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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Podiatrist Recommended Sandal for Patients with Bunions.

Fit Flop Sandal

A great option for anyone with bunions...

Patients with bunions are always challenged when it comes to finding comfortable shoes. They need a shoe that is protective and biomechanically controls the foot so that the bunion formation does not progress. They also need a shoe that does not apply pressure to the bunion, which can result it increased pain as well as
enlargement of the bunion. Patients who suffer with plantar fasciitis (heel pain) will also benefit from the shock absorption that this sandal provides.

What makes this sandal excellent is the thick, rigid sole that provides protection to the foot joints but is also is cushy enough to provide shock absorption. Although the sandal lacks forefoot strapping - it makes up for it with good midfoot and rearfoot strapping for more biomechanical control and, best of all, there is no pressure on the bunions or toes. 

I would highly recommend that you make sure that any Fit Flop that you purchase is a sandal with rearfoot strapping and not the Fip Flop with no rearfoot strapping. It makes a huge difference in comfort! Without rearfoot straps, you are forcing your toes to grip down to stay in the flip-flop, which aggravates forefoot issues such as hammertoes, bunions, calluses and metatarsalgia. It also forces your tendons, muscles and joints including your knees, hips and lower back to work harder to stay in the shoe, which causes more biomechanical pain and 'tired leg syndrome'.

To stop or slow the progression of bunions, it is imperative that you wear shoes with a thick, rigid sole, a wide soft toebox and shoes with some type of forefoot (if possible), midfoot and rearfoot biomechanical control. It's optimal to wear custom-molded orthotics and, although this sandal does not accommodate orthotics, the Fit Flop Sandal is an excellent choice.

This Shoe is Recommended for Patients with:
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Tailor's Bunions
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis 
*Mild Tendonitis 
*Corns and Calluses
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus
*Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Ingrown Toenails
*Morton's Neuroma
*Mild Knee, Hip and Lower Back Pain

This Shoe is NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Charcot Foot
*Patients with a history of Ulcerations or Open Sores
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage
*Severe Overpronation
*Avascular Necrosis 

Have a lovely day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Z-Coils - Podiatry Recommended.

Z-CoiL Shoes.

If you're looking for a pretty shoe - this is not it. But, if you are looking for amazingly comfortable shoe for foot, heel, knee, hip and lower back pain - keep reading. 

The Z-CoiL shoes are not for everyone but they are excellent for anyone who works long hours on concrete floors and has 'tried everything to relieve their pain and nothing works'. It has a thick, rigid sole that, in some cases, is appropriate for treating certain foot fractures. The Z-CoiL offers supreme shock absorption for the heel, knees, hips and lower back.  It will accommodate a custom-molded orthotic and meets all the criteria required for comfort (i.e. thick and rigid sole, wide toebox, rearfoot control and arch support) plus the added feature of the massive coil for shock absorption for the joints. 

My biggest challenge with this shoe - is getting people to get past it's strange look and getting them to actually try it on! If you're suffering from chronic pain and nothing else has worked, do yourself a favor and find a store where you can try them on. You may be in for a pleasant surprise...

Z-CoiL Shoes are Recommended for Patients with:
*Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Hallux Limitus
*Hallux Rigidus
*Morton's Neuroma
*Mild to Moderate Bunions and Tailor's Bunions
*Mild to Moderate Hammertoes
*Achilles Tendonitis
*Sinus Tarsi Syndrome
*Degenerative Joint Disease 
*Patients recovering from Lisfranc's or Metatarsal Fractures
*Patients recovering from Heel Fractures 

Z-CoiL Shoes are NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Weak legs 
*Muscle weakness
*Severe Hypermobility
*Anyone wearing an AFO (Ankle-Foot Orthosis)
*Balance Issues
*Neurological Conditions such as Drop-Foot
*Geriatric Patients 
*Charcot Foot

Check with your Podiatrist to find out if these shoes are appropriate with you if you have:
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation) 
*Any history of Ulcerations

I would love to hear how they work out for you!

Have a great day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy