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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Autumn 2019 Podiatrist Recommended Shoes at Dillard's!

Autumn 2019

Podiatrist Recommended Shoes at Dillard's.



Did you see me cruising through Dillard's yesterday? I was the woman walking around checking all the shoes and even taking pictures of some of the shoes on my cell phone. Actually, I am quite surprised that they don't kick me out of there on the off chance I am was an industrial spy! 

Here are some recommendations from my latest trip to Dillard's at Fashion Square in Scottsdale where a lovely salesperson names Charles helped me. 




Gentle Souls
Kenneth Cole
Noa Leather Flats


This shoe might not look like it, but the sole is very rigid and, therefore, much more supportive. The most important thing about a shoe is that it must have a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole because less motion means less pain, less inflammation and less "wear and tear" of the joints. The shoe is not perfect as it has no arch support and the toe box is a bit too tapered for my taste, but this may be a good choice for some patients. 




Jambu
Naomi Wedge Sandal

Going into Autumn, this may only be a good choice for those of us in Arizona and the warmer climates who don't have to worry about rain, slush and snow. I really liked this Jambu because it has the thick, rigid and non-flexible sole which is what makes a shoe more comfortable and protective of foot structures such as joints, ligaments and tendons. 





Dr. Marten's
Farrah Chunky Glitter Boots

The Dr. Marten's boot is a great choice for students heading back to school. They are uber-comfortable, sturdy and even sort of cool. I love that Dr. Marten's are coming out in creative colors and even with some bling. I also love that this is a boot that will accommodate a functional or dress orthotic for better arch support. 




Kork-Ease
Shirome

Obviously, the Kork-Ease Shirome will not be for everyone, but if you know that you can wear a heel of the height comfortably, then this may be a good choice for a dress boot.


Michael Kors
Cosmo Leopard Print

I purchased this shoe and love it! I can wear my dress heat-molded insert with it for better arch support and I find it is very comfortable. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Dillard's has many different designers who have their own versions of what I call these "blinged-out sneakers." 


Antonio Melani

I love that the sole of this dress shoe is so rigid (and therefore supportive and protective). The only issue I have with these shoes is that the toe box is tapered and a bit narrow, but this may be a good choice for someone with a narrow foot. 

Uggs
Fluff Yeah Neon Slides

I love that these Uggs come in so many bright and cheerful colors. The thick, rigid and non-flexible sole makes them a very supportive and comfortable choice for bedroom slipper. 


Cole Han
American Classic

This is an excellent choice for a men's dress shoe as they have a rigid and non-flexible sole and they can also accommodate a men's dress orthotic for better arch support. 



Dansko 
Paisley Suede Waterproof Sneakers


I think that this is a great looking shoe and it has an excellent and supportive sole with a wide toe box. It will accommodate a custom-molded orthotic for better arch support. 



Alegria
Paloma

The Alegria Paloma is an oldie but a goodie! It has a supportive sole and wide toe box and will accommodate a thinner dress orthotic. They also come in creative colors and designs.


Antonio Melani
Airla Casual Slip-On


This is another example of one of the fancier "sneakers" that are coming out this Autumn. I love the thick, rigid and non-flexible sole which is what makes the shoe so comfortable. This may not be the best choice for anyone with a high instep or a "bump" on the top of the middle of their arch as the strap will cause too much pressure which will be uncomfortable. 




Birkenstock 
Buckley
(for bedroom slippers)

If the Rx Crocs don't work for you as a bedroom slipper, this Birk Buckley is another great option for a slipper to wear around the house. 



Gianna Bini
Troye Rainbow Rhinestone Embellished 
Chunky Lace-Up Sneakers

What's not to love about this shoe? It's funky, chunky and cool and more importantly - it's comfortable!





Patricia Nash
Milano Leather Wedge Sneakers

This is another great option for someone who is looking for a slightly dressed-up look for their sneakers. It will also accommodate a dress or functional orthotic. 


These are just a few of the great choices I found at Dillard's at Fashion Square in Scottsdale this past weekend. I hope you have good luck finding a shoe that is suits your aesthetic taste AND feels great!

Thank you for reading the blog!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)



For more information, check my other articles:

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

Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc's joint injuries. 















Sunday, July 7, 2019

Excellent Shoes for Girls & Women with Small Feet!

Excellent Running Shoe 
for Girls and Women with Small Feet!

New Balance 860 V9




This is an excellent shoe that fits a women's size 5 up to size 13, which makes it a good choice for girls who need a supportive shoe as well as for women with unusually small feet. 

What makes this shoe so good is that it meets the 4 criteria of what is required for a shoe to be good enough for your feet:

1. It must have a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole for more stability and biomechanical protection. Less motion through foot joints means less inflammation, pain and damage. It also gives the runner a mechanical advantage, which should improve her running speed and decrease the risk of injury. 
2. It must have a wide, soft and square toebox so there is less pressure on the toes, which decreases the progression of bunions and hammertoes.  
3. It must have rearfoot control for more biomechanical control of the ankle and foot, which means less strain of the knees, hips and lower back.  
4. It should be able to accommodate arch support whether it's over-the-counter inserts or custom-molded orthotics. 

This Shoe is Recommended for Patients with:
* Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
* Hallux Rigidus (no range of motion of the 1st toe joint because it has been surgically fused or degenerative joint disease)
* Functional Hallux Limitus
* Osteoarthritis 
* Rheumatoid Arthritis
Metatarsalgia 
* Morton's Neuroma
* Capsulitis
* Tailor's Bunion
* Bunions
* Hammertoes
* Corns and Calluses
* Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
* Mild Achilles Tendonitis
* Mild Posterior Tibial Tendonitis 
* Mild Peroneal Tendonitis 
* Previous history of Lisfranc's Injuries 
* Mild Ankle Instability 
* Tired Leg Syndrome
* Muscle Weakness
* Parkinson's Disease 
* The Elderly 

Check with your Podiatrist to see if the NB 860 V9 is appropriate for you if you have any of these conditions:  
* Diabetes
* Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
* Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
* Severe Ankle Instability 
* History of Foot Ulcerations 

This Shoe is Not Appropriate if you have:
* Charcot Foot


I hope that this was helpful! For more articles, check out:

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

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


Have a great day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy 

:)



 








Thursday, July 4, 2019

Clarks's Sandals - Podiatry Approved! !

Clarks Reedly Salene Wedge Sandal
Podiatrist Recommended


This Clark's sandal is my new favorite summer shoe! What's great about this sandal is that it meets the 3 of the 4 criteria required for a shoe to be excellent. Most importantly, it has a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole, which is the most important aspect of a shoe. It's counterintuitive, but less motion through joints means less pain, less inflammation, and less damage. It also has a relatively wide toe box and decent (but not excellent) rearfoot control. The one thing this sandal doesn't have is arch support but despite that I still find this to be an incredibly comfortable shoe.  

This Sandal is Recommended for People with:
* Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
* Functional Hallux Limitus (if you're my patient, you probably know what this is!)
* Hallux Rigidus (no motion through the 1st toe joint)
* Mild to Moderate Osteoarthritis 
* Mild Rheumatoid Arthritis (check with your podiatrist first)
* Mild Metatarsalgia
* Mild Sesamoiditis
* Mild Capsulitis
* Mild Morton's Neuroma
* Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
* History of previous Lisfranc's Injury (check with your podiatrist first)
* Achilles Tendonitis 

This Sandal is Not Recommended for Patients with:
* Diabetes
* Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
* Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
* Lymphedema
* Severe Over-Pronation 
* Ankle Instability (you need more ankle support than this shoe offers)
* Drop Foot
* History of Foot Ulcerations
* Severe Hammertoes
* Moderate to Severe Bunions & Tailor's Bunions

I hope that this was helpful! For more information, please refer to these articles:

Shoe Recommendations for Patients Recovering from Lisfranc's Injuries:


My Feet Hurt! Top 20 Things to do to Alleviate Foot Pain Today:


Hope you have a wonderful day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)



Monday, December 3, 2018

Sports Specific Shoes - Podiatrist Recommended.

Podiatrist Recommended
Sports Specific Shoes


Although this list is not comprehensive, I did my best to give you some excellent options for various sports specific shoe options. 

First, the most important thing to remember is that any shoe that you wear must have a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole. The concept is counterintuitive but the idea is that if you have a painful joint then the last thing that you want to do is wear flexible shoes that force motion through joints that can’t handle it. When it comes to the foot, less motion equals less pain, inflammation and joint damage. A sturdy sole with no motion will also stop or slow the progression of bunions, hammertoes, stress fractures, and osteoarthritis. 


Second, it is also important to find shoes with a wide, soft toe box that puts less pressure on toes, which helps to prevent corns, ingrown toenails and even will decrease the risk of developing toenail fungus. 

Third, all shoes that you wear should have rear foot control because shoes without rear foot control force you to scrunch down your toes to stay in the shoe, which promotes hammertoes and mechanical strain on your tendons and ligaments, which can cause tired leg syndrome.

The fourth thing is to wear shoes that will accommodate a custom-molded orthotic or an excellent over-the-counter insert for better arch support, which will help with preventing knee, hip and even lower back pain. 


Running:


Wearing a running shoe with a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole actually will improve your speed and performance. It works off the lever principle, which means that if you wear a rigid sole while running than that will translate into a significant mechanical advantage, improved efficiency, and energy conservation. 




New Balance 1540 V2
(There is also a women's version of the NB 1540)




New Balance 1080 V8
(Men's version also available)





Hoka One One Gaviota





Hoka One One Arahi 2 




Men's Brooks Beast




Walking:


New Balance 928

New Balance 990 V4





Hoka One One Bondi Leather



New Balance 1300 V1




New Balance 1400 V1


Brooks Addiction Walker





New Balance 813

NB 813 is great for older patients with balance issues. It also comes with velcro strapping for added ease of putting on and taking off.



Trail Running:



Hoka One One Speed Goat 2




Hiking:


Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi



Hoka One One Tor Summit 



Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX



Soccer:

Tekela Pro Fg



Men's Tennis and Pickleball:



New Balance 806 V2



Beach and Pool Activities:

Keen's Newport H2 





Chaco Z1 or Z2




Men's Golf:
Footjoy Originals



New Balance Golf 1701




Women's Golf:

Footjoy Pro SL/BOA





I hope that this list was helpful! I will try to add to the list as I find more shoes that fit the criteria. For more articles and information, you can refer to:

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

Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc's injuries. 




Thank you for reading the blog!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)













Monday, September 17, 2018

Nike Zoom Fly - Podiatry Recommended

Nike Zoom Fly
Podiatry Recommended
The Nike Zoom Fly is a great choice for anyone looking for a comfortable running shoe. Although I still prefer the Hoka running shoes for all-around comfort and stellar shock absorption and the New Balance 1540 for stability and the extra depth toe box, the Nike Zoom Fly is a great choice because it has an excellent sole that is thick, rigid and non-flexible, which allows for miles of comfortable running. 

The 4 things that a shoe must have to be comfortable (and podiatry recommended) are:
1. It must have a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole so that there is no motion through foot joints, tendons, ligament and even muscles. It is counterintuitive, but the concept is that less motion equals less pain, inflammation, and swelling.  
2. It has a wide and soft toe box that decreases pressure on the toes, which helps stop or slow the progression of bunions, hammertoes, neuromas, and corns (to name a few). 
3. It has rearfoot control, which allows for more biomechanical control and stability of the foot and ankle structures. 
4. This shoe will also accommodate a custom-molded orthotic or an excellent over-the-counter insert for better arch support

This shoe is recommended for patients with:
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Hallux Rigidus (no motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint when you are non-weight bearing)
*Functional Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint when you are weight bearing)
*Morton's Neuroma
*Metatarsalgia
*Capsulitis
*Sesamoiditis
*Mild to Moderate Bunions
*Hammertoes 
*History of mild to moderate Lisfranc's Injury
*Tailor's Bunion
*Osteoarthritis
*Mild to Moderate Degenerative Joint Disease
*Mild to Moderate Over-Pronation
*Mild Hypermobility / Ligament Laxity

Check with your Podiatrist before wearing this shoe if you have:
*Diabetes
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
*Peripheral Vascular Disease (poor circulation)
*History of a severe Lisfranc's Injury
*Rheumatoid Arthritis

This shoe is not recommended for patients with: 
*Charcot Foot
*History of diabetic foot ulcerations

I hope that this was helpful. For more information, please refer to my other articles: 

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

Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc's Injuries. 

Have a great day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)






Sunday, August 19, 2018

Dansko Lynnie - Podiatrist Recommended Sandal

Podiatrist Recommended
Dansko Lynnie



I know it's late in the summer season to be recommending sandals, but this sandal is so good that I had to post about it. Plus, I live in Arizona, which is the land of the perpetual summer!

