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Message Number 262762
PF might be recurring View Thread
Posted by cahusker on 1/12/10 at 14:08

I had PF for over a year. I got over it with http://happyfeet.net, using a home unit called sonic relief and drinking dark cherry juice. I have been over it for about 2 years. I have been thinking I was having a slight feeling in my heel the last couple of weeks. Yesterday I jogged 3 miles which was a very long jog for me. I might also add that I ran in very old worn out shoes but with an insert. y While I would say I am not in any pain nor was there any noticable pain this morning. My qustion is, what should I do. I do not want this to come back but I do want to try and keep running. Should I go back to what got me better or just take it easy? Just ice and 'listen' to my feet?

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Message Number 262101

Re: Plantar Fasciitis View Thread
Posted by HappyFeet on 11/29/09 at 21:00

John,

I've had bilateral PF for over two years, and similar to you, had tried most of the conservative treatments. I just started taking Cymbalta with the idea that it might help my feet. Within a week, I felt a significant reduction in my PF arch pain, and now that I'm three weeks in, I've returned to some activities that were impossible for me merely a month ago.

Until recently, I was beginning to think that nothing would cure my feet, but I'm hoping that this is the answer. I'm glad that you shared your experience with the Lyrica, and wanted to do the same with my approach.

L

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Message Number 256750

Re: Who got cured? View Thread
Posted by cahusker on 4/08/09 at 20:37

This is a copy and paste from my thread just below:

Gladly, I had posted some of this just after getting better. Let me start by saying right before getting better I was at my worst. I was starting to get pains in my knee from favoring my one leg.
I did three things at the same time that very quckly made things a lot better. First thing was I bought this portable ultra sound device( http://www.sonicrelief.com/ ). Secondly my doctor also told me to wear a good running shoe whenever possible. Third I wore Happy http://www.happyfeet.net/ . And lastly I started drinking a glass or two a day of Dark Cherry juice. It is supposed to have anti inflamitory properties http://coachlevi.com/health/relieve-joint-pain-with-black-cherry-juice/ . I have always swore that the ultra sound unit was the main player in my recovery. The happy feet could have played a big part as they really do seem to massage the feet.
Anyway it was about two weeks and I started to quickly get better. After a less two weeks on and then another week with the ultra sound I got so much better that I got lazy with it. It does not feel like it is doing anything when applying it but I do think it is a must buy if you can affor $200. Oh, I also wore Power Steps in my work boots(Danner Boots) very heavy boots that did not help my situation but were mandatory for my job.
I had also tried cortizone shots but that helped only slightly for less than a month. This was long before I tried what I stated above.

Bst of luck and I hope what worked for me will help others.

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Message Number 256645

Re: I'm healed, now what? View Thread
Posted by cahusker on 4/05/09 at 21:29

Gladly, I had posted some of this just after getting better. Let me start by saying right before getting better I was at my worst. I was starting to get pains in my knee from favoring my one leg.
I did three things at the same time that very quckly made things a lot better. First thing was I bought this portable ultra sound device( http://www.sonicrelief.com/ ). Secondly my doctor also told me to wear a good running shoe whenever possible. Third I wore Happy http://www.happyfeet.net/. And lastly I started drinking a glass or two a day of Dark Cherry juice. It is supposed to have anti inflamitory properties http://coachlevi.com/health/relieve-joint-pain-with-black-cherry-juice/ . I have always swore that the ultra sound unit was the main player in my recovery. The happy feet could have played a big part as they really do seem to massage the feet.
Anyway it was about two weeks and I started to quickly get better. After a less two weeks on and then another week with the ultra sound I got so much better that I got lazy with it. It does not feel like it is doing anything when applying it but I do think it is a must buy if you can affor $200. Oh, I also wore Power Steps in my work boots(Danner Boots) very heavy boots that did not help my situation but were mandatory for my job.
I had also tried cortizone shots but that helped only slightly for less than a month. This was long before I tried what I stated above.

Bst of luck and I hope what worked for me will help others.

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Message Number 218582

Re: Happiness is hope for a New Year View Thread
Posted by marie on 12/31/06 at 23:46

Best wishes for everyone suffering with tts. May everyone have HAPPY FEET IN 07!


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Message Number 191025

Re: crazy suggestion but - anyone ever cut up a pair of tevas View Thread
Posted by Drydocked on 1/08/06 at 08:19


Have you seen this site yet?
It has the birkenstock insoles and more.

http://www.happyfeet.com/istar.asp?a=3&dept=20&sortby=&numperpage=20&pos=20

Have you tried putting a very thin pad with no arch in it
comfort insoles or odor-eaters ultra-durable pad on top of an orthotic?

I'm just about to post a question about this on the orthotic board.
My orthotic is a little bit wider than the odor-eater so I'm looking for a wider thin pad.

Good Luck

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Message Number 183929

Re: Birkenstock Clog Sizing View Thread
Posted by MARTI on 10/02/05 at 12:12

YES JAN!!! I TOO HAVE ONLY WORE BIRK SANDELS A SZ 36 AND WENT ABOUT 2 WEEKS AGO AND BOUGHT A PAIR OF CLOGS AND HAD TO GO UP TO A 37 BUTTTTTTTT NARROW!!!!! WEIRD BUT TRUE AND I LOVE THEM. THE BOSTON!!!!! HOPE THIS HELPS. THEY WERE ON SALE AT HAPPYFEET FOR 99.96!!I NEED SOME SOCKS NOW!!! LOL
MARTI

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Message Number 127362

Re: Birkenstocks Website View Thread
Posted by Dorothy on 8/19/03 at 22:15

I meant to add that I count seven styles there under "water-friendly sandals" at www.happyfeet.com.

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Message Number 127361

Re: Birkenstocks Website View Thread
Posted by Dorothy on 8/19/03 at 22:14

Here is another place with a selection of several Birkenstock waterproof sandals in different styles: Go to www.happyfeet.com and search for "water friendly sandals" and the selection will appear.

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Message Number 120932

Re: tennis elbow View Thread
Posted by Bev on 6/04/03 at 14:13

Elizabeth,

A lot of us with PF wear Birkenstocks in the house and in the shower.. There are many kinds of sandles and also the waterproof sandles for the beach and shower as it is very painful for us to even stand barefoot in the shower.(http://www.happyfeet.com/Birkenstock/birkenstock-massage.html)look like great ones too. We surely do not wear slippers anymore, Birks are our new "slippers" now. Others on the board have their favorite shoes also. SAS are also a favorite of many also.
Do you have the ESWT appointment set up already? What area do you live in? I really feel for you having to care for the children and care for the home and hubby and all with the pain you are in. My feet are "crying" for you :(( I hope all works out well for you :)

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Message Number 119841

Re: Birkenstock: Super Noppy Sandal! View Thread
Posted by Ana Maria on 5/24/03 at 20:14

I cannot wear ANY Birkenstock sandal as they are too rigid and hard except for one called the Super Noppy. Super Noppys are my house shoe/slippers. They are not like the normal Birkenstock shoes. They have nobs all over the insoles. (I use them with socks.) I love that it's like getting a daily massage on my feet. And I had read that massage on the feet helps heal scar tissue from plantar fascitiis. These Birkenstock Super Noppys are the only sandals that I can wear without my orthodics (Feathersprings). It's like the nobs support my feet and they aren't strained. In fact, my Super Noppys are so sacred to me, when I travel, they travel in my purse! You can find them at http://www.happyfeet.com/Birkenstock/birkenstock-massage.html
Feathersprings and Super Noppy Birkenstock sandals are the two big reasons I can now walk without pain. I was a severe case of PF--could not walk for three months and I couldn't drive and go up stairs for nine months! That was five years ago. Two days ago, I even went barefoot at the swimming pool! Added bonus with my Feathersprings orthodics: my two big toes became completely realigned straight so I will not be prone to bunions anymore and my lower back pain went away. It's amazing how bad feet can cause other problems. I hope you and others find this information helpful. By the way, my whole family wears Super Noppy sandals as their house shoe and my sister and husband use Featherspring's orthodics. It has stopped their heel pain. And they sure didn't want to end up like me. Ana Maria

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Message Number 119836

Re: Rigid orthodic exacerbating the problem View Thread
Posted by Ana Maria on 5/24/03 at 19:23

