Saturday, February 23, 2013
Podiatrist Recommended Sandal for Patients with Bunions.
Fit Flop Sandal
A great option for anyone with bunions...
Patients with bunions are always challenged when it comes to finding comfortable shoes. They need a shoe that is protective and biomechanically controls the foot so that the bunion formation does not progress. They also need a shoe that does not apply pressure to the bunion, which can result it increased pain as well as
enlargement of the bunion. Patients who suffer with plantar fasciitis (heel pain) will also benefit from the shock absorption that this sandal provides.
What makes this sandal excellent is the thick, rigid sole that provides protection to the foot joints but is also is cushy enough to provide shock absorption. Although the sandal lacks forefoot strapping - it makes up for it with good midfoot and rearfoot strapping for more biomechanical control and, best of all, there is no pressure on the bunions or toes.
I would highly recommend that you make sure that any Fit Flop that you purchase is a sandal with rearfoot strapping and not the Fip Flop with no rearfoot strapping. It makes a huge difference in comfort! Without rearfoot straps, you are forcing your toes to grip down to stay in the flip-flop, which aggravates forefoot issues such as hammertoes, bunions, calluses and metatarsalgia. It also forces your tendons, muscles and joints including your knees, hips and lower back to work harder to stay in the shoe, which causes more biomechanical pain and 'tired leg syndrome'.
To stop or slow the progression of bunions, it is imperative that you wear shoes with a thick, rigid sole, a wide soft toebox and shoes with some type of forefoot (if possible), midfoot and rearfoot biomechanical control. It's optimal to wear custom-molded orthotics and, although this sandal does not accommodate orthotics, the Fit Flop Sandal is an excellent choice.
This Shoe is Recommended for Patients with:
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Corns and Calluses
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Mild Knee, Hip and Lower Back Pain
This Shoe is NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Patients with a history of Ulcerations or Open Sores
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage
Have a lovely day!
Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy