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Friday, May 20, 2011

Podiatrist Recommended: Top Ten Comfortable Sandals...

Podiatrist Recommended
Top Ten
Women's Sports Sandals....


With summer romping at our heels, I thought it would be a great time to do a "Top Ten" list for my personal recommendations for excellent sports/casual women's sandals. Please keep in mind that there are many other wonderful sandals out there and if you know of one that you recommend but it hasn't made my list, I would love to hear from you in our "comments" section. 


As always, I will give pathology specific advice regarding each sandal since not every type of shoe is for every patient. Always remember that when you are in the store trying on the shoe, check each shoe to make sure that the sole is thick and rigid with as little bend as possible across the ball of the foot and there should be no motion across the arch area. I always check my patients shoes and you would be surprised how many times someone is unknowingly wearing a defective or "broken" shoe. 


**I have no relationship with any of these shoe companies or manufacturers.


Drum roll please...




Tenth Place: 
Keen Venice H2 
$119 



Keen's Venice H2 is a great sandal for many reasons. It has a thick, rigid protective sole with excellent added toe protection as well as excellent forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot control. It's a great sandal to wear at the beach and even into the water or surf (amphibious sandal) - especially if their are rocks and sharp pebbles. If you have hyperhidrosis (excessively sweaty feet) this is a good choice because it's easy to clean between uses. 

Recommended for: 
*Mild Heel Pain
*Mild Arch Pain
*Mild Tendonitis
*Mild to Moderate Bunions & Hammertoes
*Mild Metatarsalgia
*Mild to Severe Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Mild Hypermobility
*Flat Feet
*Mild to Moderate Tailor's Bunion
*Mild to Moderate Morton's Neuroma
*Mild Capsulitis
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis 
*Hyperhidrosis (excessively sweaty feet)
*Mild Knee, Hip and Lower Back Pain
*Mild to Moderate Osteoarthritis
*Mild to Moderate Degenerative Joint Disease

NOT Recommended For:
*Diabetic Patients 
*Patients with a history of Ulcers 
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease
*Foot Drop
*Charcot Foot
*Severe Hypermobility
*Severe Ankle Instability 




Ninth Place:
Ecco Yucaton
$129





This is a popular shoe with many of our patients due to it's comfort, decent price and the fact that it's light weight, good looking and versatile. It has a thick and relatively rigid sole with adjustable forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot control. It particularly works well for older patients who prefer a lighter shoe. 


Recommended For:
*Mild Heel Pain
*Mild Tendonitis 
*Mild Bunions & Hammertoes
*Mild Tailor's Bunions
*Mild Metatarsalgia
*Mild Forefoot Capsulitis
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis 
*Mild Arch Pain
*Mild Hypermobility
*Mild Flat Feet
*Mild Knee, Hip & Lower Back Pain
*Mild Morton's Neuroma
*Mild Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe Joint)
*Mild Osteoarthritis

NOT Recommended For:
*Diabetic Patients (Diabetic Patients need an enclosed shoe that is more protective)
*Patients with a history of Ulcerations
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease 
*Charcot Foot
*Severe Hypermobility
*Severe Ankle Instability




Eighth Place:
Abeo Huntington Neutral 
$119


This is a very similar sandal to the Ecco Yucaton in it's build, weight and recommendations. This sandal is approved by the American Medical Podiatric Association and provides good biomechanical control of the foot and ankle. 


Recommended For:
*Mild Heel Pain
*Mild Tendonitis 
*Mild Bunions & Hammertoes
*Mild Tailor's Bunions
*Mild Metatarsalgia
*Mild Forefoot Capsulitis
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis 
*Mild Arch Pain
*Mild Hypermobility
*Mild Flat Feet
*Mild Knee, Hip & Lower Back Pain
*Mild Morton's Neuroma
*Mild Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe Joint)
*Mild Osteoarthritis


NOT Recommended For:
*Diabetic Patients (Diabetic Patients need an enclosed shoe that is more protective)
*Patients with a history of Ulcerations
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease 
*Charcot Foot
*Severe Hypermobility
*Severe Ankle Instability




