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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Podiatrist Recommended John Fluevog Women's Shoes


Podiatrist Recommended
John Fluevog Women's Shoes 

Supervog

Akira

Todne

Flame

Capellan

Find

Advisor

Virtue

Luxon

Zenobia

These John Fluvog shoes are a great choice for anyone looking for comfortable yet fashionable footwear. I would recommend that you go to a Fluevog store to try on the shoes if at all possible. If you order online, I recommend that you read the reviews because it will give you tips on getting the best sizing.  

To review, for any shoe to be good enough for your feet it must meet 4 criteria:

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 important that it has a soft, wide toe box, which will put less pressure on toes, which helps to prevent corns, ingrown toenails and will even decrease the risk of developing toenail fungus. 

Third, all shoes that you wear should have rearfoot control because shoes without rearfoot 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. If your dress orthotics don't work in your dress shoes or heels then don't wear them as trying to force them into a dress shoe can cause problems such as discomfort, calluses, and crowding of toes. Of the four criteria listed here, having arch support is the least important of the four.

These shoes are not recommended for patients with:
*Diabetes 
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation)
*History of foot ulcerations
*Charcot Foot


If you are unsure if any of these shoes will work for your foot condition, please refer to your local podiatrist. 

I hope this was helpful!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)



Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Podiatrist Recommended Women's Boots!

Podiatrist Recommended
Women's Fashion Boots

A Blog dedicated to:

How to find good looking shoes
that are good for your feet
and are pathology specific.



Harley-Davidson's Jocelyn Boot


John Fleuvog Hopefuls Luxon




Chuck Taylor All Star Boot


Dr. Martens Jaden Vegan Boot



John Fluevog Piccolomini Boot




Dansko Tami Neutral


Frye Veronica Bootie


John Fluevog Audra


John Fluevog Soft Rock


John Fluevog Anna


Fit Flop Mukluk



Fit Flop Elin



Fit Flop Skandi




These boots are a great option for people looking for all-day comfort and fashion. Remember, no matter what type of boot you choose for yourself, it must meet four criteria to be comfortable: 

First, it must have a thick rigid sole that you cannot bend or flex. A thin, flimsy sole that bends and flexes will cause excess motion through your foot joints, which can lead to an increased chance of injuries such as fractures and sprains, arthritis, bunions, hammertoes, mechanical strain, and PAIN. An excellent shoe is a shoe that limits motion so that you have less pain, less damage, less chance of injury and, an added bonus, prettier feet. As you walk through life, you are either beating up your feet or you are beating up your shoes - if you think what your shoes look like after a couple of years of use - without the protection of a thick rigid sole - that damage is going to be happening to your joints. 

Second, you need arch support. Whether it is built into the shoe, over-the-counter arch support or a custom-molded orthotic - it is important to biomechanically control your arch. When patients say to me that they have great arches and don't need arch support, my answer is that bridges have arches but engineers still put struts under them to decrease mechanical strain. Proper arch support will help decrease knee, hip, and lower back pain as well as stop or slow the progression of bunions, hammertoes and soft tissue injuries such as tendonitis and plantar fascial strain. Talk to your Podiatrist about whether or not your insurance plan pays for you to get custom-molded orthotics. They are often a covered benefit. You only have one set of feet and once they break down - you don't get a new pair. Invest in your body and purchase good shoes and get orthotics. It's the same rationale as a dentist telling you to brush and floss on a regular basis and a dermatologist telling you to wear sunscreen. You need to protect your body because it is just a matter of time until it tries to go south on you. 

Third, you need a wide and preferably soft toebox. This will decrease pressure on the toes, which will help prevent ingrown toenails, hammertoes, bunions, Morton's Neuromas, and painful corns and calluses. 

Forth, you need a shoe with rearfoot control. Backless shoes such as flipflops and mules are not good enough for your feet. If you are not biomechanically controlling the rearfoot with at least a strap, you are forcing your toes to curl down to stay in the shoe, which promotes deformities such as hammertoes and bunions and increases the chance of knee, hip, and lower back pain. Without rearfoot control, you are forcing all of your tendons, ligaments, and joints to work harder to stay in the shoe. This also causes 'tired-leg syndrome' and leg fatigue. 

If you have any severe foot issues or systemic diseases, please check with your Podiatrist to make sure that a particular boot is correct for you. I encourage patients to bring in one bag of shoes so that we can check each shoe together and have a discussion about what will or will not work for their feet. Proper shoegear is absolutely crucial! 

My goal as a Podiatrist is to keep my patients as active as possible for as long as possible with as few problems as possible. And this goal can be achieved with the help of proper shoegear. 


For more information about comfortable shoes, please check out my other articles:

My Feet Hurt! Top 10 Things to do to Alleviate Foot Pain Today.

Shoe Recommendations for Patients Recovering from Lisfranc Injuries. 



Have a great day!

Dr. Cathleen McCarthy

:)






Saturday, September 28, 2019

Podiatrist Recommended - Nike Air Huarache and Nike Monarch!

Podiatrist Recommended

Nike Air Huarache
and 
Nike Monarch
Nike Air Huarache


Nike Air Huarache

Nike Monarch

Nike Monarch

What makes these Nike shoes so good are that they meet the 4 criteria required to make a shoe Podiatry approved:

1. They have a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole which is the most important thing to consider when you are shopping for comfortable shoes. Less motion through painful joints means less pain, less inflammation and less damage to those joints. A soft or flexible soled shoe is horrible for your feet because it offers no support and allows excessive motion through your joints, which can cause degenerative joint disease, bunions, hammertoes, fractures, tendon injuries, and many more foot maladies. 

2. A wide toe box, which is important because any pressure on the toes can cause bunions, hammertoes, corns, ingrown toenails, toenail fungus, blisters, and Morton's Neuromas. 

3. Rearfoot control, which is important because less motion through the rearfoot structures decreases your risk of injury and strain. Flip flops, which have no rearfoot control, forces the wearer to grip down with the toes and this promotes hammertoes as well as a multitude of other foot and ankle issues. It can also increase strain on the knees, hips and lower back.

4. Although this shoe doesn't have arch support, it will accommodate a custom-molded orthotic or a good over-the-counter insert, which you should be able to get from your local Podiatrist. 

These shoe are recommended for people with:
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Hallux Limitus (limited motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Functional Hallux Limitus (limited motion through the 1st toe joint when you are functioning/weight-bearing)
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion through 1st toe joint)
*Morton's Neuroma
*Metatarsalgia
*Sesamoiditis
*Mild Tailor Bunion 
*Mild Bunions
*Mild Hammertoes
*Osteoarthritis
*Mild to Moderate Degenerative Joint Disease 
*Mild Over-Pronation (wear arch support)
*Mild Hypermobility (try a Nike high-top basketball shoe with a rigid sole, which they usually have)
*Mild Tendonitis
*Mild Achille's Tendonitis

These shoes are not recommended for people with: 
*Charcot Foot
*History of Foot Ulcerations
*Lymphedema 

Check with your Podiatrist if you have:
*Diabetes
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation)
*Previous Lisfranc's Joint Injury 
*Ankle Instability 

I hope this was helpful and thank you for reading the blog! 

For more information about comfortable shoes, please check out my other articles:

My Feet Hurt! Top 10 Things to do to Alleviate Foot Pain Today.

Shoe Recommendations for Patients Recovering from Lisfranc Injuries. 


Have a great day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)





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

:)