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Monday, April 19, 2010

The Natural Soft Baxman.


I like this shoe!

It's got a lot going for it - including a rigid sole, forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot control PLUS it's cute!

Depending on where your bunions falls, it should work well for mild to moderate bunions, hammertoes, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, heel pain and Achilles Tendonitis. As long as the strap does not rub on the bunion - it should be suitable.

It's not as suitable for patients with Diabetes, Neuropathy, moderate to severe Hallus Limitus/Rigidus (limited range of motion of the 1st Toe Joint), and patients who suffer with severe pain. There's no real arch support but the rigid-sole helps to biomechanically control the foot and to prevent injury, wear and tear and help decrease pain.

I found this shoe at Famous Footwear at Paradise Valley Mall and, since it was the grand opening, they had a drawing for a shoe shopping spree - within one minute, one lucky person could run between a starting line and grab as many shoes as possible for free. The girl who won managed to get three pairs of shoes and I was reminded of the quote from the movie "Zombie-Land" as the girl ran as fast as she could grabbing shoes: "It's all about the Cardio!"


Casual Dress Shoes at Famous Footwear...

The LifeStride Millie & EuroStep Ramona.

These aren't the best dress shoes ever but they are an excellent example of a decent casual dress shoe that will work for most patients with mild foot problems who need a dress shoe.

What's Good:
*The semi-rigid sole.
*Low heel height.
*The straps which provide forefoot, midfoot and some rearfoot control.

What's Lacking:
*Arch Support.

Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild Bunions and hammertoes
*Mild heel pain
*Mild Tendonitis
*Mild Hallus Limitus (decreased range of motion at the 1st Toe Joint)

NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Chronic Pain (not supportive enough)
* Moderate to Severe bunions & Hammertoes
*Hallus Rigidus (No motion at the 1st Toe Joint due to osteoarthritis or genetics)
*Moderate to Severe pain in the foot of any kind (Get an evaluation and treatment from a Podiatrist!)

Hope all is well!
Dr. McCarthy

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Dress Shoe For Ladies with Bunions...


I found this shoe at FAMOUS FOOTWEAR at Paradise Valley Mall.

This shoe would make a nice casual dress shoe for ladies with painful bunions that hurt with pressure from shoes.

What makes this shoe good:

* Rigid-Sole with cushioned insole.
* Straps that give some forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot control.
* The front of the shoe offers some natural "roll" during the gait cycle.

This shoe will work for patients who need a dress shoe for special occasions and limited wear who have:
*Bunions (may not work for every patient with bunions - it depends on where each individual person's bunions is and the severity of the bunion).
*Depending on where the midstrap falls, it MAY work for patients with painful bumps (Exostosis) on the top of their midfoot
*Heel pain (Mild)
*Achilles Tendonitis (Mild)

This shoe is NOT recommended for:
*Extended walking/activities - especially on uneven surfaces.
*Hallus Limitus/Rigidus - patients with limited range of motion or degenerative joint disease across the 1st Toe Joint.
*Severe Hypermobility/Ligament Laxity.
*Diabetic Patients.

Cost: $49.99


RYKA REFORM - Great Walking Shoe For Women with Bunions...

Part of the RipaRyka line which can be found at the FIISH LINE located at Paradise Valley Mall.

This is a great walking shoe for women who have painful bunions that hurt with pressure from shoes. It has a Rocker Bottom Sole which will limit motion and pressure across the forefoot/bunion area. The thing that makes this shoe perfect is that the forefoot area has a comfortable, soft mesh over the bunions area that will decrease pressure. Another key to wearing this shoe is that women with bunions do need to wear firm arch support whether it's from a Custom-Molded Insert or an Other-The-Counter Insert. One of the key causes of bunions (besides genetics!) is a collapsing or hypermobile arch. This shoe with a proper insert will help prevent the progression of the bunions deformity and it should be very comfortable.

Cost: $110

This shoe is also excellent for people with:
Degenerative Joint Disease
Hallux Limitus/ Rigidus (Limited Range Of Motion of the 1st Toe Joint)
Corns and Calluses
Heel Pain
Knee, Hip & Lower Back Pain (in most patients)
Chronic Pain Patients

This shoe may not be appropriate for patients with:
Balance Problems
Ankle Instability/Hypermobility
Achilles Tendonitis
Neuropathic Patients (Nerve Damage)
Elderly Patients

Have a Great Day!