Hunter, I just posted a Feathersprings-Great product! and was curious when I saw your message. I believed that with my severe case of Plantar Fasciitis (I was ordered to three months of foot rest by my doctor--I literally did not walk for three months) would not be so under control if I had used hard orthodics. I truly believe that rigid orthodics do nothing to help you "get over" feet problems. They may prevent them. But once you have them, the orthodics are too "hard." I thought, "that is what got me here in the first place"--standing on hard, concrete surfaces for long periods. I swear by my Feathersprings, they are a flexible spring stainless steel orthodic that spring as you walk. You have to send an actual foot imprint to have them made. They are amazing! They take all the pressure off your feet. You can actually wiggle your toes in your shoes--which is impossible do without Feathersprings. Feathersprings also have a money-back guarantee (which my mom used with no problem in getting a refund). My husband and sister now have Feathersprings too! I have been using Feathersprings for five years now. Another suggesting are Birkenstock Super Noppys found at Happyfeet.com. Under slip-on sandals. They are my daily house shoe/slippers. I have three pairs! I can't live without them or my Feathersprings. The Super Noppy sandal has nobs on the insole. It's unlike any other Birkenstock sandal, because the Super Noppys are flexible. The Super Noppy sandals "is like getting a daily foot massage." The nobs also act like a cushion against my feet so I don't have to wear my Feathersprings orthotic. Happyfeet.com also carries a 60 day money-back guarantee. I'll try things with a money-back guarantee. No doctor was willing to give me a money-back guarantee on their expensive and hard orthodics. Added bonuses with Feathersprings: My feet were prone to bunions and since using my Feathersprings, my big toe has completely realigned straight. I don't think bunions will ever be a problem for me now. Also, my lower back problems went away once I started using Feathersprings. It's amazing how much is affected when you have feet problems. I got a lot of great advice on my PF not from a doctor but a friend who got her Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology. She treats a lot of geriatric patients with feet problems. Sometimes doctors just don't get it! My uncle is a doctor and he was surprised at the severity of my plantar fasciitis and he gives cortisone shots to patients with PF and that's it. I told him, well I followed the advice of icing and stretching and other exercises from my friend with a masters degree and you should see me now! Nothing artificial and expensive. I can even go barefoot for short times now! I hope you find this information helpful. Ana Maria

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Message Number 119833

Re: Feathersprings--Great product! View Thread
Posted by Ana Maria on 5/24/03 at 18:59

I'm sorry to disagree with the doctor's posting to try custom orthodics. The problem with the custom orthodics is that they are hard, period. And hard is what hurts your feet. I have had Feathersprings for five years now! They have saved my feet! My sister and husband wear them too. I had a severe case of Plantar Fasciitis (PF) while I was living in Guam. I was on my feet a lot on a concrete surfaces (and not overweight). I literally did not walk for three full months. I decided that trying Feathersprings was worth the risk with their money-back guarantee (they did not work for my mom, returned them with no problems). All the custom orthodics I saw that other people had were just like a hard cast and not flexible. I couldn't imagine that my feet would like that since standing on hard surfaces got me in this place. The Feathersprings actually spring with you as you walk. They are so comfortable. You can actually wiggle your toes from your feet being supported by the Feathersprings, it's really amazing. You can even use them with sandals! My PF was so severe, I was ordered, by my doctor not to walk for three months! I believe I got better due to rest and icing (I iced 3 times a day religiously for 20 minutes for six months). At my three month mark, I got my Feathersprings. I was able to get used to walking with Feathersprings by following the instructions sent to me. Within 2 weeks, I could walk all day with my Feathersprings. You can buy an extra pair (at a greatly discounted price). The best part of Feathersprings is that you can buy them at the interest-free payment plan. This way you have not forked over a lot of money, in the event they do not work for you (like my mom's case). I thought it was better to take my chances FIRST with Feathersprings and a money-back guarantee rather than a hard, custom orthodic and with no money-back guarantee. In my case, another great thing with my Feathersprings, they have realigned my big toes in both feet so they are straight. I don't believe I will get bunions like I would have been prone too. I wear Keds leather tennis shoes in extra-wide width (JCPenney.com) as my official shoe with my Feathersprings. As my house shoe/slippers, I wear Birkenstock "Super Noppys." They are not like the normal Birkenstock shoes. They have those nobs all over the soles. I use them with socks. I love that it's like getting a daily massage on my feet. I do not have to wear my Feathersprings with this shoe. It is the ONLY shoe I do not have to wear my Feathersprings with. It's like the nobs support my feet and they aren't strained. In fact, my Super Noppys are so sacred to me, when I travel, they travel in my purse! I told my husband, "I can replace anything in my suitcase in any store but not my Super Noppys!" You can find them at http://www.happyfeet.com/Birkenstock/birkenstock-massage.html
I hope you and others find this information helpful. Feathersprings and Super Noppy Birkenstock sandals are the two big reasons I can walk with no pain anymore--and remember, I was a severe case of PF--I didn't drive and go up stairs for nine months! Two days ago, I even went barefoot at the swimming pool! Ana Maria

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Message Number 70094

Re: in defense of BG CPed View Thread
Posted by BG CPed on 1/15/02 at 18:48

Well thank you Sir Elliot my good man. I was also thinking the same thing, that he was not going to resurface with any other helpful hints except to "defend" his point. I also searched on cped and there is a cped by the name of Sean F---------- that happens to be located about 5 miles from a few of the happyfeet stores.

I guess I am letting the P.C. Police wear me down. I dont mean to nitpic but as a rule I see too many pt that come in getting ripped off with products. I have nothing against the finn device but it is not anything special just a better than everage off the shelf. It is one thing to talk up a product but that post was a little to "neat"

Thanks for helping me stop twisting in the wind, I was getting sunburned and my wrists were hurting from the rope. p.s. I thought I would have had some back up from an angry Canadian, guess I am not that important after all.

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Message Number 70058

in defense of BG CPed View Thread
Posted by elliott on 1/15/02 at 16:06


OK, we all know the story about Sean and his Finn inserts. Here is the post that started it all:

http://heel.server327.com/bbs/bbv.cgi?n=69095

Many thought BG CPed jumped the gun on this guy (even I thought so initially), and some went on to chastise any who unnecessarily chase away those genuinely offering ideas for healing. There wasn't much dissention, and then BG CPed was left to squirm, a lonely twig twisting in the hot desert wind.

Well, the more I thought about it, the more suspicious I became. I re-read Sean's posts, and I urge you all to do so too. I decided to wait a week to see if Sean would post on any topic other than Finn inserts (he didn't), at which time I decided to come to the defense of BG Cped.

Sean's writing "style" is rather unusual, to say the least. His posts as they pertain to Finn have an uncanny technical marketing perfectness about them. His subsequent posts justifying his cameo appearance actually do less rather than more to convince me of his bona fides.

In short, I'd bet my money Sean has some connection with Finn inserts and/or HappyFeet, and that BG CPed was the only one street-smart enough to pick that up right away (either that or Sean's subtle slam against medical orthotics was more than BG CPed could bear. :-)) Can I be sure about Sean? No. But when someone comes on solely to promote a product the way he did, a very healthy dose of skepticism is not so out of line; some could argue it's the norm. Why am I digging up old bones? Because no one else really gave BG CPed any support on this, so here I am.

Yes, we shouldn't jump at every newbie who posts here, and we can all benefit from pointers making our writing clearer and less provocative. At the same time, that shouldn't preclude legitimate debate about how to handle posts like "this site is behind the times!". I get the feeling some here are a bit too anxious to stifle legitimate exchange of opinions. I don't mind exposure to and even promotion of new products (as long as they don't overdo the number of posts or wildly exaggerate the benefits, and are prepared for a healthy does of skepticism regarding the products they're pushing), and you could argue that others here (e.g. Dr. Z with ESWT, and even the pedorthists themselves) are, in a sense, doing that too. But the difference, among other things, is that they say up front who they are. Or, in the words of BG CPed,

"If you are in the 'business' and have a product you feel is valuable, be open, up front and join the club. Scott has a great board here and it should not be used for hit and run marketing."

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Message Number 69197

Finn Inserts View Thread
Posted by john h on 1/08/02 at 11:33

I just received a message from the HappyFeet web site Sean mentioned concerning Finn inserts. The message recommend I not use the Finn inserts in any other shoe except Finn Shoes. He indicated it was unlikely that most shoes would have the depth or width to accomodate these inserts. The Finn shoes and sandals did look interesting. He obvioulsy is not trying to sell inserts.

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Message Number 69118

Re: My PF fixed by single product View Thread
Posted by BG CPed on 1/07/02 at 19:03

Sounds good Sean, and I am glad you pointed out you dont have anything to do with that brand. I noted you think the heel cup is the key to control pronation and cure pf? Doe that mean that all the custom and prefab you tried didnt have a heel cup? You also stated that the molded cork fit the foot precisely? Does that mean it molded to accomodate your foot or it was premade and it fits you precisely?

I like it when somebody that posts for the first time pumping a product includes all that valuble info. Giving the retail price,pointing out how nothing custom or premade worked and following it with the disclaimer that you dont work for Finn. I also like the fact that when you posted the website to buy them you didnt include the www. I would continue to leave that out when spreading the word to other boards, some have a spam detector that will nuke the website address you type in.

That would deny many pf sufferers this valuble info as well as income for happyfeetz.com

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Message Number 69095

My PF fixed by single product View Thread
Posted by Sean F on 1/07/02 at 15:43

After fighting PF on and off for 6 years, going thru several runs of PT and 3 sets of "medical" orthotics as well as every other OTC product on the market, I have finally found an insert that has COMPLETELY fixed my PF and has allowed me to return to competitive running pain free. My salvation: Finn Comfort's Comfort Insoles (for Men's City Line). They are full length cork (same source as Birk). I have a couples sets and put them in everything from wingtips to running shoes. Other relevant varaiables: no barefeet ever (carry my Birks with me on every business trip), completely stretch the hamstring and achilles several times/week, run 6-50 miles/week mostly on gravel or grass surface, take 3 contiguous months/year off from running, good diet/hydration/fitness. The only place I have found the Finn inserts in the US is HappyFeet.com. I wear a 42 shoe and order a 40 insole to fit inside the shoe-varies. I'd classify it as medium volume in size. I believe the key with these things are the heelcup to help with pronation, the molded cork to precisely fit the foot with firm support (yet forgiving), and the metatarsal pad. Extremely durable- snow, mud, heavy sweat- no problem. At ~$30 a pair, they are a steal. No, I don't work for Finn.

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Message Number 27710

Re: Consultants, Inc. View Thread
Posted by Beverly on 9/09/00 at 12:34

Nancy & Judy,

That's pretty funny. Actually, I once thought about having a "personal shopping business" before PF.

I'm still trying to come up with that career redo. I'm lucky that I sit on my rear end. Doesn't bother the PF, but all these years of writing at a computer is catching up with my bad elbow and wrists (tendonitis there off and on...)

Speaking of shoes, has anyone seen the new Birks on the Happyfeet.com site? One pair actually looks like dressy shoes. They have a Mary Jane look. (But it is a new design... not like previous ones.)

See ya,
Beverly

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Message Number 27654
Re: shoe question View Thread
Posted by Beverly on 9/08/00 at 23:23

It will set you back some $$$, but Mephesto has alot of cushion and plenty of arch support and most of them have a negative heel cup similar to Birks (scooped out). I have the Volga sandals. The uppers are especially soft... velcro straps.

If you have a narrow foot, you might like Mephesto's Helen thong. I tried it but it was too narrow for me. My foot is average.

Take a look at Happyfeet.com. You'll find the Mephesto's there.
I have also worn Eccos. They are soft and not as expensive but I don't think they have the same level of support.

One other idea is to have a softing agent injected into your Birk. The stores that specialize in Birks can do that.
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Message Number 24691
Fall/Winter Birkenstock Catalog 2000/Some Winter Birks I've not seen View Thread
Posted by Beverly on 8/04/00 at 17:26

Hi All,

I just got a Fall/Winter Birkenstock 2000 catalog in the mail from http://www.happyfeet.com . This may be old hat to long time Birk wearers, but here are a few of the shoes I've not seen before:

1. Boston Wool/$114.00 : Just like regular Boston but in wool.

2. Oklahoma Shearling/$129.95: The Oklahoma (Tatami line) with a shearling wool lining. This shoe looks promising for winter since it is so well lined. I need a refresher. Does the Oklahoma run more narrow than other Birks? I'm discovering I need a wide toe box.

3.Five or six other clogs in the Tatami line that have a winter look.

