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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Men's Comfortable Western Boot - Circle G by Coral Black Caimen Belly Square Toe Boot.

Here's one for the guys...

Circle G by Coral Black Caimen
Belly Square Toe Boot

Not all men's boots are created equal! 

What sets this boot apart is that it has a 13 inch shank that runs the full length of the sole, which allows for less motion across the bottom of the foot which means that the boots are far more comfortable than a boot that has a partial shank. 

We had a lovely Podiatry intern from Texas this past month in our office who came in wearing pointy-toed cowboy boot with a partial shank. After being forced to listen to my 'biomechanical spiel' all month, he picked out these boots and got them as a Christmas gift. He reported back that he immediately noticed that he had less discomfort with all day wear. We added an over-the-counter heat-molded insert for more arch support which he added even more support, stability and biomechanical control. According to him, these boots were less costly than his previous pair and were far more comfortable. As I always tell my patients, it's not how much you spend - it's knowing what you are looking for in a shoe. 

What you're looking for in any shoe is:
*A thick and rigid sole that does not bend or flex.
*Arch suport (which can be added) to a shoe or boot.
*A wide and preferably soft toebox.
*Rearfoot Control.

What makes these boots excellent is that they have the 13 inch shank so there is no motion through the foot. Every boot should have a full shank because anytime you limit motion across the bottom of the foot - you will have less pain, cause less damage to joints and tendons, decrease your chance of injury and strain and you will have less knee, hip and lower back pain. The square toebox will cause less pressure on the toes and can decrease the progression of bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails and corns and calluses. The rearfoot control on this boot is excellent and the slight elevation in the heel will help anyone with heel pain and Achilles Tendonitis issues. I would recommend that if you do wear boots with a heel most of the time that you take the time to do some gentle Achilles Tendon stretching exercises a couple of times a day to prevent Achilles contraction that can occur with patients who wear heels for years. 

These Boots are Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild Bunions
*Mild Hammertoes
*Mild Morton's Neuroma
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion at the 1st toe joint)
*History of Metatarsal stress fractures
*Anyone recovering from a Lisfranc's Fracture or injury
*Mild Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Over-Pronation (wear a dress orthotic with the boot)
*History of Ankle Sprains
*History of Ankle Instability

This Boot is NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*History of Ulcerations
*Charcot Foot
*Foot Drop
*Muscle Weakness 
*Severe bunions or hammertoes (you will need a boot with an 'extra-depth toebox' and a 13 inch shank for more comfort)

An extra thank you to our Texan Intern who introduced me to this beautiful boot! 

I hope this was helpful!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy


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