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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Podiatry Recommended Comfortable Sandal for Spring - Naot Relate

Naot Relate

Podiatry Recommended Comfortable Sandal for Spring

First, I'd like to appologize to anyone waiting on an answer through the comment section of the blog. For the last eight weeks, I've had a bit of vertigo and haven't been able to tolerate looking at the computer screen. I'm feeling much better and looking forward to catching up on the comments and questions!

The Naot Relate sandal is an excellent choice for Spring. It has a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole that limits motion through the foot joints, which allows for maximum comfort. Less motion through any areas of previous injury or joint damage means less inflammation, swelling and pain to that area. The Naot Relate also has a soft insole that molds to the shape of the foot and will be comfortable for anyone who has painful calluses. The forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot strapping allows for more biomechanical control, which also translates to increased comfort and less mechanical strain. 

This sandal is recommended for:
*Functional Hallux Limitus (decreased motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (no motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Tailor's Bunion
*Achilles Tendonitis (mild)
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Morton's Neuroma

This sandal is not recommended for: 
*Charcot Foot
*History of previous ulcerations
*Peripheral Arterial Disease
*Peripheral Neuropathy

For more information about how to find comfortable shoes, please see my articles on this blog entitled:
"My feet hurt - top 10 things to do to alleviate foot pain today"
"Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc's injuries."

Have a wonderful day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy



Lauren said...

I definitely can't wait for spring! Thank you for sharing this sandal. It is important to have both comfort and style and this sandal showcases both.

Lara Warnick said...

A working woman must see that the foot wears should be comfortable before buying and these are fulfilling their condition of being comfortable.

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

Thanks for reading Lauren!
I hope these work for you,

Nancy said...

I recently purchased a sandal you previously recommended, the Wolky Jewel. So far, I like them although they rub a little and have taken some getting used to. I have a significant bunion and a big toe which is starting to move towards the other toes. In the past I have lived in Birkenstock Arizonas and SAS Freetime shoes with a Birkenstock insole. I know you stress the importance of a back strap, so aren't a fan of the Birk. You mention in your Wolky review that the sandal can prevent a bunion from getting worse. I love the idea of not having surgery - could you comment more on this? I have not seen any professionals about my feet since I'm not sure who to go to in my area that would share this philosophy. Thanks, Nancy

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

Hi Nancy,
I do like the Birkenstock sandals, which you can find online. The Birks are great - as long as they have the strap to the back.

A bunion is basically a damaged, dysfunctional joint. Your toe is drifting lateral because the soft tissue can no longer do the job of holding the bones in place. Bunions and hammertoes are progressive. The more motion you put through a damaged joint - the faster that joint breaks down. The automotive industry has robots that slam the car door over and over so they can figure out what the 'tipping point' is for when that car door hinge breaks. Think of the metatarsal joints in your foot as a hinge. If we stop pushing motion through an injured joint (or 'hinge') we will slow the progression of the bunion worsening. The less motion through the joint means you don't get to your joint breakdown 'tipping point' as quickly.
Hope that was helpful and thank you for reading!

Rose Henderson said...

These are all really cute! I didn't know there were sandals made specifically for sensitive feet like this. The Clarks Resin Bangle wedges are probably my favorite of the three shoes you have up there. My mom is a diabetic, so she could probably really use some cute, but comfortable shoes like these.