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Friday, July 15, 2011

Podiatrist Poll for Top Comfort Dress Shoes...

Hello Intrepid Readers,


I am running an informal poll and would greatly appreciate any input from you! 


What is your favorite/most comfortable/prettiest dress shoe ever? Basically, if you had to pick one pair of women's dress shoes that you had to wear for the rest of your life - what would it be?


Thank you so much for your help!


Sincerely,


Dr. Cathleen A McCarthy 


:)

17 comments:

jenny bento said...

work dress shoes? Dansko Melodie Oxfords.

Heels? probably anything Jambu

Helen said...

Still looking for one. That's why I read your blog. :)

The parents of Charles Hargrove said...

This is why I read your blog as well. I have been suffering with Plantar Fasciitis in both feet and now have developed a Tailor's bunion on my left foot as a result. Any suggestion on shoes? I also have just recently received custom orthotics. Please help.

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

Hello Parents,
What type of shoe are you looking for? Dress, sandals, walking shoes? Are you diabetic? Any nerve damage or circulation problems? I hate to ask this but - what is your age? Anything else I should know about what type of shoe your looking for? Is it for a wedding where you plan to do lots of dancing or a vacation with lots of walking? let me know and I'll give you my best thoughts on what type of shoe will work for you...
Dr Cathleen A McCarthy

The parents of Charles Hargrove said...

I am looking for an everyday shoe to wear. I am unable to do anything for long distance, even grocery shopping without pain. I am not a diabetic and I am not aware of any nerve damage. I am approaching my 40th birthday next month. I just want to walk without pain. I would like to try and find a shoe that is casual but also nice to wear to church. At this point, I am not to particular.

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

Make sure that you eliminate barefoot walking, flip flops, walking around the house in socks and slippers. For around the house get a pair of Croc Rx clogs and wear the strap to the back. Even if you get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night - step out of bed and right into your Crocs. No barefoot! Check out my article on "The Basics" for what you are looking for in a good shoe. Also, check out my blog article on "Top Five Walking Shoes."

Try the Sketcher Shape-ups and see how it feels. It's not for everybody but try it on and if you like it, break into it slowly. For a sandal, try the Wolky Tulip or Jewel - they are a bit pricey but totally worth the cost. For a cute "kick around" shoe to go with jeans, try the Dansko Volley.

I would recommend arch support - over the counter I like Pro-step. If you go to a Podiatrist, he or she will either talk to you about custom molded inserts or will have a good OTC alternative in their office.

If you are only forty (you're young!!) and you are having that much pain, I highly recommend that you see a Podiatrist. Don't jump in to surgery or injections - try to find a Podiatrist who will exhaust conservative treatment before turning to surgery. There are so many different things (simple things) we as Podiatrists can do to help you!

Good luck!

Dr Cathleen A McCarthy

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

Also, try the Jambu's are great for a little dressier look and all day dress shoe comfort!
:)

The parents of Charles Hargrove said...

I was a patient or yours (the drive was too far and costly.) and am currently seeing a Podiatrist. I have custom mold inserts. I have at this point exhausted all conservative treatment and doing therapy exercises at home and I am not getting any relief. I tried the Pro Step insert and they caused an increase of pain. I tried the Skecher shape-ups and they caused more pain. I currently have a pair of Dansko Sissy sandals, crocs (I did not get the RX - make a difference?) and New Balance All Terrain trail 573 with the custom mold insert. I am not getting any relief. I do not walk barefoot or wear flip flops and I am beyond frustrated. The next step is surgery and I am little leery but if that is going to relieve the pay I may have to do it.

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

What was your diagnosis? Is it a pain syndrome like RSD or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome? If so - the next step may be to go to a Neurologist or Pain Management Specialist. I can't really comment because I haven't seen you as a patient in awhile but - what part of town do you live in - I may be able to recommend a good Podiatrist in your area for a second opinion.
Dr Cathleen A McCarthy

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

Dr Lewis Freed in Mesa is one of the best Podiatrists in the state - he would be a great place to start for a second opinion!
:)

The parents of Charles Hargrove said...

I live in Prescott area.

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

I am really sorry to say that I don't know any of the Pods in Prescott! I'm sure there are some excellent Podiatrists up there and if you are having that much pain I would definitely make an appointment for evaluation and treatment.
I hope all is well,
Cathy

C.C. Harrison said...

My favorite dress shoes? Grey alligator sling-back 3 inch heels! But you won't let me wear things like that anymore. Ha Ha. So, now I wear Wolkies (it took me a long time to get used to them) and Scoots which I hate, and I don't leave the house with them on because they are like tugboats on my feet.

You did say my fully strapped platforms were okay because they don't bend, so I wear those with jeans.

And now that I see you are saying Sketcher Shape-ups are okay, I'll try those.

Louise said...

Funny you should ask this! Just the other day I was wearing my Naot Pleasures and thinking, "These are the prettiest, most comfortable shoes I've ever had! I could wear these the rest of my life!"

I have them in black patent leather, which makes them quite dressy. Yet the style is a classic Mary Jane, so they should stay in style for a long time.

They don't rub or pinch anywhere, fit my orthotics if I need them (but I usually don't with these shoes) and I loooooove them. High praise indeed from a chronic plantar fasciitis sufferer!

If I needed another pair of dressy shoes, I would definitely choose another Naot on this same sole, the "Eden" collection. Other pretty styles include the Charm and Select, along with several booties, clogs and knee-high boots.

rb said...

Cole Haan Air - pretty much anything with a wedge heel, but I particularly like the Air Lainey with the 2" wedge heel. This is based on what I reach for most often in the morning.

I have Morton's Neuroma and occasional plantar fasciitis, as well as tendency to twist my ankle. Hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

Earthies make some really cute dress shoes with a great arch support. Veria, Monaco, and Santiago are my favorites.
Mindy

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

I really love the Eathies too!
Thanks you for your thoughts...
:)