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Monday, August 13, 2012

Comfortable Women's Wedge Sandals...


Gentle Souls - Juniper Barry Red 

Gentle Souls Dolling

Juicy Couture Mallory Too Flat

What's great about these wedges is that they give you the height (for fashion) but they don't give you the excessive 'foot tilt' forward, which makes for more comfortable wear and puts less strain on the joints, muscles, tendons as well as the ball of the foot. Each of these wedges has strapping of the forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot, which offers more biomechanical control and therefore allows for more comfort, less mechanical strain and less chance of injury. 

These Wedges Should Be Comfortable For Patients With:
*Mild to Moderate Hammertoes
*Mild to Moderate Bunions
*Mild to Moderate Tailor's Bunions
*Mild Metatarsalgia
*Mild Hallux Limitus (Limited Range of Motion of the 1st Toe Joint)
*Mild Osteoarthritis
*Mild Capsulitis
*Mild Morton's Neuroma
*Mild Heel Pain
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild Tendonitis   
*Mild Over-Pronation 
*Dorsal Exostosis (Bone Spur on Top of Midfoot area)

These Shoes Are NOT Recommended For Patients With:
*Moderate to Severe Hallux Limitus (Limited Range of Motion of the 1st Toe Joint) 
*Hallux Rigidus
*Moderate to Severe Osteoarthritis
*Moderate to Severe Degenerative Joint Disease
*Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Weak Legs
*Balance Issues
*Drop Foot
*Charcot Foot
*History of Ulcerations 
*Hypermobility / Ligament Laxity
*Moderate to Severe Over-Pronation

I hope this was helpful!


Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy



Elizabeth said...

I'm surprised you recommend these shoes. One step slightly off-center on a sidewalk or curb, and you've slipped off the shoe and sprained or even broken your ankle and/or foot. Working in an ER, I see this every day--it's become a common occurrence and these high wedge shoes are a major contributor.

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

Hi Elizabeth,
You are exactly right that stepping off a curb and twisting your foot outward creates the "Jone's fracture" which is the most common foot fracture. This fracture can happen while wearing a wedge heel sandal - it can also happen while wearing an excellent walking shoe.

These sandals are not for everyone and that's why I try to be careful about recommending who should and should not be wearing them (pathology specific recommendations at the bottom of the article).

However, I have many fashion conscious patients who need to know what type of fashion shoe they can wear so I try to balance the blog with "super-sensible" shoes as well as some more fasionable shoegear.

The main culprit behind the Jone's fracture is a shoe that bends or is flexible through the mid-foot area, which these are not. It's not to say that you can't fracture your foot in these shoes but the chances are significantly less than if you are wearing a flexible shoe.

Should a diabetic patient or someone with severe hypermobility wear these shoes? No! But, for patients who want a more fashionable shoe and if they have a biomechanical structure that can tolerate this type of shoe - these would be appropriate.

Would I love to have everyone wear a New Balance 928 walking shoe - yes! Is it going to happen - unfortunately, no. So, I try to offer a balance of sensible shoes and fashionable shoes options that are pathology specific for a variety of different patients.

Thank you so much for reading and I really appreciate your feedback!
Cathy McCarthy

UPERE said...

Comfortable and good-looking wedge shoes, I love them.

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

Thank you Upere!