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Monday, June 15, 2015

Podiatrist Recommended - Steve Madden's Brooklyn: A Comfortable Wedge Sandal for Summer

Steve Madden Brooklyn
A comfortable low wedge for summer

This sandal is a great option for anyone looking for a comfortable sandal for light summer activities. Although it may not be appropriate for being on your feet all day for heavy activities (like walking around at a music festival on uneven surfaces or going to Walk Disney World for the whole day), I would recommend it to most patients for light activities. The wedge is thick, rigid and has minimal flexibility, which allows for more comfort. The topcover material is stretchy, which is great for anyone with bunions as it can hide the bunion with minimal pressure on the bunion. This shoe also has the forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot strapping that is required for a shoe to be comfortable and make my list for a 'podiatrist approved' shoe. I also like that the material on the insole is soft against the bottom of your feet, which is helpful to anyone who has calluses or sensitive feet. This shoe will not accommodate an orthotic, so if it is crucial that you wear your orthotics, this may not be a good choice for you. 

This shoe is recommended for patients with:
*Mild to Moderate Bunions
*Tailor's Bunions
*Mild to Moderate Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (no range of motion through the 1st toe joint) or if your 1st toe joint has been surgically fused at the standard 15 degrees of dorsiflexion. 
*Mild Osteoarthritis
*Mild Rheumatoid 
*Morton's Neuroma
*Mild Capsulitis
*Mild Plantar Plate issues
*Mild Sesmoiditis
*Mild Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*A 'bump' (exostosis) on the top of the midfoot

This shoe is not recommended for patients with: 
*Severe Over-Pronation
*Ligament Laxity / Hypermobility
*A history of chronically rolling your ankles
*Achilles Tendonitis
*Posterior Tibial or Peroneal Tendonitis
*Recovering from a Recent Lisfranc's Injury 
*History of Foot Ulcerations
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation)
*Charcot Foot
*Geriatric patients with a history of imbalance or falling

I hope this has been helpful. For more information, please refer to my blog articles:

My feet hurt: top ten things to do to alleviate foot pain.

Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc Injuries. 

If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, I would highly recommend that you make an appointment with your local podiatrist. Do not jump into foot surgery! Most foot and ankle pain can be resolved with better shoes, inserts and changing some simple habits. If you are considering foot surgery, I would recommend that you exhaust conservative treatment before you decide to do surgery. For more information, check out my article:
Ten things you need to think about before having foot surgery.

Have a wonderful day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy


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Bett said...

Great article! Also nice wholesale shoes!

Unknown said...

I just love the concepts of your sandals. They are Stylish as well as looking very comfortable. I was searching for these kinds of summer sandals.

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Thanks Lara!

Unknown said...

There's a lot of commentary going on about this right now. It seems like foot problems are becoming more and more common, and it seems like the shoes that they use might be part of the cause. It's good to know that there are some good-looking shoes available for people with foot issues or a tendency toward foot problems. http://www.essendonfootclinic.com.au

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Gerald,
I completely agree that there is a lot of contradicting opinions on proper shoegear. I am always on the lookout for a good looking shoe that is also good for your feet!
Thanks for reading,

Unknown said...

A podiatrist recommended wedge sandal huh? That is very interesting and I had no idea that these could be a comfortable shoe to wear and that it can be good for so many different things. You even recommended 13 things that patients have that it is good for and 12 that it is not good for. That is a good way to inform your clients that these can help people out with. For example, it can benefit those with mild to moderate bunions, hammertoes, and Tailor's bunions, but it is not good for those with severe over-pronation, ligament laxity, or those that are diabetic.

Unknown said...

Hi Doctor,
I am so happy to have found your website! I just wanted to cry (from joy) just looking at the shoes that might help me and that are not ugly. Thank you so much!

How can I sign up for updates on these postings?

Also, could you recommend dance shoes that might be appropriate. This can sound as an oxymoron as dance shoes usually have super flexible soles on purpose... But still? Maybe you are a magician? I dance everything but tap dancing - tango, salsa, swing... Please help?

Hopeful ,with throbing feet.

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Chris White,
Thanks for reading the blog and for your thoughtful comments! Since I'm a podiatrist, I would love to see the whole world in super-sensible shoes with custom-molded orthotics. However, being a woman with biomechanically challenged feet AND a podiatrist, I started the blog to try to give people more options and information on how to made better choices when shopping for shoes. Low wedges with rearfoot control aren't going to work for everyone and there are some patients who simply should never wear a low wedge heel, but the information I offer on the blog are basic guidelines and I always tell my patients that the final acid test is how does it feel on their feet. The trick is that shoes (to be comfortable and not cause damage) need to meet four criteriaI:
1. thick, rigid and non-flexible sole
2. wide toebox
3. rearfoot control
4. arch support
Thanks so much for reading and give my approach a try -- I always say the proof is in the pudding!
Best wishes,

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Kristina,
So sorry for the delayed response!
First off, if your feet are throbbing, please follow up with a local podiatrist for x-rays and evaluation as you may be dancing on a stress fracture. Try to find a podiatrist who is biomechanical and conservative (non-surgical) - as there is a 99% chance you do not need surgery or injections! If someone tells you that you need foot surgery - do not do it until you get a second or third opinion from a more conservative podiatrist! If you have foot surgery, in my opinion, it will take you twice as long to get back to dancing

Oh, how I wish I was a magician!! Finding dance shoes that don't bend and flex is the holy grail that every podiatrist would like to find, but can't.

Here are my recommendations:
1. go to a podiatrist and make sure that something more serious is not going on with your feet!
2. When you are not dancing - wear the Rx Crocs Relief or Ultimate Cloud as bedroom slippers and the New Balance 928 for normal activities (when not dancing) so that you can get some relief from the mechanical strain of dancing.
4. Once you are cleared by your podiatrist that nothing more serious is going on and/or you have been properly treated for any underlying problems - get back to dancing! Even if it means starting out dancing in NB 928 for awhile - until you can work back into normal dancing shoes. If your feet are throbbing, there is something wrong - and chances are that your feet can be healed without surgery or injections.

You should be able to sign up for postings by using one of the boxes to the right of the article - I will check to make sure it is working...

Best wishes and please let me know how you do,

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