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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Dansko Lynnie - Podiatrist Recommended Sandal

Podiatrist Recommended
Dansko Lynnie

I know it's late in the summer season to be recommending sandals, but this sandal is so good that I had to post about it. Plus, I live in Arizona, which is the land of the perpetual summer!

This sandal meets 3 of the 4 criteria required to make a shoe podiatrist recommended: 

1. It has a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole, which is the most important aspect of finding shoes that are comfortable and good for your feet. If you are in a shoe that stops motion through painful joints and foot structures, then you will have less inflammation, less swelling and less pain. It also will help slow the progression of bunions, hammertoes, and arthritis.

2. It has a wide toe box, which means less pressure on toes. This will help slow the progress of hammertoes and even may help prevent and clear up toenail fungal infections. 

3. It has rearfoot control, which means there is less biomechanical strain because a rearfoot strap on a sandal helps to limit motion through the rearfoot so that you will not have to 'scrunch down' your toes to stay in a shoe (such as a flip-flop). It also has the added benefit of helping to reduce knee, hip and lower back pain. 

4. Arch support.  This sandal, unfortunately, doesn't have arch support. An option is to purchase OTC arch support that has an adhesive underside and can be placed into the sandal for added comfort. This will not be enough arch support for anyone with severely problematic feet, but it should work for someone with only mild to moderate biomechanical issues.  

Recommended for patients with:
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (no motion through the 1st toe joint) 
*Functional Hallux Limitus 
*Mild Bunions
*Mild Tailor Bunions
*Ingrown Toenails
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Morton's Neuroma
*Plantar Plate Issues
*Sesmoid Issues
*Lisfranc Joint Issues
*Peroneal Tendonitis
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis

Not recommended for patients with: 
*Severe Over-Pronation (not enough arch support) 
*Ankle Instability
*Charcot Foot
*History of Ulcerations
*Drop Foot
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation) 
*Posterior Tibial Tendonitis (not enough arch support) 
*Severe Hypermobility/Ligament Laxity
*Excessive Swelling

For more information, please refer to my other articles on this blog:

Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc Injuries,

Thank you for reading and I hope this was helpful!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy