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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Orthofeet: a Review of the Stretchable Mary Jane

Review of the Orthofeet Stretchable Mary Jane.

         The Orthofeet Stretchable Mary Jane is a wonderfully comfortable shoe for women who suffer from painful bunions, hammertoes, corns and toenails. This shoe has a thick rigid sole that limits motion across the bottom of the foot, which allows for more comfort. It’s also light and comes with an excellent insole that provides cushion and arch support for more biomechanical control of the foot and ankle, which translate into less knee, hip and lower back pain! The insole can be removed so that you can replace it with your custom-molded orthotic if needed.  
What sets this shoe apart from others is the Spandex toe box, which decreases pressure on tender toes. This shoe is considered an ‘Extra-Depth’ shoe, which means that it has extra room for the toes.
Many people aren’t aware that Medicare approves this type of shoe for most patients who suffer with diabetes with the added complications of diabetic neuropathy and/or peripheral arterial disease. Medicare has a wonderful program that pays for diabetic patients to receive one pair of extra-depth shoes with three sets of custom inserts (each lasting four months) each calendar year. Medicare provides this program for their diabetic patients because research has shown that if they get diabetic patients into proper shoes and inserts, Medicare saves billions of dollars in hospital bills resulting from diabetic ulcers, infections, and amputations. This is one of many styles of shoes that the Medicare program covers. 
If you aren’t diabetic, these shoes can be purchased from Footsmart.com and, if you are diabetic, many Podiatrists offer the extra depth shoe program through their offices. 
I recommend that if you are diabetic, make an appointment with your local Podiatrist for your annual diabetic exam and, he or she will determine if you are medically eligible for the program. If your Podiatrist doesn't offer the program through his or her office, you can request a prescription to send you out to a facility that does offer the program. We've offered this program to our patients for over a decade and the patients love the shoes and inserts for the comfort and I love it because it decreases diabetic related complications! Remember, if you are suffering with painful feet, I recommend that you follow up with your local Podiatrist for evaluation and treatment. There are many non-painful, non-surgical options that can significantly decrease your foot pain. As an added benefit, I also love the fact that Orthofeet shoes are made in America! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy



julieanderson said...

I hope if we promote this shoes it could be very helpful!

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

Hi Julie,
I find that patients like to complain about Medicare but, in my experience as a physician, I think Medicare does a great job of covering my patients needs. Of course, nothing is perfect and there are always 'hitches' but, overall, I'm a fan of Medicare!
Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

Judy Feldman said...

Dr. McCarthy, I've become obsessed about the right shoes! Bought a pair of Dansko Ainsley at Stephens in Kierland. I have to get used to the super clunky look! How about
Wolky Ballet? Walky Surya or Wolky
Fermata (saw them on Zappos)Are all Wolkys OK? Can you recommend a light weight Mary Jane style for warm weather? Also, can I wear my leather loafers if they are sturdy? Got my RX clogs, and will get the runing shoes nxt week. Have you heard of Golite sneakers? Sorry for somany questions, but I'm trying to shed my ballet flat habit...Thanks! Judy Feldman

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

Hi Judy,
Sorry about the delay in response! I've recovering from a nasty bout of the flu and just returning to work today. Will have to look at each shoe individually before I can answer but will do so as soon as possible. All Wolkys are not okay but the ones that are all have a thick rigid sole with rearfoot strapping.
Will write you more later...

Peter Smith said...

There’s no denying that shoes with high heels look fabulous.

Womens Shoes

Cure pf said...

Pretty hurts, however, your feet are very important. Wearing high heels is what gave me Bilateral Plantar Fasciitis it was hard for me to cure but withwearing the right shoes, I was able to still walk comfortably.