Sunday, March 22, 2015

Comfortable Men's Walking Shoe - Drew Surge

Drew Surge

Like the Jimmy Soul song is famous for saying:
If you want to be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
So for my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you

Don't rule out giving this plain-Jane shoe a try!
The Drew Surge might be the 'ugly girl' in your life that turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to your feet.


If you are looking for a 'go-to' comfortable shoe that is perfect for all day wear - this shoe may be perfect for you. The shoe has a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole with a wide base that limits motion through any painful, arthritic joints as you go about your daily activities. The extra-depth toebox is perfect for accommodating painful bunions and hammertoes. Less pressure on the toes means less pain and it has the added benefit of helping to slow the progression of painful bunions and hammertoe deformities. There is also excellent rearfoot control, which helps with decreasing mechanical strain of the knees, hips and lower back. 

The Drew Surge will accommodate a custom-molded orthotic or an Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO). If you have an AFO, I recommend that you purchase this shoe at the store and take the AFO with you to make sure that you get a proper fit. The Drew Surge also comes in extra-widths so it is a great choice for patients who have wide feet or issues with mild to moderate swelling. 

The Drew Surge should also be comfortable for anyone who works on retail or concrete floors all day and it should help decrease any knee, hip and lower back pain. 

The Drew Surge is recommended for patients with:
*Bunions
*Hammertoes
*Tailor's bunions
*Morton's Neuromas
*Metatarsalgia
*Capsulitis
*Sesamoiditis
*Osteoarthritis
*Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (no motions through the 1st toe joint)
*Previous Lisfranc's Injuries
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Achilles tendonitis
*Over-Pronation
*Hypermobility / Ligament Laxity

The Drew Surge is not recommended for patients with:
*Muscle Weakness (check with your podiatrist)
*Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease 
*Charcot Foot 

If you have any of these conditions, get approval from your podiatrist before you wear these shoes as severity of these diseases can greatly vary:
*Diabetes
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
*History of Ulcerations


Hope this was helpful!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Podiatrist Recommended Comfortable Fashion Boot - Eileen Fischer Wedge Boot.

Eileen Fischer
Grip Wedge Bootie

The Eileen Fischer Grip Wedge Bootie is my new favorite boot! Although this boot is not appropriate for every patient or foot type, this should be a comfortable shoe choice for anyone who knows that she can tolerate a heel of this height. What makes this boot so comfortable is that it has a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole that is protective of the foot joints. I love the rearfoot strapping, which offers more biomechanical control, which helps decrease strain on the tendons, joints and ligaments. The toebox is lightly tapered but realtively wide. The only quibble I have with the forefoot toebox is that there is a seam running right through where a bunion would be, so if you have a moderate to severe bunion this may not be the shoe for you. If you know that this heel height is not a problem for you to wear, this may be a comfortable shoe choice for you. 

The following list is general recommendation. I always recommend that you try on the shoe at the store and if it doesn't feel good then it is not the choice for you. 

This boot is recommended for people with:
*Mild Bunions
*Mild Hammertoes
*Mild Tailor's bunions
*Healed Lisfranc's Injuries (clear this boot with you podiatrist first)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Mild Over-Pronation 
*Mild Hypermobility 
*Mild Functional Hallux Limitus 

This boot is not recommended for people with:
*Hallux Rigidus (no motions through the 1st toe joint)
*Moderate to Severe Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Sesamoiditis
*Moderate to severe Morton's Neuroma
*Forefoot Capsulitis
*Moderate to severe Bunions
*Moderate to severe Hammertoes
*Moderate to severe Tailor's bunions
*Subluxing Hammertoes
*Plantar plate injuries or pain
*Metatarsalgia
*Tendonitis
*Diabetics 
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation)
*History of foot ulcerations
*Charcot Foot

Have a wonderful evening!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)







Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Podiatry Recommended Comfortable Sandal for Spring - Naot Relate

Naot Relate

Podiatry Recommended Comfortable Sandal for Spring



First, I'd like to appologize to anyone waiting on an answer through the comment section of the blog. For the last eight weeks, I've had a bit of vertigo and haven't been able to tolerate looking at the computer screen. I'm feeling much better and looking forward to catching up on the comments and questions!

The Naot Relate sandal is an excellent choice for Spring. It has a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole that limits motion through the foot joints, which allows for maximum comfort. Less motion through any areas of previous injury or joint damage means less inflammation, swelling and pain to that area. The Naot Relate also has a soft insole that molds to the shape of the foot and will be comfortable for anyone who has painful calluses. The forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot strapping allows for more biomechanical control, which also translates to increased comfort and less mechanical strain. 

This sandal is recommended for:
*Bunions
*Hammertoes
*Functional Hallux Limitus (decreased motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (no motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Tailor's Bunion
*Achilles Tendonitis (mild)
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Osteoarthritis
*Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Metatarsalgia
*Morton's Neuroma

This sandal is not recommended for: 
*Charcot Foot
*Diabetics
*History of previous ulcerations
*Peripheral Arterial Disease
*Peripheral Neuropathy


For more information about how to find comfortable shoes, please see my articles on this blog entitled:
"My feet hurt - top 10 things to do to alleviate foot pain today"
and
"Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc's injuries."


Have a wonderful day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)



Monday, January 5, 2015

Podiatry Recommended Comfortable Women's Dress Shoe - Dansko Tilda

Dansko Tilda

Podiatrist Recommended Comfortable Women's Dress Shoe



I just came from Dillards where I checked out the latest Dansko shoe selection. I was disappointed because some of their styles do not meet the criteria of what makes a shoe comfortable. I am a huge fan of Dansko, but a word of caution - when you are shopping for Dansko - make sure that the sole does not bend or flex at all. Some of their new styles look like they should be comfortable and they have a thick sole but when you pick them up and bend them - they are too flexible. Of course, the Dansko Professional Clog is still one of the best shoes out there - particularly for anyone working retail or who has been diagnosed with Hallux Limitus or Hallux Rigidus. 

The Dansko Tilda is a great selection for anyone who has a 'bump' or bone spur on the top of their midfoot because there is no strap across the midfoot area which could aggravate the spur, cause the bone spur to increase in size as well as cause more pain.

The sole of the Dansko Tilda is thick, rigid and non-flexible, which means that it will be more comfortable. One of the major criteria of what makes a shoe comfortable for all day wear is that the sole needs to be thick, rigid and non-flexible. Less motion through the foot joints means less inflammation, less swelling and less chance of injury. It also means less motion through any areas of previous injury or surgery and less motion through any osteoarthritic joints, which allows for more comfort for all day wear. 

Although slightly tapered, the toebox of the Dansko Tilda is large enough to accommodate mild to possibly moderate hammertoes and bunions. It has good rearfoot control, which offers more biomechanical control to the foot and ankle, which helps decrease mechanical strain on the foot, ankle, knees, hips and lower back. 

If you have a narrow foot, this shoe might not work for you. Because there is not midfoot strap, your heel may try to lift out of the back of the shoe with walking. I recommend going to a store and trying it on to make sure you have a good fit. Danskos are excellent shoes but they don't work for everyone. Remember, don't buy any Danskos (or any shoes) that has a sole that bends or is flexible. 

*This shoe is recommended for patients with:
*Mild Bunions
*Mild Hammertoes
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (no range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Functional Hallux Limitus
*Morton's Neuroma
*Capsulitis
*Plantar Plate Injury
*Mild Tailor's Bunion
*Bone spurs on the top of the midfoot area
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Osteoarthritis of any forefoot of midfoot joints
*Rheumatoid Arthritis (check with your podiatrist)
*Mild Hypermobility (wear with a dress orthotic)
*Mild Over-Pronation (wear with a dress orthotic) 
*Recovered from a previous Lisfranc's Injury (check with your podiatrist)
*Metatarsalgia
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis

*This shoe is not recommended for patients with: 
*Narrow feet
*Severe Bunions
*Severe Hammertoes
*Severe Tailor's Bunions
*Severe Hypermobility
*Severe Over-Pronation
*Diabetics 
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation)
*History of foot ulcerations
*Charcot Foot


For more information, check out these articles on my blog (using the search box): 
"My Feet Hurt: Top 10 Things to do to Alleviate Foot pain today" and 
"Shoe Recommendations for patient's recovering from Lisfranc's Injuries."

