sandals allowing me to wear my orthoticsPosted by Kate J on 7/12/03 at 19:59 (124272)
I have an old pair of sandals which have a 'sleeve' in the sole for inserting my regular hard doctor-prescribed orthotics, and thus allowing me to go 'barefeet' in the summer. They're so old I can't find any brand name on hem, and I don't even live in the same state as when I bought them.
Has anyone seen these and have a brane name I can look for?
I'm unable to wear Birkenstocks as my second toe is longer than my big toe and hits on the 'lip' of the shoes. Ouch!
Re: sandals allowing me to wear my orthoticsBGCPed on 7/12/03 at 20:46 (124278)
The Amfit company makes a great sandal that has a flat bottom with a very deep recess to accomodate insoles. I recall the sandals with the sleeve but cant remember the name right now
Re: sandals allowing me to wear my orthoticsCarole C in NOLA on 7/12/03 at 23:13 (124282)
Kate, my second toe is longer than my big toe, also. Birkenstocks have been very helpful to me; in fact, I'm wearing a pair now. No 'Ouch!' Birkenstocks should be fitted large enough so that your second toe doesn't hit on the 'lip' of the shoe.
Re: sandals allowing me to wear my orthoticsEd Davis, DPM on 7/12/03 at 23:51 (124283)
You are correct about the fit problem. If it is one of the Birks with a removable footbed, one can place a 1/4' cork insole (flooring material) under the footbed to lift it up just high enough to have the toe avoid the lip.
Re: sandals allowing me to wear my orthoticsCarole C in NOLA on 7/13/03 at 00:42 (124292)
When I bought my Birkenstocks, I did not get models with the removable footbed but instead at my Birkenstock store I was just fitted with a size that looks a bit large. Voila! Because of the shape of the orthotic, my feet just don't normally slide down far enough for my toes to touch the lip, unless I try to push them further down. The shoe 'floats' in the right position in relation to my feet, as I walk.
But with the removable footbed and using one's own orthotics instead, I'm sure it's even easier to prevent toes from hitting the toe ridge, by your method.
Re: sandals allowing me to wear my orthoticsKate J on 7/13/03 at 00:52 (124293)
Hiow would you use your own orthotics? The orthotics I use have a cork heel, so that part is relatively thick. And you'd have to wear socks, right? I'm looking for a way to use my orthotics and wear sandals with bare feet. Trying to stay cool here.
I did buy a pair of Birkenstocks once. Ended up slicing through the lip with a sharp knife to create an opening fior that second toe. The sandals were very comfortable until they wore out. Then I decided maybe I shouldn't be spending money on a shoe I had to modify on my own.
Re: sandals allowing me to wear my orthoticsBGCPed on 7/13/03 at 11:31 (124308)
you may want to have a facility re-cover your devices with eva. It is a bit more resistant to smell and can be washed with a mild cleaner and dried in a few minutes. Leather is good but with hot bare feet it can get nasty and doesnt clean as well. Dr Ed is right about the cork shim. Many of the Amfit sandals I do we have to add a 3 mm shim under the orthotic to raise foot enough
Re: sandals allowing me to wear my orthoticsKate J on 7/13/03 at 12:52 (124314)
Can I have some definitiions, please?
What is eva? And a shimm? Is that like the cork heel I have for my orthotics?
Re: sandals allowing me to wear my orthoticsBGCPed on 7/13/03 at 13:30 (124317)
Sorry. eva is ethyl vinyl acetate it is what the sole of running shoes are made of. If you look for a Pedorthic or O&P facility thay can prob glue it on. A shimm is like putting another flat insole under your orthotics. It is used to take up space and lift the foot up slightly. What city are you located near, may have a person to see for you to get it done
Re: sandals allowing me to wear my orthoticsKate J on 7/13/03 at 14:56 (124330)
I'm in Washington, near Seattle. So anywhere on the Eastside, preferably, or in Seattle is good for me.
Re: sandals allowing me to wear my orthoticsBGCPed on 7/13/03 at 15:00 (124331)
You might ask Dr Ed that is his neck of the woods. I am sure he knows somebody if not himself. Could also call Harborview and ask the ortho dept what facility they use
Re: sandals allowing me to wear my orthoticsKate J on 7/14/03 at 09:26 (124377)
Okay. Dr. Ed? I see you are in Pyallup? Can you recommend someone on the Eastside?
Re: sandals allowing me to wear my orthoticsEd Davis, DPM on 7/14/03 at 13:41 (124404)
I tend to know more pods in Seattle -- Dr. Alan Woodle happens to be a DPM and a CPed so his focus may be in line with your needs. He is located in the Greenlake section of Seattle. I don't know the practice patterns of those on the eastside as well but a couple of names include Dr. Mari Adad and Howard Schaengold.