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PF Due to high Arch & Footwear

Posted by andyt on 9/06/04 at 13:18 (159418)

I have PF, which I generally attribute to three things; 1) My very high arches 2) My relatively large frame (260#) and 3) A life of wearing flip-flops.

Does anyone know of any flip-flop type sandals that have the arch support of say....a Birkenstock sandal??

Also, I've considered casting my own inserts in silicone (i did this years ago w/ hockey skates). Has anyone had any luck or have pointers??

Re: PF Due to high Arch & Footwear

Suzanne D. on 9/06/04 at 13:35 (159420)

Andy, the young woman who cuts my hair wears Teva sandals, and she says they feel supportive for her standing job. I think they have been mentioned here before. Maybe a search of the boards will turn up some additional information.

Good luck,
Suzanne :)

Re: PF Due to high Arch & Footwear

Hestia on 9/06/04 at 23:53 (159466)

I have high arches also. Teva makes a running sandal, I think it is called the Wraptor. It is not a flip flop but it is a sandal with a nice arch support. I have a pair that I wore frequently earlier in my course of PF when I could not bear wearing closed shoes.

Also Birks makes a couple of flip flop/beach type shoes that can get wet etc. I don't remember their names but one has a wide strap across the front and the other has a thong between the toes like a flip flop.

Good luck.

Re: PF Due to high Arch & Footwear

Nick, C.Ped on 9/07/04 at 00:30 (159468)

Merrell makes a decent flip flop(merrell is more known for thier hiking boots etc. but have a preety good line of shoes) If you cant go without them those are usually the ones i suggest. They might cost a little more (40-60$ i think?), but are well worth it...Very good qaulity and like i said, a decent support syste(don't think you could do too much better with flip flops)...
Check it out @ http://www.merrell.com/catalog/gallery.asp?NavID=SS

Any other questions, please dont hesitate to ask

Re: PF Due to high Arch & Footwear

Buck T. on 9/07/04 at 15:44 (159510)

Hi Nick: Any one of the merrell flip flops better for pf? The merrell thong II or the other thong just before it in the website look good.

Sincerely, Buck T.

Re: PF Due to high Arch & Footwear

Nick, C.Ped on 9/08/04 at 23:02 (159578)

Buck,
In my fitting expierience the 'thong 2' is more supportive for a high arch, But i want to remind you that no 'flip-flop' will ever really be great for pf because it doesnt offer that heel and midfoot support like a sandal or even better a shoe would. If it is simply something you are using to get a break from your inserts and shoes, or this blasted hot weather, or just to keep you from walking barefoot GREAT! But i dont want to mislead you and let you presume this will be a fine everyday shoe for your pf. <<<

*Now that I put my disclaimer, from what you described about your feet in previous posts i would go for the 'thong 2' (LOL)

keep those questions comin'! NICK

Re: PF Due to high Arch & Footwear

Buck T. on 9/15/04 at 16:28 (159956)

Thanks, Nick. Yeah, I would only use them in breaks from orthotics and shoes. Questions will definitely keep coming. Appreciate responses.

Sincerely, Buck T.