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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Podiatry Recommended Comfortable Wedge Sandal for Summer 2015

Eileen Fischer
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 Capsulitis
*Mild Sesamoiditis
*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 
*Charcot Foot
*Moderate to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Moderate to severe Pes Planux (Flat Feet)
*Severe Over-Pronation
*Severe Ligament Laxity / Hypermobility
*Posterior Tibial Tendonitis or Dysfunction
*Ankle Instability
*The Elderly
*History of Falling or Imbalance
*Muscle Weakness 

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



Ellena @ anklepain.info said...

I am planning to get a relaxing sandal for my grandma and as she is suffering from regular foot pain, i think this would be a great option for her. Thanks for the useful review. Loved your site.

Gerald Vonberger said...

My wife has had foot problems for most of our marriage. She really has a hard time finding shoes that are comfortable and that support her feet really well. That's especially true during the summer since the style is to wear sandals and open-toed shoes. It's good to see that there are options for supportive summer shoes. We'll have to find a podiatrist to see which type of sandal would be best. http://www.westmorelandfootdoctor.com/Bunion_Treatment_Greensburg_PA.html

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

Thanks Ellena!
Another great option for your grandmother is the Crocs Mammouth (for bedroom slippers), which is fleece lined. I got a pink pair for my mother-in-law and she loved them.
Thank you for reading!

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

Hi Gerald,
I'm so glad you found the blog. For summer sandals, have your wife try the Wolky Jewel, Tulip or the Ruby as well as the New Balance Katy. It's very hard to go wrong with these four excellent sandals!
Thanks for reading!

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Katie Carter said...

I have been facing few feet and ankle issues lately. I seldom knew that it was all due to the sandals I use. People really need to be aware of what they choose to wear as sandals. I am sure there are plenty of ineffective models that drastically affect the Feet. This article will help to choose wisely. Thanks