Sunday, August 17, 2014

Women's Rocker Bottom Casual Dress Shoes for Fall 2014.


Rocker Bottom Women's Casual Dress Shoes
Fall 2014


Abeo R.O.C. Bree


Abeo R.O.C. Bethran


MBT Matwa


Shoes with rocker-bottom soles can be excellent for patients with certain biomechanical foot structures, but they are not for everyone. What makes the Rocker Bottom shoes so exceptional is that this is the type of sole that is on the bottom of a below the knee removable walking boot, which is what is used to treat broken foot bones. The most common fracture of the foot, the 'Jones fracture' (the 5th metatarsal), is treated by placing the patient in a walking boot with a rocker bottom sole for 6-8 weeks. By eliminating motion through the bottom of the foot and the ankle, the walking boot gives the body a chance to heal itself. No motion through an area of injury means less pain, less swelling and increased healing rate. The concept of the rocker bottom sole was taken from the walking boots and applied to shoes. 

The rocker bottom soles are particularly useful if you have an injury in the forefoot areas such as a sesamoid fracture because it off-loads the forefoot area. It is also a great shoe if you have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis or you are recovering from a stress fracture of the heel bone as it also off-loads the rearfoot area. There are exceptions to this rule: if you have a history of Achilles Tendonitis or a previous Achilles tendon injury, this shoe would be a bad choice for you because the rocker-bottom can rock your foot back, which would put too much stress on the Achilles and set you up for a new injury. 

If you are recovering from a foot fracture and your doctor has cleared you to start wearing normal shoes, the rocker bottom shoe may be a good choice for you. I recommend wearing a custom-molded orthotic or an excellent over-the-counter insert in the rocker bottom shoes for more arch support. You can also wear a tri-lock brace with the MBT for more ankle support as you recover from your injury. Check with your doctor on his or her recommendations for your particular injury and foot type. 


Rocker Bottom Shoes are Recommended for patients with:
*Jobs that require standing on concrete floors for long hours  
*Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Mild overpronation (Wear an orthotic)
*Recovering from Lisfranc's Fracture
*Sesamoiditis 
*Previous sesamoid fracture
*Hallux Limitus
*Hallux Rigidus
*Mild Hammertoes
*Morton's Neuroma
*Plantar Plate injuries
*Capsulitis
*Metatarsalgia
*Mild Osteoarthritis
*Mild Bunions
*Mild Tailor's Bunions
*Corns & Calluses
*Back Pain
*Knee, Hip and Lower Back Pain (you will have to try them on and judge for yourself. If they don't feel good, they are not for you. Ease into wearing them. Start by wearing them for one hour the first day, two hours the second and add one hour every day until you are in them for the whole day)


Rocker Bottom Shoes are NOT Recommended for patients with:
*Balance Issues
*The Elderly
*History of Falling 
*Vertigo
*Low Blood Pressure 
*History of Fainting
*Hypermobility or Ligament Laxity
*Ankle Instability
*Achilles Tendonitis
*Patients who have to walk up and down hills or walk on uneven pavement such as cobblestone
*Severe Overpronation
*Nerve Damage
*Muscle Weakness
*Drop Foot
*Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease
*Charcot Foot
*Excessive swelling
*Severe Supinators (Rolling to the outside of your ankles as you walk)
*History of multiple ankle sprains


Check with your Podiatrist if you have any of thesse conditions to see if a rocker bottom shoe is appropriate for you:
*Diabetes
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Moderate Over-Pronation




Have a great day,

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)


Monday, May 12, 2014

Top Running Shoes - Podiatrist Recommended


TOP THREE RUNNING SHOES

Podiatrist Recommended


I'm glad that the hype over the Vibram FiveFinger minimalist running shoes are being exposed for what they really are - a poor excuse for shoegear. The Vibram company just settled a class action lawsuit for $3.75 million for making false claims about health benefits runners get from wearing the Vibram FiveFingers. I suspect that the $3.75 million is peanuts compared to all the medical costs associated with the injuries caused by the FiveFinger shoes. 

Here are my top three picks for running shoes:



New Balance 1540




Brooks Beast





Hoka One One - Stinson Tarmac


Each shoe has a thick and rigid sole so there is less motion through the foot, which allows for more protection of the foot and ankle joints, tendons and ligaments. Less motion through the foot translates to less damage to your joints, decreased chance of injury, decreased mechanical strain, and improved performance. 
As far as improving your performance, think of it this way: if you are running around barefoot or in a minimalist shoe and if you have 'biomechanically challenged' feet, then you could be wasting a certain percent of you energy because you are being forced to use 'x' amount of energy trying to stabilize your foot and ankle or by compensating. When you biomechanically control your foot with a thick, rigid sole and a more  protective running shoe, then you can put that previously 'wasted' energy into performance and speed. 

One of the analogies that I use when discussing the advantages of a protective running shoe to my patients is: the car industry has robots that close the car door over and over to see at what number the car door hinge breaks. Think of the joints in your foot as 'hinges'. All hinges have a 'tipping point' where damage is done and the hinge will eventually break down. By wearing a running shoe that protects the 'hinge', you have increased the life of that hinge, which means more miles of running over the course of your life. 

Runners love to run and, as a Podiatrist, my goal is to keep you running for as long as possible and with as few problems as possible.  

