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Monday, January 28, 2013

Podiatrist Recommended Running Shoe - Hoka

Running Shoe

 Hoka One One Mafate

 Hoka One One Bondi B

Thanks to Linda for introducing me to the Hoka One One Running Shoe! 

This is my new favorite running shoe - especially for patients who love to run and need to protect their joints.

It has a thick, rigid sole that provides stability and control and yet is lightweight enough to help prevent leg fatigue. Because it is so oversized, it does well on smooth surfaces or uneven trails.  

The bottom line is: the more you protect your joints, the longer you will be able to stay active and enjoy life. I have many patients who would love to be more active but are limited by joint pain and damage. Protect your joints now so you can stay active longer!

Overall, it's a beautiful combination of support, control and lightweight construction. 


 Hoka One One Bondi B Running Shoe

Happy Trails!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy



Womens Designer Shoes said...

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Kirsten@BarkingDogShoes.co said...

Hi! I've been interested in these. Glad to see your recommendation. Seem the opposite of minimalist shoe s, which are horrible for my RA!

Bianca said...

What about a casual shoe for walking around campus? Would the Skechers GOwalk be ok? They seem to get good reviews but the only thing that worries me is the claim that they are flexible. I would put inserts in them for arch support but I dont know if they are too flexible.

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

Hi Bianca,
I try not to trash talk certain shoes but - don't go there! Although Sketcher has many excellent shoes, the GOwalk is not one of them. They are too flexible. They sell well because they are light and patients erroneously think that makes them comfortable - but that is not the case. I think they are getting good reviews because people put them on and they feel great - UNTIL they slip off a curb or stair or step on a rock and then - they are not protective enough. All it takes is one false move in a bad shoe and it's fractures and sprains!
Hope that is helpful,

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

Hi Kirsten,
Thanks for reading! Minimalist shoes are a disaster for anyone with RA!! RA patients need protection for their feet - a thick rigid sole with cushion on the interior, a wide and soft square toebox and good rearfoot control. I'm really excited about the Hoka One One shoes!
Hope all is well!

Amy said...

Hi Dr McCarthy, I am from upstate NY and I just love your blog.I have hallux limitis in both toes, and finding the right shoes to wear to work has been a nightmare. I found a local retailer - and am going to give the Hokos a try. I have read about them on a few running blogs. What type of shoe do you recommmend for doing floor work/cardio (aka Jillan Michaels style with side to side motion, jumping, lunging) on my carpeted basement floor?

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

Hi Amy,
Thanks for reading the blog!
I did my residency in Buffalo and have a lot of good memories of upstate NY. Really gorgeous summers!
I'd recommend that you work out in a New Balance 928. It's a walking shoe but it's got a great sole for anyone with Hallux Limitus. It's a bit chunkier and heavier than you are probably used to - but I'm pretty sure you're going to love how it feels! If for any reason you are not crazy about the New Balance 928 - try the NB 1540.
Hope all is well and stay warm!

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

Hi Dolph,
Thank you for reading!
For more info, you can go to my search box and put in:

"Shoe Recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfrac's fractures"

It's an A-to-Z article on what you should do when you are recovering from any foot fracture. If is also good advice for anyone suffering from foot, knee, hip and back pain.


Anonymous said...

Hi Dr. McCarthy,
I have Hallux Limitus in my left foot and almost 2 years ago I fractured my right sesamoid bone in great toe. I'm still experiencing some discomfort in right foot when I'm walking. I use custom inserts in the NB928 shoes. I don't feel like I'm getting much guidance from my foot MD. Any suggestions on podiatrists in the Minneapolis area? Thanks, Sue

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

Hi Sue,
I don't have a specific recommendation for a Pod in your area but I would look for a Pod who specializes in biomechanics. Also, your Doc who made you the CMO's can maybe refurbish the CMO so that it has a softer topcover (plastizote for diabetics) with a "Sweet Spot" for the sesamoids that will help off-load the area. Also, google "X1-Blade" and try the insert that is specifically for your condition. The X1-Blade goes under your current CMO and will help.
Are you wearing RX Crocs around the house as a bedroom slipper? If not, invest in them - they help!!

Krista said...

I have a broken sesamoid that has lost it's blood supply. My podiatrist and I have agreed to try to avoid a sesamoidectomy by focusing on shoes. I've been wearing Alegria Paloma and Crocs RX based on your recommendations, and they are fantastic. I would like to try to get back into exercising--yoga and walking. Would you recommend purchasing a Hoka shoe (which I would prefer because they look sportier) or would a New Balance 1540 or 928 be better? As for the New Balance shoes, is one of these better than the other for sesamoid problems? Thank you so much!