hammertoes, osteoarthritis, and degenerative changes to joints and tendons. By wearing a rigid-soled shoe you are stopping motion through joints that would otherwise be painful. Less motion through foot joints means less pain, less inflammation, and less swelling. The concept is counterintuitive, but it works. 

Second, the sandal has a wide toebox that is crucial for prevention of bunions, hammertoes, corns, blisters and will even help to prevent ingrown toenails and toenail fungus. 

Third, the sandal has a strap for rearfoot control, which helps to prevent stress and strain on tendons, ligaments, and joints. When you wear flip flops or any shoes that don't have rearfoot control, you are forced to scrunch down your toes to stay in the shoe, which promotes hammertoes and also causes more strain on the knees, hips and lower back. 

The fourth thing required to have an excellent shoe is arch support. In my opinion, arch support is actually the least important part of a shoe. Don't get me wrong, having proper arch support is optimal, but it is more important to have a rigid-soled shoe, wide toebox and rearfoot control. 

This sandal is recommended for patients with:
*Hallux Limitus (limited motion through the 1st toe joint when you are not weight-bearing)
*Functional Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint while you are weight-bearing) 
*Hallux Rigidus (no motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Mild Osteoarthritis 
*Mild to Moderate Bunions
*Hammertoes
*Ingrown Toenails
*Morton's Neuroma
*Plantar Plate Issues
*Metatarsalgia
*Tailor's Bunions
*Mild Tendonitis
*Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Recovered from previous Mild Lisfranc's Injuries 
*Mild Over-Pronation
*Mild to Moderate Hypermobility (Ligament Laxity)

This sandal is not recommended for patients with:
*Moderate to Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis (you need more cushioning)
*Diabetes
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Lymphedema
*Charcot Foot
*History of Foot Ulcerations
*Geriatrics
*Drop Foot

Check with you podiatrist if you have any of these conditions before you wear this sandal: 
*Moderate to Severe Osteoarthritis
*Rheumatoid Arthritis 
*Recovering from Moderate to Severe Lisfranc's Injuries
*Ankle Instability
*History of Posterior Tibial Tendonitis

For more information on proper shoe gear, please refer to my other articles on this blog:

Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc's Injuries.

My feet hurt! Top 10 things to do to alliviate foot pain today.



I hope that this was helpful!

Have a wonderful day,

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Nike Goadome - Podiatrist Recommended Boots for men with painful feet and ankles.

Nike Goadome

A fantastic boot for men with biomechanically challenged feet!




The Nike Goadome is a great choice for anyone with biomechanically challenged feet! This boot offers exceptional biomechanical control of the foot and ankle for many foot types, but it is not for everyone. 

What makes the Nike Goadome boot superior to most other boots is that it meets the four criteria that are needed for a shoe to be podiatry recommended:

1. It has a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole, which stops motion through any painful or compromised joints. Whether you are recovering from a foot or ankle injury or you have painful, arthritic joints - wearing shoes that do not allow motion through these joints immediately allows the foot to begin to calm down and heal. Less motion through painful foot joints translates into less pain, less inflammation, and less swelling, which allows for all-day comfort. Wearing shoes with a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole will also improve knee, hip, and lower back pain as well as slow the progression of many foot problems, including bunions and hammertoes. 

2. It has a wide toe box, which means that it will help slow or stop the progression of bunions, hammertoes, corns, and ingrown toenails (to name a few!). Shoes that are tight in the toe box and put added pressure on toenails also promotes fungal toenail infections. In my experience, the only way you can get rid of toenail fungus is to always wear proper shoe gear that meets these four criteria for proper shoes. Microtrauma on toenails caused by flimsy shoes or tight toe boxes is one of the main contributing factors to getting a fungal toenail infection. We are surrounded by fungus and, once you injure the toenail, that is how the fungus gets into the nail and sets up an active infection. For more information on toenail fungus, please refer to my article:

3. It has Rearfoot Control. The Nike Goadome has amazing rearfoot control because it not only biomechanically controls the rearfoot, but it also controls the ankle. Less motion through the rearfoot means that there is less mechanical strain on tendons, joints, and ligaments. If you are recovering from an ankle injury, PT Tendonitis, or Peroneal tendonitis - this should be a great boot choice for you. 

4. It will accommodate Arch Support. The Nike Goadome has a removable insole so that it can be replaced by your full-length custom-molded orthotic or an excellent over-the-counter insole like Powerstep, which can be purchased online. Your local Podiatrist will have excellent insole options, such as heat-molded insoles or other over-the-counter products. Our office staff checks our patient's insurance coverage to see if custom-molded inserts are covered under their plan. If they are covered, our doctors cast the patients. If they are not covered, then we advise the patient to bring in their shoes, so they can try on our over-the-counter Footstep insole, which is an excellent alternative for people on a budget. Arch support helps with knee, hip and lower back pain as well as foot and ankle issues such as over-pronation (flat feet), tendonitis and joint pain. 

The Nike Goadome boot is recommended for patients with:
*Hallux Rigidus (no motion through 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Limitus (limited motion through 1st toe joint)
*Functional Hallux Limitus (limited motion through 1st toe joint when you are functioning)
*Osteoarthritis
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Degenerative Joint Disease
*Metatarsalgia
*Morton's Neuroma (the toe box has to feel roomy and cannot be a tight fit on your foot)
*Mild to Moderate Bunions 
*Mild to Moderate Hammertoes
*Mild to Severe Over-Pronation
*Ankle Instability
*Posterior Tibial Tendonitis (wear with arch support)
*Peroneal Tendonitis 
*Hypermobility
*Ligament Laxity
*Ehler Danlos Syndrome
*Marfan's Syndrome
*Recovering from a Lisfranc's Injury (fracture or sprain)
*Recovering from an Ankle Injury (fracture or sprain)
*Drop Foot in someone who is under 65 years of age (maybe)
*Achilles Tendonitis (maybe)
*Mild to possibly a Moderate Haglund's Deformity (maybe)
*History of Stress Fractures
*History of Tendon Injuries  
*Any foot joints that have been surgically fused

The Nike Goadome boot is not recommended for patients with:
*Excessive swelling
*Muscle or leg weakness 
*Charcot foot
*History of Ulcerations
*Peripheral Neuropathy 
*Peripheral Arterial Disease
*Anyone who is elderly or frail
*Severe Bunions 
*Severe Hammertoes
*Drop Foot in anyone who is over 65 years old. (Talk to your podiatrist about a drop-foot plate or AFO, which is a custom-molded foot-ankle orthosis, which is covered by Medicare and can be worn with a New Balance 928 or 1540).

Check with your podiatrist to see if this boot is appropriate for you if you have:
*Diabetes
*Rheumatoid Arthritis 

*If you have someone in your life who only wears sturdy boots and refuses to wear any other type of shoes - this person has what I call 'biomechanically challenged' feet. Whenever a kid or teenager comes into my office wearing heavy boots, I know that that kid has figured out that if he/she wears only boots that allow no motion through their foot or ankle joints - then they will be comfortable. If you know someone like this - or it is you - I highly recommend that you see a podiatrist and invest in a pair of custom-molded orthotics. 

Thank you for reading the blog and I would love it if you could share it with any biomechanically challenged loved ones in your life. 

Due to time constraints, I have not been able to keep up with answering all of your comments and questions, but these articles below will most likely answer any questions that you have about proper shoe gear. 

My Feet Hurt! Top 10 things to do to alleviate foot pain today.

Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc's Injuries.


Shoe recommendations for broken toes and how to properly treat a broken toe.


I hope this was helpful!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)




Monday, February 27, 2017

Women's Comfort Dress Shoe - Podiatrist Approved.


Born Lezlie

A great choice for all day comfort!



The Born Lezlie is my new go-to all day comfort shoe for work. I use a heat-molded, thin orthotic for better arch support and I am astonished that this shoe is more comfortable than my Dansko Professional clogs. 

What makes this shoe so great is that it meets three of the four criteria that a shoe must have to be good for your feet and to be comfortable. 

The four criteria that a shoe must have to be podiatry approved are:
1. Thick, rigid, and non-flexible sole. 
2. Wide toebox.
3. Rearfoot control. 
4. Arch Support. 

The Born Lezlie has a thick, rigid, and non-flexible sole that is crucial for protecting your foot joints. If you are wearing a shoe with a flimsy sole that allows motion through painful or challenged joints, then that excessive motion will promote the formation of bunions, hammertoes, and osteoarthritic joint changes. It also can increase strain on ankles, knees, hips, and the lower back. Wearing shoes with flexible soles causes increased motion through foot joints, which can cause increased pain, inflammation, and swelling. 

The Born Lezlie has a wide(ish) toe box that will work for most people who have mild to moderate bunions and hammertoes. The rearfoot control, as well as the added benefit of midfoot strapping, is excellent for improved biomechanical control of the foot joints.  

The Born Lezlie is recommended for people with:

  • Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Mild to Moderate Bunions
  • Mild to Moderate Hammertoes
  • Mild Morton's Neuroma
  • Mild Metatarsalgia
  • Mild to Moderate Hallux Limitus
  • Mild to Moderate Functional Hallux Limitus 
  • Possibly Hallux Rigidus (try it on in the store to ensure that it works for you)
  • Surgically fused 1st Toe Joint (because the toe is typically fused at 15 degrees of dorsiflexion - this shoe should work)
  • Capsulitis
  • Mild Osteoarthritis 
  • Mild Rheumatoid Arthritis (check with your Rheumatologist)
  • Healed Lisfranc's Injury (check with your podiatrist) 
  • Mild Tendonitis
  • Mild Achilles Tendonitis
  • Mild Over-Pronation (try to wear with a dress orthotic or heat-molded insert, which you can typically get from your podiatrist)
  • Mild Tailor's Bunions
  • Mild Corns & Calluses


The Born Lezlie is not recommended for people with: 

  • Diabetes
  • History of Ulcerations
  • Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation)
  • Charcot Foot
  • Excessive Swelling
  • Lymphedema
  • Severe Over-Pronation
  • Severe Ligament Laxity / Hypermobility
  • Drop Foot
  • Balance Issues
  • History of Falling 
  • Severe Bunions
  • Severe Hammertoes
  • Severe Tailor's Bunions


For more information on proper shoes, please check out my other articles on this blog:

Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc's injuries:
http://podiatryshoereview.blogspot.com/2012/04/podiatrist-shoe-recommendations-for.html

My feet hurt! Top 10 things to do to alleviate foot pain today.
http://podiatryshoereview.blogspot.com/2012/05/my-feet-hurt-top-ten-things-relieve.html



I hope this was helpful!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)










Sunday, January 8, 2017

John Fleuvog Chief - Podiatry Recommended Men's Shoe.

John Fluevog Chief
Podiatry Recommended Men's Shoe.

The John Fluevog Chief if a great choice for stylish all day comfort. I gave my husband these shoes and he loves them. They are surprisingly diverse as far as dressing up jeans or wearing as a casual dress shoe to work. Well, at least in Arizona, this passes for a dress shoe! 

This shoe meets the four criteria required that a shoe must have to be comfortable:
1. It has a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole so that there is more protection for the foot joints. 
2. It has a wide toebox, so there is less pressure on the toes, which helps to prevent the progression of bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, and corns. 
3. It has rearfoot control, which helps decrease mechanical strain to tendons and ligaments as well as to the joints of the knees, hips, and lower back. 
4. The insole is removable so that you can put in your custom-molded orthotic for better arch support. It can also accommodate a dress orthotic or a heat-molded insert which goes on top of the insole that comes with the shoe. 

Remember, the most important feature of finding a comfortable shoe is to find shoes that have a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole. No motion through the bottom of the foot means less inflammation, less swelling and less pain, which is crucial for all day comfort. 

This shoe is recommended for patients with:
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Hallux Limitus (limited motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (no motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Functional Hallux Limitus (limited motion through the 1st toe joint while you are functioning)
*Morton's Neuroma (make sure you have plenty of room in the toe box) 
*Metatarsalgia
*Mild to Moderate Bunions
*Mild to Moderate Hammertoes
*Capsulitis
*Sesamoiditis
*Ingrown Toenails
*Corns & Calluses
*Mild to Moderate Tailor's Bunions
*Recovering from a previous Lisfranc's Injury (check with your podiatrist) 
*Osteoarthritis 
*Mild Rheumatoid Arthritis


This shoe is not recommended for patients with:
*Diabetes (check with your Podiatrist)
*History of previous foot ulcerations
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation) 
*Charcot Foot
*Drop Foot 

I've been having trouble keeping up with answering individual questions posted on the blog, but these two articles should answer most questions that you have about proper shoes. 

For more information on proper shoes, please refer to my other articles: 
Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc's Injuries.

My feet hurt! Top 10 things to do to relieve foot pain today.



I hope this was helpful!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)