4. From the Footprints line is a laceup sneaker-like shoe. It looks very wintery to me. Three styles: Bangor, Stanford, and Bristol. The heels look builtup like a sneaker. The material looks thick for winter.

5. Over in the Classic sandal line is a shoe I've not seen. It is called "Vienna". It is a covered sandal with a heelstrap. It has a dressier look than any of the other classic Birks I've seen. It sells for 94.95. It is suede.

Well, that wool Boston looks the most promising to me.

I've only seen these shoes in the catalog. I'm planning a drive to the Big City in September to take a look at these Fall/Winter shoes.
If anyone has tried the Boston Wool or Oklahoma Shearling, I'll be interested to hear about them.

I ordered a pair of Finn Comfort. They just arrived today. I'm sad to say they will be going right back to Happy Feet. I've sent back about 80% of the shoes I've ordered from them. They've got to be sick of me. I guess I will have to branch out and order from someone else. In many ways, the Finn Comfort is very similar to a Birk. It has the same kind of arch support and metatarsal support. It has a similar kind of negative heel cup. Unfortunately (at least for me), the toe box area just does not have enough support. When I walk in the shoes, my heel and arch feel pretty good, but the balls of my feet, just don't have enough support. It seems like it is hard to win in shoeland. Thus, another super expensive pair of shoes go back to the store.

Of all the many,many, many shoes I have tried, the only ones I can consistantly wear are: The Arizona Birk and not quite as well, the Mephesto Volga. Then, I also wear the Birk Gizeh thong pretty well and a Dansko sandal pretty well. To a lesser extent if just around the house, I have a pair of Ecco Cosmos. Other than my shower/pool shoes, that's it. If I could just find one other pair of shoes that work as well as the Arizona Birk, I would be so happy I would not have words to describe my shoe bliss!

Beverly

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Message Number 24259

Who besides me does not wear orthodics or inserts? (I know Robin doesn't but who else?) View Thread
Posted by Beverly on 7/29/00 at 20:15

I may have asked this in the past. If so, I hope you all can bear with me. Who besides me does not wear orthodics or inserts? (I already know that Robin only wears Birks.)

As many of you know, I alternate several different sandals like Birkenstocks, Danskos, and Mephestos sandals. I have tried one custom orthodic and more over-the-counter inserts than you can shake a stick at. There was something about each of them that I found too unpleasant to wear, and in some cases, they pushed me up too high in my shoes and bothered the tops of my feet. I diligantly tried them the first two months of PF, and then switched to Birks and other similar sandals.

As we get closer to winter, I do need to rethink this. Either find a running shoe and insert that works or a warm clog (Who has tried Haflinger or Steggman clogs? I need arch support. The Dansko clog would be okay for dressup, but the heel looks too high for just around the house.)

There is no way I can wear a running shoe without an orthodic of some kind. I'm considering ordering Mephesto walking shoes (Rush model) or the orthepedic line of Finn Comfort walking shoes. Both are very expensive, but if they allow me to be in a walking shoe without an orthodic, it will be worth it to me. I talked to Happyfeet.com's pedorthodist (sp?), and he said Finn Comfort is made by the same people as Birkenstock and has a similar kind of medatarsal support and negative heel cup. He suggested the Finn Comfort over the Mephisto. Of course, as luck has it, it is in a six week back order.

I have even tried getting regular US running shoes a size too big and putting the insert in, but it still is not comfortable. (I don't even have a wide foot. It is somewhere between narrow and average.) It may just be that after months of wearing sandals, my feet are not used to closed in shoes!

My doctor and PT would prefer that I wore a running shoe with orthodic but they both agree that with PF, it is important not to wear a shoe that makes my feet feel worse. They both agree these are well made sandals, and I know many of us are Birk fans. Yet, as I poured over Scott's book and his chart with statistics, I can't help but notice that stretching and arch support were the two most helpful things. So, common sense is saying to me, do both. It also seems like I read a journal article here that said the greatest benefit comes from combining stretching with some form of orthodic, whether custom or otc.

Thanks,
Beverly

PS: On that arch support thought, since Birks have good arch support, I wonder if they offer the same or similar arch support that I'd get from an orthodic or otc insert?
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Message Number 23287

ANYWEARS SHOE: incredibly comfortable... like walking on air! View Thread
Posted by Beverly on 7/13/00 at 19:20

I just discovered the most comfortable shoeĦ It is called Anywears. It is a clog... garden/waterproof type. I saw it on the Happyfeet.com website and heard about it not too long ago here. I was intrigued by the "cushy bubble like soles." I found a pool and spa supply store here in town that carrys Anywears. I have gotten very spectical about shoes, but curiosity and the price (under $50.00) sent me shopping.
Gang, this shoe is something else! It feels like I am walking on air. I only wore it in the store (mail order is cheaper), but the short time I wore those shoes, I felt no pain at all. They come in every color under the rainbow. I've ordered a pair. The bottom of the shoe has these big cushy bubble looking things. (I regret I am not one of the technical types on the board. That is the best I can do.)
I'm not giving up my Birks, because they offer far superior support, but for a waterproof alternative, this shoe is worth a try.
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Message Number 23234
FINN COMFORT SHOES View Thread
Posted by Wanda M on 7/12/00 at 16:45

Went into a Birk store here in Brandon Fla and ran into a great looking line of shoes called Finn Comfort. The lady there told me she has started wearing these over Birks she says they are so much more to them over Birk, she sells them too but she had on a pr and they are great looking shoes. I put on a pr and they felt GREAT but they are alot higher price wise than birks. The store is called happyfeet and looks like they have stores all over Fla. This shoe is made in Germany also and has a cork foot bed like birk but they look like regular shoes. Here is webb site on back of book http://www . happyfeet.com, was just wondering if anyone had tried these.Result number: 24

Message Number 22182
Some store will inject foam into Birk for cushioning... I just learned this. View Thread
Posted by Beverly on 6/21/00 at 17:34

John,

You're on to a good idea. While catalog cruising, I learned that
the better Birk stores will inject foam into your Birk for a small fee.
I don't know if they all use the same method. MJ Feet-The Birkenstock Store in Seattle (206) 632-5353 offers this service for an extra 15.00+
on the sandals. (Don't know what they charge for doing it to the other shoes.)

Happyfeet.com also does this. I got to talk to the orthodics guy there.
He says they inject "PPT" foam about 1/8 inch into each shoe to give it extra padding upon request. I have no idea what they charge. I imagine any good orthodics store probably can do the same thing. If I understood correctly, it's injected directly into the shoe rather than overlaying.
I'm thinking about doing it myself, but at the moment I'm just wearing thick socks and a bunion pad over my sore toe.

See ya,
BeverlyResult number: 25
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Message Number 12128

'Not all Tatami's are created equal'- Hurray for ''Kansas''!
Posted by Sonni on 10/29/99 at 00:00

I've seen posts talking about the Birkenstock 'Tatami' line and have noticed that many people feel that the arch is too high in that line. Well, I wanted to let some of you know what my experience has been.
I have not tried the one's with the higher heel and in fact this is my first pair of Tatami's. I do have high arches and have tried the Arizona and others but they were very unconfortable on me. I was looking for something I could wear around the house (like a slipper) and after a lot of research I decided to try the Tatami ''Kansas''. When they arrived I slipped them on (over my socks) and it was as if someone else had broken-in new pair of shoes for me. I'm tellin' ya, these things felt so comfortable right from the start.
Well, anyhow I have been impressed enough with them to come here and tell others that they may want to try this Tatami! As is usually the case with Birkenstocks, these can be worn by both men and women. I am female but ordered them in the 'Regular' width (rather than 'Narrow') just the same and I'm glad I did. Also, make sure you don't order Birks too small. My experience is, if you'd debating about the size - go up half a size! I found mine at Happyfeet.com but I don't care for the Size Conversion Chart there. I think the Chart at birkenstockcentral.com is better. Hope this helps.Result number: 26
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Message Number 4715
Duh! View Thread
Posted by Lyndel on 2/10/99 at 00:00

Oh ya, the URL for the birks sale is:

http://www.happyfeet.com/az.html

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Message Number 1223

Birkenstock sandals View Thread
Posted by julia on 8/05/98 at 19:44

I found them at The Walking Co ( a new store at malls that specialize in walking shoes). Also try Birkenstocks.com and happyfeet
.com. happy feet did have some on sale. I have also seen them at large department stores (nordstrom, strawbridges, macys).


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