This is a great shoe for anyone who suffers with large painful bunions or hammertoes! Although there are shoes with more rigid and protective soles - what sets apart the Encore Breeze is it's wonderfully wide and soft toe-box. The toe-box is made of a breathable and soft mesh upper that applies minimal pressure on bunions and hammertoes.
The 'lip' in the back provides enough rear-foot control so that the shoe stays firmly on your foot when you are walking but also allows for you to easily slide it on without bending or stooping. This comes in handy for anyone with severe back pain or who has trouble bending. The insert is removable and can be replaced by your custom-molded orthotic or a superior over-the-counter arch support, which will allow for better biomechanical control of the foot and, therefore, more comfort.
The Merrell Encore Breeze is not the best choice for someone who is super-active or doing vigorous activities. It is, however, a great choice for someone more sedentary who is wearing them for casual activities or even as a shoe to wear around the house.
This Shoe IS Recommended For Patients With:
*Mild to Severe Bunions
*Mild to Severe Hammertoes
*Mild to Severe Corns & Calluses (See your Podiatrist for periodic debridement to alleviate the pain of corns & calluses!)
*Mild to Moderate Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion across the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus in elderly and sedentary patients
*Mild to Severe Haglund's Deformity
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Mild Morton's Neuroma
*Mild to Moderate Osteoarthritis
*Mild to Moderate Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Mild Over-Pronation (I recommend that you wear your custom-molded orthotics or an excellent over-the-counter insert for more arch control)
*Anyone who has trouble reaching their feet to put on their shoes
This Shoe Is NOT Recommended For Patients with:
*Hallux Rigidus in super-active patients
*Hallux Limitus in super-active patients
*Diabetics with a history of Ulcerations
*Patients wearing Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO Brace)
*Moderate to Severe Hypermobility/Ligament Laxity
*Osteoarthritis of the Ankle Joint
This shoe MAY be appropriate for patients with certain conditions but please check with your Podiatrist to make sure that it is appropriate for you...
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*For more information, please see my articles within the blog entitled:
My Feet Hurt: Top Ten Things To Do To Alleviate Foot Pain Today.
Shoe Recommendations For Patients Recovering From Lisfranc's Injuries.
Have a wonderful day!
Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy