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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Podiatrist's Review of Hoka Bondi 5 & Tor Summit.

Hoka One One 
Two Excellent Podiatrist Recommended Shoes

Hoka One One Bondi 5 Running Shoe

Hoka One One Tor Summit Waterproof Hiking Shoe

These two Hoka One One shoes are an excellent choice for most patients with finicky feet. What makes these two shoes so good are that they both meet the 4 criteria that a shoe needs to be comfortable:

1. A thick, rigid sole with no motion or flexibility. Less motion through painful or sore joints means less inflammation, less swelling and less damage to the joints. All of this translates into less pain! 

2. A wide toebox, which puts less pressure on toes which stops or slows the progression of bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, corns. 

3. Rearfoot control. If you are walking in shoes without rearfoot control you are scrunching down your toes to stay in the shoe and that promotes hammertoes, bunions, tired leg syndrome as well as knee, hip and lower back discomfort. 

4. Arch support. Both of these shoes can accommodate custom-molded orthotics or a good over-the-counter arch supports, which helps prevent knee, hip and lower back discomfort as well as to and slow the progression of bunions, hammertoes, and tendonitis.  

These shoes are recommended for patients with:
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Mild to moderate bunions
*Morton's Neuromas
*Hallux Limitus
*Functional Hallux Limitus
*Hallux Rigidus
*Peroneal Tendonitis (wear with orthotics or arch support) 
*PT Tendonitis (wear with orthotics or arch support) 
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*History of Lisfranc's Injuries (wear with orthotics or arch support) 
*Plantar Plate Issues   

These shoes are not recommended for patients with:
*Diabetes with history of Ulcerations
*Charcot Foot
*Drop Foot 
*Severe Achilles Tendonitis (you need a shoe with less cushion and more stability - like a New Balance 928 or 1540)
*Not for Geriatric patients with muscle weakness, instability or severe balance issues (they need a lighter shoe with more stability such as New Balance 813 with velcro strapping).

Check with your podiatrist to see if these shoes are appropriate for you if you have: 
*Rheumatoid Arthritis

For more information, please refer to these other articles:

Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc's injuries

I hope this was helpful! 

Dr. Cathleen McCarthy