Sunday, April 26, 2015

Podiatry Recommended Comfortable Wedge Sandal for Summer 2015

Eileen Fischer
Mask Wedge Sandal

A great option for someone with mild to moderate hallux limitus 
who wants to wear heels. 




What makes this sandal comfortable is that it has a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole that will protect the foot from motion through any painful or troublesome joints. Less motion through painful joints means less inflammation, less swelling and less pain. Shoes such as this (with a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole) can help slow the progression of bunions and hammertoes as well as help decrease the likelyhood of getting metatarsalgia and arthritic joint changes. This sandal has a wide toebox, which is great for anyone with mild to moderate bunions and hammertoes. It also has a rearfoot strap, which is crutial for providing more biomechanical control to the foot and ankle joints. If you wear a sandal that doesn't have a rearfoot strap, then you are forcing all of your muscles, joints and tendons to work harder to stay in the shoe. This can cause more mechanical strain to tendons, joints and muscles and can lead to tired-leg styndrome as well as increased knee, hip and lower back strain. 

If you have a history of foot issues, please talk to your Podiatrist about if this sandal is appropriate for you. 

This sandal is recommended for most people with:
*Mild to moderate Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (maybe)
*Mild to moderate Osteoarthritis
*Mild Rheumatoid Arthritis (maybe)
*Mild to moderate Hammertoes
*Mild to moderate Morton's Neuroma
*Mild Capsulitis
*Mild Sesamoiditis
*Mild to possibly moderate Metatarsalgia
*Mild to moderate Tailor's Bunions
*Mild Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild Plantar Plate issues
*History of previous Lisfranc's Issues (check with your Podiatrist)


This sandal is not recommended for people with:
*Diabetes
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation)
*Peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage)
*History of Foot Ulceration 
*Charcot Foot
*Moderate to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Moderate to severe Pes Planux (Flat Feet)
*Severe Over-Pronation
*Severe Ligament Laxity / Hypermobility
*Posterior Tibial Tendonitis or Dysfunction
*Ankle Instability
*The Elderly
*History of Falling or Imbalance
*Muscle Weakness 

For more information on the basics, please check out my articles: 

My feet hurt: top ten things to relieve foot pain today

Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc Injuries.


Have a great day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)







Monday, April 20, 2015

Four Comfortable Sandals for Summer 2015 - Podiatrist Recommended.

Four Comfortable Sandals For Summer 2015

Podiatrist Recommended



Wolky Jewel



Wolky Ruby



Wolky Lily



Aravon Katy



These are four great choices for a comfortable sandal. Each of these sandals meet the four criteria that a shoe must have to be comfortable: 

1. A thick, rigid and non-flexible sole, which is protective of the foot joints and any areas of injury, pain or previous surgery. Less motion means less pain, inflammation and swelling - especially through any problematic or painful areas of the foot. 

2. A wide toebox, which decreases pressure on the toes and helps to prevent the formation of bunions, hammertoes, corns and Tailor's bunions. Each of these sandals have adjustable strapping, which help to accommodate swelling.  

3. Rearfoot control, which helps to decrease mechanical strain of tendons, joints and muscles. If a shoe does not have rearfoot strapping, then you are forcing your tendons, joints and ligaments to work harder to stay in the shoe. Rearfoot strapping also helps decrease mechanical strain on the knees, hips and lower back as well as prevent injuries and risk of falling.  

4. Arch support. Each of these sandals has decent arch support. If you have severe flat-feet, it is possible to remove the insole on the Wolky Jewel and Ruby and replace it with your custom-molded orthotic. Although it has been my experience that sandals work better with the insert that comes with the shoe, so take your orthotics with you when shopping for these sandals to see if it works for you. 


These four sandals are recommended for patients with:
*Mild to Moderate Bunions
*Mild to Moderate Hammertoes
*Corns & Calluses
*Mild to Moderate Tailor's Bunions
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion at the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (no range of motion at the 1st toe joint)
*Capsulitis
*Plantar Plate Injuries
*Metatarsalgia
*Morton's Neuromas
*Previous Jone's Fractures or Lisfranc's Injuries (check with your podiatrist)
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild Tendonitis
*Plantar Fibromas 
*Mild to Moderate Hypermobility / Ligament Laxity
*Previous Metatarsal Stress Fractures (check with your podiatrist)
*Sesamoiditis
*Ingrown toenails


These sandals are not recommended for patient with:
*Charcot Foot
*History of Foot Ulcerations
*Diabetes
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation) 


If you have any questions about if these sandals are appropriate for you, please check with your podiatrist. I encourage patients to bring in one bag of shoes on our appointments so that I can physically check the shoe and have a discussion about whether or not the shoe is appropriate for their particular foot type and issue. 