Seventh Place:
Easy Spirit Women's Heel Riser 
$60



I really like this sandal! If you like the Fit-Flop - this is much better. It has an awesome sole that is thick, rigid and light. Easy Spirit claims that the sole has "Anti-Gravity formula with nitrogen bubbles in the foot bed and dual density mid-soles." Basically, it is a beautifully light-weight sandal with good forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot control. It's semi-rocker bottom sole offers great shock absorption and protection for the entire foot. Every patient who has gotten this sandal - loves it!


Recommended For:
*Mild to Moderate Heel Pain
*Mild to Moderate Arch Pain
*Mild Tendonitis
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild to Moderate Bunions 
*Mild to Moderate Hammertoes
*Ingrown Toenails
*Mild to Moderate Tailor's Bunion
*Mild to Moderate Metatarsalgia 
*Mild to Moderate Capsulitis
*Mild to Moderate Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st Toe Joint)
*Mild to Moderate Osteoarthritis 
*Mild Rheumatoid Arthritis 
*Mild to Moderate Morton's Neuroma
*Mild Hypermobility


NOT Recommended For:
*Diabetic Patients 
*Patients with a history of Ulcerations
*Peripheral Neuropathy
*Charcot Foot
*Drop-foot
*Severe Hypermobility
*Severe Ankle Instability





Sixth Place:
Chaco Z/2 Vibram Unasweep
$95


I love the Chaco's! This is a great sandal with fabulous arch support and a thick rigid protective sole. It's great for "surf and turf" wear and works well for anyone who has problems with sweaty or smelly feet (called hyperhidrosis and bromohydrosis) because the sandal is so easy to clean. If you have painful bunions or Tailor's bunions - be careful that the straps do not cut across them which can cause more irritation and discomfort. 


Recommended For:
*Mild Heel Pain
*Mild Tendonitis
*Mild Arch Pain
*Mild to Moderate Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion at the 1st toe joint)
*Mild Osteoarthritis
*Mild Morton's Neuroma
*Mild to Moderate Hammertoes
*Mild Metatarsalgia
*Mild Capsulitis
*Mild Flat Feet & Pronation
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis


NOT Recommended For:
*Painful Plantar Fibromas (benign bumps in the arch area) 
*Diabetic Patients 
*Patients with a history of Ulcerations
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Charcot Foot
*Drop Foot 




Fifth Place:
Bite Orthosport
$39


The best thing about this sandal is that the insole is removable and can be replaced by a custom-molded orthotic (assuming it's topcover is full-length and black so that it matches the sandal). However, the insole that comes with the sandal is very good since it is a soft material and offers good arch support. The forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot strapping is adjustable and offers excellent biomechanical control for the foot and ankle. The only issue that can occur with this sandal is that if you get a size that is too small (or if you have an abnormally long 2nd toe) - your toes may hit the front "toe guard" which can be irritating and painful. Overall, an excellent sandal - particularly if you have a custom-molded orthotic that you need to wear!



Forth Place:
Keen's Newport H2
$75


Another great Keen Sandal! This sandal offers even more biomechanical control and protection of the foot and ankle than the Venice H2. It has a thick, rigid, and protective sole as well as an excellent forefoot guard for the toes and wonderful forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot adjustable strapping. If you have a 2nd toe that is excessively long compared to the other toes, this may not work as well for you as the long toe can bump against the toe guard and cause discomfort and even toenail injury and promotion of hammertoe formation. Just be sure that your toes do not jam forward into the toe guard and you should be fine. 

Similar recommendations as the Keen Venice H2 (See above).






Third Place:
The Sketcher Shape-Up X Wear - Dash
$80



It's frustrating when I hear the bad press on Sketcher Shape-Ups! Although there are some patients who I would never put in a rocker-bottom soled shoe, the majority patients wearing this shoe will greatly benefit from it. Patients who should not wear a rocker-bottom shoe are: anyone with balance issues, anyone with Achilles Tendonitis, the elderly, anyone with nerve damage that causes muscle or leg weakness. The patients who typically do benefit from this type of shoe are: people who are on their feet for long hours on hard surfaces, most people with knee, hip, or lower back pain, and people with heel pain. 