I know that the minimalist runners get upset when anyone suggests that minimalist shoes are not good, but I would like to say that all of the information that I am offering is designed to keep you running longer with less problems so you see less doctors. The minimalist enthusiasts love to knock what I am saying, but I would also remind them that as a Podiatist I have a very specific point of view. No one comes to my office and pays me a $50 co-pay to tell me how great their feet are feeling. By the time someone makes an appointment with me, they are having enough pain to interrupt and disrupt their lives, not to mention their running activites. 

I also recommend combining a great running shoe with a custom-molded orthotic, which is often covered by health insurance. If you can't get a custom-molded orthotic, I recommend an over-the-counter insert such as Footsteps or Powerstep. If you are recovering from a Lisfranc's injury or any foot or ankle injury and you are trying to return to running, I would recommend talking to your Podiatrist about possible bracing and physical therapy as you ease back into running activites. 

I recently returned to light jogging and I am wearing the Hoka One One, which I purchased from the Runner's Den, located at 6505 North 16th Street in Phoenix. Scott was very helpful and advised me that if you have a history of Achilles Tendonitis, it is important that you stretch before running in the Hoka One One. The shoe has so much shock absorption that it can cause some added 'play' in the  Achilles tendon, which can cause issues if you have ever had Achilles tendonitis. 

Scott also told me that the shoe that gives them the least amount of returns are the Brooks Beast. He stated that people who get the Brooks Beast periodically return and simply request a new pair. 

I have been recommending the NB 1540 for years and it has roll-bar technology with heel cushioning and is a great choice for anyone having heel pain or Hallux Limitus. 



I hope this was helpful! 

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Comfortable Sandals at Dillard's - Podiatrist Recommended.


Podiatrist Recommended
Top Comfortable Sandals at Dillards
Spring 2014





Clark's Lexi Sumac

What's great about this sandal is that the sole is thick, rigid and not flexible, which offers more biomechanical protection for the foot. An excellent feature is that this is an exceptionally light-weight sandal. This is a great option for older or more sedentary patients who need a comfortable and light-weight shoe. 





Alegria Kleo

This sandal is appropriate for a multitude of podiatric conditions. The sole is thick, rigid and not flexible and it has a soft topcover with good arch support. I love that it has wide strapping for forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot control, which translates to more biomechanical control to the foot and ankle structures. I have the Alegria enclosed shoe, which has the same sole and it is amazingly comfortable for all day wear. 

This is, in my opinion, the best sandal on this list, so I am including a pathology specific recommendation list:

Alegria Kleo is recommended for patients with:
*Mild to Moderate Bunions
*Hammertoes
*Mild to Moderate Tailor's Bunions
*Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
*Hallux Limitus
*Hallux Rigidus
*Plantar Plate Injury
*Capsulitis
*Mild Achille's Tendonitis
*Mild Tendonitis
*Osteoarthritis
*Mild to Moderate Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Mild to Moderate Over-Pronators
*Mild to Moderate Hypermobility
*Sesamoiditis
*Metatarsalgia
*Morton's Neuroma
*Patients Recovering from Lisfranc's injury
*Knee, hip & lower back pain

Alegria Kleo not recommended for patients with:
*Diabetes
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Charcot Foot
*Drop Foot
*History of ulceration






Dansko Sonnet

This is my new Spring sandal and I love the thick, rigid sole with a wide base, which means less motion, which translates to more comfort, less mechanical strain and decreased chance of injury. Also, the low heel height and the adjustable velcro straps and soft topcover add to the comfort. 

One word of caution with Dansko, they do not work well if you are planning to spend lots of time walking on cobblestone. If you are going to Europe or vacationing anyplace with lots of cobblestone, you need a shoe with a thick, rigid sole but something with just a touch of "give" like the Alegria Kleo, Romika Fidji or Ecco Yucaton. 





Naturalizer Tanner

This sandal is a good option for anyone who can wear a slight heel. The sole is thick and rigid and it has excellent forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot control. If you have any significant forefoot issues, this is not the best choice because of the heel height. 






Teva Capri

For anyone who can wear a heel, this is a good choice. I would not recommend this sandal for anyone who has any significant forefoot issues such as Morton's Neuroma, Hallux Limitus or if you are recovering from injury or fracture of the metatarsal joints. 

It may work well for anyone who might have mild Achille's tendonitis because the heel lift decreases tension on the Achilles. 





Fit Flop Sandal

I like the Fit Flop sandals for anyone with prominent bunions because it offers the thick, non-flexible sole as well as midfoot and rearfoot control, but it doesn't have any straps causing pressure on the bunion or Tailor's bunion area. It also has enough shock absorption to help with anyone suffering with mild heel pain or Achilles tendonitis. I wish it had more midfoot strapping, but it you have large bunions that hurt with shoe pressure, this is a good choice. 

It's very important that you get the Fit Flops with rearfoot strapping as it offers more rearfoot control, which helps with forefoot issues as well as knee, hip and lower back issues. If you get the Fit Flop flip-flop with no rearfoot strapping, you are forcing all your tendons, muscles and joints to work harder to stay in the flip-flop, which causes more mechanical strain and "tired-leg syndrome".





Romika Fidji

The sole doesn't flex or bend and this sandal has excellent forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot control. It also has decent arch support and the wide base makes it a stable shoe. It's well made, sturdy and should work well for anyone with painful bumps on the top of the midfoot area (Lisfranc's exostosis) as well as forefoot problems such as Hallux Limitus, metatarsalgia, and hammertoes. 