For more information, please use the search box to look up these two articles:
"My feet hurt: top ten things to do to alleviate foot pain today."
and
"Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc's injuries." 


Have a wonderful day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)









Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pulp Hack Confessions: A Tough but Funny Novel about Money, Murder -- and...

Pulp Hack Confessions: A Tough but Funny Novel about Money, Murder -- and...: Gunning for Angels (The Fallen Angels series) By C. Mack Lewis 382 pages (Cathleen A McCarthy; First edition July 29, 2014) ISB...


I simply have to share the first independent review of my detective novel!
Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy (published under: C. Mack Lewis)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Comfortable Men's Walking Shoe - Drew Surge

Drew Surge

Like the Jimmy Soul song is famous for saying:
If you want to be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
So for my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you

Don't rule out giving this plain-Jane shoe a try!
The Drew Surge might be the 'ugly girl' in your life that turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to your feet.


If you are looking for a 'go-to' comfortable shoe that is perfect for all day wear - this shoe may be perfect for you. The shoe has a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole with a wide base that limits motion through any painful, arthritic joints as you go about your daily activities. The extra-depth toebox is perfect for accommodating painful bunions and hammertoes. Less pressure on the toes means less pain and it has the added benefit of helping to slow the progression of painful bunions and hammertoe deformities. There is also excellent rearfoot control, which helps with decreasing mechanical strain of the knees, hips and lower back. 

The Drew Surge will accommodate a custom-molded orthotic or an Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO). If you have an AFO, I recommend that you purchase this shoe at the store and take the AFO with you to make sure that you get a proper fit. The Drew Surge also comes in extra-widths so it is a great choice for patients who have wide feet or issues with mild to moderate swelling. 

The Drew Surge should also be comfortable for anyone who works on retail or concrete floors all day and it should help decrease any knee, hip and lower back pain. 

The Drew Surge is recommended for patients with:
*Bunions
*Hammertoes
*Tailor's bunions
*Morton's Neuromas
*Metatarsalgia
*Capsulitis
*Sesamoiditis
*Osteoarthritis
*Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (no motions through the 1st toe joint)
*Previous Lisfranc's Injuries
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Achilles tendonitis
*Over-Pronation
*Hypermobility / Ligament Laxity

The Drew Surge is not recommended for patients with:
*Muscle Weakness (check with your podiatrist)
*Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease 
*Charcot Foot 

If you have any of these conditions, get approval from your podiatrist before you wear these shoes as severity of these diseases can greatly vary:
*Diabetes
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
*History of Ulcerations


Hope this was helpful!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Podiatrist Recommended Comfortable Fashion Boot - Eileen Fischer Wedge Boot.

Eileen Fischer
Grip Wedge Bootie

The Eileen Fischer Grip Wedge Bootie is my new favorite boot! Although this boot is not appropriate for every patient or foot type, this should be a comfortable shoe choice for anyone who knows that she can tolerate a heel of this height. What makes this boot so comfortable is that it has a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole that is protective of the foot joints. I love the rearfoot strapping, which offers more biomechanical control, which helps decrease strain on the tendons, joints and ligaments. The toebox is lightly tapered but realtively wide. The only quibble I have with the forefoot toebox is that there is a seam running right through where a bunion would be, so if you have a moderate to severe bunion this may not be the shoe for you. If you know that this heel height is not a problem for you to wear, this may be a comfortable shoe choice for you. 

The following list is general recommendation. I always recommend that you try on the shoe at the store and if it doesn't feel good then it is not the choice for you. 

This boot is recommended for people with:
*Mild Bunions
*Mild Hammertoes
*Mild Tailor's bunions
*Healed Lisfranc's Injuries (clear this boot with you podiatrist first)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Mild Over-Pronation 
*Mild Hypermobility 
*Mild Functional Hallux Limitus 

This boot is not recommended for people with:
*Hallux Rigidus (no motions through the 1st toe joint)
*Moderate to Severe Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Sesamoiditis
*Moderate to severe Morton's Neuroma
*Forefoot Capsulitis
*Moderate to severe Bunions
*Moderate to severe Hammertoes
*Moderate to severe Tailor's bunions
*Subluxing Hammertoes
*Plantar plate injuries or pain
*Metatarsalgia
*Tendonitis
*Diabetics 
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation)
*History of foot ulcerations
*Charcot Foot

Have a wonderful evening!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)







Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Podiatry Recommended Comfortable Sandal for Spring - Naot Relate

Naot Relate

Podiatry Recommended Comfortable Sandal for Spring



First, I'd like to appologize to anyone waiting on an answer through the comment section of the blog. For the last eight weeks, I've had a bit of vertigo and haven't been able to tolerate looking at the computer screen. I'm feeling much better and looking forward to catching up on the comments and questions!