Recommended For:
*Heel Pain
*Lower Back Pain
*Knee and Hip pain
*Mild Tendonitis
*Mild to Severe Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion across the 1st toe joint)
*Mild to Moderate Osteoarthritis
*Mild to Moderate Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Mild Hypermobility
*Mild to Moderate Metatarsalgia
*Mild to Moderate Bunions & Hammertoes
*Mild Morton's Neuromas

NOT Recommended For: 
*Diabetic Patients
*Patients with a history of Ulcerations
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Charcot Foot
*Achilles Tendonitis
*Severe Hypermobility
*Severe Ankle Instability 
*Muscle and Leg Weakness
*Balance Problems 





Second Place:
Taos Rockstep II
$59



This is another great rocker-bottom soled sandal. I like the extra arch support that is built into the sandal and I also like the aesthetics. 

Because this is a rocker-bottom sole sandal - the recommendations are the same as the Sketcher Shape-Up (See above).




First Place:
The MBT Katika 
$198

I own the MBT and if my lower back ever hurts, I wear the MBT walking shoe and I get instant relief. I do all my workouts on the treadmill in the MBT walking shoe and, as far as sandals go, I believe that the MBT sandals are excellent. The MBT's are a bit expensive but I recommend that my patients look at it as an investment as it may save them not just pain but also money in doctor's bills for painful feet, knees, hip and lower back. Good shoes are crucial to keeping joints healthy! So, as we get older, we can keep out joints healthy and protected so that we can stay active and do all the activities we love to do!


Recommended For:
* Heel Pain
*Knee, Hip & Lower Back Pain
*Hallux Limitus (Limited Range of Motion across the 1st toe joint)
*Mild to Severe Osteoarthritis of the 1st Toe Joint or the forefoot joints (the MTPJ's)
*Mild to Moderate Morton's Neuromas
*Mild Tendonitis
*Mild Hypermobility
*Metatarsalgia
*Mild to Moderate Bunions & Hammertoes


NOT Recommended For:
*Achilles Tendonitis
*Diabetic Patients
*Patients with history of Ulcerations
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulations)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Charcot Foot
*Severe Hypermobility
*Severe Ankle Instability
*Balance Problems
*Muscle and Leg Weakness 



I hope this helps you! 

Dr Cathleen A. McCarthy 


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59 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recommendations! The Taos Rockstep II caught my eye--it looks comfortable, functional & cute, and will allow me to show off my pedicure.

Ann C.

Melissa K said...

I saw that you mentioned Bite. I don't think this brand is around anymore. Crocs bought them and they haven't been heard from since. If they are still around I would love to know because they have great shoes.

Some other great brands with comfy sandals - Aetrex Sandalistas, Aravon (by New Balance), Naot, Ziera (formerly Kumfs), and many more! Best comfy flips are Sole, Orthaheel & Moszkito.

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Melissa,
Thank you for reading the blog! Bite sandals are still available online - check out Amazon which has them available for $39.95 which is a great price.

Thank you for the info on the sandal recommendations - I've never heard of the Ziera (Kumfs) and I look forward to finding out more about them and I will try to feature them on a future blog. I just blogged about the Naot's which are excellent sandals.

Hope all is well,
Dr Cathleen A McCarthy

Deborah B. said...

Hello Dr. McCarthy - just want to offer my thanks for such an upbeat, informative website! I've had foot pain ever since the birth of my two children (the younger one is almost 12). The best suggestion a podiatrist I saw this spring gave me was to look for rigid soles and heel control. I searched these keywords online and found your reviews. Now I never go shoe shopping without your recommendations! I'm slowly replacing years of shoes that were mostly all wrong for me (after spending way too much over time)
. Now I'll spend more on one pair of shoes that is right for me instead of continually buying the wrong shoes. Thank you! I look forward to your Fall/Winter shoes, especially boots. I live in Minnesota and we wear boots 5 months out of the year.

