Voted "Top Doctor" in Phoenix Magazine's April 2014, 2015 & 2016 issues, Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy discusses and recommends shoes for people of all ages with a multitude of podiatric problems. My goal is to help you find good looking shoes that are good for your feet and are pathology specific. For an appointment at our North Scottsdale office, please schedule an appointment by calling (480) 563 5115. For more information, please visit www.pinnaclepeakpodiatry.com
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Monday, October 24, 2016
Anywhere shoes - podiatrist recommended for many foot types.
ANYWEAR Shoes Excellent choice for a bedroom slipper or a casual dress shoe for many foot types.
The Anywhere shoe is an excellent choice for many foot types. If you have tried the Rx Crocs and they were not a good fit or they simply did not work for your foot type, this might be a good option for you to use as a bedroom slipper.
What makes this Anywhere shoe so good is that the sole is thick and has minimal flexibility, which allows for more protection of painful joints. Less motion through painful joints means less inflammation, less swelling, less pain, and less arthritic joint changes.
The wide toe box works well for accommodating mild to moderate hammertoes and bunions. The medical grade Crocs Specialist (with no vents) is my first choice as a bedroom slipper because it has an extra-depth toebox, which is better for people with severe hammertoes and bunions. The Anywheres do not have an extra-depth toebox, so if you do have significantly large bunions and hammertoes, the Crocs unvented Specialist would be a better choice for you to use as a bedroom slipper.
Although this Anywhere shoe doesn't have a rearfoot strap, it does have partial rearfoot control, which helps to limit biomechanical strain. Rearfoot control is important for decreasing strain on the knees, hips and lower back. Rearfoot control also helps to decrease foot pain as well as slow the progression of foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoes. The partial rearfoot control does make it an easy shoe to slip into if you use it as a bedroom slipper, which is great for when you get out of bed in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning.
This shoe is recommended for people with:
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Functional Hallux Limitus
*Hallux Rigidus (no range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Surgically fused toe joints
*Mild to moderate Tailor's Bunions
*History of previous Lisfranc's Injury (check with your podiatrist)
*Corns & Calluses
*Mild to Moderate Overpronation
*Mild Hypermobility & Ligament Laxity
*Mild to moderate Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
You need approval from your podiatrist before you wear this shoe if you have:
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation)
*History of Ankle Injuries
*Hypermobility & Ligament Laxity
*Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
*Severe Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*History of stress fractures
This shoe is not recommended for patient with:
*Drop Foot (because it will not accommodate an AFO or drop foot plate)
*History of ulcerations or open sores
*History of Rearfoot Reconstruction (or any rearfoot surgical fusions of joints)
*Achilles tendonitis (because you need more heel elevation to decrease strain on the achilles (try the Crocs Specialist with no vents)
Other ANYWHERE shoes:
The things you need to know about this Anywhere shoe is that it is not recommended for people with a history of Achilles tendonitis. Because it has a rocker-bottom soled shoe, it can potentially rock you backwards, which would cause strain on the achilles that could lead to a partial tear or even a rupture. Other than this one exception, the recommendations above also work for this shoe style.
I hope that this was helpful & thank you for reading the blog!
Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy
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