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Message Number 266148
Looking for dress and casual shoes similar to SAS lace-ups and Brooks Beast View Thread
Posted by maxray on 7/10/10 at 15:02

Hello all,

Very helpful site here. I finally went to a podiatrist for significant heel pain. Through x-rays and other investigation, I have heel spurs on both the front and back of both heels. He recommended stretching (which I do), a night splint (which I use), and buying Brooks Beasts (which I did) and SAS shoes for work (which I did not do.) I did, however find some Ecco lace-ups that were fairly stiff in the sole towards the rear of the shoe - a critical component that my doctor recommended. I have been doing better, but I recently have been doing long hikes and been a little lazy about my footwear (going barefoot a lot, wearing sandals, crocs, etc.) this has resulted in a flare up and my question:

1. Are there shoes with similar features and capabilities as the SAS lace-ups he recommended, but with some styling that is a little, um, better?
2. The Brooks Beasts seem to work really well for me, so shoes near those characteristics would be great.
3. I am looking for casual and dressy to casual shoes for work.
4. I am considering Birkenstocks to be my 'easy to slip on around the house so I don't go barefoot shoes' - these seem to be well reviewed by people with my condition - any thoughts on these?

Thanks in advance.

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Message Number 266129

Re: Stump Neuroma View Thread
Posted by marie b on 7/08/10 at 16:20

I had surgery 3 years ago and have never been right since
day one I find the best things to wear on my feet and I can still walk over a mile in are the ugly shoes called CROCS they are the best thing for people with Neuromes I wish I had them sooner it doesnt matter that they are ugly I wear them all the time in the house and if I havd been out and my foot is hurting I put them on as soon as I walk through the door Its almost instant relief
Hope this helps some of you with the same problem as I have
Regards Marie B

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Message Number 266088

Re: Earth Shoes View Thread
Posted by Janet on 7/05/10 at 18:43

Hello. MBT's are awesome. I suffered from PF from 1997-1999. Somehow it went away. I began wearing the New Balance 712(Orange and Blue) shoe. It was THE BEST athletic shoe ever! The cushioning was superior, then NB discontinued them. I walk/rin 60-75 minutes 4-5 times per week and have begun experiencing lateral heel pain, slightly different from PF. I own 11 pair of Danskos and 6 pair of Birkenstocks, but the shoes that relieve my pain the best are my MBT walkers and my Crocs Athens flip flops. Yes, flip flops from Crocs. They are so cushiony. The morning pain and after-workout pain disappear. The MBTs keep my heels off the ground and allow my feet to roll. The are so comfy. Please don't hesitate to give the MBT's a try. Wear them 30 minutes at a time at first as they are heavy and can cause one to trip if not careful.

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Message Number 265072

Re: Is there a sandal or summer shoe? View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 5/09/10 at 08:59

A better idea, have someone replace your existing orthotic top cover with Spenco or similarly porous material.

Please also keep in mind that all Crocs (and imitation products) possess more mass on the inside half of the shoe, and universally break down to the lateral sole. When in use with an orthotic, this situation can be accelerated. Make sure you replace that kid of footwear regularly, especially if that foam compression is easily visible.

Depending on your foot shape, and what biomechanical elements cause you to have heel pain in the first place, there are some sandal products that may be worn without orthotics with good success. These include Orthoheel, Chaco, Birkenstock, Mephisto, Finn Comfort, Haflinger, and Naot. The latter brands can also have their footbeds modified by an experienced professional to amplify their arch contour. This is not necessary in either of the first brands mentioned. Although some people have success with Columbia, Teva, and Mosquito, I don't tend to recommend them since their materials break down and compress too quickly.

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Message Number 265038

Re: Is there a sandal or summer shoe? View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 5/07/10 at 07:07

I have many patients who love Crocs and don't have enough support, therefore simply place a pair of PowerSteps in the Crocs. PowerSteps have a cloth cover, therefore 'sticking' is not a problem.

If your orthoses fit well and make the Crocs comfortable, you may want to simply sprinkle some powder on the orthoses to help prevent the sticking.

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Message Number 265021

Is there a sandal or summer shoe? View Thread
Posted by Liam on 5/06/10 at 10:28

Hello There,

I have high arches, wear orthodics and looking for a sandal for the summer. I was wearing crocs...wear them at home and __ them last summer and thought I was doing ok, but I recognize that after a while of wearing the croc my heel starts to hurt and get the feeling there is a stone underneath. Is there something I can wear bare (no socks)?
I was told to put my Ort. in the crocs but they become sticky as there is leather on top. Any ideas please?

thanks kindly
Liam

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Message Number 263633

Mortons neuroma surgery View Thread
Posted by kelly evans on 2/23/10 at 00:20

Hi, I had mortons neuroma surgery 8 weeks ago. My neuroma was between my second and third toe, my podiatrist told me if was the largest neuroma he had ever seen(the size of a lima bean) My foot still burns when I get in the shower or anytime I put my bare foot on the floor it turns dark red and I have pins and needles all the way up to my knee. I still cant put any wieght on the ball of this foot with my crocs on but can heel walk, I can not even heel walk barefoot. My podiatrist told me today this was all normal. I still cant bend any of the toes on this foot. I dont feel like this is normal, but he is the doctor. Please some advice from another professional field could really ease my mind or let me know I need to see someone else.

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Message Number 263558

Re: cheilectomy recovery timetable? View Thread
Posted by Loni on 2/18/10 at 13:05

Two weeks later and I'm good to go. I like my Pedor Classics and will wear them for the next month, maybe longer. I feel very confident my foot is safe in those. I can wear my Crocs too, but I like the boots in the winter, their insulated and sturdy. I was driving in the boots a week after surgery. The site is itchy, tender, slightly swollen at times, but I haven't even limped for a whole day. So, my experience with a cheilectomy has been exceptional and I would do it again. I started some Mederma and a short series of toe excersises. Still using ice twice a day. Good Luck to you all and keep the faith...

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Message Number 263550

Re: other pain after heel pain? View Thread
Posted by AndrewUK on 2/18/10 at 06:57


Dear Dr Wedemeyer,

Thank you for your reply.

Inflammation of the large joints - when I first had heel pain back in early 2008, I had some very mild knee pain for about a week. The pain was under the knee cap and it wasn't swollen. My doctor said I probably had Osgood-Schlatter disease (I was 29). Three days after I wore a pair of Crocs RX ,the heel pain disappeared. And the knee sharp pain disappeared as well. (I also told my doctor I started a new job which required standing. And I had had sedentary lifestyle before changing to a new job.

In 2008 I also had increased urination and all the blood tests were normal -- my doctor said I have a sensitive bladder.

I haven't had any of the above symptoms since mid 2008. (The only symptoms I have is sometimes I have sore eyes if I spend too much time at the computer. But it's very mild and all I have to do is not to use my PC for a couple of hours. It's never very red)

Admittedly, I am starting having soreness in the back of my heel. (the back of Calcaneus? under the achilles tendon) But it's very mild and I suspect that was from taping and excessive weight bearing stretching....

The exact words from the specialist is that 'plantar fasciitis isn't that painful as this. You may have Reactive Arthritis'

The pain I have is that I simply cannot walk much.. I can probably walk to the bathroom and kitchen for simple task. And I haven't been able to do any shopping.

This time the heel pain (both heels) appeared two weeks after I changed to another standing job in Oct 2009. In Jan 2010, I started to have sharp pain along the fascia whenever I walked after rest. The midsole pain gradually decreased but the heel pain gradually increased 4 weeks ago. As the pain in the heels increased, I also started to have soreness and discomfort around the joints of phalanges and metatarsal bones. (no discomfort around the toes and no sausage toes)

They did blood test in 2008 for liver and kidney function and blood glucose. All came back normal.

The tests they have done this time are
1) 27 Jan 2010 - X ray Calcanei: Report says 'Normal appearances in both calcanei. The suggestion of a small traction apophysis at the insertion of the achilles. No other abnormality has been seen'
2) Ultrasound 9th Feb 2010 - plantar calcaneal bursitis. Plantar fascia is 3.4mm. No bone spur. One ultrasound guided steroid injection at the right foot was done on Feb 9th but I haven't noticed any difference..

That's all. They haven't given me any blood test this time. This doctor (specialist) is a GP who has special interests in sport injury and musculoskeletal issues.

I am just curious if they are on the right tract... I am currently waiting for an appointment in a hospital and I don't know if they'll do any test.. I don't even know if I should see a podiatrist, orthopaedic doctor, sport injury specialist or a rheumatologist.

Many thanks for listening.

Best wishes,
Andrew

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Message Number 263541

Going to buy a pair of sneakers this weekend.. advice please. View Thread
Posted by AndrewUK on 2/17/10 at 16:21


Okay. Although my Crocs RX is very comfortable, it doesn't have a good support.. I have been wearing New Balance 993 (four pairs so far!) but after reading this board, I am thinking to get another pair of sneakers this weekend... possibly Asics but it depends on what the specialist suggests..

I'll go to a specialist running shoes store where they have machine or something to measure feet etc....

I've tried a custom made orthotic but it's hard and I can't wear it due to my bursitis..

Any advice/tips one would give me?.... A couple of friends told me Nike Air cured their plantar fasciitis so I am tempted to try that as well..

Thanks in advance..

Andrew

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Message Number 263267

Re: recommended shoe brands for kids? View Thread
Posted by Cher on 2/05/10 at 18:17

Great. Thank you for this helpful feedback...
We don't own Crocs in this family. =)

Thanks for your time.

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Message Number 263238

Re: recommended shoe brands for kids? View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 2/04/10 at 19:00

There's evidence suggesting both sides of the 'eternal argument': to place kinds in supportive shoes or not. Here are some things to keep in mind:

1. Just because you're having foot problems does not necessarily mean that your kids will. Many times, foot pain in adults comes from poor selection of footwear over the span of many years. Kids feet are especially malleable, so there's often less permanent issues regarding footwear selection. That said, really bad shoes, worn extensively and universally could certainly promote poor development in growing feet.

2. Genetics does work. If there are signs of egregious deformity (i.e. the inside of the foot and ankle is totally pancaked to the inside), then professional assistance is in order.

3. The bones in a child's foot do not fully develop for many years. It's important to allow the intrinsic and extrinsic musculature to develop and strengthen naturally (unless there are clear signs of trouble). That occurs by going barefoot.

I can't see any reason why you would have to rush any of your kids to a DPM for evaluation unless you suspect significant developmental problems. Your best first step is to visit a store with a solid, professional staff who specialize in kids shoes (i.e. NOT department stores or your local Footlocker, et.al.).

One other thing that I can relate is regarding the popularity in Crocs (and their many copied versions). Few footwear items stem natural development in kids feet as well as those do. As we like to say, kids Crocs are good for business.

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Message Number 263042

Re: Haglund's Deformity View Thread
Posted by Chuck H on 1/26/10 at 08:28

Oscar may be able to mitigate his pain by wearing open backed shoes(Crocs, Steadman Slides, etc) however the Haglund will continue to plague his activities as it irritates the bursa and Achilles. Removal of the cyst before further growth occurs might facilitate removal without complete detachment, tensioning and re-attachment of the Achilles tendon and thus might shorten recovery time and swelling. Diagnostics of the issue should be done by a competent orthopaedic surgeon (minimal of 20-30 procedures of these per year with excellent results)

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Message Number 261929

Re: Good shoes for PF? View Thread
Posted by Christine Y on 11/18/09 at 21:37

I wear Crocs with high arch inserts which makes my feet feel great. Otherwise I find hiking boots with my custom inserts are best for long walks around the city. I wore Dansko clogs for over ten years, it is unclear if they caused the problem, but some of the docs I saw thought it is a terrible shoe for my feet.

I went through 2 years of constant pain, 6 months in casts and years of PT. I worked on a farm, wore good sneakers and walked in the dirt for 4 months and it was gone.

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Message Number 260946

Re: Help! Bite Shoes almost gone! View Thread
Posted by BiteCrocs on 9/30/09 at 08:48

For anyone that cares, that's not true - Crocs developed the Croslite material, not Bite. See the wikipedia article.

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Message Number 260817

Re: Severe Plantar Fasciitis View Thread
Posted by Dr. Wedemeyer on 9/24/09 at 10:54

Crocs are not indicated for PF. You would be better off having your podiatrist (or garner a referral from a Certified Pedorthist) select a more supportive shoe and at least a quality OTC insert for now. You should also discuss low-dye taping with your doctor. It is VERY helpful for many PF patients and a good indicator that a custom orthosis will do an even better job.

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Message Number 260811

Re: Severe Plantar Fasciitis View Thread
Posted by pheaton on 9/24/09 at 08:24

Hello,

I hope you all have found some relief. This is a very frustrating
thing to deal with. I have had plantar fascitis for a couple of months now. I am trying to decide if i should purchase the crocs or
have the inserts done at the podiatrist. Any sugg?? Have tried anti-inflammatory med icing all of the above. Im not on my feet just got it out of the blue. thanks Peggy

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Message Number 260810

Re: Severe Plantar Fasciitis View Thread
Posted by pheaton on 9/24/09 at 08:23

Hello,

I hope you all have found some relief. This is a very frustrating
thing to deal with. I have had plantar fascitis for a couple of months now. I am trying to decide if i should purchase the crocs or
have the inserts done at the podiatrist. Any sugg?? Have tried anti-inflammatory med icing all of the above. Im not on my feet just got it out of the blue. thanks Peggy

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Message Number 260356

Professional Advice On Shoe View Thread
Posted by Fluffernutter on 9/05/09 at 12:09

Doctors,

Been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. I have wide foot, narrow heel, high instep, and flat foot. Having difficulty finding shoes that my custom orthotics fit in. One shoe style that was comfortable and fit well was the 'Keen Coronado Suede Lace Up Sneaker.' Will this shoe exacerbate my plantar fasciitis?

The only shoe I've been wearing since diagnosed is Aetrex X532 Athletic Walker and Crocs RX. The Aetrex shoe helped alleviate the pain and I'm pleased with the shoe.

Thank you in advance for your advice.

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Message Number 259896

Re: Help! Bite Shoes almost gone! View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 8/19/09 at 21:23

Ed, the background is that Crocs wanted to gain access to the Crosslite material that Bite developed. Once they had the brand under their control, they quickly started phasing out all their excellent product lines: the previously mentioned sandals, golf shoes on multiple last formats, fly fishing boots, etc.

On a side note, I was pleasantly surprised to see the vastly reduced exposure of Crocs at this show. They went from an 8-booth space right at the show entrance, to a 2-space location at the back of the hall. Remarkable.

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Message Number 259877

Re: Going to a waterpark resort w/ family- don't want to re-injure- best approach? Taping? View Thread
Posted by Allie on 8/19/09 at 17:36

I agree with Dr. DSW about wearing the PowerStep/Crocs up until the last minute. This sounds crazy, but what I usually do poolside is sit on the side of the pool, take off my shoes and have the kids run them back to the chair. When I'm done swimming, the kids bring me a towel to dry off my feet and I put my shoes on poolside before I get up. I have not attempted a waterpark yet, but I agree with the doctor that you have to be careful not to overdo it. I know it's hard when you have kids and don't want to miss out on experiences with them.

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Message Number 259866

Help! Bite Shoes almost gone! View Thread
Posted by Beau Avery, Pedorthist on 8/19/09 at 11:18

No, this is not an advertisement. I am hoping to solicit the help of the C-peds/doctors on this forum.

The Bite Shoe company was bought by Crocs last December and decided at that time not to continue the majority of the shoe lines. Problem being, the 'Orthosport' line of Bite sandals featured a removable footbed, which allowed for two things: One, since the footbed could be removed, an orthotic could be fit to the sandals. Second, since the footbeds themselves were about 3/4' thick, they themselves could be modified to othotic correction. These were the most versatile sandal on the market, and Crocs just killed them. They made a bunch of customers, as well as orthotics labs, very upset.

So here's what I need: Something like the Bite Orthtosport sandal. It must have a removable/modifiable footbed and, of course, be a biomechanically sound, durable, product.

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Message Number 259856

Re: Going to a waterpark resort w/ family- don't want to re-injure- best approach? Taping? View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 8/19/09 at 06:25

I personally don't believe that you will receive a lot of benefit with taping in this case. As a matter of fact, when I 'tape' my patients, the written instructions specifically state that the taping requires support such as shoes, sneakers, etc., and that the patient should avoid slippers, sandals or walking barefoot!!

Many studies have shown that in actuality, taping loses it's effect in a relatively short time, and although you'll only be walking from the pool on the deck to your shoes, etc., I'm not sure the benefit will really be as great as you hope.....although your idea is certainly well thought out to prevent recurrence.

However, I believe the MOST important issue that you may have not considered, is that my 'guess' is that the water park will probably not allow you on the rides or in the water with your foot taped!!!

They may be concerned that it is a 'bandage' covering a wound (even though it's not) which could be infectious, or they may be concerned that the bandage can come off and cause some problem with their filtration system, etc. Or they can simply look at it as something unsanitary if it came off that they don't want to deal with at their facility.

So my gut feeling is that even if the taping did provide you with relief, if you are spotted with your foot taped up, they will request you remove the taping prior to entering the ride/pool.

My best recommendation would be to wear your PowerStep/Crocs combination up to the last minute, and then resume them as soon as possible. Ice as soon as you get home and don't forget to perform non weight bearing stretches. But most importantly...LISTEN to your body and don't overdo it.

Have a great safe trip.

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Message Number 259854

Going to a waterpark resort w/ family- don't want to re-injure- best approach? Taping? View Thread
Posted by Rebecca S. on 8/19/09 at 05:01

We are taking the family to Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio for 2 days in the first week of September. This will put me about 2 months out since I injured my PF (see thread below). I am able to walk fairly comfortably wearing my NB running shoes w/ Powersteps Protech inserts, as long as I don't over do it. Sometimes I'll take the Powersteps out and put them in Crocs, as one of the Dr's here has suggested. I also have 2 pairs of Birkenstock sandals that I can tolerate pretty well but not for very long periods of time. I still ice my foot w/ a frozen water bottle as often as my day will allow and gentle stretches.

We haven't done anything much as a family all summer because of me not being able to walk, this is really the only vacation our kids are getting, and I want to be able to enjoy it and pace myself but I DO NOT want to re-injure myself.

A big portion of this resort is the indoor/outdoor water park. Shoes are not permitted in the pools, not even water shoes. Reading reviews online, many people complain about how slippery the pool decks are. I am planning on having Mion water sandals there with me, but will only be able to wear them around the area, not while I'm in the water or getting in/out, playing with my toddler in the kiddie pools, etc. I am really worried about walking on hard, wet concrete with no support.

Would getting my arch taped up w/ a good quality water-resistant athletic tape be a good idea? I am not planning on spending a ton of time in the water but would like to not have to worry that when going from the pool back to where ever I leave my shoes that I'm going to blow out my PF again.

And are there even tapes on the market that would tolerate being fully submerged on and off for a 2 day period?

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Message Number 259517

Re: Should I go through with surgery? View Thread
Posted by vernie b on 8/08/09 at 20:32

have you had surgery on your feed and yes my dr said to get a pool that it would help.and i can't where crocs and sandles they make my feet raw and burn and hurt.i have one pair shoe's that don't bother me and they are easy sprits but they are light weight and have holes down the sides for air and believe it or not i have to wear socks with them.i got sandles and dress shoes that i wear to church and no longer than i have them on when i get home the bottom of my feet feels so raw and they feel like i have burned them even my carpet rubs my feet raw but can't stand on hard floors long either.i am in a mess.thinking of having surgery again the first surgery did not help made my feet worse.please reply.

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Message Number 259390

Re: Should I go through with surgery? View Thread
Posted by mh on 8/04/09 at 20:59

I did take herbs in the beginning, but don't know what they were.

Right now I live a pretty normal life. I can stand for quite a while with no real issues. I worked in my kitchen for about 2 hours today and felt fine the rest of the day. And if I do have a flare, it's totally managable through rest and an extra acupuncture treatment if it's bad.

Also, just a few things I've learned over the past few years that help me stay well:
1. I only wear Crocs. They are fantastic. I don't know if I would have gotten through the bad times w/out them!
2. I never, ever, ever go barefoot. EVER! Even if I'm getting up w/the kids in the middle of the night, I wear my crocs. Hanging out in the pool (not swimming laps), I wear my Crocs. You get the idea.
3. Stretching helps- alot. I have noticed that if I keep basically the lower part of my body from getting too tight, I feel good. Periformus (sp?) hamstrings and calves seem to be key.

Best of luck!

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Message Number 259235

Re: Good shoes for PF? View Thread
Posted by Bonnie on 7/29/09 at 15:46

I wear Crocs as slippers...the Cayman style. They are very comfortable.

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Message Number 259156

Re: Crocs, Waldies, Nothinz, Airwalks.....AAAAAARRRRGH! Experiential info, please! View Thread
Posted by mandy m on 7/27/09 at 05:32

I suffer from flat feet with plantar fascitis and now a morton's neuroma on the right! I bought a pair of Nothinz in despair of ever finding foot comfort again. I have tried Crocs but don't find them supportive enough or really shock absorbing. Like you I can't wear strapless due to toe pain but the new strap design on the Nothinz is great as it's stretchy so gives as you walk so doesn't push your toes forward. I bought a size bigger than my normal shoe size and haven't taken them off!!!
My vote is for the nothinz even if they are really difficult to get in the uk!
Good luck

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Message Number 259154

Re: Good shoe to wear indoors? View Thread
Posted by JillS on 7/26/09 at 22:40

Thank you. I just want to clarify...Jeremy--are you saying that crocs are a good choice for an indoor shoe? Now that I know that Merrells are not a great choice for me, I'm at a loss for what to buy. After reading several different posts, it sounds like Keens, chaco, teva, clarks, and many other brands aren't that great either. No wonder so many of us have foot problems. Its next to impossible to find a decent shoe.

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Message Number 259149

Re: Good shoe to wear indoors? View Thread
Posted by Lakemom on 7/26/09 at 20:56

What I like about Quarks is that they look like the actual size of my feet, like a regular pair of clogs. JillS, they are slip on. Crocs in my size 10.5 look so huge that I bypassed on them pretty quick.
Thanks for filling me in on the content of the sole Jeremy.

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Message Number 259124

Re: Good shoe to wear indoors? View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 7/26/09 at 07:41

I wouldn;t go so far as to say Quark is an upgrade over Crocs; it's just a different material philosophy. Where Crocs uses a decent quality polyethylene in their molded material, Quark uses a cork-EVA coplymer. Both are well cushioned and have reasonable durability. Both also need to be replaced once the integrity of the rearfoot position is compressed and compromised.

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Message Number 259112

Re: Good shoe to wear indoors? View Thread
Posted by Lakemom on 7/25/09 at 13:13

I have a pair of Quarks that I put a different arch support in that works well as an indoor shoe and one to wear around the pool outside. They are a step up from Crocs i think. I wear a Pro style.
http://www.quarkgear.com/privacy.asp

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Message Number 258929

Re: Stump Neuroma View Thread
Posted by Marie B on 7/18/09 at 09:23

You ask what kind of Shoes to waer for Comfort I had Neuroma removed 2 years ago and about 6 months later had a Stump Neuroma I was never right from day one after the Surgery.I find that the only Shoes that i can walk for quite a while in are CROCS they are the ugliest shoes i have ever worn but the relief i get when wearing them is worth it I can walk for about 2 hours in them,but if i put anything with a small heel on within 15 minutes i am in AGONY
Hope this helps you as I know what its like we love going for long walks and I was never able to walk for very long until i got my CROCS Try them and see if they help you as much as they have helped me
Marie

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Message Number 258928

Re: Stump Neuroma View Thread
Posted by MarieB on 7/18/09 at 09:20

You ask what kind of Shoes to waer for Comfort I had Neuroma removed 2 years ago and about 6 months later had a Stump Neuroma I was never right from day one after the Surgery.I find that the only Shoes that i can walk for quite a while in are CROCS they are the ugliest shoes i have ever worn but the relief i get when wearing them is worth it I can walk for about 2 hours in them,but if i put anything with a small heel on within 15 minutes i am in AGONY
Hope this helps you as I know what its like we love going for long walks and I was never able to walk for very long until i got my CROCS Try them and see if they help you as much as they have helped me
Marie

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Message Number 258795

Re: tennis shoes View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 7/12/09 at 08:49

You'll here opinions on either side of shoe wearing among toddlers, younger children. One thing to consider is that the bones in the midtarsals are not fully formed in a child your son's age. Some professionals advocate wearing supportive shoes to hold the foot as these bones develop. Others suggest that going barefoot strengthens the connective tissue, leading to a stronger, healthier foot. In some ways, both camps appear to be right.

First and foremost, shoes are for protection from environmental forces. They are not always necessary for all activities in children. The glaring exception would be if there is some sort of pathology present that requires additional support.

As for brands, virtually all shoes brands make at least one model in their collections that is just plain awful. Then there are some brands which virtually everything is to be avoided. My trouble with 'generic' branded shoes is their lack of integrity in regards to accurate forefoot flex positions in their shoes. Some work well; many don't. It's not to say that Reebok, Nike, and New Balance don't also make some poor kids shoes; they do. As always one key is to match the shoe shape to the shape of your son's feet. I also advise identifying where the shoe wants to bend, and that it matches with the ball joints of your son's feet. Stride Rite and Weebok are still exceptional brands, and they are only sold in shops with staffs dedicated to proper fit.

One last word. If you want to create long-term problems with developing feet, be certain to have children wear Crocs (or similar) as their primary shoes. They are okay for the beach and water parks, but please do not confuse them with appropriate footwear.

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Message Number 258634

Shoes, Orthotics, Shots, Disneyworld!! View Thread
Posted by Heather S. on 7/05/09 at 10:38

I have plantar fascitis and a bone spur in my right foot. My left foot is not as bad - but it will be if I don't get it under control. I'm also having knee trouble that I'm sure is related!! I have a pair of custom orthotics. I threw out all my old shoes last summer when I finally went to the Dr. I wore Crocs allll the time previously!! So, at this point I have a pair of Naots with an Hapad to build up the arch support, a pair of Chaco flip flops to wear to the pool, and a pair of tennis shoes that I can wear with my orthotic.

The problem is I despise tennis shoes. So, I end up wearing the other shoes mostly - especially the Chacos. While they have great arch support compared to most shoes ...it's not good for all the time. This past winter I had a cortizone shot and that helped so much!! I tried after that to make myself wear the tennis shoe and the orthotic ... but after a while I ended up back in the Chacos... bad I know. I live in Texas and my feet get hot - and I just hate to put on a tennis shoe. Even in the winter - I do not like to wear a closed toe shoe.

So, here I am now and my feet are in excruciating pain again. I am a mother of three young children and I can barely do housework or grocery shop. We are going to Disneyworld in November and I am starting to panic about if I will be able to do it or not. As it is now - I could not do Disney.

Yesterday I tried on a pair of Finn Comfort Shoes and they felt amazing. I think with a hapad I can build up the arch a bit more. My husband is trying to reason with me that if I can't put my orthotic in it - then it's just a waste. My orthotic is a 3/4 orthotic and so I can't just take the sole out of one shoe and replace it with my orthotic. So, I can not seem to find a sandal that my orthotics will fit in. I could get another cortizone shot but my Dr. says only three in one location over the course of your life ... or, I could go ahead and have surgery but I can't figure out a game plan for that because of the kids and driving and all the things that go on around here that requires the use of my right foot!

Should I order the Finn shoes and put the hapad in to build up the arch support - do you guys think that would do the job?? I could do that and then get a cortizone shot right before the Disney trip. I'm afraid if I get a cortizone shot now - it will wear off during the trip and that would be bad!! I just do not know what to do - and just typing all this out exhausts me!! Is my only option to wear a tennis shoe and my orthotic??

Result number: 36

Message Number 258509

Re: a question about croc shoes View Thread
Posted by LindaM on 6/30/09 at 21:32

I noticed there have been quite a few posts about Crocs recently, so I'm going to add a question to the thread.

My situation is that I seem to be able to walk comfortably in Crocs for fairly long distances, without including any type of orthotic or insert in the Croc. However, at the same time, I can only walk limited distances in any of my other seshoes - including professionally fit sneakers - when there are inserts in the shoes. Based on this fact pattern, I keep wondering if I should be wearing orthotics at all? I have three pairs of custom orthotics and too many otc inserts to count. None of these (in combination with any of my shoes/sneakers) is as comfortable as my Crocs. Also, am I hurting my feet in the long-term by spending so much time in Crocs?

Thanks,

Linda

Result number: 37

Message Number 258499

Re: Dr. DSW - Crocs Relief & Powersteps. View Thread
Posted by Fluffernutter on 6/30/09 at 13:43

Thank you, Dr. I'll try the tape suggestion.

Result number: 38

Message Number 258480

Re: Dr. DSW - Crocs Relief & Powersteps. View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 6/30/09 at 06:25

I can honestly say that's the first time I've heard that problem. If the PowerSteps are the correct size, they usually fit 'tight' and almost have to 'snap' in behind the small ledge/lip at the back of the Crocs.

My only real thought is that the PowerSteps are one size too small for the Crocs (or the Crocs are one size too large for the PowerSteps!)

You can certainly try going to your local hardware store and purchasing some two-sided tape and using that to hold down the PowerSteps. It should work and won't damage either product.

I hope this helps.

Result number: 39

Message Number 258473

Dr. DSW - Crocs Relief & Powersteps. View Thread
Posted by Fluffernutter on 6/29/09 at 19:16

Dear Dr. DSW,

Per your advice I ordered the Powersteps to wear with my Crocs RX Relief. The problem I have is that the Powersteps shift and move up and down as I walk. Is there anyway to secure the Powerstep? I'm unable to wear the Croc's strap behind my foot because it's too short.

Thank you for your help in this matter.

Result number: 40

Message Number 258447

Re: a question about croc shoes View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 6/28/09 at 18:07

Not every shoe provides relief for every patient. I have found that the majority of my patients found Crocs very comfortable, but also found that Crocs didn't provide enough arch support. However, many of my patients combined Crocs with a pair of full length PowerSteps and stated that combination provided significant relief for their plantar fasciitis symptoms.

I have had plantar fasciitis, and I wear Crocs (the Relief RX version that can only be purchased at podiatrists offices or online) with a pair of PowerSteps in the operating room, and I find this combination very comfortable.

Result number: 41

Message Number 258210

Re: HTP Heel Cups View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 6/18/09 at 06:24

I would save your money and not purchase the heel cups. I have a lot of my patients that love Crocs but need more support. For those patients I highly recommend purchasing a pair of PowerSteps (the full length version), either the classic or the Pinnacle depending on your weight.

The PowerSteps fit very well into your Crocs, although if your Crocs are a little snug, you may have to go up one size. This often provides the perfect amount of additional support you're seeking.

I wear Croc Relief's in the operating room, and also found that there was not enough support, therefore I personally wear a pair of PowerSteps in my own Crocs. I guess that's about as strong a recommendation as you can get.

Result number: 42

Message Number 258209

HTP Heel Cups View Thread
Posted by Fluffernutter on 6/17/09 at 22:49

Do the HTP Heel Cups offer any arch support? I wear orthotics for flat feet, pronation, and Porokeratosis plantaris. Developed plantar fasciitis 6 weeks ago and was prescribed Medrol Dosepak. Have been doing exercises suggested on this website. It's helped the pain but I cannot wear my orthotics because of heel and arch pain. Only shoe that I can wear now is Crocs Relief RX. I know that I need more arch support and would like to know if the HTP Heel Cups might help facilitate my recovery from PF until I can wear my orthotics.

Thank you for your time. Glad I found this website.

Result number: 43

Message Number 258114

Best place to get Birkenstocks? View Thread
Posted by epi on 6/13/09 at 23:47

I don't have a local dealer. Through some internet searching, I found references that this forum could possibly tell me where the best place to get birkenstocks would be from and anything else that might help me. I have a very painful heel spur, and the back of my heel hurts really bad and is swollen. I've been wearing crocs, as it is the only thing I can stand to have on my foot (open heel). I've read alot and I know that birckenstocks seem like the best shoe for my problem. I don't have lots of money for doctors and I am in between 'health insurance' now. I paid for the xray out of pocket, and the doctor said the usual heel spur see an orthopedic specialist (which I have no way of doing right now), etc. . .

Result number: 44

Message Number 257458

Re: Does anyone here wear MBT shoes? View Thread
Posted by DanG on 5/13/09 at 14:09

I have been wearing MBTs close to full time most days over the last 15 months. (My history includes being a dancer and I am an ergonomist.) I like them very much overall and do appreciate a change now and then which I get from wearing my Crocs or Tevas.
The heel-strike impact reduction is very significant and I also experience less pressure concentrations (discomfort)on the ball of my foot. Sometimes I question the lack of lateral stability and notice that some of the new designs (2009) have an additional layer in the sole that appears to improve lateral stability. Just yesterday I learned of a place that will resole MBT for $65 including replacing the heel pad. This makes them more attractive to me as the >$200 price tag is rather off putting. I bought my first pair off a clearance rack for $109. I just tried on a new pair and compared them to an Ecco and another good show and comparing I just had to buy the ($234) MBT. Wearing them provides a completely different experience that I prefer.

Result number: 45

Message Number 257218

Re: Heel Spur View Thread
Posted by Don on 4/29/09 at 13:15

Yes, I have seen several specialists over the years. To date I have had one steriod shot, several sets of orthotic inserts, several x-rays. I don't tape or ice. I never go barefoot. I wear crocs around the house, birkenstock sandals, inserts in all my shoes.

I run only one day a week. The pain usually increases right after the run. The morning after the run the pain is intense causing me to shuffle my feet for the first hour or two. Two days after I can usually forget about it for 30 minutes or more at a time while sitting at my desk. But when I stand, walk, cut the grass, etc... I am reminded of it.

I inquired about surgery about 7-8 years ago and was told the success rate was poor. The information I have read on the web seems to indicate surgery has less than a 50% success rate with some cases more painful afterwards.

I did not specifically inquire about plantar fascia release. I always thought the pain was from the swelling around the spur.

Result number: 46

Message Number 257181

Pain in my 5th metatarsal View Thread
Posted by MorganB. on 4/27/09 at 21:57

Just recently i have been experiencing pain in my 5th metatarsal. It feels almost like its being crushed. I was wearing the same shoes and had never had any problems before, so i switched to crocs and it went away and now i have purchased a new pair of athletic shoes and its starting to come back. I havent had any injuries to this foot so im not sure where the pain could be from. Thanks hope you can give me a little insight.
Morgan

Result number: 47

Message Number 257127

Re: The verdict: Cros vs Waldies vs. Nothinz? View Thread
Posted by Pamela on 4/25/09 at 09:34

Nothinz surpass Cros with comfort. Nothinz are much softer. I bought my first pair about 3 years ago. I had such pain in my feet from planPlantar Fasciitis. I kept them by my bed and wore as slippers and all day and have never suffered with the pain since. While in Hawaii at a Crocs store, the store clerk tried on my pair of nothinz and said 'these are softer and feel even better than the crocs'. I have never tired or heard of Waldies.

Result number: 48

Message Number 257124

Re: The verdict: Cros vs Waldies vs. Nothinz? View Thread
Posted by SandyB on 4/24/09 at 23:14

I've tried Crocs, Dawgs and Nothinz and must say I like my Nothinz best. They have much better arch support than Crocs. I've never tried Waldies (or even seen them sold anywhere) so can't comment on that brand.

Result number: 49

Message Number 256884

Waterproof Sandals? View Thread
Posted by Jennifer L on 4/14/09 at 14:53

First of all, thank you for all the help you've given me in the past even though I haven't been diagnosed with PF! I procrastinated going back to the doctor for a while, but now I am working with a podiatrist and he just ordered me some new orthotics today. My problems seem to be super high arches that need support, and I seem to have developed some neuromas in the past few months and have had issues with tingling feet (he wants me to do some tests at home to isolate the exact triggers and figure out which nerves are bothering me).

Anyways, my husband and I are planning a trip to a theme park in a month that will involve a lot of water rides, so I was hoping someone could recommend some sandals that will at least minimize how sore I know my feet will be! :) I've searched the board and found a bunch of recommended brands, but since I don't have a lot of time to order and return sandals, I was hoping you could narrow it down to a few most promising styles/brands for me. I need:

* Waterproof / comfortable when wet

* Flip-flops or something with ankle straps. Slides and sling-backs (without toe posts) fall off my feet!

* Due to my high insteps, flip-flops with thin straps or styles with adjustable straps are easiest for me to fit. (i.e. no flip-flops with thick straps that cover part of the top of your foot -- I usually can't get my feet into these!)