I hope this was helpful and I thank you for reading the blog! If you have any suggestions of excellent shoes to review, I would love to hear from you. 

Have a great day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)


Monday, December 29, 2014

Comfortable & Cute Women's Casual Shoe - Podiatry Recommended.

Zaful
Rivets Hellow Out Platform Shoe

 


Not only do I love the way this shoe looks - I love the pricetag of forty-two dollars at zaful.com! This shoe is perfect for anyone with Hallux Limitus or Hallux Rigidus, which means there is decreased range of motion and pain with motion of the first toe joint. In fact, anyone with any forefoot issues such as metatarsalgia, morton's neuroma, capsulitis, plantar plate injury and mild bunions or hammertoes should find this an exceptionally comfortable shoe. The sole is thick and rigid and has a wide base, which will also make it a comfortable shoe if you are recovering from a Lisfranc's injury. 

To maximize comfort I recommend that you add a custom-molded dress orthotic or a good over-the-counter heat molded insert, which you can get from you local podiatrist. Orthotics are expensive but they are often covered by insurance and even if you have to cash pay - they are worth the money when you consider that it is an investment in your feet, knees, hips and lower back. This shoe also offers a wide toebox and good rearfoot control that allows for better biomechanical control of the foot and ankle joints, which means less chance of injury, more comfort and less mechanical strain on your joints and tendons. 

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)
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain) 
*Mild bunions
*Mild hammertoes
*Morton's Neruoma
*Capsulitis
*Metatarsalgia
*Mild Tailor's bunions
*Osteoarthritis 
*Degenerative Joint Disease of the 1st toe joint
*Previous Lisfranc's injury
*Mild Haglund's deformity
*Flat Feet & Over-Pronation (wear a custom-molded dress orthotic)
*Mild Hypermobility & Ligament Laxity (wear a custom molded dress orthotic if possible)

This shoe is not recommended for patients with: 
*Bone Spurs on the top of the midfoot area
*Severe Achilles Tendonitis
*Balance Issues
*Geriatrics
*Diabetes
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage) 
*Charcot foot

I would love to hear any feedback that you have on this shoe. I would also love it if you could recommend any 'go to' shoe brands or styles that you think are amazingly comfortable and stylish as I am looking for ideas for future blog posts. Thank you!

Happy New Years!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)





Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jeffrey Campbell - Podiatry Recommended Shoes for Comfort & Fashion

Jeffrey Campbell

Podiatrist Recommended Comfort & Fashion


 

The Gnarly Velvet Boot

 

The Preston Loafer

If you are familiar with Jeffrey Campbell's shoe designs you will immediately realize that these are two very tame choices from his latest collection! If for aesthetic value alone, I love looking at his newest shoe designs - they are weird, wacky and fun. These two also happen to be comfortable, which is what this blog is about - how to find good looking shoes that are good for your feet and are pathology specific.  

Both of these shoes have a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole, which is the key to a comfortable shoe. The curve upward in the forefoot area of the sole allows for a smooth and normal gait while the thick and rigid sole allows no motion through the foot, which means less mechanical strain, less chance of injury and more comfort for all day wear. If you have any forefoot issues such as Functional Hallux Limitus, Morton's Neuroma, Capsulitis, Metatarsalgia or Plantar Plate Injuries - the thick and rigid sole will prevent motion through those areas for more protection and comfort. 

The wide, square toebox is great for accommodating mild to moderate bunions and hammertoes. The rearfoot control is excellent and the boot is a great choice for you need more ankle control. I would highly recommend wearing a custom-molded dress orthotic with these shoes to maximize biomechanical control of the arch, which will help with knee, hip and lower back issues. 