The Naot Relate sandal is an excellent choice for Spring. It has a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole that limits motion through the foot joints, which allows for maximum comfort. Less motion through any areas of previous injury or joint damage means less inflammation, swelling and pain to that area. The Naot Relate also has a soft insole that molds to the shape of the foot and will be comfortable for anyone who has painful calluses. The forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot strapping allows for more biomechanical control, which also translates to increased comfort and less mechanical strain. 

This sandal is recommended for:
*Bunions
*Hammertoes
*Functional Hallux Limitus (decreased motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (no motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Tailor's Bunion
*Achilles Tendonitis (mild)
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Osteoarthritis
*Rheumatoid Arthritis
*Metatarsalgia
*Morton's Neuroma

This sandal is not recommended for: 
*Charcot Foot
*Diabetics
*History of previous ulcerations
*Peripheral Arterial Disease
*Peripheral Neuropathy


For more information about how to find comfortable shoes, please see my articles on this blog entitled:
"My feet hurt - top 10 things to do to alleviate foot pain today"
and
"Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc's injuries."


Have a wonderful day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)



Monday, January 5, 2015

Podiatry Recommended Comfortable Women's Dress Shoe - Dansko Tilda

Dansko Tilda

Podiatrist Recommended Comfortable Women's Dress Shoe



I just came from Dillards where I checked out the latest Dansko shoe selection. I was disappointed because some of their styles do not meet the criteria of what makes a shoe comfortable. I am a huge fan of Dansko, but a word of caution - when you are shopping for Dansko - make sure that the sole does not bend or flex at all. Some of their new styles look like they should be comfortable and they have a thick sole but when you pick them up and bend them - they are too flexible. Of course, the Dansko Professional Clog is still one of the best shoes out there - particularly for anyone working retail or who has been diagnosed with Hallux Limitus or Hallux Rigidus. 

The Dansko Tilda is a great selection for anyone who has a 'bump' or bone spur on the top of their midfoot because there is no strap across the midfoot area which could aggravate the spur, cause the bone spur to increase in size as well as cause more pain.

The sole of the Dansko Tilda is thick, rigid and non-flexible, which means that it will be more comfortable. One of the major criteria of what makes a shoe comfortable for all day wear is that the sole needs to be thick, rigid and non-flexible. Less motion through the foot joints means less inflammation, less swelling and less chance of injury. It also means less motion through any areas of previous injury or surgery and less motion through any osteoarthritic joints, which allows for more comfort for all day wear. 

Although slightly tapered, the toebox of the Dansko Tilda is large enough to accommodate mild to possibly moderate hammertoes and bunions. It has good rearfoot control, which offers more biomechanical control to the foot and ankle, which helps decrease mechanical strain on the foot, ankle, knees, hips and lower back. 

If you have a narrow foot, this shoe might not work for you. Because there is not midfoot strap, your heel may try to lift out of the back of the shoe with walking. I recommend going to a store and trying it on to make sure you have a good fit. Danskos are excellent shoes but they don't work for everyone. Remember, don't buy any Danskos (or any shoes) that has a sole that bends or is flexible. 

*This shoe is recommended for patients with:
*Mild Bunions
*Mild Hammertoes
*Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (no range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Functional Hallux Limitus
*Morton's Neuroma
*Capsulitis
*Plantar Plate Injury
*Mild Tailor's Bunion
*Bone spurs on the top of the midfoot area
*Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Osteoarthritis of any forefoot of midfoot joints
*Rheumatoid Arthritis (check with your podiatrist)
*Mild Hypermobility (wear with a dress orthotic)
*Mild Over-Pronation (wear with a dress orthotic) 
*Recovered from a previous Lisfranc's Injury (check with your podiatrist)
*Metatarsalgia
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis

*This shoe is not recommended for patients with: 
*Narrow feet
*Severe Bunions
*Severe Hammertoes
*Severe Tailor's Bunions
*Severe Hypermobility
*Severe Over-Pronation
*Diabetics 
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation)
*History of foot ulcerations
*Charcot Foot


For more information, check out these articles on my blog (using the search box): 
"My Feet Hurt: Top 10 Things to do to Alleviate Foot pain today" and 
"Shoe Recommendations for patient's recovering from Lisfranc's Injuries."

I hope this was helpful and I thank you for reading the blog! If you have any suggestions of excellent shoes to review, I would love to hear from you. 

Have a great day!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

:)