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Dear Deborah B.,
You just made my day! Thank you so much for your wonderfully kind words. I will make sure to do a "Top" list of boots before it gets too cold!
Hope all is well,
Cathy

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you have any recommendations for someone w/my orthotic needs:

My requirements:
**Sandals w/breathability
**Stylish (I love Naot, but I find that I can only wear it for dressy occasions)
**must have back strap/or enclosed back for the sandals OR
**ankle support/or can fit an ankle brace easily
** cannot tolerate straps BetweeN my toes
**Low heel
**Traction on bottom soles

I cannot wear shoes with a rocker bottom. I had to stop wearing MBT shoes due to my balance. My PT said while many people like them, people with connective tissue disorders (hypmobility in ankles & knees) & balance should not wear them as they are unstable.

Special Needs:
** Moderate hypermobility in right ankle, Severe hypermobility in left
**Significant Overpronation of feet
**Moderate flat feet
**Balance issues-- I have a tendency to fall...my PT said I should wear hard, enclosed sneakers, but it makes my feet enclosed & uncomfortable, esp. in the summer

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hello!
I'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond!
If you are talking about getting a walking shoe I would recommend going to a New Balance Store and asking for:

*A New Balance walking shoe with:
*Roll Bar Technology (this is NOT a rocker bottom sole - it is simply more stability)
*A wide stable base
*A mesh front (if possible)
*A light shoe (if possible)

I like to give my patients RX's with the description of what type of shoe they need to be in and the New Balance salespeople are excellent with helping you find the shoe that works for you. Make sure to take your orthotics and brace with you so that you know they fit properly.

Also, Propet makes some fabulous shoes that you might want to check out.

If you are looking for sandals - I would recommend:

*Wolky - Cloggy, Tulip or Jewel
*Alegria - Kleo

If they don't work for you - you may want to bump down to something more sporty like a:

*Bite Orthosport
*Keen Venice H2
*Keen Newport H2

Also,
In the house as a house-slipper - to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, ect - I would recommend Crocs RX Clog with the strap to the back. The only time you should be barefoot and standing is in the shower!!

I hope this has been helpful!

Dr Cathleen McCarthy
:)

Unknown said...

Hi, I came upon this site because I was searching to see if anyone else was having problems with their keens. I bought the exact red Keen that made your #10 spot. I liked it so much I bought the same style in two other colors and was wearing them pretty much every day. After a few weeks I started noticing a pain in my left heel that I have never had before. I didn't make a connection with my keens. The pain became worse and I decided to wear other shoes for a couple of weeks and the pain eased although it didn't go away. Started wearing the keens again and the pain increased. I'm wondering if it's just a matter of getting used to them. I love my keens and hate to give them up.

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi!
You might have a defective Keen! Check to make sure that the sole is rigid - if the sole is flexible it may be defective or substandard. Quality can vary wildly and that is why it's so important to check each shoe. If it bends or is flexible - it's going to cause problems.
Cathy
:)

Melissa Southorn said...

Thanks for the shoe recommendations! I've never come across such a comprehensive list. BUT it still didn't help when it comes to a replacement for the Bite Orthosport Sandal. It's the only sandal I can wear (I have Charcot-Marie-Tooth) and I am so upset that Crocs stopped making them. If anyone comes across a similar custom orthotic friendly sport sandal (has to have a wide base), I would appreciate a recommendation. I am desperate! Thanks in advance!

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Melissa,
I was also disappointed when they stopped making the Bite Orthosport Sandal! Have you tried the Wolky Tulip or Ruby? They offer fabulous support and have a removable footbed so you can put in a custom-molded orthotic. My only concern is they might be a touch too heavy for you since you have CMT but - it's worth a shot to go to the store and try them on. Some of the NAOT sandals are also excellent and have removable footbeds so you can put in your CMO. I'll keep an eye out for something more sporty but those are the sandals that come to mind when you are looking for excellent support, a wide base and a removable insert. Let me know how it works out...
Cathy
:)

Dianne Kaminski said...

I saw that you mentioned Bite.I don't think this brand is around anymore.Shoes You Love is a footwear retailer that has been in this industry for many years.For more news you may visit at www.shoesyoulove.net.

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Dianne,
You're right - Bite isn't around anymore. This is an older article and I was sorry to see Bite disappear.
Thanks for reading!
Cathy
:)

Anonymous said...

Love your interaction in helping to find proper footwear! Could you do an updated list for 2014, some of these are not sold anymore and summer here in AZ is approaching quickly. I've tried the chacos, like them but they are too hard for me. I have morton's neuroma,tarsal tunnel syndrome, tight achilles tendons, plantar fasciitis, low arches, wide feet, pronate....lets see what else! LOL I've seemed to try everything and altho I know supportive shoes are a must, I crave soft, cushy shoes because of the nerve pain I have. I just don't know where to find the balance in all of this. I even find the powerstep pinnacle and the pulse too hard altho I love the arch support. So, the arch may feel great in something but then it triggers pain in the heel and outer foot because the heel area of the shoe or insole is too hard. I'm being defeated by my foot issues, I'm so upset. Thank you for reading and helping
~Lanie~

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Lanie,
Sorry that you're having trouble finding shoes that work for you! I am planning on writing a new top 20 list but may not have it together for another couple of 6-8 weeks as they take a bit more time.
The sandals I would recommend that you try are the Wolky Ruby, Tulip, Jewel or the Cloggy.
Hope all is well and thank you for reading!
Cathy
:)

Pam T said...

I've just found your blog and I'm enjoying your recommendations. In a sandal, and for that matter other casual shoes I have a long list of issues and need your advice. I have moderate R.A., hammertoes, tailor's bunion, high instep, 3/4 length custom molded orthotics, and a D width. Is there any hope for shoes that are not atrociously ugly but will pamper my feet?

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Pam T,
Of course there is hope for comfortable shoes that are decent looking! Check out (through the search block on the blog) the top 25 comfortable sandal list. I would recomment the Wolky Ruby, Tulip, Jewel or Cloggy. It's hard to find a sandal with a good fit for a 3/4 length CMO so I would concentrate on the sandal first. Don't give up hope! There are many options and, remember, beauty is not only in the eye of the beholder but - it's more beautiful to be running around in a clunky, chunky shoe than limping around in a flimsy non-supportive "cuter" shoe!
Thank you for reading!
Cathy
:)

gfoak3 said...

I was wondering if you could touch on the differences between the new jungle mocs (touch, breeeze, ruze, etc.) compared to the older model. In addition, any recs for stiff soled shoes that can be worn to work. I walk over 2 miles a day at work, and need something as comfortable as a running shoe.

I have sesamoiditis and hypermobility. My go to is merrell jungle moc, followed by a discontinued dansko boot (stiff sole, but very cushioned). I'm ordering an alegria kelli professional to try too.

Love your blog, wish you were in MY town ;) thank you!!!

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi gofoak3,

Sorry for the delayed response! I haven't been able to comment on the shoes that you mentioned because I haven't seen them in person yet. I looked at all of them on the internet but I have to check the sole in person to tell if it is strong enough and I haven't been able to do that - so I'm not sure.

If you can't bend or flex these shoes that you've listed than they should be fine. If the sole bends or flexes, they are not good enough for you!

Have you tried the Alegria Alli or Paloma or Debra? Also, the Wolky Cloggy would be a good choice.

Glad you like the blog! Check out my "Top 20" lists of comfortable shoes and sandals for more ideas.

Hope all is well,
Cathy
:)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this great blog. It has been such a great tool! I am on the hunt for sport sandals to ease the pain of my hallux limitus. I am looking for something that is fairly open and gives some heat relief when temps get to be 111 in Phoenix. The Chaco looks like a good choice but I'm worried there is not enough strapping to support my condition.