These shoes are recommended for patients with:
*Functional Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Sesamoiditis
*Morton's Neuroma
*Metatarsalgia
*Capsulitis
*Plantar Plate Issues
*Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Over-Pronation & Flat Feet (wear custom-molded dress orthotic)
*Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild Tendonitis
*Previous Lisfranc's Injuries 
*Hypermobility and Ligament Laxity (wear dress orthotics)
*Mechanical Strain
*Hammertoes
*Mild to Moderate Bunions
*Mild Osteoarthritis
*Mild Rheumatoid Arthritis (Check with your Podiatrist)
*Sinus Tarsi Syndrome

These shoes are not recommended for patients with: 
*Severe Hallux Rigidus (No motion through 1st toe joint) 
*Significant 'bumps' (exotosis) on the top of the midfoot (With the boot, you can skip a lace to off-load the area of the bump, which should make it comfortable)
*Diabetes (Check with your Podiatrist)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*History of Ulceration
*Charcot Foot

For more information, check out other articles on this blog by using the search blog and typing in: My Feet Hurt. 

Hope this was helpful and have a wonderful day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)










Saturday, December 13, 2014

Eileen Fisher - Podiatry Recommended Comfortable Women's Dress Shoes

Eileen Fisher

Kudos to Eileen Fisher for designing women's shoes that are sylish and comfortable!


Ivy tall leather boot


Coax bootie


Grip Wedge Boot




Canoe 


What makes these four Eileen Fisher shoes excellent are that they meet the criteria required to create a comfortable shoe. Each has a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole that allows for maximal protection to the foot joints. Less motion through your foot joints translates into more comfort, less mechanical strain and less chance of injury. They each have a wide, soft toebox that puts less pressure on the toes. The excellent rearfoot control (particularly with the boots) helps with increased ankle stability for better biomechanical control of the foot and ankle. 

For better arch support, I would recommend wearing a custom-molded dress orthotic or a heat-molded dress insert, which you can get from your local podiatrist. Adding arch support will help decrease knee, hip and lower back strain as well as help prevent or slow the progression of foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoes. 

Please remember that the type of shoe that is most comfortable for you is specific to your particular foot pathology. What works for one person with a specific foot type may not work for another person with a different issue and foot type. Here is a general guideline regarding these shoes: 

The Ivy, Coax and Grip-Wedge recommended for patients with:
*Mild Functional Hallux Limitus
*Mild Plantar Fascitiis
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild Hypermobility
*Mild Overpronation
*Mild Bunions
*Mild Hammertoes
*Mild Metatarsalgia
*Mild Morton's Neuroma
*Women who know that this heel height comfortably

The Ivy, Coax and Grip-Wedge are NOT recommended for patients with:
*Hallux Rigidus (no motion across the 1st toe joint)
*Moderate to Severe Functional Hallux Limitus (Limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Osteoarthritis 
*Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Severe Bunions
*Moderate to Severe Hammertoes
*Severe Tailor's Bunions
*Severe Metatarsalgia
*Severe Morton's Neuroma
*Diabetics
*Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*History of Ulcerations
*Charcot Foot
*Instability or Balance Issues
*Ligament Laxity
*Severe Hypermobility
*Severe Over-Pronation
*Significant knee, hip or lower back issues
*Anyone with a history of falls
*Geriatrics

The Canoe is recommended for patients with:
*Functional Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (no motions through the 1st toe joint)
*Osteoarthritis 
*Rheumatoid Arthritis (check with your Podiatrist)
*Metatarsalgia
*Morton's Neuroma
*Capsulitis
*Plantar Plate Injury
*Mild to Moderate Bunions
*Mild to Moderate Tailor's Bunion
*Sesamoiditis

The Canoe is NOT recommended for patients with:
*Achilles Tendonitis
*Significant Over-pronation
*Ligament Laxity
*Hypermobility
*Ankle Instability
*Diabetics with a history of ulcerations


*If you are diabetic, have nerve damage, poor circulation, or have any foot issues, please talk to your podiatrist about if these shoes are appropriate for you. 

Also, with the Canoe - I highly recommend that you try this shoe on at the store. If you have a narrow heel this shoe has a tendency to let your heel slip upward with walking, which will not be comfortable. 

If you are having foot pain, please check out my other articles on this blog entitled: 
Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from a Lisfranc's injury 
and
My feet hurt: top ten ways to help alleviate foot pain today.



I hope this was helpful!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)