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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Nike Shox - Podiatrist Recommended

Nike Shox

A great shoe for kids (and adults!) with "biomechanically challenged" feet.  

This may be strange for a Podiatrist to say but what I really love about the Nike Shox is - 
they are cool.

  When I have Pediatric patients with "biomechanically challenged" feet and I have to convince them to stop wearing flip-flops, Converse or Vans - they are always crestfallen - until I mention Nike Shox. 

Kids love the Nike Shox because they are cool.

So, if you have a fashion conscious teenager 
with problem feet - try the Nike Shox. 

Nike Shox work best with a Custom-Molded orthotic or an excellent over-the-counter insert 
for more arch control.

Nike Shox Junior 
Nike Shox Agent 

What makes the Nike Shox a great shoe for patients with "biomechanically challenged" feet is its thick rigid sole, which allows for excellent protection of the rearfoot, midfoot and especially the forefoot area. 

 If you have bunions or hammertoes - look for the Nike Shox with mesh toeboxes that allow for less pressure on any painful bunions. Another option is to take a leather shoe to a Shoe Repair shop and have them stretch the leather over the bunion area to decrease pressure on the bunion.  

If you decide to try this shoe, make sure there there is no bend through the entire sole of the shoe - that is usually the case with the Nike Shox but there are so many different styles - double check before you purchase them.  

If you are recovering from a bout of tendonitis, plantar fasciitis or any injury of the rearfoot or midfoot - 
try this shoe with a brace that has a trilock system
If you can't find the proper brace, follow up with any Podiatrist who will typically carry them in his or her office and the brace be billed to your insurance and should be covered as a durable medical equipment (depending on your insurance). 
Our office carries a Bioskin trilock ankle brace that biomechanically controls 
the Ankle Joint, the Subtalar Joint and the Mid-Tarsal Joint (Lisfranc's Joint) and, in my opinion, 
is the best brace I have ever found. 
Unfortunately, I have never been able to find it online 
and you can only get it through medical facilities. 

If you don't have insurance, I like the Futura brand, which you can find at your local pharmacy.  

Nike Shox are Recommended for patients with:
*Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
*Mild to Moderate Bunions  & Tailor's Bunions
*Mild to Moderate Hammertoes
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Sever's Disease
*Mild to Moderate PT or Peroneal Tendonitis 
*Mild to Moderate Osteoarthritis
*Hallux Limitus (Limited Range of Motion of the 1st Toe Joint)
*Morton's Neuroma
*Capsulitis of the Toe Joints
*Plantar Plate Injuries (of the Toe Joints)
*Ligament Laxity

Nike Shox are NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Diabetics with a a history of Open Sores/Ulcerations
*Charcot Foot

Once again, no matter what I recommend, if you try it on and it doesn't feel good - don't get it! 
If no shoes feel good to you and if  you are having chronic foot and ankle pain - go see your Podiatrist!  

Have a Lovely Day...

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy




Krysten said...

I have chronic tendinitis from taking Levaquin and have a lot of Achilles tendon pain and knee tendon pain. Can you recommend shoes that would be best for me?

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

Hi Krysten,

Sorry for the delayed response.

Please read "The Basics" which is a post on my blog - you should be able to find it in the "search" portion of the blog.

Also, when you have Achilles Tendonitis, do NOT wear any of the "Rocker Bottom" shoes like MBT or the Sketcher Shape-up as that can aggravate the problem by "rocking" you back too far and causing more strain and chance of injury to the Achilles Tendon.

You need a shoe with a stiff, rigid sole and a higher back than the front which will alleviate some of the pressure and strain on the Achilles Tendon. Also, wear the Croc Clogs around the house with the strap to the back (discussed in the article "The Basics").

Nike Shox are great for Achilles Tendonitis for casual wear. I wold also recommend a custom-molded orthotic or OTC insert for better arch control or, at the very least, a great heel cup like "Tully's" heel cup.

Have you seen a Podiatrist? Ankle Bracing with a "tri-lock system" for increased activities like exercise can be very beneficial.
Check out my "Top Twenty Women's Dress Shoe" list for more pathology specific recommendations.

The most important things to remember with Achilles Tendonitis are:
1. No Barefoot
2. No flip-flops
3. Wear Croc Rx Clogs with the strap to the back arond the house as a slipper
4. Thick rigid sole on the shoe
5. Higher back than the front of the shoe
6. Rearfoot strapping for more biomechanical control
7. Arch support or heel cups will help.
8. No Rocker Bottom sole shoes!

Hope that was helpful!
Cathy McCarthy

Krysten said...

Thanks so much! Really appreciate the advice and tips. Would a flat sole shoe with a rocker toe be okay? Thanks again!

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

Hi Krysten,
It the shoe has a Rocker "back" portion that could rock you back too far and aggravate the Achilles that's not good. If it has a Rocker-type toe but not the back portion of the Rocker that should be fine.
Have a great day!

Krysten said...

Thank you so much! I have been trying to find info on shoes for my condition forever! I so appreciate your advice!

Jaysen Chen said...

very good, thank you so much~~~

Anonymous said...

Which Futura/Futuro brand ankle support should I be looking for? I can't seem to find one. Should it also be a trilock like the other one? I work in a pharmacy so I'm hoping we can order one.

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

Hi Anonymous,
So sorry for the delayed response! For a midfoot injury, I would recommend the Aircast Airsport Ankle brace, which will help to give support and stop motion to the midfoot, rearfoot and ankle. Second option is try the Futura Support Ankle brace -- it's not as good because it's not controlling the midfoot (Lisfranc's joint) but it's decent. Don't forget that if you have insurance, you can go to your local podiatrist and he or she can get you into an excellent brace that your insurance might pay for.
Thank you for reading the blog and best wishes!

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

Thanks for reading, Jaysen!

Unknown said...

I have an accessory navicular bone that causes severe inflammation when I'm even a little active. Would you recommend Nike Shox?

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

Hello Unknown,
Sorry for the delayed response!
I'm not sure if the Nike Shox will work for you -- it depends on how big the accessory bone is. I would recommend that you find the Nike Shox that has an absolutely rigid and non-flexible sole and then try them on. If they put too much pressure on the navicular accessory bone and if it causes any pain, then that is not your shoe. I would highly recommend arch support - either custom molded or a good OTC inserts like the Powersteps. The 2 best walking shoes that should work for you are the New Balance 928 or 1540.
Thanks for reading!

Ahne SD said...

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