I also wanted your thoughts on Vionic. I recently purchased a pair (the Amber) and they seem to be alright. The straps do get ridiculously hot once they hit the Phoenix sun. Thanks!

Valerie P.

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Valerie P,
If you have Hallux Limitus, the VIonic Amber might be too flexible in the forefoot area. If they bend or flex at all, they are not good enough for you.

Try the Ecco Yucaton, the Keens Newport H2 or a Birkenstock sandal. Quality varies greatly even within the same brands, so make sure you only purchase the sandal that has the least amount of bend and flex to the sole.

Wow, you are an early riser!
Cathy
:)

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Cathy! So many of the Birkenstock sandals do not have rear straps. Is that essential for my condition with this brand of sandals?

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Anonymous,
I always recommend a rearfoot strap for more biomechanical control of your foot and ankle. It does make a difference.
Hope all is well,
Cathy
:)

Sue C said...

Thanks so much for this article. I just ordered your #1 choice--MBT Katika's for $69.95 on Amazon. I guess the fact that you wrote this article 3 years ago, helped me get the savings on some of the last of this style of sandal from MBT.

Anonymous said...

Hi there!
I was just diagnosed with Hallux Limitus. I have bone spurs on my big toes. I have a bone that is on the top of my foot that hurts. My feet suppinate and I am in pain. I can't find dress shoes, sneakers or sandals that limit movement and are cute! I have been in a Hoka One One. My heels slip, it rubs my ankles & the tongue creeps down. I have narrow feet and this sneaker is wide. The sneaker does do rather well protecting the toe and keeping it from bending.
Suggestions Please!!!
I love your blog. Thanks for caring.
Cheri

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Sue C,
I hope the MBT's work for you! If you have any history of Achilles Tendonitis, hypermobility, balance problems or muscle or nerve damage, this may not be the shoe for you. I hope it works for you, but if it does not, try the New Balance 928 or 1540.
Have a great day and thank you for reading!
Cathy
:)

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Cheri,
I'm sorry for the delayed response!

For a bedroom slipper - either RX Crocs Ultipmate Cloud or Relief OR the Orthoheel Diabetic slipper from Footsmart.com OR a Biirkenstock sandal.

For a walking shoe: the New Balance 928 or 1540 with either a custom-molded insert OR and OTC arch support like Powerstep or Footsteps (which you can get from a Pod).

Sandals - I would recommend trying the Wolky Tulip, Jewel, Ruby or CLoggy OR one the Alegria sandals with rearfoot strapping.

If you supinate excessivly, talk to your Pod about getting a Bioskin tri-lock ankle brace to wear on an as needed basis.

Narrow feet are the hardest to fit!

Hope that was helpful!
Cathy
:)

Kyle McDonald said...

I really like the look of that last pair of shoes. I have lots of foot problems, so choosing a shoe is really hard. I'm glad that they still make shoes for people with foot problems. http://www.harapodiatrists.com/family_podiatry_covina_CA.html

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Thank you Kyle!
I hope the shoe works for you - thanks for reading!
Cathy
:)

Nora Moore said...

Sandals can make summer more manageable, but a lot are not very good for my feet. My sister likes Chacos. They do look very comfortable, but aren't too bulky. I could use more arch support in my shoes. Maybe I get a pair next summer. http://www.yourfootdocs.com

hannah said...

Hi I had a mid foot fusion in September 2014 and my foot is still very painful. I am wondering if you can advise me on shoes that might be good for me. Thanks Hannah

Dean Reese said...

I think it's so important to find sandals that work well with your feet. I know my feet always get sore over the summer and I am always regretting wearing the shoes I am. Either they comfortable tennis shoes that make my feet feel burning hot, or sandals that are great for the weather, but not for my feet. I'll have to look for something like this around my area especially before this summer! http://www.westmorelandfootdoctor.com

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Hannah,
Sorry for the delayed response! And I'm sorry to hear about your foot pain. Check out my articles:
'My feet hurt: top ten things to do to alleviate foot pain today' and 'Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc's injuries.' These two articles will give you all the basics. The main concept to remember is that if you have joints that are surgically fused - you have to wear shoes with a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole because if you are trying to put motion through a joint that can't bend - you are beating it up!
Try my methods from these 2 articles and I hope they work for you!
Thanks for reading!
Cathy
:)

Andrew and Abby said...