Ecco Yucaton

If you get this sandal, make sure you purchase one that doesn't bend or flex for more comfort and biomechanical control. I've noticed that the quality can vary significantly from sandal to sandal. If you happen to get one that bends too much, ask the saleperson to let you try another in the same size. The adjustable straps and excellent arch support make this sandal comfortable for all day wear. If you have severe forefoot issues, you would be better off with the Alegria Kleo. 






Born Emmy Mouton

I love this sandal, but it is not appropriate for anyone with Hallux Limitus or any forefoot issues. If you know that you can comfortably wear a shoe this height, this should be a comfortable sandal for you. I like the wide forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot strapping that allows for more biomechanical control. 



I hope this was helpful!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)




Monday, March 31, 2014

Dress Shoe for Patients with Bunions - Podiatrist Recommended


Shoe Recommendation for 
Patients with Bunions



Steve Madden's Betsi




Steve Madden Brynn


These are two wonderful options for anyone who needs a shoe that will accommodate a painful bunion. What makes this such a great shoe is that it has the thick, rigid sole that is protective because it does not allow any motion through the bottom of the foot, which means that there is less pain, inflammation, swelling and damage to the forefoot joints, which translates to more comfort, less chance of injury and it slows the progression of bunions and hammertoes. The topcover material is what really sets this shoe apart! The material is a soft, stretchy mesh that puts less pressure on the bunion, which significantly decreases pain. I would recommend adding a dress custom-molded orthotic, which will help slow or stop the progression of the bunions formation. 


This shoe is recommended for patients with:
*Bunions 
*Mild to possible Moderate Hallux Limitus (decreased motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Mild to Moderate Hammertoes
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Mild Morton's Neuroma
*Mild Osteoarthritis
*Mild Plantar Plate issues
*Mild Metatarsalgia
*Mild Over-Pronation (wear a dress custom molded orthotic to control pronation) 


This shoe is NOT recommended for patients with:
*Severe Hallux Limitus 
*Hallux Rigidus (no range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Diabetes
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Charcot Foot
*Ankle Instability
*Severe Over-Pronation
*Drop Foot
*Severe Hypermobility


I hope this was helpful!

Dr Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)





Saturday, February 22, 2014

Thinking About Foot Surgery? Ten Things You Need To Think About BEFORE You Have Foot Surgery.

Ten Things You Need To Think About
BEFORE 
You Have Foot Surgery.


1. You need to exhaust conservative treatment before you decide to have foot surgery.
Assuming that you are having foot pain, before you have foot surgery you should try three months of this regimen: no barefoot walking, no walking around the house in just socks, no flip-flops, and no flimsy bedroom slippers. You should be wearing RX Crocs in the house as a bedroom slipper and you should try New Balance 928 or 1540 with custom-molded orthotics. If you cannot get a custom-molded insert, try over-the-counter inserts such as Powerstep or Superfeet. 

Even if you have surgery and you get a perfect result, if you are not doing these things and wearing proper shoes after the surgery - you are setting yourself up for more foot problems and a higher risk of the problem coming back. Yes, bunions can reoccur - even after a successful surgery.


2. The goal of foot surgery is to take an abnormal painful foot and turn it into an abnormal non-painful foot. 
A common misconception of foot surgery is that, after the surgery, you are going to have a normal foot that is cosmetically pleasing. Of course, that is the desired outcome but in reality - the goal of foot surgery is to have a non-painful and cosmetically pleasing foot that functions well in proper shoegear and orthotics. 

I've been running an unoffical patient survey for years. I ask patients who had foot surgery years ago if they were pleased with the outcome and, if they could go back in time, would they do it again. Eighty percent of patients say they are not happy with the outcomes and that it was more painful and took longer to heal then they originally thought and that they would not do it again. About twenty percent of patients are happy with the results and say they would do it again.


3. The only time you should consider elective foot surgery (meaning it is not an emergency situation) is if conservative treatment has failed and you have hit a point where you are having so much pain that you can't do your normal daily activities.
Years ago, an elderly gentleman came into the office for a second opinion on whether or not he should have bunion surgery. 
As he was taking off his shoes I asked, "Does your bunion hurt?" When he said that the bunion didn't hurt, I said, "Then don't have surgery." He started laughing and said, "Aren't you going to wait for me to take off my shoes?" I told him that he was eighty-two years old and if his bunions didn't hurt, he doesn't need surgery. 

My experience has been that if you do a bunion surgery on an older but active patient and have them elevate and rest their foot for six weeks - that person might like resting too much and might not want to get up and get going after they are healed. If you are active and your bunions don't hurt - let's keep you active and enjoying life. 


4. If any doctor guarentees the outcome of your surgery - RUN!
In medicine, there are exceptions to every rule and there are no guarentees - especially with surgery. When you sign a pre-op consent for any surgical procedure, you are signing that you understand that a possible outcome of the procedure is everything from infection, chronic pain, failure of the implant, disability and possibly death (to name a few). 


5. Be proactive and get a second opinion. 
If you line up ten different doctors, you are going to get ten different opinions. It's frustrating but true. 

As a patient, you have to be proactive. Do your research, ask questions and get a second and even third opinion. A good doctor is not offended or intimidated by a patient getting a second opinion. If your doctor is offended by you getting a second opinion then that is his or her problem. Your decision to have surgery and choose the surgeon is not about their pride - it's about you making the best decision possible and gathering information is an important part of the decision making process. 


6. Foot surgery is more subtle and complex than you think - the foot heals slower, hurts more and swells more because while you are trying to heal it, you are walking on it. 
Because the foot is weight-bearing, recovering from a foot injury or surgery can be frustrating. If you break your nose, it's going to heal much faster than your foot because you are not walking around on your nose. 

Hammertoe surgery sounds easy but is one of the more subtle and complex surgeries. It's actually quite easy to do the surgery. What's hard is getting good results. I have a practice full of ladies who had this surgery twenty-plus years ago and are very uphappy with the results. Their toes are not cosmetically pleasing and often still have painful corns and ulcerations.  


7. After foot surgery, you can have swelling and low grade pain for up to one year. 
This may not be the case but you should expect that there is a good chance that this will occur. The best way to prevent this from happening is to be compliant with the post-op plan that your surgeon will reveiw with you. If you are non-compliant and do too much walking and do not enough rest and elevate your foot after the surgery - you dramatically increase the chance of having more pain and swelling. 


8. If you think you can have foot surgery and you will be able to wear ballet slippers and flip-flops and walk barefoot - you are kidding yourself. 
Of course, you can have the foot surgery and continue to wear poor shoegear but there is a high probability of eventually developing more foot issues and possibly getting a re-occuarnce of the original foot problem. 

Think of it like this, if you went through all the time, money and pain of getting a foot surgery - why wouldn't you protect that investment with proper shoes and orthotics? 

Not doing so is the equivalent of getting skin cancer and, after getting all the cancerous lesions surgically excised, deciding that you don't need to wear sunscreen. 

Protect your investment!


9. If you are not compliant with your surgeon's post-operative plan, you are going to sabotage the success of your surgical outcome.
The next time someone tells you their 'nightmare' bunion story - ask them if they did what their surgeon advised them to do. Did they stay in their surgical shoe or CAM Walker for the allotted time? Did they rest, elevate and ice their foot? Did they take the time off from work that was recommended so that the foot would have time to heal? The fair amount of 'nightmare bunion' stories come from patient non-compliance. Did you know that if you have hammertoe surgery and do too much activity or are non-compliant that you can get a complication called 'sausage toe'? Having a toe that looks like a fat, ugly, red sausage is one of the dreaded complications of hammertoe surgery. It's difficult to treat and patients get very upset. The typical response is they want their hammertoe back! 

If you have done your homework and found a good surgeon then you have a responsibility to follow post-op protocol so you can get the best possible result. I can't stress this enough - rest and elevate your foot. Stay in the surgical shoe or CAM walker as directed by your surgeon. Take off time from work if you are able. 

Overall, if you are compliant - you will get much better results, have less pain and have a more cosmetically pleasing foot. 


10. Make sure whoever is doing your surgery is Board Certified. 
If I had to have foot surgery, I know exactly who I'm going to! 

And you can bet that that Podiatrist is Board Certified. 

When I completed my residency, I took the first part of a two part  National Surgical Board exam and passed, which made me Board Qualified. Once you are Board Qualified, you have seven years to do 'x' amount of surgeries and put together case reports on each of these. Once you submit the required number of cases, then you do  the second part of the exam where you are grilled by other Board Certified Surgeons who test you face to face on the cases that you have submitted. It is a grueling process. 

Three years after I became Board Qualified, I faced an ethical question. I wasn't doing enough surgeries. If I wanted to become Board Certified then I had to start doing way more surgeries so that I could get the numbers I needed to be eligible to apply for the second part of the exams. The problem was - how was I supposed to get the numbers that was required unless I started doing surgery on people who I did not think needed surgery?

I came to the conclusion that I would no longer do surgical procedures. I still do simple procedures in the office but I would no longer do the more complex surgeries. Currently, if I have a patient who needs surgery, I will refer them to a Board Certified Surgeon. 

Make that Eleven...

11. Check the state board to see if your surgeon is being sued for malpractice. All surgeons eventually get sued but if your surgeon has a high number of malpractice cases - that is a red flag.  
Your state board of Podiatry has a websight where you can look up any malpractice cases that are filed against your surgeon. Every surgeon is going to eventually get sued for malpractice - that's just a fact of life for surgeons. But, if your surgeon has an excessive number of malpractice cases - get a second opinion from another surgeon. Ask your Primary Care Physician or other Specialists who he or she would recommend - other doctors are an invaluable source of information. 


If I have to leave you with one final thought - do not rush into foot surgery. The only time you should consider foot surgery is if you have reached a point where you have tried everything and nothing works and the pain is so bad that you are unable to do your normal daily activites. 

For more information, check out my two articles in this blog, which you can find by using the 'search' box):

"My foot hurts - top ten things to alleviate foot pain today."

"Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc's fractures"




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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Top 25 Comfortable Women's Dress Boots for 2014 - Podiatrist Recommended.

Podiatrist Recommended
Top 25 Comfortable Women's Boots
2014

A Blog dedicated to:

How to find good looking shoes
that are good for your feet
that are pathology specific.