This sandal meets 3 of the 4 criteria required to make a shoe podiatrist recommended: 

1. It has a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole, which is the most important aspect of finding shoes that are comfortable and good for your feet. If you are in a shoe that stops motion through painful joints and foot structures, then you will have less inflammation, less swelling and less pain. It also will help slow the progression of bunions, hammertoes, and arthritis.

2. It has a wide toe box, which means less pressure on toes. This will help slow the progress of hammertoes and even may help prevent and clear up toenail fungal infections. 

3. It has rearfoot control, which means there is less biomechanical strain because a rearfoot strap on a sandal helps to limit motion through the rearfoot so that you will not have to 'scrunch down' your toes to stay in a shoe (such as a flip-flop). It also has the added benefit of helping to reduce knee, hip and lower back pain. 

4. Arch support.  This sandal, unfortunately, doesn't have arch support. An option is to purchase OTC arch support that has an adhesive underside and can be placed into the sandal for added comfort. This will not be enough arch support for anyone with severely problematic feet, but it should work for someone with only mild to moderate biomechanical issues.  

Recommended for patients with:
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (no motion through the 1st toe joint) 
*Functional Hallux Limitus 
*Mild Bunions
*Mild Tailor Bunions
*Hammertoes
*Ingrown Toenails
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Osteoarthritis
*Metatarsalgia
*Morton's Neuroma
*Capsulitis
*Plantar Plate Issues
*Sesmoid Issues
*Lisfranc Joint Issues
*Peroneal Tendonitis
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis

Not recommended for patients with: 
*Severe Over-Pronation (not enough arch support) 
*Ankle Instability
*Charcot Foot
*History of Ulcerations
*Drop Foot
*Diabetics
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation) 
*Posterior Tibial Tendonitis (not enough arch support) 
*Severe Hypermobility/Ligament Laxity
*Excessive Swelling
*Lymphedema

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

Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc Injuries,



Thank you for reading and I hope this was helpful!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)



Sunday, June 10, 2018

Podiatrist Recommend Hiking Boot - Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX

Podiatrist Recommended 

Men's Hiking Boots



 Quest 4D 3 GTX


This is an excellent men's hiking shoe and, if you are a woman who can't find a comfortable hiking shoe, go to REI and try on this men's boot. This is the boot that my husband (aka Mister 15,000 steps per day!) is currently wearing and it has resolved some foot issues that he was developing while wearing his old hiking boots, which were wearing out and getting too flexible (and therefore causing foot pain).

For a shoe to be good enough for your feet (and be comfortable), they must meet 4 criteria:

1. They must have a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole that allows no motion through painful joints. It's counterintuitive, but a rigid and non-flexible sole is the most important feature of a shoe. 90% of all shoes out there are complete garbage because their soles are too flexible and flimsy. Soles that allow motion through painful joints cause more pain and joint damage.  

2. A wide toe box, so there is no pressure on the toes and toenails, which can cause bunions, hammertoes, corns, Morton's Neuromas, Tailor's bunions, and fungal toenails.  

3. Rearfoot control, which means that you have to at least have a strap around the back of the shoe (no flip-flops or mules). Rearfoot control allows for more biomechanical control of the foot and ankle structures, which means less inflammation, swelling and pain.  

4. Arch support, which you can do with a custom-molded orthotic or at least an excellent over-the-counter insert for better arch support. 


If your foot hurts, you might want to consider going to the store and trying on this boot because it's sort of like wearing a mini-CAM-walker, which is what is used to treat broken bones in the feet. 

This boot is recommended for patients with:
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Hallux Rigidus (no motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Limitus (limited motion through 1st toe joint) 
*Functional Hallux Limitus 
*history of Lisfranc's Joint Injuries
*Morton's Neuroma (make sure that the toe box is wide and causes no pressure on the forefoot area)
*Metatarsalgia
*Capsulitis
*Mild to Moderate Bunions
*Hammertoes
*Tailor's Bunions
*Plantar Plate Injuries
*Osteoarthritis
*Degenerative Joint Disease
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis 
*Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
*Peroneal Tendonitis
*Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (wear orthotics) 
*Sinus Tarsi Syndrome 

This boot is not recommended for patients with:
*History of Diabetic Ulcerations
*Charcot Foot
*Charcot Marie Tooth Disease
*Muscle Weakness
*Foot Drop 

Check with your podiatrist if you have these conditions: 
*Diabetes
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage) 

For more information, please check out these articles:

Shoe recommendation for patients recovering from Lisfranc's Injuries.

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

I hope this was helpful!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy 

:)