* Really soft/squishy soles (e.g. Crocs, squishy cheap flip-flops, etc.) hurt my feet, so I need more support. Of course, not all supportive shoes fit for various reasons so I realize there will still be some trial-and-error! (E.g. Birks always hurt my feet in the store, so I've never bought any to see if they'd actually mold to my feet...)

* Many of the more supportive flip-flops I've seen appear to be turned up under the toes (I think it's called rocker toes?) Those haven't worked for me in the past so I am a bit hesitant -- perhaps because I have slightly curved toes (mild hammertoes?) that want to curl down rather than up!

Surprisingly, my most comfy flip-flops right now are these cheapo ones from Kohl's -- the foam is stiff, not squishy, the heel cup provides some stability, and notice that the straps do not cover much of my feet:

http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/shoes/juniors/flipflops/PRD~439078/Candies+Floral+Wedge+FlipFlops.jsp

But I think I can do better ;) Thanks!

Result number: 50

Message Number 256704

Second time to NYC View Thread
Posted by want2dance on 4/07/09 at 13:52



Hi Dear Doctors;

Well second time today. I did not see the doctor that they said I was going to see. Strange... anyway, now this doctor today said something I have never heard before and I am getting frustrated. I was supposed to get casted for orthotics/brace etc. well this 'orthotics expert' took a look at my orthotics (which I dont' wear because they hurt me, and my OTC ones in my shoes) and said that I have been putting way too much arch in my orthotics..WHAT the???? Every podiatrist has said my feet are very cavus I need more support now this one says no.. you are getting too much arch which is shifting your feet laterally and causing problems.. I don't completely agree (i do think some of them are too much but I think I still need at least moderate support) and what about the dropped bones and ankle pain.. they just dismiss these!! as coming from the orthotics.. honestly I have been wearing my crocs with nothing in them for months and I still have so much pain. so he said wear these new pre-made ones (he gave them to me) he says I need cushioning not that much support.. if it doesn't work he will cast me in two-three weeks so here I go another couple of months of pain... you see why I am frustrated.

Result number: 51

Message Number 256615

jeremy, we need shoes please help View Thread
Posted by want2dance on 4/04/09 at 10:07


Hi Jeremy

I posted in the ask the doctors section too. My appointment in NYc had to be rescheduled to next week. I honestly do not think that the staff there has your shoes expertise anyway, please help I can't just wear these crocs I need some real shoes/sandals. Is there a place I can get evaluated and buy shoes in NYC. My husband needs shoes too. My foot is really high arched, I have pf, pttd and a 'z' thing going on my left foot. They said I twist when I walk, I cannot wear a too stiff bottom, or too high an arch (weird I know) all the docs in NYC said was 'new balance' well I tried that before.killed my outer foot. I need sandals, a house shoe and walking shoes and I would like to be able to try on before if possible. do you know anywhere in NYC?? thanks

Result number: 52

Message Number 256384

went to NYC View Thread
Posted by want2dance on 3/26/09 at 07:47

Hi dear Doctors;

Well i went yesterday to the NY college of podiatry...wow what a place you have never seen so much action in one place.. students, patients, doctors so much action..anyway, I didn't get to see Dr. jules even though my appointment was with him. I had a student do the intake, another student do xrays, then after the xrays a Dr. came in he was very knowledgeable. They had just taken a surgical test and 80% of the questions were on feet like mine. According to the doctor my feet are 'messed up' I was actually relieved that someone recognized this! I have extremely cavus feet, with Pos tib dysfunction, and a zig zag deformity (?) and this is all made worse by the neurological issues from my cervical spine. He said I don't push off from my toes but twisst when I walk (I have a callus on the inside of big toe) and walk like a duck.( Which I do!!that sold me right there as to his knowledge) they made these little inserts and I am going back next week for orthotics/ brace. They wouldn't tell me yet what shoes to wear. I told them Newbalance KIll me. They put way too much pressure on the outside of my feet. Can you help me with some ideas on shoes? Can I wear birkenstock? I am wearing crocs which they said were bad but I need something during the next few weeks waiting for orthotics. Thank you for your help, I was impressed by their knowledge something that the podiatrists here locally have not displayed, unfortunately.

Result number: 53

Message Number 256155

Re: Severe Plantar Fasciitis View Thread
Posted by Karen W. on 3/22/09 at 12:31

In response to 'What do the podiatrists say about Crocs?' - I had (and still deal with) severe Plantar Fasciitis. I had dreams of amputating my leg with odd objects like saws, can openers, etc. to relieve my pain. I saw a neurologist for Restless Leg - tried 3 different meds over period of 3 months, had an MRI - found a bulging disc, went to physical theorapy for the disc - I didn't think the pain could get any worse, but it did. The PT finally suggested a podiatrist. I wore my Crocs - the only thing I could wear - to my first visit. The Dr. pointed at my Crocs and said, 'There's your problem. Do you know how much money I've made off those things?' I was fitted for $400 orthotics, did the ice packs, adjusted my work schedule, wear a night splint, had cort. shots. The orthotics hurt like *e!! Threw out my Crocs and all the other shoes, stuck to the orthotics. Now, 14 months later, my constant pain went from a '10' down to a '3'. I still can't be on my feet for more than an hour. I'm ready to get my Crocs back. Any other comments from Podiatrists?

Result number: 54

Message Number 256056

Re: waiting for appointment View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 3/18/09 at 15:19

Since I'm the one that originally recommended Dr. Jules, I will now recommend that you simply continue with your Crocs and don't make any other purchases until he evaluates you.

Result number: 55

Message Number 256054

waiting for appointment View Thread
Posted by want2dance on 3/18/09 at 13:54

Hi it is me again.. while I am waiting for another week to get in with Dr. Jules can you give me some insight on what shoes to wear? I threw away my custom orthotics and wear OTC cheapies inside a lands end walking boot and inside the house I wear crocs..I have a wide foot with a narrow heel (like a ducks foot) and I used to have a high arch..now not so much. They made the custom way to high and they hurt me. my left foot is shaped like a ( should I try birks?? or just buy more crocs? I wear an OTC ankle brace sometimes but it cuts in to the bottom of my foot and irritates the pf. thanks

Result number: 56

Message Number 255828

Re: TTS and exercise/staying in shape View Thread
Posted by mh on 3/11/09 at 14:47

How are you feeling? Is acupuncture working for you? How many treatments have you had so far? I hope you find the success that I did.

I am not sure when exactly I started having TTS symptoms (I've always had achy feet and a long history of wearing bad but stylish shoes when I was young) but my first real memories of feeling like something was really wrong when I was pregnant w/my first 5 years ago. I struggled w/the pain for about 3 1/2 years before I found acupuncture while researching surgery.

As tempted as I am to give running a try right now, I think I'm going to wait at least another year. I enjoy pain free feet much more than I ever enjoyed running! Now I'm at a point where as long as I wear the right shoes (Crocs- I don't wear anything else), I'm fine. I was able to carry my 18 lb son in a back pack last week, and I felt great that night and the next day. A far cry from 18 months ago!

Best of luck and hang in there. Please let me know how you make out w/acupuncture. :)

Result number: 57

Message Number 255611

Re: Crocs new model - Relief View Thread
Posted by Bill C on 3/04/09 at 10:46

I would say no to those assumptions. I just recieved a pair of Crocs Relief. I have owned 4 other pairs of Crocs - Personally I find they aggrevate my plantar but they are so convenient for me when I kayak and fish. There is no difference other than the shoe was oversized (which is not helpful if your only problem is plantars fasciitis).

The arch was not larger. The heal cup was 'sloppy' or 'loose'. I found the shoe was harder than previous pairs but that may be a symptom of my upset with the other factors involved. I sent the product back but have had to 'eat' the ten dollars for shipping.

Just try a regular pair of crocs they are ten dollars cheaper and available nearly everywhere.

Result number: 58

Message Number 255353

Re: Today is the Day View Thread
Posted by LindaM on 2/22/09 at 14:10

Mary,

As you noticed in the 'orthotics' message board, last week wasn't a good one for me. I'm happy to say, however, that week three is turning out to be pretty good. I went to spin class yesterday and today (this was my first time back since the procedure) and got through it without any negative side effects. I also put on a pair of crocs today and did quite a few errands in the mall. I'm pleased to say that my feet are still not screaming. I think I'm beginning to experience some of the benefits of the ESWT procedure.

I hope things are progressing for you. My understanding is that everyone responds to this procedure at different speeds. Maybe by the time you see this posting, you'll have experienced some pain relief too...my thoughts are with you.

Linda

Result number: 59

Message Number 254869

Fractured Sesimoidal bone View Thread
Posted by Angela on 2/07/09 at 09:14

I have a fractured sesimoidal bone under the big toe on my left foot. After a 1 1/2 years of pain and all sorts of orthotics and mis-diagnosis I finally had a bone scan done and the left sesimoidal bone was fractured a while ago (unknown to me) and the right sesimoidal bones are showing up in the bone scan but I do not know why. I see the specialist in a few days to go over the scan and this was a last stop before surgery. He has said surgery is always a last option as you can possibly be in more pain after surgery than you were before. I am very worried as my active life has come to a standstill. I have patellars tendonitis due to walking wrong with my very sore foot. That in itself I am finding hard to recover from, very very slow progress. I am a yoga teacher and very worried about being able to continue this line of work without the sesimoids. I go from a cane to crutches on some days, other days are much better. I only wear crocs now with very soft socks to help with the shock absorption. etc. I also have a bunion that flares up pretty bad on the same foot as the fractured sesimoid, which is what took me to a podiatrist in the first place. I remember the day in 2007 when I landed on someting directly on the sesimoid and fell down in pain, however I did not get a bruise nor any of the swelling they say is typical with sesimoidal injury at taht time.
This has been a very long road and the doctor who read the bone scan said I am in for surgery. Everything I have heard says you want to avoid this at all costs. Can you help me understand how much to try to avoid surgery, can I live with fractured sesimoids just wearing soft shoes forever? Will I do more damange, is it worth ever thinking that way. I am also confused as to why the second sesimoids are lighting up in the scan, I can feel them, they can be uncomfortable occasionally but definitely not injured.
I am a very active 42 year old woman and my active life has ground to a halt for quite a while now.
thankyou for any advice you can give me.

Result number: 60

Message Number 254687

Re: Tarsal Tunnel Release View Thread
Posted by BJH on 2/02/09 at 13:33

Hi All, Just an update from my TTS surgery on Oct. 31st. I think it has helped a great deal. I feel less of the sharp burning 'nerve' pain all the time. My neurosurgeon said it could take a while for the nerves to heal, so that it is normal to still feel some pain. So, I think the TSS surgery has worked.

I do still have a lot heel pain which has been quite painful, but after seeing my regular foot specialist, we have determined that my heel spur seems to be the cause. I let him give me a cortisone shot at my last appt. This is the first time this particular foot doc has given me a shot in the heel (shots my previous doctor gave me never helped at all). I know he got the shot in the right place! The pain was horrific from it, but I went home and iced it off & on often for a couple of days, and the shot seems to be helping quite a bit! I'm not 100% and probably never will be with that foot, but I can get through my days better. I do wonder, how long will the shot last? Anyone here have experience with that? Depending on that, I may still have to have the heel spur removed for pain relief. My MRI shows that my PF inflammation has cleared up.

Also, any info on types of shoes that are comfortable and that orthotics will fit in (with removable insoles) would be appreicated. I especially would like to find a pair that are even just slightly dressy. I wear my New Balance tennis shoes everywhere! Some occasions just call for a dressier look and I have had no luck finding a dressy shoe. Tried Crocs Rx Silver Fox Mary Jane, but too large in the heel area - they just flopped off & on. Thanks!

Result number: 61

Message Number 254136

Re: Nothinz View Thread
Posted by Brenda D on 1/18/09 at 23:59

I ordered a pair of Notninz because I have heel spurs and plantar fascia. They have been great, I have no pain after hours of wearing them. They offer much more arch support than Crocs. Also SAS shoes are the only thing I wear if I have to be on my feet for a long time. I have orthodics but SAS provides as much support.

Result number: 62

Message Number 253799

Re: crocs waldies mion ????????? View Thread
Posted by Phil on 1/08/09 at 10:12

I was as bad as you with PF. I had dry needle treatment from a sports physio, which was no fun at all while the needles were in, but, almost miraculously got rid of the pain - have stared trekking again and still no pain. I recommend!

Result number: 63

Message Number 253760

Re: Shoes with good arch support View Thread
Posted by B Cassie on 1/06/09 at 16:59

I have two pairs of crocs flip flops and I love them. I have PF with spurs and I find them to work very well.

Result number: 64

Message Number 252913

Shoes for rigid high arch with PF View Thread
Posted by Mandy on 12/08/08 at 21:40

I have PF on both feet for about 8 months now. I have tried lots of things: stretch, NSAID, physical therapy, shoes, orthotics, etc.

My primary doctor once examimed me, moved my foot and said' you feet are very rigid'. I also have relatively high arch and high instep. I started treatment 6 months ago. My first DPM gave me Superfeed blue insert and suggested New Balance Motion Control shoe. That just made my heel pain worse. My second DPM made me rigid orthotic (from casting). I just weared it for a few days since it hurt my feet more. I also got a foam like orthotic from the same mold. It did not fit well. So most of time, I do not wear orthotic.

I also tried Birkenstock three months ago as house slippers when my heels hurt more. But I found they hurt my right up side of the heels and are too stiff. About three months ago I went to a running shoe store. The salesman suggested Asics cumulus 10. They are comfortable and I have been wear them since then. I do not like the orthotics that DPM made since they just push up my arch too much. I found a litter bit arch support help and I also need more cushioning. I have not got a correctly prescribed orthotic yet.

Actually my feet are about 80% better now. I think gentle non-weight bearing stretch, celebrex ( I stopped taking them now), rest, wearign Acisc, no barefoot and EXTENSIVE physical therapy helped the most. I have been to physical therapy ALMOST everyday (electronic situmulation, magnetic thing) for the past three months. Also wearing Asics cumulus 10. Most of the improvement took place during the past three months.

About 10 days ago, I started taping my feed per Scott's instruction. I found it seems to help relax the muscle and stabilize the feet. I also made a little pad under my arch and stick them on the Ascis insole.

My questions: what kinds of shoes and insole do you recommend for rigid high arch feet. I heard about Crocs, Keens........
What do you think ankle wrap to treat PF?
Any other suggestions, etc??? I am working hard to get 100 % ..

Thanks very much.

Mandy

Result number: 65

Message Number 252870

Shoes for rigid high arch with PF View Thread
Posted by Mandy on 12/07/08 at 21:54

I have PF on both feet for about 8 months now. I have tried lots of things: stretch, NSAID, physical therapy, shoes, orthotics, etc.

My primary doctor once examimed me, moved my foot and said' you feet are very rigid'. I also have relatively high arch and high instep. I started treatment 6 months ago. My first DPM gave me Superfeed blue insert and suggested New Balance Motion Control shoe. That just made my heel pain worse. My second DPM made me rigid orthotic (from casting). I just weared it for a few days since it hurt my feet more. I also got a foam like orthotic from the same mold. It did not fit well. So most of time, I do not wear orthotic.

I also tried Birkenstock three months ago as house slippers when my heels hurt more. But I found they hurt my right up side of the heels and are too stiff. About three months ago I went to a running shoe store. The salesman suggested Asics cumulus 10. They are comfortable and I have been wear them since then. I do not like the orthotics that DPM made since they just push up my arch too much. I found a litter bit arch support help and I also need more cushioning. I have not got a correctly prescribed orthotic yet.

Actually my feet are about 80% better now. I think gentle non-weight bearing stretch, celebrex ( I stopped taking them now), rest, wearign Acisc, no barefoot and EXTENSIVE physical therapy helped the most. I have been to physical therapy ALMOST everyday (electronic situmulation, magnetic thing) for the past three months. Also wearing Asics cumulus 10. Most of the improvement took place during the past three months.

About 10 days ago, I started taping my feed per Scott's instruction. I found it seems to help relax the muscle and stabilize the feet. I also made a little pad under my arch and stick them on the Ascis insole.

My questions: what kinds of shoes and insole do you recommend for rigid high arch feet. I heard about Crocs, Keens........
What do you think ankle wrap to treat PF?
Any other suggestions, etc??? I am working hard to get 100 % ..

Thanks very much.

Mandy

Result number: 66

Message Number 252844

Re: Waldies vs. Crocs shoes View Thread
Posted by Be P on 12/06/08 at 12:08

Sandy, I own three pairs of Waldies, I LOVE them they have sooo much cushion in them I ware them for everything. Crocs are nice but I really like the Waldies.
Good luck
Be

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Message Number 252733

Re: Dansko and Tarsal Tunnel View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 12/01/08 at 21:42

In most cases of TTS it is essential to have shoes possessing broad midfoot characteristics. There are no shoes from Nike, and very few from New Balance that meet these build elements. As someone in this thread already stated, Dansko provides this almost throughout their line, but their interior construction is typically too hard to tolerate.

Instead of Crocs, I highly suggest looking into the Klogs brand. Their key material composition is polyurethane instead of polyethylene. This permits their products to maintain their shape and structure far longer than other single injection footwear brands. They are also all orthotic friendly, having removable inlays.

In athletic shoes, two of the best options come in the Brooks Dyad and Asics Fortitude. Both are broad-lasted styles, but are rare models that do so without biasing the medial side of the midsole. This reduces unwanted firmness on the inside half of the shoe.

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Message Number 252691

Re: Dansko and Tarsal Tunnel View Thread
Posted by Jay on 11/30/08 at 22:38

Thanks Rene. Unfortunately I have tried crocs sandals (but not the Crocs Rx) and they were comfortable for a few months then my foot started killing me. It felt like the Crocs offered much comfort but not enough support. It seems that I require a bit of support but not too much if that makes sense. I am a baffling case in the eyes of my docs and I am out of solutions even with my medical knowledge. Recently I bought a good pair of New Balance to use with my orthotics and felt good for about a month then went back to having much pain that was not tolerable. I then switched to a nice comfortable pair of nike running shoes without too much support but which still allowed me to use my orthotics. As usual my foot started to hurt after about 3 weeks. Thank you for your feedback.

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Message Number 252685

Re: Dansko and Tarsal Tunnel View Thread
Posted by Rene on 11/30/08 at 19:13

Hi Jay, Sorry you are having a bit of trouble. I have bilateral tts and have danskos, and they are way too hard. I dont have a lot of fat pad in my foot, so they may be better for you. You might want to try Crocs RX, they will allow you to put your orthotics in. I have not tried them ,but heard they are comfortable. You also might want to try changing your shoes,(a pod suggested it) more often. I read your story, and hope you find a solution. please keep us updated and what shoes you finally find!

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Message Number 252194

shoe selection help, please View Thread
Posted by Kate T. on 11/13/08 at 12:09

I've had PF on my right on and off since age 20 or so, mainly when I put on the 'wrong' shes. Some shoes would give me knee pain on the inside of my right knee also. My left feet has no PF but callus under the ball and tends to turn inward.Overall, my feet have mid to high arch, wide forefoot and somewhat narrow heel.

My feet seemed OK w/ Dansko (various design, both traditional kind and newer ones) and crocs but now they are acting up. My old and worn Newbalance 804 w/ over the counter insert(w/o them my right heel hurts immediately) is somewhat better than others in my very limited shoe collection.

Could you help me narrow down some possibilities for both athletic shoes and casual dress shoes? I was hoping to try other New Balance and or their Aravon.But where I live, there's only Nordstrom, The Walking Company and runnung shoe store w/o NB. I need to wait on seeing DPM until next Jan. for insurance issues.

Thanks in advance,
Kate

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Message Number 252188

shoe selection help, please View Thread
Posted by Kate T. on 11/13/08 at 10:39

I've had PF on my right on and off since age 20 or so, mainly when I put on the 'wrong' shes. Some shoes would give me knee pain on the inside of my right knee also. My left feet has no PF but callus under the ball and tends to turn inward.Overall, my feet have mid to high arch, wide forefoot and somewhat narrow heel.

My feet seemed OK w/ Dansko (various design, both traditional kind and newer ones) and crocs but now they are acting up. My old and worn Newbalance 804 w/ over the counter insert(w/o them my right heel hurts immediately) is somewhat better than others in my very limited shoe collection.

Could you help me narrow down some possibilities for both athletic shoes and casual dress shoes? I was hoping to try other New Balance and or their Aravon.But where I live, there's only Nordstrom, The Walking Company and runnung shoe store w/o NB. I need to wait on seeing DPM until next Jan. for insurance issues.

Thanks in advance,
Kate

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Message Number 252117

Re: tissue therapy View Thread
Posted by ThankU on 11/11/08 at 10:38

Dr. DSW,

Your answer made a lot of sense to me.

I have a large incision from post-tib tendon repair (including tendon graft) performed 9 months ago. The area still feels 'nervy' and tender. Do you have any information to share about the process of healing after this kind of surgery? It seems to heal so slowly.

It is hard to be in shoes.
By the way, my crocs and powerstep insoles are in the mail.
I hope the shoe solution works for me too.

Thanks!

Ann

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Message Number 251572

Re: Inspiration View Thread
Posted by DavidW on 10/28/08 at 19:07

My PF pain started abruptly and for no apparent reason, in both feet. Never typical, no morning pain, just the inability to stand or walk for more than just a few minutes. Pain was concentrated in the heel and arch, but would actually radiate throughout the bottom of the feet. I always described to doctors that after about five minutes on my feet, it was like standing on broken red hot glass. I tried all conservative measures, orthotics, ESWT, taping, you name it, everything. I visited over 25 various types of doctors/therapists for over four years, received much advice and assistance, but nothing ever relieved the pain, not even a bit. Several doctors gave up on me, and I was left hopeless.

I began deep tissue massage sessions, which were painful, but I believe helped me alot. After many months though, progress leveled out (I could walk for perhaps 30 - 40 minutes max). I then began the Graston sessions, which I believe was the key to a very long road to healing. The initial treatments were very painful, but the Doc would judge my pain and adjust accordingly. At first, the tools, when used on my feet, felt like rough concrete when run down and across my feet. The Doc explained this as being a tremendous amount of scar tissue (at this point I had 'PF' for almost 5 years). After many sessions, and yes much money, healing slowly began as the months went by. Sessions left me very sore. The feeling of the tools became much smoother, I could slowly spend more time on my feet, and life slowly just got better. This took 18 months total, and since stopping the sessions more than a year ago, I have continued to heal and get better and better, very slowly, month by month just a little bit better. Coincidence that healing began after starting Graston, I don't know for sure, but after four years of absolutely zero progress, I really don't care either. I think that my 'PF' was so cronic that no solution would be either easy or short.

Now I must say that I have also been very diligent with stretching as well, specifially Julie's foot yoga excercises. I started doing these stretches probably in my first year of pain, and continue until this day, twice a day. About the time I started Graston, I also switched to wearing Crocs, which was about the only shoe I could tolerate for more than a couple of minutes. I still wear them religiously to this day.

Am I 100%, no. I do, however, live in relatively little pain. I still take care not to overdo it too much and if I do, the pain flares up a bit and I simply ice it away.

Graston is definitely not for everyone, and like most have found out, for every person with PF, there is a unique cure. For me, it worked, if not at least forcing my feet to heal themselves.

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Message Number 251427

Re: Need shoe recommendations for right heel stiffness View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 10/23/08 at 20:10

Your trouble with Birkenstocks could caused by their neutral sole pitch. If you have extremely tight posterior muscle groups, neutral (or negative, like Earth Shoes) soles footwear exacerbate that tightness. Seeking shoes with a modest heel raise can help (as long as it's not too severe = 1' or greater). Helle Comfort, Kumfs, Naot, Finn Comfort (among others) make shoes with similar insole features as Birk and also contain modestly positive heel pitches. Selection of particular styles will be dependent on what biomechanical deficiencies are leading to your heel pain.

Many people on this site seem to have success with Waldies and Crocs, particularly when a quality OTS insert is worn with them. Klogs offers no-compromise quality foam clogs.

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Message Number 250431

Re: What can I wear now that it is too cold for Birk sandals? View Thread
Posted by Geri L on 9/23/08 at 14:10

Hi Chris: I wear the Dansko clogs, when ever I do much walking. I change shoes often as it seems to rest my feet. I also have the Florida Birkenstocks and, my house shoes wich are crocs.

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Message Number 250091

Both Feet?? View Thread
Posted by Mandy on 9/11/08 at 10:07

I had shockwave therapy in March for Plantar Facitis and it did not work. I still have heel pain. At the time of it I have a nerve block in which the doctor hit a nreve. I have numbing tingling pain etc. So I went to a new Dr. and had a second opinion. He tapped on my feet and was like I think you have tarsal tunnel. I said that my previous doctor who had treated me for the last 6 years had said I had plantar facisitis. So I just had my nerve conduction study and my EMG, I go back to the doctor on Wednesday. He already told me that I more than likely will be requiring the TTS surgery. I mean I am 28 years old and I have to wear crocs or tennis shoes at all times. I used to tap dance and wear any shoes I wanted so I am kinda leary of anyone doing surgery on my feet. If I do, I want both feet both at the same time. Is there anyone who has had this done? How long were off of work? I would really like to have the surgery done on a Friday and be back at work on a Monday. (I work as a secretary so it is a sit down job). Any advise?

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Message Number 250085

Re: Comfortable shoe for post neuroma View Thread
Posted by Gina G on 9/11/08 at 07:48

I have a pair of New Balance 767 and I can wear them-but only a few hours then my foot starts cramping. I would like a sneaker or a shoe besides crocs that would be cushioning and comfortable. Any ideas?

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Message Number 250076

Re: Comfortable shoe for post neuroma View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 9/10/08 at 19:46

The truth is that there are likely a lot of excellent options. In not knowing any other particular fitting data, it would be premature for me to offer specific recommendations. Maybe if you can share what shoes have been successful for you (besides Crocs), I might be of more assistance.

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Message Number 250042

Comfortable shoe for post neuroma View Thread
Posted by Gina G on 9/10/08 at 05:48

I was wondering what you would recommend for a nice cushioned shoe that I could wear? I have had 3 surgeries in the past 2 years for a neuroma. It is now buried in the muscle. I am having problems with finding a shoe that is comfortable to stand in at work. The closest thign i have found is Crocs RX. Is there another type that might help?

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Message Number 249209

Re: Crocs new model - Relief View Thread
Posted by Mark on 8/13/08 at 22:42

Yeah the Crocs Relief are very nice shoes.. I got mine shipped free and fast from The Orthotic Shop: Crocs Relief Link

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Message Number 249208

Re: Crocs new model - Relief View Thread
Posted by Mark on 8/13/08 at 22:42

Yeah the Crocs Relief are very nice shoes.. I got mine shipped free and fast from The Orthotic Shop: Crocs Relief Link

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Message Number 249207

Re: Crocs new model - Relief View Thread
Posted by Mark on 8/13/08 at 22:41

Yeah the Crocs Relief are very nice shoes.. I got mine shipped free and fast from The Orthotic Shop: Crocs Relief Link

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Message Number 248947

Is it normal for pain to come and go? View Thread
Posted by Jessica on 8/05/08 at 11:17

Is it normal to not feel any burning for a few days and then have it return?

I notice it only burns if I wear sneakers and walk around 'a lot' (which is really only a few blocks). So far no burning pain with crocs... Please advise.

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Message Number 248920

Re: The verdict: Cros vs Waldies vs. Nothinz? View Thread
Posted by Annie B. on 8/04/08 at 13:43

Waldies all the way! It is the original and the Crocs, Airwalks, Nothinz....none of the rest even come close to the softness and support of Waldies. It's all I'm able to wear. Order a pair, you won't be disappointed. Please, folks, don't waste your time and money on the others. This is the voice of experience talking here.

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Message Number 248676

Re: best shoes for tarsal tunnel View Thread
Posted by MH on 7/24/08 at 12:06

I haven't had any professional opinions, but I have discovered that Crocs provide tremendous relief. The material is extremely soft, very light, and the way they are designed provides no pressure to the balls of my foot, where most of my problem was. When I was wearing orthodics, they fit into the shoe with no problem. Primarily, I wear the Relief model from their Rx line (you can access this line on the left hand side of their website, www.crocs.com), but if I'm just around the house, I wear the kind w/the holes on the top.

I live in PA where it gets cold and wet in the winter, so I also bought the all terrain for the winter months. It is the lightest shoe I have ever owned and they are cut pretty much like a Croc in terms of roominess. If I am not working out and wearing sneakers, I only wear my Crocs, even if I'm just getting up w/the kids in the middle of the night. Best part is that they aren't too expensive. Worst part, they super casual. Finding a shoe that complimented my feet really played a critical role in my recovery- BEST OF LUCK!

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Message Number 248070

Re: Insert/Orthotic question for Jeremey View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 6/27/08 at 15:46

Okay, here goes ....

Question #1:
I can offer you a definitive 'whatever works best'. Most of the time what we're talking about is a fit issue. On occassional basis, some orthotics perform better when not placed on top of a shoe's stock inlay. An example would be the classic Clark's oxford. That thing has a polyurethane inlay that is well beyond 1/4' thick. For those with significant medial or lateral stability issues, placing a prescription orthotic onto an inlay like that will only get greater instability and substandard results.

All I can tell you is that this is on a case by case basis. If it feels better to you, then more often it likely is better for you. In situations where additional cushioning is required because of work duties and environment your doctor/pedorhtist can add an appropriate top cover material to the insert to permit that benefit.

Question #2:
I won't bore regular readers here with another diatribe from me on Crocs. Even the brand I prefer (Waldies) over Crocs has significant biomechanical consequences for certain foot types. Hence, I do not recommend them for primary footwear, with or without prescription inserts. There are a couple better options for you.

If you are wearing cotton socks, nothing is hotter, wetter or nastier, especially in summer months. I am also not a fan of most acrylics, as they can also maintain a very high perception of heat. Trying one of the high performance wools is not only resistant to most peoples' allergies, it's about as cool of a summer sock garment as one may find. Solid fiber synthetics, like Cool Max, are other good options. Bridgedale is now using Be Fresh fibers in their Ventum sock line, which I have found to be utterly remarkable in both my skate boots and athletic/golf shoes.

There are sandal options from a variety of brands that offer outstanding cushioning, but are far more supportive and durable than Crocs. Ones to consider come from Keen, Mion, Montrail and Durham. Teva and Merrell are also making some good options; however, careful selection must be made since some are completely lacking in appropriate levels of midfoot support. Going this route will also save you from compromising in fit and function.

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Message Number 248052

Insert/Orthotic question for Jeremey View Thread
Posted by russ h on 6/27/08 at 08:58

Hi Jeremey, I posted a message over on the Plantar Fascitis forum, if you have a chance take a look, see if you have any additional feedback as well. I do have a question for you here though, I have custom made casted plaster orthotics from my POD and I also have a pair of the pinnacle powersteps from this website. I wear the powersteps in my dedicated work shoes and I wear the custom orthotics in my mizuno and asics for my days off.

Question 1. When I wear orthotics from my doctor or the powersteps here, do I put those on top of the inserts that come with shoes when you buy them, do I put the shoe insert on top of the orthotic, or remove all inserts with the shoe and only put in the orthotic?
Most shoes the cushy, soft, rubbery, whatever is felt by the stock shoe insert, so if you remove those then just have another shoe seems to me or feels like to me anyway.

I'm still having pf pain, and I have new shoes so don't believe that's contributing to it but on my days off I wear either Crocs (the orthotic type, guess they call it cayman now) or my mizuno and asics shoes. With the shoes, I can put my orthotic in but with the croc I can't.

Question 2. I am going to experiment for about a month by not wearing anything but my shoes to utilize the orthotic, but I hate to have my foot enclosed with a sock all the time, seems like it doesn't breathe as well and I'll get problems with peeling on the underside of the foot, don't know if that's related or not. When I am able to do a sandle type, do you see the croc being a help or hinderance, another brand maybe or about the same. Also the size, the lady told me the way they sold them it was either a little sloppy on my foot big or kind of tight, she said you want it loose to be comfortable. What is your thought?
Thanks Jeremey.

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Message Number 247633

Re: ? about Chacos and Naots View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 6/14/08 at 06:03

No-one, and I mean no-one, who has had TTS should wear any sandal product that sets it's arch topography acutely under the talo-navicular joint (this is just in front of the heel. This includes but is not limited to: Chaco, Keen, most Teva, many Merrell, Olukai, and Mozquito. Most should also avoid models that fail to in some way cup the heel, as well as possess a reduced midfoot width in the sole.

You could be very well on the right track with the Naot model you mentioned. It has an arch contour that will likely be more tolerable for you, plus has the other design elements mentioned above. With the nodules you mention brands such as Klogs and Caminhar are reasonable to look into. Bite will also be a good choice, once they have the correct Crocs footbed durometer figured out for their products. The stuff that Crocs makes in their present clogs is far too soft and compressible for appropriate use in Bite sandals.

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Message Number 247599

What to wear at the pool View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 6/12/08 at 18:50

You may want to consider purchasing a pair of Crocs and placing a pair of PowerSteps in the Crocs for additional support.

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Message Number 247474

Re: Crocs new model - Relief View Thread
Posted by ChaCha on 6/07/08 at 23:08

Ive heard good about the new croc shoe but i would like to know if its a good working shoe? i work 7-9 hours at my job on my feet and when im done my feet kills me, the heel and everything hurts after work! also I would like to know if the shoe is a non slip type of shoe? please let me know thanks!

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Message Number 247461

Re: Any flipflops/sandals w/ good arch support View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 6/07/08 at 14:01

The truth is there are quite a lot of simple sandals that have adequate or superior footbed contours and support. Below are some of the best, that also will match fairly well with your Powersteps:

Chaco - These are Cadillacs. In addition to having an already well conceived footbed contour, the blown rubber base material is durable, shock absorbant, and supportive. It also allows these to last ages longer than any other brand in its category. Be forewarned that these require modest, gradual break-in, like most orthotics. Patiently doing that will provide you a versatile sandals that will last for years. The basic thong sandal from them is around $40 - $50. If it means anything, this is what I wear, when I don't wear my own custom made sandals.

Montrail - These are a hybrid product in that there is a supportive base contour covered with a heat moldable cover. The broad shank area makes these best with those having similar foot shapes.

Bite - You have two options with these. One is that you wear it with the provided Crocs PE soft insert; the other is that you remove it in favor of your Powersteps. They also now have convertible construction, allowing you to adjust it from a full sport sandal, to a midfoot slide, to a forefoot slide or thong. A really good product.

Olukai - If Chaco is considered a Cadillac, these must be the Bentley's. Again, the footbed contour mimics your powersteps, but the materials are top of the line. Even the brushed EVA on the base models are incredibly soft but durable. The top line leather covers are worth every penny. expect to pay between $50 - $120, depending upon the model.

Orthaheel - I'm sorry, Dr. Wander, but this is the premier brand of orthotic based thong sandals. These are designed by Dr. Vasyli in Autralia, and are impeccably well made. The support is a bit more acute then the other brands mentioned here, so be sure to try before you buy (or get a good return policy).

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Message Number 247307

Any flipflops/sandals w/ good arch support View Thread
Posted by Dusty B on 6/04/08 at 08:41

I've been dealing w/ PF since January and have pretty much kept it in check by wearing Powersteps in all my shoes.
This weekend we spent an afteroon outside on our deck and in our daughter's new pool. Because of the pool/water I went barefoot most of the day. And of course the next day I had some soreness in my heel - for the first time in a while.
Obviously I don't want to take any steps backward in my treatment but during these summer months I also can't be wearing my NB shoes and Powersteps 24/7.

Are there any simple, easy to find sandals or flipflops that are known for having good arch support? I don't need anything over the top as I won't be working out in them or even wearing them every day all summer - I just need something that would work for the occasional lazy weekend day or maybe wearing around in the evening before bed.
I do have some Crocs and other sandals that I have not worn since the PF started in the winter. I guess I should try those first - anything obviously beats going barefoot and maybe I just need to concentrate on having something on my feet at all times regardless of how 'orthotic' it is.

sorry for the long post, thanks for any info

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Message Number 246966

New Balance Opinions View Thread
Posted by MH on 5/19/08 at 14:16

I need some feedback on shoes. I've been wearing Crocs exclusively for a year now, and I'm feeling that when I go walking I need some more support than what a clog like a Croc can offer. I see alot of people have had some luck w/New Balance. Any suggestions or feedback would be great.

Right now I am wearing Asics Gel Cumulus and they are way too constricting in the ball of the foot (where all my symptoms were). By the time I get 1/2 way through my workout, I want to rip them off because my feet are tingling like crazy. Is the general opinion that New Balance has enough room in the toe box?

Thanks so much! Any feedback will surely cut my shoe shopping time in half.

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Message Number 246881

Re: physical therapy View Thread
Posted by StLouieGal on 5/16/08 at 12:40

Wow!! Another St. Louisian---YEAH!!! Wow. You sure have been through a lot and sounds like you have such a positive outlook. That is awesome!!! I have 2 more weeks of PT left. And we'll see how I am. Its been ok this week, but I have really been off my feet in the evening. It's those dang concrete floors. Maybe I can just tape some carpet to the bottom of my shoes and walk that way?? Sounds good, huh? I may be getting a part time job soon that will put me on my feet. I really don't want to but right now its the only thing I can do. Any suggestion for shoes? I have a pair of crocs but to me they're not all that comfy....

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Message Number 246756

Asics shoe question - jeremy View Thread
Posted by LaurieF on 5/11/08 at 23:25

Hi old friend! Hope you practice is doing well and you are happy!
For the record- PF is still gone ( knock wood!) and I am still happy!

A good friend of mine with a 'thing' for shoes, buys new Asics every 3-4 months,but she sometimes forgets that she buys them...yes she buys THAT many shoes. Any how, she was looking in her closet for somehting else ans unearthed a brand new pair of Asics Gel 230's and decised that just weren;t going to do and since I wear the same size shoe...

So now I have my first pair of athletic shoes since my before I was diagnosed with PF. Tried 'em today...felt pretty Ok, but I was wondering if I should replace the stock insole with a pair of Powersteps? I missed that arch support - I have high flexible arches. I do this with every shoe I can as a rule, but I wnated to be sure I was not putting the shoes at cross purposes to their design ( no idea if these are stability or motion control or what have you)

Other than missing my Powersteps, they are plenty roomy in the forefoot and fit nice around the heel.

..random notes since you may not have any memory of my posting here
GOOD SHOES for me
>Naot Campus collection
>Waldies
>Crocs/powersteps
>Merrel Jungle Moc - Greatest. Shoe. Ever. Add Powersteps and you have my HG footwear.

Thanks for any help Jeremy!

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Message Number 246616

Re: Best Shoes for Nursing? View Thread
Posted by HeatherW on 5/07/08 at 08:35

Hello Tammy. Sorry to hear you are suffering and it has affected your job. I am also a nurse and work on my feet for 12 hour shifts, so I know how bad it can get. I wore Crocs for a while, felt some relief because of the cushioning, but at the end of the day my arch was killing me as there was zero arch support in those shoes. My feet didn't so much hurt while at work, it was when I got home and sat down and then had to get up again...WOW...pain of at least a 8-9 level.

Then I moved on to the Nike Discovery Walking Shoes, and these worked great, no pain at work and only a 2-3 pain level after work. Only problem was I was wearing them out so fast, they would work great for about 3-4 months and then I would have to buy another pair.

So next I tried Asics Gel 1130, another excellent shoe for me. I could work on my feet all day without pain and then have little or no pain at night after I got home.

Also, when at work I wear the Wellgate Women's Slimfit Ankle Support. It seems to give me arch support without having to wear bulky inserts that always slip around in my shoe. It is not hot or constricting and gives just enough support for my high arches so that they don't ache. I got mine at Target for $10.99 each.

So now I have a pair of Nike Discovery and a pair of Asics Gel 1130 and I alternate wearing them, so I get the benefits of both and they last longer. I like being able to wear shoes without having to use inserts.

Good luck with your search for the right shoes. I know I wasted untold amounts of money on shoes and inserts.

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Message Number 246551

Re: Best Shoes for Nursing? View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 5/04/08 at 18:40

I have many patients that have significant relief with the combination of PowerSteps and Crocs, especially the Relief model. As far as specific shoes go, that is really dependent on an evaluation of your foot. Based on the shoes you have not had success with, I will defer this question to our resident shoe expert Jeremy.

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Message Number 246547

Re: Best Shoes for Nursing? View Thread
Posted by tammy on 5/04/08 at 14:21

Thanks to all the 'docs' and others who manage this site! I had to quit my job as a nurse due to intolerable PF about 9 months ago. However, because of powerstep inserts and a wealth of other things I learned here, I am at least 'better' enough to return to work. My question is what shoes are geared towards standing for long periods of time, say 8 to 10 hours? I have problems with overpronation and I have not had much success with the New Balance or Brooks shoes I have tried. Would the Saucony Trigon Glide shoes be a good choice? I know many of my colleagues wear Crocs and love them but I did not find any relief wearing them. However, I have not tried the Crocs RX. I am going to be wearing the pinnacle powersteps so if you can recommend a shoe or shoes that work with that insert, I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks again! I send everyone with foot pain to this site!!!!!!

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Message Number 246541

Re: Treatment options for foot injury View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 5/04/08 at 08:03

Continuing on Larry's reply, there are lighter, breathable shoes that should work well in your current climate, plus offer enhanced protection for your feet. These include, but are limited to:

Chaco - Their sandals offer the kind of features that Larry describes, as well as a credible medial and lateral arch contour. It's arch shape is more asymmetric, and placed it's apex just forward of the heel. It's also a brand that requires break-in, since the blown rubber sole unit will shape itself with the wearer.

Bite - The integrity of their sole and shank have always been excellent, and are ideal for midfoot conditions. Now that they are paired with Crocs, they feature a supportive, cushioned polyethylene inlay. This permits easily tolerable support without the routine lateral break-down that exists in traditional Crocs products.

Mion - This sandal company is inspired by Mark Keen, and includes many of his footwear engineering tenets. These include tolerable lateral and medial arch support, multiple density midsoles to control and pad motion during the gait cycle, and critically placed forefoot flex zones. Products from this brand would be considered (euphemistically) 'fashion forward', but are technically outstanding.

Best wishes to you. You live in an amazing area of the world.

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Message Number 245823

Acupuncture cured me View Thread
Posted by MH on 4/14/08 at 11:08

I also tried new orthodics (which never worked) and cortizone (2nd shot took away 95% pain, but only worked for 8 weeks). The pain had gotten so bad that I just wasn't willing to tough it out any longer- so when I was researching surgery, I came across info on acupuncture.... I figured I'd try anything to avoid surgery, and it really worked. I was 50% better in 4 treatments (in fact, I was at 100% pain when I went in for my 4th treatment, and w/in 4 hours 50% of the pain went away and never came back), and 99% better in about 8 weeks. My symptoms have come back a little b/c I am pregnant (water retention and weight gain), but even w/ a slight relapse, I'm 95% better than I had been before treatment. I will continue treatment throughout my pregnancy, but am really optimistic that once I give birth and lose the weight, I'll be back to virtually 100%.

It's worked out so well for me, I'm looking into using acupuncture to alleviate the pain of labor/delivery instead of the epidural (and this is my 3rd, so I know all about what to expect).

Good luck!

Also - Crocs are really the only shoes I wear, and I NEVER go barefoot. This helps alot also.

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Re: Shoes with good arch support View Thread
Posted by Kathy on 4/09/08 at 10:17

I have flat feet and highly recommend Brooks or Acsic(?sp) athletic shoes, Keen sandals, and I do like Crocs.
Good luck in your search!

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Re: new shoe woes Z-COIL View Thread
Posted by lauriek on 4/06/08 at 09:14

I have tried z-coil, dansko, crocs, burkenstock, brooks and more. For sneakers I like brooks. All others I have tried are ok but none of them were what I had hoped for. My doctor recommends eva soles. Now years later and being 4 months post op I am using my danskos and crocs until I heal. It's hard to say what will be helpful to you as I recieved lots of advice and have spent lots of money only to be disappointed. good luck

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Re: New Crocs RX shoes View Thread
Posted by Linn on 4/06/08 at 08:22

Are the Crocs RX a bit 'sloshy'...? I have a thin foot (although not a true narrow),but have my plantar fasciitis in the arch. Anything that pokes me from below,...it hurts. So, being a 'clog', I am wondering if these shoes are a bit loose so that when walking, the arch would constantly 'hit' the arch area of my foot, causing pain>?????? Thanks!

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Re: Ultrasound Treatment for PF? View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 3/30/08 at 17:59

TK, although I'm glad you are having personal success with Crocs, as a fellow health professional I implore you not to make blanket statements regarding this footwear type. There are those who have improved daily function with them, but there's a growing population who have created monumental damage through using these for primary footwear. The typical scene is someone with a calcaneal inversion weakness (or untreated limb length difference), where their deformity causes a premature breakdown of the PE foam to the lateral side. The complications from this include knee damage from lateral column compression, as well as inversion sprains.

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Re: ESWT for mid-arch pain and scar tissue? View Thread
Posted by Linn on 3/28/08 at 17:07

Thank you , David. I will be giving my custom orthotics one more try once they come back from being adjusted...and the DPM wants me to try some other insole, something with some totally different material....I will also give the crocs a try...but it seems that my feet might be sloshing around in them a bit....and then my arch would actually 'hit' the arch of the croc when I stepped down...does this happen? In any event,.....any shoe that would work, I would be happy with . So glad you have found relief and it makes me and others here on the board feel hopeful....

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Re: Ultrasound Treatment for PF? View Thread
Posted by TK on 3/28/08 at 13:17

As far as shoes are concerned....As ugly as they look, Crocs are fabulous. I'm a nurse working 40 hours in 12 hour increments. I'm on my feet most of the time. While I have difficulty when I first wake up, putting my feet into the Crocs is a godsend. I know they're ugly but it's nice to not have to think about my feet every second of the day. Good Luck!

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Re: ESWT for mid-arch pain and scar tissue? View Thread
Posted by DavidW on 3/27/08 at 11:09

Linn, I have not been able to tolerate any orthotic, over the counter or prescription. Every single one I tried felt like the arch of the orthotic was forcing upward into my arch, like I weighed a thousand pounds, and created unbearable discomfort. I wore a prescription pair for over a year and they never felt comfortable. I did try the SDO insoles but have stopped. Although they were comfortable initially, my daily pain level increased slowly over several weeks, so I stopped.

I started wearing Crocs, the Relief model, about two years ago I think. They are very comfortable, have a bit of arch support, but have been well tolerated by my feet. I am still wearing them today, every day. I also tried the new Crocs Venture because they look much better. I can tolerate them only a few days a week as they have much more arch support than the regular Crocs. I can also wear the Caymen model without issues.

Thats my experience. Best of luck.

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Still pain free View Thread
Posted by Pat B on 3/26/08 at 16:47

It's been 5 months and I'm still pain free. I saw on this web site a posting about the Bowen massage technique - I found a massage therapist that was familiar with the Bowen technique, and after 3 one-hour sessions my PF in my left foot was gone. I can walk with no pain - but am still taking it easy and wearing my Crocs every day. I had PF for 9 months - every step I took on my left foot hurt and I was afraid I would have to live with this the rest of my life. I don't know if the Bowen technique would work for everyone - but it definately improved my life. I think in particular the technique applied to my left calf was what did the trick. If anyone is interested you can google Bowen Technique and find out more about it.

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Re: ESWT for mid-arch pain and scar tissue? View Thread
Posted by Linn on 3/25/08 at 12:21

Thanks for responding David. I have started to see a massage therapist and she will try some deep massage...I will also look into the Graston, but I am really freaked out how badly it hurts when it is being done and just afterwards. I am such a wimp. More pain on top of this pain sounds awful. I will trust that relief will come. By the way, I did look back at some of your posts.....and am curious as to what you are wearing on your feet now. Still the crocs? Was it the crocs rx or just the normal ones? Didn't the arch olf those pushup hard into your arch and cause pain? Are you still in the SDO insoles? How is that? What kind of shoes are working for you? I would like to find something that doesn't feel like my arch is ripping in half when I wear them. But, still can offer some support but not push up hard like the orthotics. Thanks, David.

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Re: Chielectomy Recovery Timetable View Thread
Posted by Jackie J. on 3/21/08 at 13:27

I'm glad to read that I'm not the only 'unusual patient' in that I had NO PAIN following the surgery! The doc and his PA were incredulous. Never took a single one of the pain pills they sent home with me. Of course, there was the soreness and some bleeding...but nothing unmanageable.

I started driving again after a week (surgery was on right toe) and had no problems with that, either. The only difficulty I have now is trying to find a SHOE that is comfortable - Crocs are the most comfortable on the top of my foot, but they don't have enough support to keep me from experiencing heel plan (due to plantar fasciitis) and arch pain. Any suggestions for brands? (I think the MBT is the best one BUT I've recently found out taht the designer/developer sold the company - and the brand name - and, since that time, workmanship has become shoddy and folks are having lots of problems with the shoes).

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Re: 10 weeks post op...still have pain View Thread
Posted by Doug on 3/20/08 at 14:10

I'd get some extra-large Crocs to try the inserts out with. I have several pairs of Crocs because of the cushioning.

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Re: "Slippers" for plantar fascitis.... View Thread
Posted by LaurieF on 3/07/08 at 22:06

Alice

Per Dr DSW - YES! Crocs with powersteps Rock! They were a major factor in my healing from PF.
Per Jeremy - Naot Campus collection also Rocks! - beware any of the other NAot line - very pretty, very narrow! These were my first...normal...shoes. I stil wear them every summer. Foot Bliss for me!

Good luck

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Re: 10 weeks post op...still have pain View Thread
Posted by Nursing Student/ Carla on 3/04/08 at 08:15

Oh yeah Helen, my pain is nothing compared to what it was pre surgery. Thank God for that. I just wish I could stand longer without pain but I can deal with it alot better than I could the pain before surgery. I use to limp because it hurt so bad. I wear crocs all the time. They are not supportive and yesterday the ortho doc gave me some inserts/orthotics but they wont fit inside my crocs so I am going to have to find something else..damn. Thanks for the reassurance. I know it will get better as time goes by, thanks, Carla

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Option(s) for sleeping View Thread
Posted by Juleen on 3/02/08 at 19:29

I was given the ok to start working out of my pneumatic boot about 4-5 weeks ago by my Ortho. With the RSD this has been slow going, but I'm working on it. I'm actually able to spend a couple hours a day in my Asics and then transition over into my Crocs. So I'm close to 6-8 hours a day, and down to 1 crutch.

The one thing that has been a big issue is sleeping. I'm still sleeping in the boot because when I have it off and try to sleep my foot is at a funny angle which pulls on the front of my ankle and PTT. After about 1-2 hours the front of my ankle gets very sore. To the point that I have to put my boot back on. I have an appointment with my Ortho in a week or so and I'll have him check the area too.

Can you suggest any product that I may be able to utilize to sleep in that would keep my foot closer to a 90 degree angle? Something that may be light weight?

At this point my foot is able to handle a sock on it. The RSD is affecting the medial aspect, from heel to toes and the ball of my foot. My PT suggested trying to wedge it with pillow, but that won't work. The additional pressure on the bottom of my foot won't work due to the RSD.

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Re: PF, foot pain, are consuming my life, HELP View Thread
Posted by Russ H on 3/01/08 at 10:23

Thanks for the replies. The shoes I am wearing, well, when I get up in the morning, I start out by slipping into my crocs, the medical one I believe they call it, it just has a little support for the arches. I wear those until I have coffee, and showered, and ready to get regular shoes and clothes on. I then put my z coils on, pretty much have been wearing them about 80% of the time, and the crocs about 20%. I find this combination hurts the least, but I still have sore feet, unbearable-no, but very sore. I do not go barefoot anymore, nor do I wear my numerous pairs of regualr flip flops, nor can I wear my actual work red wing 150.00 shoes, I have tried but they make my feet hurt more. Dress shoes, I have and I wear once in a blue moon to a social engagement but it kills me and I think it would look goofy going in my slacks and z coils.
Out of the shoes I have (year old asics), red wing shoes (which the salesman said doctors and nurses who are on their feet all day wear these), flip flops, deckshoes, rubber yard muck boots, z coils and crocs, I can only wear the z coils and crocs, they don't get rid of my foot pain they just don't aggrivate nearly as much.
For me the key thing is standing in one place, I can't do it, if I'm moving, I can manage it much, much better.
My orthotics were 350.00 custom made by my podiatrist, they are made by POL, they have a thin foam layer on the bottom, hard plastic in the middle and a thin soft fabric material on top.

Before I went to my pod, I tried some otc orthotics at the z coil store, they were called lynco sport orthotics, and they are soft. I wore those for about two months with my z coils but my right foot had still slowly became worse and worse so I can't really say those were a big help. The custom orthotics I have right now might be even more helpful if I have or get the shoe that is for me. I have no Idea what that is though, it gets very costly to just go and buy hundred dollar shoes and determine after a month of wearing them they were no further help than what you had before.
I could ask my ortho about taping but when he did it, it might be the combination of that and the cortizone that removed the swelling and pain, and I have had one shot in the right, I don't want anymore in the right, the left is getting worse, but I haven't had a shot in that one, I'm thinking of doing a shot in the left too, but that will not cure the long term effect of which shoe will help me the most.

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And the Clyde goes to ..... View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 3/01/08 at 08:57

In running the risk of facing consternation from my governing body by creating my own awards named after the 'Father of Pedorthics', here are winning I came across at the most recent spring shows:

Best Return to Classic Construction

For several years I had been dismayed by the erosion of quality midfoot support construction, which Lowa had been exhibiting in their technical products. They weren't alone. Scarpa and other historically excellent brands also succumbed to short cuts in product integrity, one could only assume in the hopes of boostering margins and volume. Lowa has now returned to the form I once knew them in the past, most notibly with their trekking collection. The Pinto and Jannu are low top walking shoes possessing quality of construction uncommon in the last 30 years. Full length nylon shanks and blown PU midsoles make these light and incredibly supportive and sturdy. Asymmetrical upper lasting/construction and the use of visco foams in the collar assist in providing excellent fit for those with narrow heel dimensions. Wake up, Merrell; this is what you used to make!


Best New Import

Arcopedico has been distributed in the US for a number of years, and although they are light and flexible, they had limitations for those with significant foot support maladies. The US company that imports this brand now has two new offerings that have little compromise: Dromedaris and Caminhar. The former graphically looks much like Dansko, but has greater pedorthic versatility. Most of their products feature well-made, removable inlays. Although the soles have that similar chunky look, their heel pitch is less severe, making them more appropriate for those with forefoot maladies and lateral support issues. pricing is also competitive given the quality of their upper materials and construction. The latter is what comfort is about, providing versatile fit with a soft, conforming footbed. The brand is not what would qualify as broad under any definition, but what they offer is exceptionally made for the price. They have various footbed shapes to accommodate various foot types, and all use a denser-than-usual visco foam in their footbeds, covered with soft suede. No compromises were made in support, as all their models possess steel shanks.