I started with a 'Top 10' list and it quickly snowballed into a 'Top 25' list! Remember, no matter what type of boot you choose for yourself, it must meet four criteria to be comfortable: 

First, it must have a thick rigid sole that you cannot bend or flex. A thin, flimsy sole that bends and flexes will cause excess motion through your foot joints, which can lead to increased chance of injury such as fractures and sprains, arthritis, bunions, hammertoes, mechanical strain and PAIN. A good shoe is a shoe that limits motion so that you have less pain, less damage, less chance of injury and, an added bonus, prettier feet. As you walk through life, you are either beating up your feet or you are beating up your shoes - if you think what your shoes look like after a couple of years of use - without the protection of a thick rigid sole - that damage is going to be happening to your joints. 

Second, you need arch support. Whether it is built into the shoe, over-the-counter arch support or a custom-molded orthotic - it is important to biomecahnically control your arch. When patients say to me that they have great arches and don't need arch support, my answer is that bridges have arches but engineers still put struts under them to decrease mechanical strain. Proper arch support will help decrease knee, hip and lower back pain as well as stop or slow the progression of bunions, hammertoes and soft tissue injuries such as tendonitis and plantar fascial strain. Talk to your Podiatrist about whether or not your insurance plan pays for you to get custom-molded orthotics. They are often a covered benefit. You only have one set of feet and once they break down - you don't get a new pair. Invest in your body and purchase good shoes and get orthotics. It's the same rationale as a dentist telling you to brush and floss on a regular basis and a dermatologist telling you to wear sunscreen. You need to protect your body because it is just a matter of time until it tries to go south on you. 

Third, you need a wide and preferably soft toebox. This will decrease pressure on the toes, which will help prevent ingrown toenails, hammertoes, bunions, Morton's Neuromas and painful corns and calluses. 

Forth, you need a shoe with rearfoot control. Backless shoes such as flipflops and mules are not good enough for your feet. If you are not biomechanically controlling the rearfoot with at least a strap, you are forcing your toes to curl down to stay in the shoe, which promotes deformities such as hammertoes and bunions and increases the chance of knee, hip and lower back pain. Without rearfoot control, you are forcing all of your tendons, ligaments and joints to work harder to stay in the shoe. This also causes 'tired-leg syndrome' and leg fatigue. 

If you have any severe foot issues or systemic diseases, please check with your Podiatrist to make sure that a particular boot is correct for you. I encourage patients to bring in one bag of shoes so that we can check each shoe together and have a discussion about what will or will not work for their feet. Proper shoegear is absolutely crucial! 

My goal as a Podiatrist is to keep my patients as active as possible for as long as possible with as few problems as possible. And this goal can be achieved with the help of proper shoegear. 

Okay - enough preaching! Let's get to the list...




Ugg Kensington II


I love the Uggs! Not all Uggs are good but if you get one with a thick rigid sole, wide toebox and rearfoot control and add a dress orthotic - you are pretty much gold.  

Ugg Kensington II is Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild to possibly severe Bunions
*Mild to possibly severe Hammertoes
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Any patient with a fused toe joint
*Morton's Neuroma
*Metatarsalgia
*Capsulitis
*Anyone recovering from a Lisfranc's Fracture
*Plantar Plate Injury
*Osteoarthritis
*Mild to possibly severe Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Mild to severe Over-Pronation (wear dress orthotics)
*Mild to moderate Hypermobility (wear with dress orthotics)

Ugg Kensington II is NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Charcot Foot
*Achilles Tendonitis (these patients need a slightly higher heel lift in the back - such as a low wedge to decrease tension on the Achilles)
*Diabetic (Clear this boot with your Podiatrist)
*History of Ulcerations
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Clear with your Podiatrist)
*Peripheral Neuropathy/Nerve Damage (Clear with your Podiatrist)





Tsubo Kynlee

The Tsubo Kynlee is a gorgeous boot. If you know that you can handle wearing a slight heel, this boot should work for you. If you have severe Hallux Limitus, Hallux Rigidus or significant forefoot isses, the wedge may not be ideal for you. Basically, if you can wear this heel height with no problems, this should be a good choice. 

Tsubo Kynlee Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild Bunions
*Mild Hammertoes
*Mild Hallux Limitus
*Mild Morton's Neuroma
*Mild Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild Over-Pronation (wear a dress orthotic)
*Mild Hypermobility (wear a dress orthotic)
*Patients recovering from Lisfranc's injuries or fractures

Tsubo Kynlee NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion of the 1st toe joint) 
*Moderate to Severe Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Severe Osteoarthritis of any of the forefoot joints.
*Moderate to Severe Bunions 
*Moderate to Severe Hammertoes
*Diabetics
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Charcot Foot
*History of Ulcerations
*Balance Issues





Dr. Marten's Pendleton


It's hard to go wrong with Dr. Marten's shoes. I've noticed that some of the Dr. Marten's soles do bend and flex a little but most of the Dr. Marten's have the thick, rigid sole that does not bend or flex. When shopping in the store, double check and make sure that the sole does not bend or flex. 

Dr. Marten's Pendleton Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild Bunions
*Mild Hammertoes
*Mild to possibly Moderate Morton's Neuroma
*Mild to possibly Moderate Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Mild Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild to Moderate Ankle Instability (wear a dress orthotic)
*History of ankle sprains 
*Mild to moderate tendonitis (wear dress orthotic)
*Mild to Moderate Over-Pronation (wear dress orthotic)
*Mild to moderate Hypermobility (wear dress orthotic)
*Plantar Fibromas

Dr. Marten's Pendleton is NOT Recommend for Patients with:
*Charcot Foot
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Severe Osteoarthritis of any of the forefoot joints
*Moderate to Severe Haglund's Deformity (bump on the back of the heel)
*Severe Bunions
*Severe Hammertoes
*Diabetics
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*History of Ulcerations
*Anyone with significant 'bumps' or exostosis on the foot
*High arch with 'bumps' or bone spurs on top of the foot




Naot Gratify 


The Naot Gratify is a gorgeous boot and has a full lenfth shaft which allows for less motion through the forefoot and therefore more comfort. Not all Naot shoes have a full length shaft, which is a disappointment so if you are shopping for a Naot - make sure you get one with the full length shaft and not a partial shaft. There's a huge difference in comfort. 

Naot Gratify Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild to moderate Bunions
*Mild to moderate Hammertoes
*Mild to moderate Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Morton's Neuroma
*Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Achilles Tendonitis
*Over-Pronation (wear a dress orthotic)
*Hypermobility (wear a dress orthotic)
*Patients recovering from Lisfranc's injuries or fractures

Naot Gratify NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion of the 1st toe joint) 
*Severe Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Diabetics (Get approval from your Podiatrist before wearing this boot) 
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Get approval from you Podiatrist before wearing this boot)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Get approval from your Podiatrist before wearing this boot)
*Charcot Foot
*History of Ulcerations





Tsubo Dess 


Gorgeous boot! I love the Tsubo shoes and I love to dress up jeans with this look. This heel height is not for everyone but if you know that you can wear this heel height comfortably, this boot should work for you. 

Tsubo Dess Boots Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain) 

Tsubo Dess Boots NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Charcot Foot
*Diabetics
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*History of Ulcerations
*Balance Issues
*Severe Hypermobility or Instability
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Osteoarthritis of any of the toe joints
*High arches with 'bump' or exostosis on the top of the foot
*Haglund's Deformity
*Recovering from a Lisfranc's Fracture
*Metatarsalgia
*Capsulitis
*Plantar Plate Injury




Dansko Crepe Chukka


If you are doing a lot of walking on concrete and hard surfaces - this might be your boot. The Dansko Crepe Chukka has a thick rigid sole with NO motion, which translates into all day comfort. Add a dress orthotic for more arch control and it's hard to go wrong with this boot. The only limitations with Dansko is that if you have prominent 'bumps' such as bunions or exostosis and bone spurs - there might be too much pressure on them which can cause pain. An option is to take the shoe to a Cobbler or Shoe Repair and have them stretch the area over the bunion or 'bump'.  

This Boot Recommended for Patients with:
*Hallux Limitus
*Hallux Rigidus
*Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Morton's Neuroma
*Metatarsalgia
*Plantar Plate Issues
*Capsulitis
*Bunions
*Hammertoes
*Corns & Calluses
*Tailor's Bunions
*History of Lisfrand's Injury
*Recovered from Foot Fractures (Clear with your Pod)
*Osteoarthritis
*Knee, Hip and Lower Back Pain
*Over-Pronation (wear with a dress orthotic)
*Mild Hypermobility (wear with a dress orthotic)

This Boot NOT Recommended for Patients with: 
*Charcot Foot
*Diabetics (Clear with your Podiatrist)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Clear with your Podiatrist)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Muscle Weakness
*Drop Foot
*Severe Hypermobility
*Instability
*Geriatrics




Dansko Tabitha 


Dansko is fabulous but they are not for everybody. I would recommend that if you are shopping for Dansko, go to the store to try them on. If you have large bunions or 'bumps' on the top of the midfoot area, Danskos might not work for you.

Dansko Tabitha Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild Bunions
*Mild Hammertoes
*Mild to moderate Hallux Limitus
*Mild Morton's Neuroma
*Mild Metatarsalgia
*Mild Plantar Plate Injuries
*Mild Capsulitis
*Plantar Fasciits (Heel Pain)
*Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild to moderate Osteoarthritis

Dansko Tabitha NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Severe Tailor's Bunions
Severe Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Diabetics
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage) 
*History of Ulcerations
*Charcot Foot



Ugg Anais


I had to add this boot because I love the style! The heel height is a bit high but if you know that you can handle this heel height, this should be a comfortable boot for you. The wedge heel gives added protection to the forefoot structures and more of a 'roll off' action when you walk - this will cause less stress to the forefoot. 

Ugg Anais Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Women who know that they can wear this heel height comfortably

Ugg Anais NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion of the 1st toe joint) 
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Osteoarthritis of any of the forefoot joints.
*Bunions 
*Hammertoes
*Diabetics
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Charcot Foot
*History of Ulcerations
*Balance Issues




Dansko Faith


I love the Danskos but I recommend purchasing this one in the store. I've noticed that since Dansko has started manufacturing more shoes in China - the forefoot area can have too much bend and the toebox has gotten a little smaller and more narrow. Make sure the forefoot wedge does not bend and, if you can know that you can wear this heel height comfortably, this should be a good boot for you. 

Dansko Faith Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Women who know that they can wear this heel height comfortably

Dansko Faith NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion of the 1st toe joint) 
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Osteoarthritis of any of the forefoot joints.
*Bunions 
*Hammertoes
*Diabetics
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Charcot Foot
*History of Ulcerations
*Balance Issues




John Fluevog On Course Leeward


This is my Christmas gift - that has still not arrived! I can't give a full review on this boot because I don't have it yet but it is so gorgeous and seems to meet all the criteria so I thought I'd add it to the list. I will give a further update once I get these bad boys on my feet! 