I'm very happy to have found this post even if I'm a few years late. I'm suffering from sesamoiditis, but now it's summer and I have 3 small kids so not walking is not an option. Should I pay special attention to your sandal recommendations that mention "good for hallux rigidtus"? Not sure if I got that condition name/spelling right.
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, I am SO happy to have run across your blog! I seriously need some help! I'm searching for some sandals for my mother. She has dementia and does nothing but pace alllllllll day and night. She is on her feet from the time she wakes until she goes to sleep. She has hip and lower back pain. And her feet hurt from walking all day. I'm trying to find a sandal because her feet now tend to sweat often. I thought a light sandal would be best so her feet can breathe. But I know she needs support as well. And the usual for someone older and frail, nonslip bottoms, etc. I also noticed she had very mild bunions so I assume I should get something sort of wide? Any bit of advice would be wonderful!

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Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Andrew and Abby,
Thank you for reading the blog! I'm under the assumption that I'm talking to Abby, so I am giving women's shoe advice -- please correct me if I'm wrong and I can give men's shoes recommendations.
Excellent question and the answer is yes. Any shoe for functional hallux limitus will also work for sesamoiditis. The two BEST sandals I would recommend is the Wolky Jewel or Tulip, which are both perfect for hallux limitus and sesamoiditis. They are a bit pricey, but will be worth every cent. Don't forget to get your Rx Crocs Ultimate Cloud or Relief for bedroom slippers.
Good luck!
Cathy
:)

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hello Anonymous,
Sorry to hear that your mother has dementia.
For her all day pacing, I would recommend Crocs Mammouth as she can slip into them and they are fleece-lined and light-weight. Also, you can try the Vionix Relax bedroom slipper or, for a sneaker, the New Balance 812 with velcro strapping. Also, the Clarks Lexi sandals is perfect for geriatric patients as it has an excellent sole but is very light-weight.
Good luck and thank you for reading!
Cathy
:)

Anonymous said...

Best foot blog around!

I need around the house shoes or slippers - I have collapsed arches and cannot stand anything poking up into them, Achilles Tendinosis , plantars fascillitis , and often ingrown toenails and swelling due to medications - any ideas? Open toe sandals also would be great

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hello Anonymous,

Your best options for bedroom slippers are:
1. Rx Crocs Ultimate Cloud or Relief
2. Vionix Relax diabetic slippers
3. Birkenstock sandals.

Also, the bed sandal, in my opinion, is the Wolky Jewel. It was a fabulously supportive arch and adjustable strapping to accommodate swelling.

Best of luck and thanks for reading!
Cathy
:)

Jackie said...

Hi,
I just found your blog and I'm so glad I did. I am looking for just some everyday shoes. I am diabetic and also have bursitis in my left hip and lower back pain. I don't have pain all the time but some good, comfortable shoes would help a lot.

Drew Harrison said...

All my friends swear by Chaco brand. But sadly I'm male and they might look a little funny on me. Do you have a similar list for men's sandals? That would help me out a ton! Podiatrist

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Drew,
Sorry I don't have a similar list for guys!
For men's sandals, I would recommend:
Chaco Z1 or Z2 (works great for the beach)
Keen's Newport H2 (also excellent for the beach)
Birkenstock sandals
Ecco Yucaton
Hope all is well and thank you for reading!
Cathy
:)

L. Welch said...

Just tried some H2s. I have wanted a pair for years. I think my over pronation is a problem as the inner straps are really cuttin/rubbing the arch of my foot. I am trying them again in the morning but I think I will be sad as I can't swing this improving. The ones I have are the Newports. Is there any hope that the Venice wouldn't do that?

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Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi L. Welch,
If you can find a Keen's Venice with a sole that does not bend or flex - they should be okay. I would also recommend that you try the Chaco Z1 or Z2 and maybe even a Birkenstock sandal.
Thank you for reading,
Cathy
:)

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65 and Broken said...

Dear Dr. McCarthy
I am recovering from a trimalleolar fracture surgery performed on 10/7/2015.
I should be out of the walking cast by late March 2016. I am still getting PT for muscles & soft tissue.
My ankle is still stiff and I can't flex foot up very much but am making steady recovery.
What summer sandals would you suggest for a May vacation at the beach?

Thank you,

Linda V

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Linda V,
Sorry to hear about your injury, but I am glad that you are on the road to recovery!
Please get my recommendations approved by your doctor since he/she is the one overseeing your recovery.

For on the beach and in the water:
*Keen's Newport H2 with a tri-lock brace
*or the Chaco Z1 or Z2 with a tri-lock brace

For casual wear but not to get wet in the surf:
*Birkenstock sandals with a tri-lock brace (if needed)

For dress up sandals for a night out:
*Wolky Jewel, Ruby or Tulip

Best of luck and have a great vacation!
Cathy
:)

Lance Wagner said...

OMG !!!! Why do the shoes have to be so ugly. Can't any one design a good shoe that does not go with tie die?

Lance Wagner said...

OMG !!!! Why do the shoes have to be so ugly. Can't any one design a good shoe that does not go with tie die?

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Jojo Run said...

Hi. You helped me find some shoes a couple of years ago after a foot injury (Rx Crocs, Wolky Jewel, New Balance and tri lock brace). Two and a half years on and my foot is no better (seen two foot specialists who just sent me for physio which made it worse). So looking for shoe recommendation that avoids pressure on the peroneal tendon (outside of left foot) which seems to swell and can't stand any pressure on it. These days all I can wear is my medical crocs indoors and an aircast walker boot outdoors - so I don't get out much! As I'm not supposed to wear the aircast boot too much to avoid ankle stiffness. I wear the Wolky jewel on the other foot as it's the right height to match the aircast boot. However I can only manage indoors with the Crocs on FLAT floors. We moved house recently and have a bumpy uneven old floor in the lounge - so can only walk on it in the aircast boot (without ending up with my leg up for days with pain). Working out a schedule for getting the floor levelled currentlyt, but meanwhile I wondered if a rocker sole sandal might take the place of the aircast boot? Providing the straps are in the right place not to press on the tendon. I have not been able to wear a shoe on the injured foot for about 18 months - apart from the Crocs on flat floors. Had to give up on the trilock brace and New Balance shoes due to the pressure on the side (tendon) making the pain acute. So any recommendation would be great! I guess it needs - a rocker sole (like the aircast boot) - gaps at the side to avoid pressure on the peroneal tendon, and some kind of ankle support without restricting ankle movement too much.

Jojo Run said...

As an update - the problem I am having is because it swells at the side of my foot (outside)and pressure there sets the pain off, the join between the sole and side on most shoes causes pressure there. The Crocs and aircast boot are good for that because they are wider but the Crocs don't have enough depth or cushioning on the uneven floors. So I am thinking some kind of medical shoe might be needed temporarily - like the aircast boot but without the rigid ankle restriction the aircast has. Do you know of anything? Unless I "mod" the aircast boot! And chop the top off.

Jojo Run said...

Bit of an update. After nearly 3 years I went to see a retired Doctor recommended by a lot of people as being good with joints and backs - he was a retired medical doctor, not an osteopath, but manipulated the foot and something went back into place. I think it was the cuboid - it was at the base of the fifth metatarsal. He told me to stop wearing the aircast boot now but not go doing too much at first. I still have pain afterwards so will take it steady. But am nervous about walking on our still bumpy stone flag floors (yet to be re-laid) or wearing normal shoes yet. But am hoping it might improve enough in the next few days to try wearing my Crocs again.

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