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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Easy Spirit Traveltime - Comfort Shoe For People Who Have Difficulty Reaching Thier Feet.

Easy Spirit Traveltime:

This is a fabulous shoe for patients who need a comfortable shoe but have trouble reaching their feet. There are many reasons people have trouble putting on shoes and tying the laces - everything from severe arthritis in the hands, hips or lower back to having dizziness with bending, being a fall risk, and having balance issues. Patients recovering from hip and back surgery often have trouble bending and putting on shoes during the early period of their recovery. 

What's great about this shoe is that the rearfoot has a 'lip' that is high enough to keep your heel firmly in place but also allows for you to be able to slip your foot into the shoe without having to bend down. It's an extremely light shoe and perfect for elderly patients. 

It has a relatively thick, rigid sole that is light and supportive. I would not recommend this shoe for someone who is young and doing extreme activities (running, jogging, ect) but it is perfect for an older, more sedentary person who is active but not doing extreme activities. It has a wide, soft toebox, midfoot control and enough rearfoot control to make them exceptionally comfortable. 

I would recommend that you remove the insert from this shoe and replace it with your custom-molded orthotic or an excellent over-the-counter insert so that you have better arch support, which will help decrease knee, hip and lower back pain. You can purchase an over-the-counter insert from your Podiatrist or purchase other over-the-counter inserts online or in the store.

This Shoe IS Recommended For Sedentary or Elderly Patients with:
*Mild to Moderate Bunions
*Mild to Moderate Hammertoes
*Mild to Moderate Tailor's Bunions
*Mild to Moderate Capsulitis
*Mild to Severe Osteoarthritis
*Mild to Moderate Hallux Limitus (Limited Range of Motion Across the 1st Toe Joint)
*Knee, Hip and Lower Back Pain
*Mild Tendonitis
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild to Severe "Bumps" on the back of the Heel
*Mild to Severe Haglund's Deformity
*Mild to Moderate Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Painful Toes
*Mild Morton's Neuromas
*Leg/Muscle Weakness
*Patients who have difficulty reaching their feet  
*Mild Hyper-Mobility (wear an orthotic or OTC arch support!)
*Mild Over-Pronation

This Shoe Is NOT Recommended For Patients with:
*Severe Hallux Limitus/Rigidus (Limited or No Range of Motion Across the 1st Toe Joint) for a young and active patient. 
*Charcot Foot 
*History of Ulcerations 
*Moderate to Severe Over-Pronation
*Moderate to Severe Hypermobility or Ligament Laxity
*Ankle Instability

This Shoe MAY Be Recommended For Patients with:  
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)  

*Please check with your Podiatrist to see if the Easy Spirit Traveltime shoe is appropriate for you if you have diabetes, neuropathy or poor circulation. 

I hope this was helpful!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy 



Bianca said...

Hi Cathleen,
I had commented in a recent post about my great grandmother who is diabetic and wears the wrong type of shoes. My grandmother took her to a place called Shoes That Fit and had scheduled a fitting for my great grandmother. While there, she tried on the New Balance 927 like you recommended. She said it was comfortable and caused no pain. However, once she had her fitting, the associate there said that the 927 was not a good shoe for my great grandmother because she did not have pronation. This associate has gone through some type of schooling but I have a hard time believing that you can rule out a shoe simply because you do not have a certain condition. Am I right in thinking that my great grandmother should see an actual podiatrist? And isn't the actual person trying on the shoe the real acid test? If it is a good shoe, feels comfortable and causes no pain, it sounds like a winner to me. Am I right in thinking this?

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

Hi Bianca,
You are right. Assuming your grandmother has been measured and in the right sized shoe and if it feels good - get it. If you want to double check, I do recommend you follow up with a Podiatrist but if she is wearing them with no problems (corns, calluses, pain, ulcers, ect) then it should be fine.
Congrats on getting her into proper shoes!!

john wesley said...

Feet is one of the most important in our body. So it is a must that we need to choose the correct and the comfortable footwear that fits and suits our feet. Finn Comfort Review might help you in providing ideas of which shoes is in demand by giving a high quality protection to the feet.

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

Hi John,
Finn Comfort shoes are well made and very comfortable! I recommend that anyone interested in Finn Comfort shoes make sure they choose one that has a rear-foot strap for more comfort.
Thanks for reading, John...

Ruby Walters said...

So should I see a podiatrist before choosing shoes? Do you have any recommendations for how to choose a podiatrist in irving tx? Thanks for your post, it looks like a great resource.

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

Hi Ruby,

Thanks for reading the blog! To find a good Podiatrist, I would recommend asking your Primary Care Physician for a recommendation. Another good source is asking friends and acquaintances for word of mouth recommendations. I would also emphasize that you are looking for a Podiatrist who specializes in conservative, non-surgical treatment with an emphasis on biomechanics.

I know two fabulous Podiatrists who live in Texas - Dr. Penny Phillips in Corpus Cristi and Dr. Britt Larka-Froming in Houston.

If you have a specific diagnosis that you suffer with - let me know and I may be able to offer recommendations for shoes.

Hope all is well!
Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy