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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Kork-Ease AVA -- Comfortable Women's Sandal


Comfortable Woman's Sandal...

 Quirky Colors Plus Comfort Equals 
Kork-Ease Sandals. 

These Sandals Should Work for Patients with: 

*Mild Hallux Limitus (Decreased Motion at the 1st Toe Joint
*Mild Heel Pain 
*Mild Bunions & Tailor's Bunions
*Mild Metatarsalgia
*Mild Capsulitis
*Mild Tendonitis
*Mild Hammertoes
*Mild Morton's Neuromas

This Sandal is NOT Recommended For Patients with:

*Moderate to Severe Hallux Limitus (Limited range-of-motion of the 1st toe joint) 
*Hallux Rigidus (No range-of-motion of the 1st joint)
*Degenerative Joint Disease 
*Moderate Osteoarthritis
*Moderate to Severe Tendonitis
*Moderate to Severe Hypermobility
*Nerve Damage
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Balance Issues
*Ankle Instability

Basically, if you know that you can wear a one and a half inch heel, this should be a comfortable wedge sandal for this summer. 

Hope all is well,

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy



Michele said...

Hi Cathleen,
I love your blog.
I'm a college student and work part time so I am on my feet all day (running to classes, standing for 5-8 hr shifts, etc). Sadly my beloved Converse are hurting me, even with insoles. I had to give up flats also (even the Dr. Scholl's flats). I was wondering if you would know of something that would give me comfort for long days without sacrificing fashion. Or even some brands that you may know of. The web is filled with shoes that are labeled for comfort but I'm not sure which ones are actually beneficial for my feet.

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

Hi Michele!
Thanks for reading! If you likethe Converse look, try the Dansko Volley. They are great for being on your feet all day and, although they are a chunkier, they are really comfortable! Danko's in general are great for working on your feet on concrete floors all day. You can also try on a Sketcher Shape-Up sneaker or Mary-Jane style. This is also a wonderful shoe for being on concrete floors all day. When I used to waitress, I wore the Dansko Clog (not the mule - the one with the rearfoot control) and it was an absolute lifesaver!
Hope all is well and good luck!
Cathy McCarthy

Jevon D. Hayter said...

Great information on this site thanks for sharing!
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Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Thanks Jevon!
I appreciate you reading the blog and taking the time to comment...
Cathy McCarthy

Claire said...

I posted a reply to an old blog, and not sure you'll see it- I'm really trying to figure out a professional shoe - I'm a nurse- that won't make my bunions worse. Also, I'm confused when I should use my orthotics vs. using a shoe that has motion control. Does one always use a shoe with orthotics in them? Thank you so much!!!

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

Hi Claire,
I just posted some questions to you in response to you other post - sorry it took me so long to respond! I do the blog in my spare time, which can mean I don't always get to it for a day or two.

When I was a resident doing hospital work - I wore my Danskos which gave great support and protection and typically don't need (and can't accomodate) orthotics.
If your bunion is really bad (i.e. large) Dansko doesn't always work because they may cause pain as the bunion bump rubs against the shoe. If there is too much pressure of the bunion against the shoe - the bunion can be aggravated and get larger (bone, as you know, is a living tissue and if you aggravate it - it will grow).

A Rocker Bottom shoe like MBT's or Sketcher Shape-Ups are great for bunions (assuming you wear your orthotics with them) because they offer no motion across the forefoot area and they off-load the forefoot so there is significantly less pressure on the bunion and other forefoot structures.

You will probably have to try them on and see which one feels the best but my top recommendations for you are:

1. A Sketcher Shape-Up or MBT with your custom-molded orthotics (assuming there is no pressure on the bunion) when you try them on.

2. Dansko Clog with rearfoot control (not the mule!). It may not be able to accomodate your orthotic and that's okay because the Dansko clog is maximal motion control and doesn't always need the orthotic.

3. The Dansko Volley - with your orthotic. If memory serves me correctly, I think their insert comes out so you can put in your orthotic.

4. Crocs RX. You may want to try a prescription strength Croc Clog (with the strap to the back). If the Croc Rx can accomodate your orthotic that's fine but it's okay if it doesn't. To prevent bunions - I would at least wear a Croc Rx Clog around the house as a house slipper. (See my article on 'My Feet hurt - Top Ten things to do to Relieve Foot Pain Today' for more info).

5. Also, you can wear a New Balance 928 with your orthotic. It's a maximum motion control walking shoe and,with an othotic, it will stop or at least significantly slow the progression of your bunions!

I hope this was helpful!
Cathy McCarthy