Best Use of Classic Construction in a New Category:

Fit Flop is one of many brands trying to make footwear double as an exercise regimen through simply wearing them. Although I still have a trusted tester seeing how effective they truly are, I have reason to believe they are a credible contender. What's most interesting is that their flipflops use classic California insole construction to provide excellent rearfoot control, with a soft and flexible metatarsal area, finished with a firm toe space to aid in propulsion. Couple that with a sole profile that should accelerate and aid in gait physics, and there is reason to be optimistic in a 'healthy' thong sandal. I'll provide more functional results as I have them.


Most Intriguing New Construction:

This is a tie for me. Asgi is a women's dress and casual brand developed with the input from a podiatrist. 'Doctor approval' does not always excite me (more on that in another post), but there are reasons to like this brand. One is that they consider themselves a fashion house, which helps younger (or those wishing to act and dress young) consumers find comfortable shoes that don't look 'old' or orthopedic. It's not so good for many pedorthic retailers who may find difficulty restocking successful or preferred styles. Their claim to fame is two-fold. All their models possess a modern variation on the old Avia cantilever outsole. This helps stabilize and cushion the gait. Of perhaps greater interest is the insole, which offers good fit and support. More interestingly, the underside of the device has a TPU Morton's extension. The combination of everything makes these shoes a possible winner for women with weak midtarsals, bunions, and plantar fasciitis that is secondary to forefoot supinatus deformity. Women with heel inversions and/or any type of forefoot valgus/first metatarsal drop/sesamoiditis should avoid the brand at all cost, except in cases where a knowledgable fitter properly modifies the insole.

As I wrote last year, I was extremely apprehensive regarding Crocs' acquisition of the Bite brand. Bite always had well made products, and a responsive customer service team. Being a small and dedicated company, they could truly adapt themselves to their base. One of my fears is realized: Bite is seen almost as an afterthought by the Crocs customer service department, who must be accustomed to being volume order takers. What has improved is the freedom to develop by the founder of Bite. Not having to share time with normal business details, he has been left to do what he does best, and most of the results are extremely promising. All Bite products now offer a footbed similar in nature to Crocs clogs; however, they are a much higher quality, and more supportive, polyethylene. There is a new construction in their golf line which should again allow those with more narrow foot shapes to enjoy the brand. For those with opposite foot shapes, their Orthosport lasted shoes still exist. New golf models are using an interesting EVA outsole, which ridiculously reduce weight. I'll have to see how much durability and playability may be compromised. Do NOT even consider their 'golf clog'. This thing is a monstrosity that must have been a pet request by Crocs' management. I don't care what they say in their slogans or other marketing; simply placing spikes on a foam clog does NOT make it a golf shoe. How embarrassing. I really like the new casual sandal models. In addition to still permitting the use of prescription orthotics, they have convertible uppers that can change from slides or thongs to more fully supporting configurations.

I've had a love-hate relationship with Spira ever since their days as the Springstep brand. No single cushion technology inspired me as much as their Wavespring (except for a Hytrel technology developed by Reebok that was sadly never released) in reducing impact shock without sacrificing stability. Like most brands, they had growing pains in their product integrity, and what they introduced last year was their best so far. That is now changing, again. Although their new visible technology looks impressive, what's really interested me was its ability to FINALLY produce a seamless flex across the metatarsal springs. The new product will not be something suitable for those with extreme motion issues (whether in heel eversion or inversion), but it's an extremely foot friendly technology, and works well with prescription orthotics. Good work, and keep up the product improvements!


Special Achievement Award:

In these days of manufacturers shifting manufacturing to substandard facilities in the need of eking additional margin, it's gratifying to see a handful of brands sticking to their messages of product integrity and durability. In addition to the continued work from Ecco, I would especially like to recognize Neil M for their hard work. They used to make some of the finest OEM merchandise for other, previously credible brands, and continue to manufacture some of the finest, and best value men's shoes in the world. They also added a new last to accommodate more shape needs. Thanks for keeping the faith in real shoes!

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Re: Plantar Fasciitis in both feet for 2 years now. Inputs and feedback welcome. View Thread
Posted by DavidW on 2/27/08 at 19:55

Travis, I truly feel for you and I deeply wish that you find assistance. My battle with PF has been similar, mostly in the arches, burning, some pain in the heels, never any sharp typical AM pain as usually described. I went for four years of not being able to walk or stand for even a few minutes without terrible pain that started slow and quickly escalated into a radiating burning. I saw almost every doctor imaginable, had every test possible, everything was negative, no solutions at all. I tried all remedies except surgery. I tried many orthotics, ESWT, you name it....all with almost zero results. For my depression, I tried to treat it by performing anything that I could do without standing. I began lifting weights again (always seated), and started rowing gently, both of which really lifted my spirit and made me feel less helpless. My resolution has been long and difficult but has consisted mainly of 1) deep tissue message 2) icing 3) stretching 4) graston and 5) wearing crocs. These are listed in no particular order but are the things I have been doing for 18 months or so. Wearing crocs may have nothing to do with my healing, but they are the only shoes I could wear that do not make my feet feel worse. Today I am a new person, I can do almost anything with very little pain. There was a time, after multiple failures and dozens of setbacks, when I though that I would never be normal again. I am, and it is possible. You need to remember that. Don't settle for non-solutions or allow anyone to tell you that you simply have to live this way.

Have you had any tests (like X-Rays, MRI) that showed any positive problems?

Best of luck to you.

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10 weeks post op...still have pain View Thread
Posted by Nursing Student/ Carla on 2/26/08 at 02:00

I was just wondering if any of you have experienced alot of pain in the foot this long past surgery. I am sure you have but I guess I just need some reinforcement that I am normal. I still have a hard time wearing ANY of my regular shoes. I wear Crocs whenever I go somewhere but as soon as I get home I take them off and put on my house shoes for relief. We remodeled our bathroom last week and I couldnt stand up for very long without my foot killing me. I finally would take a pain pill and it just basically made me 'happy' so I could deal with the pain a little better. My husband has started massaging my incision site for me. I had been doing it but it feels so much better when he does it. Kind of like a good hurting feeling. I dont have any swelling to speak of so I am just not sure what to do. I go back to the doctor next Monday. Does anyone have any good suggestions? Thanks all....Carla

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10 weeks post op...still have pain View Thread
Posted by Nursing Student/ Carla on 2/26/08 at 01:57

I was just wondering if any of you have experienced alot of pain in the foot this long past surgery. I am sure you have but I guess I just need some reinforcement that I am normal. I still have a hard time wearing ANY of my regular shoes. I wear Crocs whenever I go somewhere but as soon as I get home I take them off and put on my house shoes for relief. We remodeled our bathroom last week and I couldnt stand up for very long without my foot killing me. I finally would take a pain pill and it just basically made me 'happy' so I could deal with the pain a little better. My husband has started massaging my incision site for me. I had been doing it but it feels so much better when he does it. Kind of like a good hurting feeling. I dont have any swelling to speak of so I am just not sure what to do. I go back to the doctor next Monday. Does anyone have any good suggestions? Thanks all....Carla

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Re: Shoe Question View Thread
Posted by K on 2/25/08 at 09:34

Can you tell me some of the better brands to keep a look for? I heard from many people that are working in the position I am gonna be working they like, dansko, and crocs, but I am not sure with my post surgery history what is good.. I live like 5mins away from a dansko factory, and they have a store, just wondering if I should go try some on just for the heck of it,, or should I go to a store that has multiple brands, any ideas of good stores to go to in Delaware or Southern Pa? I always played sports, so I always went to the large sporting good stores chains for the new balance running shoes and adidas cleats, so I am alittle lost at where to go for good professional feel good shoes...

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Re: New Crocs RX shoes View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 2/24/08 at 18:41

Nothinz are a single injection foam clog, like the other brands you mentioned. I never recommend this particular brand because they use EVA as their foam base, rather than polyethylene. This material can (and often does) start softer, but it also breaks down prematurely. Those with even a smidge of excess lateral sole wear should avoid them at all costs.

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Re: cheilectomy recovery timetable? View Thread
Posted by PeggyO on 2/24/08 at 14:20

Hello JanetP, Wow you had both feet done at the same time? You are a trooper. I'm sorry you had to go through the bleeding as I did. As far as my dressing, they had to cut it off because it was stuck to my incision. It took the nurse a while to get off the part that they wrapped around my toe because it was as hard as an actual cast. What a relief when she got that off...my toe felt a hundred times better. My doctor was not concerned about the bleeding. He said they leave the incision open for drainage. They did change my dressing from a big ace bandage to just a piece of gauze with some stretchy tape.
With the exception of the dressing situation, I didn't have a alot of pain either. I did wiggle my toes alot and did ankle rolls. Also at the time I was doing physical therapy for my rt. knee, so I rode the stationary bike, and did all my knee exercises which was also on my bad foot side. Didn't seem to bother me too much. The doctor said the eliptical, bike, walking and water aerobics(after the stitches come out) are fine. I went to the beach for a few days right after my stitches came out (10 days postop) and the salt water really accelerated my healing.
I stopped wearing that ugly black sandal/boot at about 4 weeks, then I switched to Crocs. The Crocs still aren't pretty but anything was better than the boot! He recommended the Crocs and they have been very comfortable. At 4.5 weeks I am able to wear my running shoes with the laces loosened. I have been able to walk 2 miles at the track and some on my treadmill.
Yes, it was hard to not be bored when you can't be as active as you were. I got a portable DVD player with wireless headphones and attached it to the handle bars of my stationary bike. It sure did make it more motivating to get on the bike. I can also carry it over to the treadmill.
I hope your post op appt went well. I'd be curious to hear what your doctor had to say.
I am having my left foot done on 2/28.

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Re: New Crocs RX shoes View Thread
Posted by Anne on 2/24/08 at 13:11

Thank you.
Anne

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Re: New Crocs RX shoes View Thread
Posted by Dr.DSW on 2/24/08 at 09:17

Dee,
I don't have any experience with 'Nothinz' or know nothin' about the product!

Anne,

You don't need to spend any extra money for the Silver Cloud, because they simply have a silver coating as an antimicrobial barrier to prevent odor, fungus and bacteria, which can be accomplished with a spritz of Lysol.

Once again, the Cloud offers a little more protection and room than the Relief, and is a little deeper with a higher heel lip and more protection with a toe cap, features that you really may not need.

The Relief is not drastically different than the store version, though I believe it offers a wider toe box, softer material and deeper heel cup. And it's the version I personally wear.

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Re: New Crocs RX shoes View Thread
Posted by Anne on 2/24/08 at 07:50

I didn't know Crocs made Rx shoes until reading this thread. After checking their website I wonder if you have an opinion of which is the better shoe for someone with TTS and peripheral neuropathy, the Relief, the Cloud, or the Silver CLoud? I plan to purchase a pair. Thanks.

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Re: New Crocs RX shoes View Thread
Posted by Dee on 2/23/08 at 22:21

Dr. Wander:

Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed response.

After suffering from TTS for a few years now, trying on new shoes is a 'scary' event for me.

Have you ever tested the Nothinz? If so, I would be very interested in your opinion versus Crocs and Waldies. I checked my Nothingz, and they are mfd. in China.

Dee.

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Re: New Crocs RX shoes View Thread
Posted by Dr.DSW on 2/23/08 at 13:28

Dee,
These aren't new items. The Relief is the Croc style that I actually wear, and is the style sold by podiatrists in their offices. When Crocs originally attempted to 'sell' their products to DPM's a few years ago, they offered the Relief model as an alternative to the products sold in stores so the doctors would not be competing with the products sold in those stores.

The relief sells for ten dollars more and is available is less color choices. In my personal opinion, it is a higher quality Croc and is more 'consistent' than the versions found in the stores. Due to the huge demand of the store versions, it seems that there is an inconsistency regarding fit, since many of the store models being manufactured in a variety of countries.

The Relief models that I have seen have only been manufactured in Mexico or Canada, though I may be wrong, so there has been consistency. Additionally, the material seems to be softer in the foot bed and as per the Crocs rep, the heel cup is a little deeper and the toe box is supposed to be a little wider. Additionally, there are only vent holes around the perimeter and not on top of the shoe.

They are only sold through doctors offices or online and not in stores. I have found the Relief version more comfortable than the store version.

The diabetic version offers more protection in the toe area, and has a higher back/deeper heel cup and an extra-depth.

I hope this information helps.

I also own a pair of Waldies and find that the Waldies and Crocs Relief are very similar, and I prefer both over the store version of Crocs.

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New Crocs RX shoes View Thread
Posted by Dee on 2/23/08 at 12:29

Hello.

I am wondering what you think of these new Crocs. They are recommended for Diabetics and are supposed to accept an orthotic device.

Personally, I have not had luck with Crocs in the past, Waldies have been better, and I've had the best luck with Nothinz. The only problem I have found with Nothinz is that the sizing seems to vary from batch to batch. For example, I have them in the same size in blue, pink, green and yellow. Each one fits slightly different, with one being too small. I ordered the closed toe version and cannot wear them at all, even after having to go up a full size, as they are quite narrow.

http://www.crocsrx.com/

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

Dee

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Re: Crocs new model - Relief/MBT View Thread
Posted by Mark B. on 2/21/08 at 09:39

The link to that site didn't work in the above.. I'll repost it. They have the Relief and the Silver Cloud.
Crocs Rx

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Re: Crocs new model - Relief/MBT View Thread
Posted by Mark B. on 2/21/08 at 09:37

These are great shoes, I've been wearing them for a few days and am very impressed with the comfort. I got them from Crocs Rx at Orthotic Shop. Fast shipping.

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Message Number 243163

Re: Post op Meds View Thread
Posted by Linda S. on 2/13/08 at 12:45

Hi, just read your post and would like to respond. I had TTS surgery even though my emg was negative. My ortho did a release. Even after my surgery healed I was unable to wear shoes (my left medial heel still hurt alot and couldn't have any pressure on it). Like you I could only wear Crocs. I went to a back doctor who did a selective nerve block on my lumbar ( I have a slight bulging disc) and now the heel pain is gone. I was in pain for two years before having the surgery and the lumbar injection. I think the injection got me walking aain more so than the surgery. Getting your back checked out might be a good idea before considering surgery. Good luck to you!

Result number: 132

Message Number 243162

Re: Post op Meds View Thread
Posted by mark s on 2/13/08 at 11:42

I'm considering having tts and was wondering how you know for sure if you have this? I've had to emg tests done and one came up negative and the other possibly positive. I've had foot pain in both my feet for almost 8mo. now and was thinking it was only plantar fascitis. I can't wear any shoes and the only type of footwear I've been able to wear are crocs. Gym shoes hurt. Any help would be appreciated.

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Message Number 243100

Re: "Slippers" for plantar fascitis.... View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 2/11/08 at 22:54

My best recommendation for a 'slipper' that has most of the characteristics you're looking for, except the high arch would be a pair of Crocs. They offer a lot of room, they provide cushioning, moderate support and are pretty wide. They function very well as slippers and are a great alternative to walking barefoot. For my patients that need more support than Crocs offer, I often have them purchase a pair of PowerSteps and have them place the PowerSteps in the Crocs. The PowerSteps fit perfectly in the Crocs, though you may have to go up one size.

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Message Number 242639

Re: Overly Flexible Joints/Tendons/Ligaments and PF View Thread
Posted by HeatherW on 1/31/08 at 19:55

The best thing I have tried is Julie's Foot Yoga on this site, the stretch posted on this site that you do lying down with the towel, alternating heat and ice, deep massage of my feet, and the HomeMedics Foot Pleaser massager.

I bought some rigid orthotics that I HATE. Did nothing for me but cause more pain. Nike Discovery Walker shoes and Asics Gel running shoes are the only shoes I can comfortably work in, and not be hobbling when I get home. Crocs were ok, but not enough arch support...actually none.

Everything else I tried, different soft orthotics, pain meds, taping, etc didn't do much of anything for me.

Oh, taking Glucosamine/Chondrointin, multi-vitamin, and omega-3 fish oil capsules and vit B-12 supplement helps too, but that may be due to the fact that I just feel better overall when I take those.

Have you found anything that has been particularly good or bad for you?

Result number: 135

Message Number 242296

Re: tarsel tunnel surgery View Thread
Posted by MH on 1/23/08 at 11:29

Acupuncture had me feeling 99% better w/in about 2 months, swimming helps w/the little bit of tingling (painless) that is left, and I never, ever go barefoot, and I only wear Crocs. Never going barefoot really is a key for me.

Hope this helps!

Result number: 136

Message Number 242039

Re: Heel lifts on Crocs or Waldies? View Thread
Posted by Dale M on 1/16/08 at 00:07

Hey Josh B

Avoiding this post might be the biggest mistake of your life, considering all of the foot prolems...
You are going to have a little faith about this one.

I see that you have been suffering for MANY years with foot Bull__.

I also have seen Doctor D in New Hampshire about 4-5 times.

His diagnoses (from 2 years ago) are Plantar Fasc, Functional Hallux Limitus (FHL)-big toe jamming, Ankle Equinus, Metarslgia (sp). You have NO idea what kind of pain I was in. You have no idea how many Doc I have seen. Looking back it is easy to forget.

I read these blogs and get so pissed off. I was just like you.
I have been out of orthotics for 1 year now. And I own 5 pairs!!!!!

If by some chance you read this...
email me at dalerwhaler at yahoo.com
I will email you information on it.

I live in CT. This is not spam. I want no money. i just don't want people to needlesly suffer. At some point I will post my life blog so that others can be helped. This is rediculous. Any Doctors reading this in total disbelief can kiss my A*S

I am infuriated that doctors do not know about this. I am thankful that after many years of internet 'research' I was able to discover it. But it was only after visiting doctors in New Hampshire, Cleveland, and Detroit did I figure it out. Contrary to popular belief of foot doctors...it is not necessarily a foot problem, but it could be something else...

Am I 100% pain free? No. 90% better is more accurate, and improving every day.

I quit rollerblading at age 29 because of shooting pains in my arches
Quit ballroom dancing (same reason) age 30
Quit jogging / running (pain)32
Quit Brisk walking (pain) 33
Became extremely depressed because my life was being robbed from me.

2 weeks ago. I went skiing for the first time in over 3 years. I am only 37 years old. It was the first time that I ski'd and did not fall.

Fyi My foot problems started in my late teens/early 20's.



