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Sunday, April 26, 2015
Podiatry Recommended Comfortable Wedge Sandal for Summer 2015
Mask Wedge Sandal
A great option for someone with mild to moderate hallux limitus
who wants to wear heels.
What makes this sandal comfortable is that it has a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole that will protect the foot from motion through any painful or troublesome joints. Less motion through painful joints means less inflammation, less swelling and less pain. Shoes such as this (with a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole) can help slow the progression of bunions and hammertoes as well as help decrease the likelyhood of getting metatarsalgia and arthritic joint changes. This sandal has a wide toebox, which is great for anyone with mild to moderate bunions and hammertoes. It also has a rearfoot strap, which is crutial for providing more biomechanical control to the foot and ankle joints. If you wear a sandal that doesn't have a rearfoot strap, then you are forcing all of your muscles, joints and tendons to work harder to stay in the shoe. This can cause more mechanical strain to tendons, joints and muscles and can lead to tired-leg styndrome as well as increased knee, hip and lower back strain.
If you have a history of foot issues, please talk to your Podiatrist about if this sandal is appropriate for you.
This sandal is recommended for most people with:
*Mild to moderate Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (maybe)
*Mild to moderate Osteoarthritis
*Mild Rheumatoid Arthritis (maybe)
*Mild to moderate Hammertoes
*Mild to moderate Morton's Neuroma
*Mild to possibly moderate Metatarsalgia
*Mild to moderate Tailor's Bunions
*Mild Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild Plantar Plate issues
*History of previous Lisfranc's Issues (check with your Podiatrist)
This sandal is not recommended for people with:
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation)
*Peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage)
*History of Foot Ulceration
*Moderate to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Moderate to severe Pes Planux (Flat Feet)
*Severe Ligament Laxity / Hypermobility
*Posterior Tibial Tendonitis or Dysfunction
*History of Falling or Imbalance
For more information on the basics, please check out my articles:
My feet hurt: top ten things to relieve foot pain today
Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc Injuries.
Have a great day!
Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy