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Monday, June 20, 2011

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Comfortable Women's Sandals - Naot's...

Excellent Sandals...


These are four examples of Naot's sandal line and I highly recommend any of them. They all have a thick rigid and protective sole with decent arch support. The insole is made of suede and molds to the individual foot anatomy. They also have excellent forefoot and rearfoot strapping for improved stability and biomechanical control of the foot and ankle. I like that they come in a variety of colors and an added plus is they have narrow sizes available. 

The Paris and the Faxo have a hidden metal shank in the sole for added support and protection for the foot while remaining lightweight and durable. Every patient that I know who has purchased a Naot sandal has raved about how much they love them. 

These Sandals are Recommended for Patients with:

*Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Mild to Moderate Bunions
*Mild to Moderate Hammertoes
*Mild to Moderate Morton's Neuroma
*Mild to Severe Hallux Limitus/Rigidus (Limited Range of Motion at the 1st Toe Joint)
*Mild Osteoarthritis
*Mild Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Mild Tendonitis
*Mild to Moderate Metatarsalgia
*Mild Capsulitis
*Mild Hypermobility

These Sandals are NOT Recommended for:

*Diabetic Patients
*Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation) 
*Charcot Foot
*History of Foot Ulcerations
*Moderate to Severe Hypermbility
*Moderate to Severe Ankle Instability

Naot's Faso

Naot's Rachel

Naot's Kayla

Naot's Paris

The cost for any of these sandals range between $95 to $140

I would love to hear any feedback from your own personal experience about these sandals or any recommendations for future blog topics or shoe reviews. 

Hope all is well,

Dr Cathleen A McCarthy

Saturday, June 11, 2011

John Fluevog's Galileo...

John Fluevog's Galileo

It's a gorgeous Saturday in Arizona and my wonderful husband just booked us for our annual vacation which means - once again, I can't buy these shoes! 

I'm not complaining, I promise. In the big scheme of things, these shoes are fabulous and I would love, love, love them - but - I want vacation MORE...

And that is saying something because these shoes are fabulous...

The forefoot platform is 1.25" high while the heel is 4" high so that  you get the height while only submitting your foot to a 2.75" heel height. The rigid sole will be very comfortable assuming that you have enough motion across the toe joints to accommodate placing your foot at that angle. Patients who know they can't wear heels will, of course, not be able to tolerate this shoe. 

The Galileo has wonderful forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot control with my only concern being a possible problem with a slightly tapered toebox which could put pressure on the toes or any forefoot deformities like bunions, Tailor's bunions or moderate to severe hammertoes. 

This shoe can most likely be worn by patients with:

*Mild Heel Pain (to tolerance)
*Mild Hammertoes  
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis

This shoe is NOT recommended for patients with:

*Foot or Ankle Pain
*Hallux Limitus (Limited Range of Motion Across the 1st Toe Joint)
*Osteoarthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease of ANY of the toes joints
*Limited range of motion across ANY of the toe joints
*Moderate to Severe Hammertoes 
*Moderate to Severe Bunions
*Moderate to Severe Tendonitis
*Moderate to Severe Haglund's Deformity 
*Ankle Instability
*Moderate to Severe Hypermobility
*Knee, Hip or Lower Back Pain
*Moderate to Severe Morton's Neuroma
*Moderate to Severe Metatarsalgia

Basically, if you know that you can comfortably wear a 2.75" heel and if you know you don't have any forefoot issues that will cause the toebox to "rub" on any "lumps or bumps" (i.e. Hammertoes, Bunions, Tailor's Bunions, ect), this should be a very comfortable wedge for you.

At the $301 pricetag, I'll be fondly thinking of you wearing these fabulous shoes on your own wonderful adventures while I repeat over and over to myself, "This will pay for my vacation airfare..." 

Although, does my hubby really need cable t.v. ...?


Have a wonderful day!

Dr Cathleen A McCarthy


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Comfortable Women's Casual Heels


I'm really impressed with Born's casual summer sandals. I'm featuring my three favorite Born sandals and, by favorite, I mean that I think they are the cutest as well as well structured and comfortable. 

 These shoes will work for many patients. However, there are certain foot and ankle conditions that, if you have them, this is not an appropriate shoe for you to wear. I usually have a "This shoe is recommended for" list but I am not including one here because if you have foot pain, this is not the type of shoe you should be wearing! If you have had foot or ankle pain for more than three days, I highly recommend that you follow up with a Podiatrist for evaluation and treatment. 

This type of shoe should not be worn if you have significant foot, knee, hip or lower back pain!

What makes this shoe better than most is that it has a thick rigid sole which is protective of the foot and it has forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot strapping for better biomechanical control. If you know that you can't tolerate heels, that typically means that you have a forefoot issue (such as Hallux Limitus) where you can't get enough motion across the 1st toe joint to comfortably wear a heel and this shoe will not be comfortable for you. 

Born Lexie 

Born Jewell 

Born Bindi

These shoes are NOT recommended for Patients with:

*Limited Range of Motion of the 1st Toe Joint (Hallux Limitus)
*Osteoarthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease of any of the Toe joints.
*Moderate to Severe Bunions 
*Moderate to Severe Hammertoes
*Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Charcot Foot 
*Moderate to Severe Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Moderate to Severe Metatarsalgia
*Ankle Instability
*Moderate to Severe Morton's Neuroma
*Rheumatoid Arthritis

Hope this was helpful...

Dr Cathleen A McCarthy