Whaler

Result number: 137

Message Number 241906

Re: Shoes after surgery? View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 1/13/08 at 08:34

If you need to have some sort of foam clog product like a Crocs, you may do yourself well seeking Klogs. Unlike Crocs (and other similar single injection foam shoes), Klogs uses a much more supportive polyurethane sole construction, then places a softer PU insert withing their products. In this category it is unique in it's ability to accommodate TTS and Sinus Tarsi sufferers. Just be careful in your selection of models, as they use 4 different last shapes. The wrong shape will limit the effectiveness of its fit and support level.

Result number: 138

Message Number 241885

Re: Shoes after surgery? View Thread
Posted by Norm G on 1/12/08 at 08:56

I am going to a special shoe store that does customized shoe fittings for those with TTS and other problems. I tell people my feet are 'homeless' in the sense that they no longer feel at home in ANY of my shoes. Crocs were terrible in their total lack of support and those very very annoying plantar spikes that drove me crazy immediately. I will let you know how it all goes.

Result number: 139

Message Number 241818

Re: How long until back to normal walking, exercise. etc View Thread
Posted by Nursing Student/ Carla on 1/10/08 at 23:24

Dear JW, I had surgery 3 weeks ago and still not 'back to normal'. But it has been so long since I have had 'normal' not sure what that is. I honestly believe if you take it easy until you absolutely have to do something that you will be better off. I can wear a normal shoe but it really hurts at the incision site. My shoes are a little heavy also so I bought some Crocs today. Those are wonderful. Why do you have to wear athletic shoes and Motorcycle boots by March 20th? I wouldnt push anything because I wouldnt want to have to do this surgery again. You know your own limitations. Listen to your foot....be careful, Caral

Result number: 140

Message Number 241802

heel discomfort View Thread
Posted by NurseDonna on 1/10/08 at 16:17

Hi I am recent graduate of nursing school. I am 47 years old and have started my new career in LTC. I literally am on my feet for 12 - 15 hours straight. My problem is when I walk, it feels like my heels are bruised and the bottom of my feet ache tremedously after working my shift. I understand that some discomfort is to be expected but the bruised heel feeling is really bothersome, and it takes 2 days for the discomfort to go away. I have tried Dansko nursing shoes and they are the worst shoe I have tried. I have also tried New Balance and Nike tennis shoes as well as the infamous Crocs. Are there any suggestions you have that I can try to resolve this problem. I love being a nurse but I hate how my feet feel. The discomfort slows me down quite abit. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Donna

Result number: 141

Message Number 241701

Re: Shoes after surgery? View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 1/08/08 at 12:58

Crocs are not a bad idea since they offer a significant amount of room, and the clog style allows for plenty of space if there is residual edema/swelling. You can keep the strap up on the swollen/surgical foot and keep the strap down on the non surgical foot to prevent the Croc from slipping off if it's a little loose.

Result number: 142

Message Number 241690

Re: Shoes after surgery? View Thread
Posted by Geri L on 1/08/08 at 08:17

Hi: Try crocs! Wear them with socks so your foot will not get cold.
I wear them most of the time in the house, but they can be worn outside. I wear clogs for Church and most trips out of the house.
Best wishes for your recovery.
Geri

Result number: 143

Message Number 241491

Re: Shoes View Thread
Posted by Mary G on 1/03/08 at 12:07

I have the same problem with shoes. It seems like no matter what I try my feet feel like they are on fire. The only shoes that help are my Crocs. My POD hates them. He says that I need more ankle support. When I wear my New Balance shoes with my orthotics I just want to cut my foot off!

Result number: 144

Message Number 241481

Re: Injections first or straight to surgery View Thread
Posted by MH on 1/03/08 at 07:53

I tried injections twice... and got relief for a day with the first and 8 weeks w/the second. My orthodics did nothing either and my dr. told me to be patient, as neves take a long time to heal. I also have two young kids, and I thought surgery was my only option- not really an attractive option w/ a 3 year old and a two year old to look after all day... SO, when the pain became debilitating I researched surgery I came across my savior, my miracle, my healer- MY ACUPUNTURIST! I had TTS for about 4 years at least and the inflammation was so bad that my feet were a constant bluish/purple color from lack of circulation, and this woman had me feeling 50% better in 4 treatments and 90-95% better within 7 or 8. I don't work, but do spend ALOT of time on my feet, and I am well on my way to being cured. The biggest thing I've noticed is that I can recover - so even if I have a 'bad' day- which would be a WONDERFUL day 6 months ago- if I rest my feet or soak them in a warm bath, I can get pretty much total relief and I'm not waking up in pain the next morning. Quite a change from contstant, nagging, and at times dibilitating pain we call TTS. I just wish I'd known about acupuncture BEFORE I dropped $460 on orthodics!

Also, I only wear Crocs- the material is really soft and since there is so much room in the shoe, there is no pressure on the balls of my feet which made wearing 'normal' shoes totally impossible for me. They do have some closed shoes (all terrain) that you may be able to wear to work- and for those times I feel like I do need my orthodics, they fit in the shoes. And I never go barefoot unless I'm in the shower.

Those things helped me, I hope you get some relief soon!

Result number: 145

Message Number 241436

Re: Shoes View Thread
Posted by Norm G on 1/01/08 at 15:09

I find the Crocs extremely uncomfortable in their lack or support. Additionally the insert with all the 'stimulating' points is unbelievably painful. What can I say?

Result number: 146

Message Number 241410

Re: Shoes View Thread
Posted by Geri L on 12/31/07 at 12:45

Hi Norm: I'm always looking for shoes also. I am 4+ years from TTS surgery. I got bright pink crocs for Mothers Day from my grand-daughter. We all went to the beach in Florida during the summer. I thought I needed to at least put them on for awhile since she was there. Needless to say they are part of my daily routine of shoes. I find changing my shoes 2-3 times a day makes my feet tollerate walking better. Dansko clogs in brown and black and my pink crocs are a typical day. All crocs are not equal. I of course bought Black and Brown, of which neither are as comfortable as my ugly pink ones. The black and brown are course on the bottom inside of the shoe which irritates my foot. I live in Atlanta and it is cold, so I wear socks with all my shoes, including my pink crocs, which I only wear at home.

Result number: 147

Message Number 241120

Re: Dr. Wedemeyer continuation... View Thread
Posted by DavidW on 12/21/07 at 12:17

Jen R, not to butt in, but I have had the same problem with orthotics. Every single pair, custom or OTC has caused me more pain than not wearing them, and after many months of 'trying' to get used to them (probably 10 pairs over 5 years). For me, the PowerSteps were not a good choice and difficult to get used to. They have a fairly high arch and the pressure created in the rear arch area is not bearable. I too, am trying the SDOs, but so far they also have been bringing back the PF pain, and contrary to what Dr. Kiper says, I am not sure I am willing to have an increase in pain before a decrease (does not sound logical to me). My most comfortable situation so far has been to simply wear the Crocs Relief.

Result number: 148

Message Number 241114

Re: Jeremy/Crocs View Thread
Posted by Dr. Wedemeyer on 12/21/07 at 00:50

Jeremy,

I met with the PW Minor rep today. Their extra depth and Lycra stretch shoes are two of the finest that I have found. Thank you for the tip, it may be the best one that I have had this year.

Result number: 149

Message Number 241090

Re: Jeremy/Crocs View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 12/20/07 at 07:43

Thanks Jeremy. It's funny that you used the word 'drek'. I've got a GREAT 'drek' story to tell you. I'll call you later today.

Result number: 150

Message Number 241083

Re: Jeremy/Crocs View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 12/19/07 at 22:03

Does the word dreck mean anything to you? It's like what you would imagine a Crocs branded shoe to be: highly cushioned, modest arch contour, and virtually non-existent midfoot support. I strongly believe that's why Crocs purchased Bite, so they could make Crocs shoes that have some sort of construction credibility. If you need something boot-like with loads of toe room and credible construction, you may want to look at what Keen offers.

Result number: 151

Message Number 241021

Jeremy/Crocs View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 12/19/07 at 06:18

Jeremy,
I was wondering if you had the opportunity to see,touch or feel some of the new Crocs footwear. I noticed they have a new men's shoe that looks like a 'desert' boot, called the 'hi-cruiser' that although probably doesn't provide significant support, appears to have a lot of toe room. It also looks as if it would accommodate an orthoses, and as all their products looks light and comfortable. Anyway, if you've seen the product, I'd like your thoughts.

Result number: 152

Message Number 240775

Re: Heel lifts on Crocs or Waldies? View Thread
Posted by josh s on 12/13/07 at 23:25

Thanks again Jeremy

Result number: 153

Message Number 240698

Re: Heel lifts on Crocs or Waldies? View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 12/12/07 at 15:02

If you are referring to the pitch or ramp angle (the difference in height between the heel and forefoot), it's about the same in Klog's key products like the Springfield and Dusty as it would be for Crocs/Waldies.

Result number: 154

Message Number 240651

Re: Heel lifts on Crocs or Waldies? View Thread
Posted by josh s on 12/11/07 at 21:34

Thanks for the info and suggestions Jeremy.

Do you know what the heel height differential is in Klogs?

Result number: 155

Message Number 240646

Re: Heel lifts on Crocs or Waldies? View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 12/11/07 at 19:41

That would be difficult, as the chemicals used in their PE foam are extremely resistant to adherence. Other options include :

- Having a cork sandal (like a Birkenstock, or similar) modified with a wedge between the soling.

- Adding lift to a PU based clog, like Klogs. Special additives, like Renia PR, will be needed to maintain adherence.

- Using a cheaper EVA based foam clog, where many orthopedic cements will work.

Result number: 156

Message Number 240586

Heel lifts on Crocs or Waldies? View Thread
Posted by josh s on 12/10/07 at 23:33

Hello,

I'm wondering if a heel lift can be attached to the sole of Crocs or Waldies. I'd like to put a 1/2 - 3/4' lift on a pair. Possible? How? What type of glue?

Result number: 157
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Message Number 239984

Re: Which crocs model to buy View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/29/07 at 08:41

You're correct, the support does come from the PowerSteps. However, I've found that the Crocs sold in the stores seem to be very inconsistent regarding firmness, size, etc., and each pair seems to be manufactured in a different country!

The Crocs RX Relief material seems to be a 'little' different firmness (durometer) and the fit/firmness always seems to be consistent. It's as if there's a tighter quality control with this shoe. I also like the fact that there's no ventilation holes along the top of the shoe.

Another choice are 'Waldies', though they are very difficult to find in stores. According to Jeremy, one of our resident Cped experts on this site, Waldies was really the company that started the entire 'Crocs' trend, prior to Crocs existence. We really both prefer Waldies, though they aren't as readily available in the stores.

If you're interested, the website is www.waldies.net.

Result number: 158

Message Number 239970

Re: Which crocs model to buy View Thread
Posted by LaurieF on 11/28/07 at 22:17

Dr Wander. Why the RX's? I thought the support comes from the Powersteps? Squishier is good but is the RX 15 dollars squishier?

Just curious!

Result number: 159

Message Number 239960

Re: Which crocs model to buy View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/28/07 at 18:17

I would recommend the Crocs RX Relief.

Result number: 160

Message Number 239955

Which crocs model to buy View Thread
Posted by Peter V on 11/28/07 at 17:12

I see constant referring about crocs (powerstep insert). I checked at crocs website and saw huge list of different models, including the Rx model. Which would be the best model if I am planning to buy powerstep or superfeet insert.

Thanks
Peter V

Result number: 161

Message Number 239916

Re: Newly diagnosed with TTS View Thread
Posted by MH on 11/27/07 at 20:45

Have you tried acupuncture? I have had great success with acupuncture after 4-5 years of TTS. 95% of my pain is gone within 7 weeks of treatment. I do still have some tingling, but that should ease up once the nerves finish healing. Also, the only shoes I ever wear are Crocs- the loose fit and soft material have worked wonders. My feet still are not perfect, but when I do have pain, I am able to manage the pain and get myself to a point where it subsides almost entirely through rest.

I WAS a runner, but am now a swimmer and hope to get back into riding my bike once the spring comes. Don't know that I'll ever run again, but I'd rather live without pain than go for a run here or there.

Good luck. I just wish I'd known about acupuncture as a solution 4 years ago!

Result number: 162

Message Number 239530

Re: Happy Thanks-Giving (early) View Thread
Posted by LindaW on 11/15/07 at 22:27

You know Geri, I should probably try the crocs, because I have always gone barefoot in the house and I know that is not what I should be doing. I just got home from school and I am so happy to say, that I have an A+ average and that makes me so happy. When I was younger, I never did well in school, but now since I am paying for it and it is something that I want to do for the rest of my life (working in the health care society), that I am going to continue to do well (I hope). Well I am going to try to get some sleep now since I have to be up early to go to work. I like hearing myself saying that I have to go to work.
Goodnight
LindaW

Result number: 163

Message Number 239523

Re: Happy Thanks-Giving (early) View Thread
Posted by Geri L on 11/15/07 at 20:02

Linda: I forgot to tell you I wear crocs around the house and they fell so much bettter than my inserts, Brooks tennis shoes,or Dansko clogs. Have you tried them yet! They seem to cushion the bottom of my feet.

Result number: 164

Message Number 239328

Re: cheilectomy recovery timetable? View Thread
Posted by Kim on 11/11/07 at 12:42

Hello. I had my cheilectomy on 11/7/07 in Austin TX and I am doing fine. I am 5 days into it and went on 1 mile walk today with my dog. Before surgery I was(and will be) active, work out daily, including pilates and distance running. The hardest part about the surgery is that I hate the shoe I have to wear and I hate that showers are a pain. I also had an ingrown nail on my other foot taken care of so both feet need to stay dry. I have had very little pain. Have taken the vicodin only twice since getting home and that was at night to get some sleep. My Doctor recommends getting Crocs for the shoes you wear after the surgery. That is what I have been wearing, even though I hate them. I had the cheilectomy done in 2000 by another Dr. in Austin and it was horrible. My foot was swollen for months and the pain was unbearable. On this one, I can fit in my running shoe now. I had very little if no swelling. I can't tie it because of the bandage. Movement is imperative immediately following and 5 minutes on every waking hour along with ice and keeping it elevated. THe pain I had was not debilitating (prior to surgery), but not really tolerable. I just became used to it and learned how to cope with the way I walked, ran, etc. Now I am looking forward to pain free workouts (including being able to bend my toe when putting shoes on!) :) If you have anymore questions feel free to ask!

Good luck! You will do fine.

Result number: 165

Message Number 239296

Re: Newly diagnosed with TTS View Thread
Posted by Geri L on 11/10/07 at 07:37

Dottie: I have had a lot of progress this year, 3rd and 4th year. One thing that is different is I wear crocs at home. When I go out I wear Dansko clogs, brown and black. Last winter I added half boots made by Bandolino. The boots are stylish with a short heel, and a padded forefoot. I have just this week bought my first pair of golf shoes with cleats made by Ecco. They are very comfortable and did not need any breakin time. My only other shoe is Brooks tennis shoes which I wore previously for golf.
I joined a local LA Fitness Gym and do water aroebics twice a week. I wear a swim belt amd a pair of crocs which allows me to run and do the xercises without touching the bottom of the pool very often. I have not been able to do this prior to this summer. This has been such a wonderful pleasure for me, and makes me feel so good.
The moral to this story is, never give up.
There is a good life after TTS surgery, and some like mine can be a long haul. I'm sure many others Have exceeded my progress, and have done all this within a year. I WAS 64 when I had the Dellon type surgery with 3 incisions. My grandmother spent the last 15 years of her life with her feet in ice water to ease the burning. The Doctors could not help her and tell her what was wrong, so I feel blessed that I can live as well as I do.

Result number: 166

Message Number 239195

Re: Bowen Technique Cured Me! View Thread
Posted by Pat B on 11/08/07 at 13:26

'Walk Slowly'
It was something the Bowen Massage Therapist said to me after my third session - she wanted me to 'slow down' and let the Bowen therapy work (I'm always in too big of a hurry). One of the instructions after having Bowen therapy is that if you have a desk job (which I do) is to get up every 30 min. and walk. I did not walk long - only a minute or two, but I did walk slowly - or at least slower than what I usually do. I also tried to balance my weight equally on both feet when I stand, and to stand up straight when I walk.

Nothing I did prior to the Bowen therapy took away the heel pain in my left heel.
Dr. DSW on this website, did save me from doing any more of the painful wall stretches. The Yoga toe stretch was a much better stretch. The New Balance shoes and the custom orthotics that I bought, helped me walk easier, but nothing took away the constant heel pain I had every time I took a step with my left foot.

I was even growing skeptical of the Bowen therapy since I still had heel pain after the first two sessions - although the pain was almost gone in the mornings, but would return in the afternoon. In fact, I thought about cancelling the third session. But I remembered reading how it could take some people 3-7 sessions before you actually feel it working. And for me, it was the third session that did the trick (glad I didn't cancel). I am convinced that when she did the Bowen technique on my left calf was when my body 're-connected' to itself - for lack of better words.
The very next day after that 3rd session, was when I noticed the pain was gone all day and night. And that's when I started walking slower - afraid that if I didn't the pain might come back. The New Balance shoes and custom orthotics had started hurting my feet, and I switched to Crocs with a cheap Dr. Scholls insert for PF. I believe that was attributed to my body healing itself and no longer needing the extra support it was getting from the New Balance shoes and custom orthotics.

I am now (3 weeks after that 3rd session) able to walk at a normal pace - but I don't push it. I can walk barefoot, but I try not to. I have not tried running (I am not a runner). I'm still wearing Crocs, but can comfortably wear my old Asicis tennis shoes. I am also praying that the PF is gone for good!

Result number: 167

Message Number 238886

Re: UNLOCKING OVERPRONATION View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/03/07 at 13:50

I guess your reading comprehension is lacking, due to reading up on Pascal's principle too much.

If you RE-READ what I stated AGAIN for the third time, I said I was having a recurrence of my plantar fasciitis since I was attending my daughter's swim meets. I was not following my OWN advice, and was walking around the pool barefoot. Therefore, since I had no support and no biomechanical control, my plantar fasciitis recurred.

In the past, every time this happened, I found relief within one or two days once I resumed wearing my 'old technology' custom orthoses or even something as simple as a pair of PowerSteps. However, during one of these recurrences, I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to give your S D O product a try.

Therefore I gave it a try WHEN I had symptoms during the height of my daughter's swim season, as I had stated in a prior post. Additionally, although you seemed to 'edit' my post, I have stated I had significant relief with the S D O device, but NOT when static, only when walking. If you remember, I did complain that when static/standing still or stationary, I continued to have significant discomfort.