John Fluevog Prepares Map


As you know, I love John Fluevog shoes and this boot is no exception. The wedge heel is solid and very comfortable. I can walk in this shoe all day. I love the wide toebox with soft leather that feels like butter. If you purchase this boot, buy extra boot laces because, for some reason, the laces on this boot break easily. 

This Boot Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild Bunions
*Mild Hammertoes
*Mild Hallux Limitus
*Mild Morton's Neuroma
*Mild to possibly Moderate Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild Over-Pronation (wear a dress orthotic)
*Mild Hypermobility (wear a dress orthotic)

This Boot NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion of the 1st toe joint) 
*Severe Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Severe Osteoarthritis of any of the forefoot joints.
*Severe Bunions 
*Severe Hammertoes
*Diabetics
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Charcot Foot
*History of Ulcerations
*Balance Issues


Dansko Vail


Another fabulous Dansko boot. It's very hard to go wrong with this boot - especially if you need to do lots of outdoor walking in bad weather.

Dansko Vail is Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild to Moderate Bunions
*Mild to Moderate Hammertoes
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Any patient with a fused toe joint
*Morton's Neuroma
*Metatarsalgia
*Capsulitis
*Patients recovering from a Lisfranc's Fracture
*Plantar Plate Injury
*Osteoarthritis
*Mild to Moderate Rheumatoid Arthritis (Check with your Podiatrist)
*Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Over-Pronation (wear dress orthotics)
*Mild to Moderate Hypermobility (wear with dress orthotics)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild Tendonitis


Dansko Vail is NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Charcot Foot
*Diabetics (Clear with your Podiatrist)
*History of Ulcerations
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Clear with your Podiatrist)
*Peripheral Neuropathy/Nerve Damage (Clear with your Podiatrist)






Frye Harness 12R


I own this boot and wore it several years ago on a 10 day walking winter tour of Berlin and Vienna. With socks and my dress orthotic, they kept me warm and dry and walking in comfort all day long. The only issue I have with this boot is that the forefoot area tends to be a bit too tapered so if you have a wide forefoot, this may not work for you. The boot has a rigid sole and great rearfoot control and it looks great under jeans. If you have a 5th toe hammertoe with a corn - either try to size up or get a boot with a wider toebox like the Alegria. 


This Boot Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild bunions
*Mild Hammertoes
*Hallux Rigidus (Maybe - assuming there are no significant bone spurs)
*Mild Morton's Neuroma
*Mild to possibly Moderate Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Mild Osteoarthritis 
*Mild Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild to Moderate Ankle Instability (wear a dress orthotic)
*History of ankle sprains 
*Mild to moderate tendonitis (wear dress orthotic)
*Mild to Moderate Over-Pronation (wear dress orthotic)
*Mild to moderate Hypermobility (wear dress orthotic)

This Boot is NOT Recommend for Patients with:
*Charcot Foot
*Moderate to Severe Haglund's Deformity (bump on the back of the heel)
*Prominent Bunions
*Moderate to Severe Hammertoes
*5th toe corns
*Diabetics
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*History of Ulcerations
*Anyone with significant 'bumps' or exostosis on the foot - especially the forefoot and top of the midfoot. 




John Fluevog Hopefuls Rosy


This is a great boot and I love the low heel, thick and rigid sole and the gorgous color. Add a dress orthotic for more comfort and it's a winner. 

This Boot Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild to moderate Bunions
*Mild to moderate Hammertoes
*Mild to moderate Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Morton's Neuroma
*Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Over-Pronation (wear a dress orthotic)
*Hypermobility (wear a dress orthotic)

This Boot NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion of the 1st toe joint) 
*Severe Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Diabetics  
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Charcot Foot
*History of Ulcerations







Alegria Cami


Excellent boot! Please see my complete review of the Alegria boots (2 blog posts previous to this one, which you can find by scrolling back or typing 'Alegria' in the search box at the upper right hand corner). Wear a dress orthotic for maximum comfort and this is a boot that will work for almost any foot type. 





Camper Filippa Low


I don't own this boot and have not seen it in person but I love the look and it seems to meet all the criteria. The wedge heel should stop motion in the forefoot are and, if you know that you can handle this heel height, it should be comfortable. The reviews also state that it works well for women with a wider calf. 

This Boot Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild Plantar Fasciits (Heel Pain)
*Women who know that they can wear this heel height comfortably.

This Boot NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Charcot Foot
*Diabetics
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*History of Ulcerations
*Balance Issues
*Hypermobility or Instability
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Severe Osteoarthritis of any of the toe joints
*Large 'bumps' or exostosis on the foot
*High arches with 'bump' or exostosis on the top of the foot
*Severe Haglund's Deformity
*Recovering from a Lisfrac's Fracture
*Metatarsalgia
*Capsulitis
*Plantar Plate Injury





Alegria Raina

This is the boot that I wore on my eleven day walking vacation of Paris and it passed with flying colors. For more information and a full review of the Alegria boots, please go to the search box and type in Alegria. I did a blog post (2 previous to this blog post) where I talk about these two boots in detail. 

Overall, excellent boot and I paid $29 on 6pm.com. 




Ariat Fatbaby

I think I got these because I love saying that I'm wearing my 'Fatbabies'! This is an excellent boot and I wear them under black slacks or jeans and they look professional and feel great. The Fatbaby boot does have a full length shank in it but I did notice that there is still a little bit of flexion in the sole, which was a disappointment because I am a stickler for no motion in the sole of a shoe BUT, with my dress orthotic and my mild Hallux Limitus, it still works very nicely for all day wear.  

Ariat Fatbaby is Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild to possibly severe Bunions
*Mild to possibly severe Hammertoes
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Morton's Neuroma
*Metatarsalgia
*Capsulitis
*Patients recovering from a Lisfranc's Fracture
*Plantar Plate Injury
*Osteoarthritis
*Mild to possibly severe Rheumatoid Arthritis (Clear with your Podiatrist)
*Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Mild to severe Over-Pronation (wear dress orthotics)
*Mild to moderate Hypermobility (wear with dress orthotics)

Ariat Fatbaby is NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Charcot Foot
*Achilles Tendonitis (these patients need a slightly higher heel lift in the back - such as a low wedge to decrease tension on the Achilles)
*Diabetic (Clear this boot with your Podiatrist)
*History of Ulcerations
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Clear with your Podiatrist)
*Peripheral Neuropathy/Nerve Damage (Clear with your Podiatrist)






Tsubo Descari

I love the Tsubo brand. This ankle is a bit high on the wedge but I wanted to add it because I love the Tsubo thick, rigid soles and I particularly like the soft adjustable strap across the midfoot area. This boot will not work if you have Hallux Limitus, Hallux Rigidus or any serious forefoot issues because the wedge is too steep of an incline, which will put too much pressure to the forefoot structures. If you know you can wear a heel this height comfortably, the forefoot sole has enough rigidity and cushion to give added protection to the forefoot structures. I was able to wear the Tsubo Heels at this height for many years and, as I got older, my feet were not able to tolerate it anymore. The trick is to listen to your body and if your feet hurt or if you are compensating or changing your gait in any way - don't wear them because they are causing damage.

This Boot Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Women who know they can wear this heel height comfortably.

This Boot NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Charcot Foot
*Diabetics
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*History of Ulcerations
*Balance Issues
*Hypermobility or Instability
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Osteoarthritis of any of the toe joints
*Severe Haglund's Deformity
*Recovering from a Lisfrac's Fracture
*Metatarsalgia
*Capsulitis
*Plantar Plate Injury






Fly London Mux Boot




Fly London Yust Boot





Fly London Yink Boot

These three Fly London boots are a nice combination of style and comfort. Once again, they are not going to work for everyone but if you know that you can wear a heel this height comfortably - these boots should work for you. 

Fly London Boots Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild to possibly moderate Bunions
*Mild to possibly moderte Hammertoes
*Mild Morton's Neuromas
*Mild Metatarsalgia
*Mild Capsulitis
*Mild Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild Over-Pronation (wear a dress orthotic)
*Mild Hypermobility (wear a dress orthotic)
*Healed Lisfranc's Injury (Check with your Pod)

Fly London Boots NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Charcot Foot
*Diabetics
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*History of Ulcerations
*Balance Issues
*Severe Hypermobility or Instability
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Severe Osteoarthritis of any of the toe joints
*Large 'bumps' or exostosis on the foot
*High arches with 'bump' or exostosis on the top of the foot
*Severe Haglund's Deformity






Women's Ladies Wedge Platform
Lace Up Round Toe Low Heel Boots

Yes, that is actually the official name on ebay. I like the thick rigid sole and, once again, if you know that you are able to wear a low wedge heel comfortably, this boot should work well for you. I also like the fact that you can loosen the laces to adjust for ankle and calf size. At the price of $39 - this is a great option for anyone on a budget. 

This Boot Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild Bunions
*Mild Hammertoes
*Mild Morton's Neuromas
*Mild Metatarsalgia
*Mild Capsulitis
*Mild Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild Over-Pronation (wear a dress orthotic)
*Mild Hypermobility (wear a dress orthotic)

This Boot NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Charcot Foot
*Diabetics
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*History of Ulcerations
*Balance Issues
*Severe Hypermobility or Instability
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Severe Osteoarthritis of any of the toe joints
*Large 'bumps' or exostosis on the foot
*High arches with 'bump' or exostosis on the top of the foot
*Severe Haglund's Deformity






Fit Flop Mukluk Moc 2




Fit Flop Crush Boot


The Fit Flop boots are fabulous! They have the thick, rigid sole that does not bend or flex, a soft and wide toebox, good rearfoot control and you can add a dress orthotic to it for arch control. The only issue with this boot is that they don't come in half sizes so I would recommend sizing up and some patients have issues with pulling them on since they do not have a zipper. Overall, an excellent boot. 

Fit Flop Boots (above) Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild to Severe Bunions
*Mild to Severe Hammertoes
*Morton's Neuroma
*Metatarsalgia
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus
*Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Osteoarthritis
*Capsulitis
*Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild to Moderate Over-Pronation (wear a dress orthotic)
*Mild to Moderate Hypermobility (wear a dress orthotic)
*Mild to Moderate Tendonitis (wear dress orthotic)
*Recovering from a previous Lisfranc's Injury or fracture 

Fit Flop Boots NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Charcot Foot
*History of Ulcerations 

Fit Flop Boots MAY works for Patients with:
(Get Approval from your Podiatrist!):
*Diabetics
*Peripheral Areterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*History of Ulcerations


I hope this was helpful and I would love to hear any feedback that you have on these boots - or other great boots that you think should be on the list. 


Happy New Years!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

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