I did try switching them, turning them upside down, etc., but as discussed in a prior post, I am active in the office and with sports and didn't have the time to send them back for adjustments, etc., when I KNEW that I could simply relieve my discomfort in ONE or TWO days by simply wearing my 'old technology' custom orthoses or PowerSteps.

And that is EXACTLY what I did. I have been wearing my custom orthoses or my PowerSteps in all my shoes, Crocs, running shoes and soccer shoes since that time and have had NO plantar fasciitis symptoms. NONE

So, to answer your question ONCE again. The reason I had symptoms is because I was walking barefoot at my daughter's swim meet. Since I was symptomatic, I decided to give your device a try. When I was walking I did have some relief, but when stationary I still had significant pain. I didn't have the time for your 'adjustment' period, therefore simply resumed my traditional custom orthoses and PowerSteps, and had relief within 1-2 days and have maintained asymptomatic since that time.

And I have also found that the company that manufacturers PowerSteps can also 'exactly' reproduce the same product over and over and over again just like you can. So if I want the 'exact' same pair or a patient wants the 'exact' same pair, it's very simple to just hand them a pair of PowerSteps. I have a lot of happy patients walking comfortably in this product for about $40.00.

Now can we FINALLY end this topic as per Laurie's suggestion now that you have alienated almost all of the other medical professionals on this site?

Result number: 168

Message Number 238176

Re: Pain only in afternoon View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 10/21/07 at 18:19

In addition to what's working for Dr. Wander, there is another play on Crocs that may be beneficial for you. Bite branded footwear was recently purchased by Crocs. The eventual goal of the purchase is to place Crocs-style PE inserts into Bite shoes, which already possess good mechanical build quality. I'm not yet sure when merged product will finally hit retailers (and from my most recent dialog with Bite's product manager, he's doesn't yet have a set date), but it may be worth checking into.

www.biteshoe.com

Result number: 169

Message Number 238161

Re: Pain only in afternoon View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 10/21/07 at 12:33

Pat,
If you have success with Crocs and the Dr. Scholl inserts, than you may want to try your Crocs with a pair of PowerSteps. In my practice, many of my patients have had tremendous success and relief of symptoms with this simple and inexpensive combination.

I am not a big fan of any of the Dr. Scholl products, since most don't offer any significant support and only offer minimal cushioning. The PowerSteps offer good support for the 'average' foot and fit very well into a pair of Crocs.

I personally wear a pair of PowerSteps and Crocs with scrubs in the office and in the operating room and find this combination very comfortable and I do have plantar fasciitis.

Result number: 170

Message Number 238154

Re: Pain only in afternoon View Thread
Posted by Pat B on 10/21/07 at 07:53

I usually do not feel pain when I stand up from my desk. It is only after I walk for a few minutes that the PF pain comes back. At first I thought that my foot was finally beginning to heal, but then the pain comes back after I am up walking around, and I don't know what to think. I have very little pain in the mornings, although I never walk barefoot or I probably would. The pain just seems to come back in the afternoons and evenings. I do the yoga toe stretch morning noon and night. Lately I have been wearing Crocs with Dr. Sholls inserts and these, oddly enough seem to be more helpful than my New Balance shoes with custom orthotics - that helped immensely at first. I am so frustrated with this - not knowing what to do. I appreciate any comments Dr. Ed and anyone who would like to respond.

Result number: 171

Message Number 237839

Re: Spenco arch supports?? View Thread
Posted by nancyec on 10/15/07 at 21:57

Thanks for all the comments. I did get the Spenco arch supports & the knock-off shoes & am now back in constant pain. At least I can tell him I tried it. I'm also having a problem w/ hammertoe pain on the left foot now. I'm dealing w/ the VA so I'm trying to go along w/ their treatment plan until my next appointment. In the long run though, I think I'll go back to the PowerSteps & taping but I might try & get some real Birkenstocks for around-the-house-wear. I try wearing inserts around the house but usually don't. The theory behind the cork-soled shoes sounds good; better than the Crocs I was wearing around the house.

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Re: Shoes with good arch support View Thread
Posted by Lola S on 10/15/07 at 12:59

I just went to a foot doctor, and he said I must throw out all of my flip flops and flats. He said I must wear only tennis shoes. No crocs, no flip flops, no flats. ONly tennis shoes. I suggust any nike shoes, or some good K Swiss es.

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Only one other type of shoe I wear. View Thread
Posted by Tim M. on 10/15/07 at 12:48

And that is the Crocs I use as shower slippers.

I've worn Z-Coils for over four years and am back to hiking and backpacking.

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Re: New Sx scheduled & met with old Surgeon... View Thread
Posted by Juleen on 10/14/07 at 22:32

Thank you once again for your input and encouragement. Yes, back in June the last doctor did a total of 6 injections - all in one office visit. 5 of which were on the medial side of the foot around the post tib tendon and the tibial nerve. This included 4 injections of 10cc of Lidocaine each & 2 injections of cortisone = thus a total of 6 injections that day into my left foot. OUCH! That was prior to the rupture of the PTT. Although very sore at that point I'm confident it wasn't ruptured. I will able to push up on my toes until 2-3 weeks prior to the Sx on August 8th. But then again, that is neither here nor there since what is done... is done...

I need to contact the Ortho's office and let him know what's going on. I haven't called his office as the pain started to increase dramatically Friday and has been fairly constant since that time. The pnuematic boot that I'm wearing is the same one that I've had since the last Sx. I do wear it with my custom orthotic in it. When I take it off I'm wearing Crocs with the Powerstep insert, but that is just a few hours a day. My Neurologist ordered and got authorization for an Arizona brace, but Dr. B said if the surgery goes as planned I won't need it. Thus, he felt is was a waste of money with surgery being scheduled for Nov. So, no brace at this point.

The interesting part of all of this is that I don't have a flat foot. Lucky for me that I've always had high arches. Although I think there is a little difference between the left and right foot, I do still have an arch. I think that's why Dr. B think's he can do this with just the tendon transfer.

Dr. DSW - I know you were again Physical Therapy and felt it would not help. Could the Physical Therapy be causing some of the pain and discomfort that I'm now having? It just seems the more I'm doing the worse it is getting.

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Re: Jeremy- Sandal recommendation View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 9/21/07 at 22:43

Yes, Chacos set their arch apex beneath the talo-navicular joint. For most foot types, this is the keystone joint of the medial column. Sandals like Birkenstocks place the apex closer to the metatarso-cuneiform joint (a more forward position).

Bite makes some excellent products; however, like any shoe company they are not for everyone. One of the their best features is their capacity to accommodate virtually any orthotic design. Their stock inlays are modest, at best. Some of that may improve with Bite's recent purchase by Crocs. They will now start using a molded PE insert, creating a softer, more versatile feel to the wearer. Those insert changes likely won't be reality for another several months.

Teva makes a good product, but be careful with them. Their soft EVA footbeds are not particularly durable, and many overly compress that material inside of 3 months.

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Ruptured PTT View Thread
Posted by Juleen on 9/18/07 at 19:12

I have a follow up apt with the new Ortho Foot & Ankle Specialist on Oct. 3rd. At that time we're suppose to discuss the next step(s) to move forward with the repair of the ruptured PTT. Due to the length of time that has elapsed since the rupture of the PTT what is the likely hood of being able to reattach it? Or is it more plausible that I'd be looking at a tendon transfer? Is there any type of standard procedure to repair a ruptured PTT?

Dr. DSW I know several months ago you had mentioned, 'longitudinally split the remaining healthy tendon that was remaining proximally and pull half the tendon distally and attach that half back into the navicular.' But that was in regards to reattaching the PTT at the time of the Modified Kidner. Would you feel that is still an option or it would depend on the current condition of the PTT and if they can get to it?

The new Ortho stated that he didn't feel I needed to stay in the boot if I wanted to try to transition out of it... I've made it 2-3 hours a day out of the pnuematic boot - either in Crocs with the Powerstep insert or my Asics GT-2110 w/custom orthotic. Either way the arch of my foot around the navicular starts to really hurt and the longer I push it I have increased pain in the medial ankle area -plus my ankle feels unstable. I just about rolled my ankle a couple days ago, but was able to prevent it. Can this be due to the ruptured PTT? Is there any other type of brace that I can utilize that will not put direct pressure on the PT Nerve area, but give me some added stability until the PTT is repaired? Or is it best to just stay in the boot?

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Re: Crocs some more! View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 9/10/07 at 15:40

Generally, I'm in agreement. As long as the wear of injection clogs don't create some kind of structural pathology, keep up with them. Just remember to both rotate among a few pair, and replace on a regular basis.

What you get with Klogs is a much more substantial product. Especially their Springfield (and other similar products) does not suffer the same structural deficiencies that Crocs do. Their is not a lateral or medial breakdown of the midsole material. There is a more substantially flared heel shape. The interior depth accommodates more inserts types, and there are options in last shapes and widths available. So, all in all, Klogs can most often be a superior product than Crocs ... for most.

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Re: Crocs new model - Relief/MBT View Thread
Posted by Maria S. on 9/09/07 at 14:35

I'm not sure if they mold to the feet (permanently), but they do seem to soften up where the parts of the foot makes constant contact. It's only been six days since I've had them. I wear them with socks to work (hospital) and because they initally began to rub on my instep. I wore them without socks this weekend. It felt soft and squishy under the toes and heel (kinda nice). The best part of the CROCS is that there really are no pressure points AND my arches are supported.

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Re: Crocs new model - Relief/MBT View Thread
Posted by Caeles on 9/08/07 at 11:44

I have been suffering from plantar fasciitis and I have been wearing MBT shoes. They are very stiff and have a negative heel so it takes the pressure off your heel. It's a completly different walking experience and take getting used too, but I went from limping all the time (with orthotics) to gaining quite a bit of mobility. They are VERY pricey though. Zappos has them.

I wear imitation Crocs around the house and they are really comfy. I want to try the Crocs relief because I yearn for ventilation and a less stiff shoe some of the time. They seem to get good reviews. Do they really mold to your feet?

-Caeles

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Re: Crocs some more! View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 9/07/07 at 20:38

Sister,
If you are comfortable wearing the Crocs/Powersteps combination all day long, then keep on truckin'!! Remember, there are exceptions to every rule. Although both Jeremy and I don't advocate Crocs as an everyday/all day shoe, I have several of my patients that DO wear Crocs or Crocs/PowerSteps all day, 7 days a week and would shoot me if I ever recommended they stop that practice.

I NEVER tell any patient to stop anything they are doing (as long as it's not harmful) if they are comfortable. Therefore, if you are comfortable, wear them as long as you want, and I hope you continue with your comfort!

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Crocs some more! View Thread
Posted by Sr. Mary Catharine on 9/07/07 at 18:05

If Crocs are not good for regular footwear are Klogs in the same category or an acceptable alternative?

I had EPF in Feb. The pain is gone (FINALLY!) but because of injuries to my ankle and a torn tendon I still have pain. Since AFTER surgery I've found it most difficult to find comfortable shoes. It's like my foot has become immensely sensitive to hard surfaces and standing (which I do a lot of). I like Easy Spirits because they are soft and flexible but I wish they had more suport and a wider heel. I can no longer wear NB and my beloved SAS's cause tons of pain after about 1 hour of wear and standing.

Crocs Rx withpowersteps are the only shoes I can wear and have no pain and feel like I did 4 years ago before all this began.

Would Klogs be OK? Any other suggestions?

Thanks!

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Re: Crocs new model - Relief View Thread
Posted by Maria S. on 9/06/07 at 19:29

I had to give up my Asics running shoes because the fascia and muscles have swelled up so much that the heel of the shoes actually presses on my most tender areas of both feet. I've been wearing the Beach model to work for two days now and have about a 25% reduction in heel pain. It's a noticeable difference, both in comfort and the way I walk (My co-workers have commented that I'm almost walking normal). It's not enough relief however, and other conservative methods of treatment have not worked (Orthotics, Physical Therapy and Cryosurgery). I will be having the fasciotomy procedure next week. As Fall is approaching, I am planning to buy Relief in Brown and Black for when I return to work. I like the idea of a higher arch.

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by theresa g on 9/06/07 at 13:13

It's the narrow foot issue, then. They are full length, but not wide enough to stay put. Thanks for the response.

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 9/06/07 at 08:23

Full length inserts/orthoses such as PowerSteps fit inside very well, and the back 'lip' of the Crocs allow the PowerSteps to stay in place. If your orthoses are not full length, and you have a narrow foot, it is understandable how they may slip. But full length inserts/orthoses fill the entire inside of the Crocs, therefore do not slip or move.

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by theresa g on 9/06/07 at 01:09

I've seen Crocs, tried on some Crocs (can't keep them on my skinny feet while walking) and have difficulty visualizing how one could use orthotics with these shoes (or the other clog-type shoes). How do you make the orthotic stay put? Seems like at the point you toe-off and bring your leg forward, the orthotic would slip all over the place, even with the strap in place behind the foot. Could be that I'm just uncoordinated, too. Thanks in advance...

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 9/05/07 at 19:17

If your orthoses does not fit in the Crocs, I have found that PowerSteps do fit well into Crocs. However, purchase the PowerSteps FIRST and then try the Crocs on with the PowerSteps since you may have to size up one size.

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by Juleen on 9/05/07 at 17:43

So, CROCS with a proper shoe insert can be a good alternative to going bare foot... That is good to hear. Can I use my custom orthotic in the bottom of a croc? Since it doesn't have a back on it can I use this as an alternative and still have the support and stability that I may need with a ruptured PTT?

I've been told I can transition from the pnuematic boot to a shoe with my orthotic. I've been advised not to go bare foot or wear a sandle or shoe that will not support my arch. In the past I've always been in bare feet around the house and in sandles outside. With that said I'm seeking an alternative to bare feet. Especially with 100+ degree weather right now in Southern CA.

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 9/05/07 at 16:31

I didn't either until I saw the evil conglomeration at the Atlanta shoe expo. For that matter, it was just sprung onto their reps. And no surprise, their reps have no idea what Bite is or what makes their shoes special.

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 9/05/07 at 13:50

I understand, after all what could be worse than a CrocBite? Sorry Jeremy, I just couldn't resist. I really had no idea that Crocs bought Bite.

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 9/05/07 at 11:24

Knowing what we both know about Waldies product management, are you really all that surprised? Yes, both the fully enclosed and the dorsal enclosed models are presently available. These are made on a slightly broader dimension, since they won't stretch-accommodate as much as the holey version. They also have the new aluminum strap eyelets placed on them. There are also a couple new colors: copper and (shoot, now I can't remember the other).

I am also personally a little distraught in that my local representation has changed to some 'kid' with no technical knowledge whatsoever. I don't know what's worse; the continued bungling by Waldies' management or the recent acquisition of Bite by Crocs.

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by Jen R on 9/05/07 at 07:12

That's what I said as well Dr. Wander.

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 9/05/07 at 06:07

Jeremy,
I went on the Waldies website, but unfortunately they don't have the enclosed product up on the site yet.

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 9/04/07 at 20:32

Your right on the mark, D. And when it comes down to it, if I am not capable of altering diabetic patients' behavior regarding going from daily barefoot to proper shoes, I'm at least mildly gratified if they start wearing foam clogs consistently. Fortunely, we have yet to experience a foreign body removal from foam clog wear.

BTW ... Didn't know of you saw this or not, But the enclosed Waldies are FINALLY available.

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 9/04/07 at 19:41

Although Jeremy is not a big fan of Crocs and I respect Jeremy's opinion on this forum as much as, if not more than anyone's, I do wear Croc's in the office with scrubs and in the O.R.

I have not had any issues with Crocs breaking down and have not had any similar complaints from patients. My most common complaint concerning Crocs is a lack of sufficient support, therefore I often recommend combining Crocs with a pair of PowerSteps and I have found that combination to be extremely beneficial for a lot of my patients.

I do NOT recommend Crocs as a replacement for daily footwear, but as a substitute for a slipper, beach shoe or instead of going barefoot. I recommend it as a casual shoe for someone that wants to throw on something quick and comfortable, but not for a full time work shoe.

Crocs have been excellent for my diabetic patients that used to have the bad habit of walking around in the garden or elsewhere barefoot or walking on the hot sand on the beach barefoot. Now they can simply put on a pair of Crocs and have their feet protected and if the Crocs get wet or dirty they are simple to clean and they don't harbor bacteria, etc. Not to mention that they are relatively inexpensive.

Therefore, you must keep in mind exactly what role Crocs are being recommended for in each case. In my particular office, I have found Crocs valuable, because I'm recommending them (and Waldies) for specific casual activities to replace slippers, barefoot, etc., but not to replace traditional supportive footwear on a daily basis.

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by HeatherW on 9/04/07 at 19:12

I used to wear CROCS to work until a few weeks ago. I am a nurse and thought they were very comfortable for a 12 hour workday. But Jeremy is right about them breaking down quickly. My CROCS only lasted 2 months, which is unacceptable to me. I wore the CROCS without the holes on the top, but I still felt uneasy about the back of the shoe being open. Now I have found a white athletic shoe that I wear to work and it provides MUCH more support and comfort than the CROCS.

My hospital has not banned CROCS yet and many nurses and doctors and other hospital personnel still wear them, but I won't be wearing them anymore.

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 9/04/07 at 17:55

Jen,
I didn't say that I agree with the hospital decision, I simply stated the reasons that were reported.

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 9/04/07 at 16:30

Let's not neglect that the Consumer Product Safety Commission also recommends not wearing foam injected shoes as primary footwear. Most brands break down quickly, and cause instability issues. Plus, NYC has had to shut down escalators for repair due to the common incidences of the machinery eating Crocs.

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by Dr. Z on 9/04/07 at 13:58

You can always wear OR shoe covers over them

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by Jen R on 9/04/07 at 13:26

Dr. Wander...

I heard the same report about the crocs with holes and the fear of needles, scissors, etc being dropped and causing puncture injuries. Most of the hospitals around here have banned the Crocs with holes but allow the others.

How about that...we agree again.

Jen R

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Re: CROCS View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 9/04/07 at 12:55

The two reasons that I have heard for 'banning' Crocs are:

1) A Swedish hospital has claimed that the static electricity generated by the material in Crocs has caused a malfunction in some of it's electronic machinery, including respirators on at least 3 separate occasions.

2) Some infectious disease personnel are concerned that the holes in the Crocs are a potential source of contamination for blood borne pathogens. They have no problem if a pair of Crocs was completely closed, but feel that the holes create a potential risk to the wearer if exposed to body fluids getting in the holes.

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