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Doctor insights on: Is There A Prosthetic Foot That Will Allow Me To Wear High Heels

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Prosthetics (Definition)

Prosthetics replace a part of the body. A prosthesis is the name of the device. For example, a prosthetic leg replaces a lost leg. Artificial legs or arms are common examples. Prosthetic teeth are also common. On occasion the device used for a joint replacement (new knee for example) is referred to as ...Read more


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For flatfeet/o0verpronation & wear orthotics is it good to wear the orthotics w a shoe tha already has an arch built in? Too much support? Are you a podiatrist? Thank-you much, Sheila

For flatfeet/o0verpronation & wear orthotics is it good to wear the orthotics w a shoe tha already has an arch built in? Too much support? Are you a podiatrist?
Thank-you much,
Sheila

You would know : If it was too much support as it would not be comfortable. If the orthotic is well made to your foot then the sneaker type does not matter as much. ...Read more

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Are there custom made to order prescription compression socks? Foot area too short, heel zone is in middle of foot, not at the heel where it should be.

Are there custom made to order prescription compression socks? Foot area too short, heel zone is in middle of foot, not at the heel where it should be.

Yes: actually quite an industry on them. They vary from ones that you can buy at a medical goods store that are merely different sizes (and maybe slightly different shapes), to wrapping at a physical therapy place. The physical therapist would be able to know about other modalities, BUT this is for swelling / edema. Shoe inserts are from a PODIATRIST. ...Read more

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Is there a level of foot drop where it is safe to wear heels?

Is there a level of foot drop where it is safe to wear heels?

Foot drop: Foot drop is associated with l5, sciatic, or peroneal nerve injuries. The muscles intreated by these are the stabilizers of your ankle. The most unstable position of the ankle is the place you put yourself into wearing a high heel. Absolutely not safe! ...Read more

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Foot injury from walking in high heels- doctor says it is permanent. Can I wear them again?

Foot injury from walking in high heels- doctor says it is permanent. Can I wear them again?

Depends: I am not sure what type of injury you sustained. If it was an ankle injury your ankle may not be stable enough for you to stay safe in heels. Other type of injuries, once healed, may allow you to wear your heels again. Consult your doctor and get a second opinion. Maybe lowering your heel height may be the answer, fashionable and safe too. ...Read more

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Is it better for a baby to walk barefoot or with shoes who holds the ankle? What about sandals for summer? Should it holds ankle too?

Shoes: Always better to wear shoes. Above the ankle may be better for stability, but if there are issues like flat feet etc, se ur podiatrist for shoe and sandal recommendations and possibly orthotics. ...Read more

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Once the foot arch falls is there anything to do to restore the normal arch? I'm afraid my arch fell after I changed shoes. The arch was higher before

Once the foot arch falls is there anything to do to restore the normal arch? I'm afraid my arch fell after I changed shoes. The arch was higher before

TPTD?: You write as if it's only one foot. The most common cause of unilateral (one side) flatfoot in an adult is called Tibialis Posterior Tendon Dysfunction. Without treatment, it usually gets worse over time. See a board certified podiatrist-contact ABFAS.org to find one by you, or a foot/ankle trained orthopedist. ...Read more

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2nd toe crossing over.Ortho PA says wait and see if it progresses to hammertoe/can't wear normal shoes. Is there anything to prevent those outcomes?

2nd toe crossing over.Ortho PA says wait and see if it progresses to hammertoe/can't wear normal shoes. Is there anything to prevent those outcomes?

Gels sleeves/splints: There are gel sleeves for the toes to reduce the rubbing of the toe on shoe or the big toe as well as splints to pull the toe down and or over. However, in my experience most of the time these need surgical straightening. ...Read more

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Wear 1/2 orthotics and remove insoles of shoes, so big toe that stix up won't hurt. Must wear some cushioning at toes to prevent shocks to knee?

Wear 1/2  orthotics and remove insoles of shoes, so big toe that stix up won't hurt. Must wear some cushioning at toes to prevent shocks to knee?

Metatarsal Cushion: Some of our patients need that extra room in their shoes because the big toe sticks up too much. Try a spenco insert for that extra cushion but cut out the area under the toes to give them more room. You can also try to add a hapad metatarsal support to the end of the orthotic device to attempt to take pressure off the metatarsals. www.hapad.com (get small adhesive met pads) dr rich blake. ...Read more

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Can wearing a lose dress shoe cause ankle pain? I buy my dress shoes to fit my right foot which has a bunion, so the left shoe is a little lose.

Can wearing a lose dress shoe cause ankle pain?  I buy my dress shoes to fit my right foot which has a bunion, so the left shoe is a little lose.

Yes: Since this would affect your gate and stability of your joints. In addition, the rubbing from a loose shoe may cause skin irritation as well. Perhaps you need to talk to a shoe repair shop to find out if they can stretch out a proper size shoe for the right foot to accommodate the bunion. ...Read more

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What is the recommended type of footwear for someone with flat feet? Do i need to switch the same orthotics from shoe to shoe or can wear diff brand?

What is the recommended type of footwear for someone with flat feet? Do i need to switch the same orthotics from shoe to shoe or can wear diff brand?

Orthotics: Switching the orthotics - whether they are custom or prefabricated - from shoe to shoe ensures they are there working for you. Different 'brands' do different things. See your podiatrist for the best advice with this . Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do they make half orthotics and full orthotics and what is the difference it makes to the foot or arch I pronate?

Why do they make half orthotics and full orthotics and what is the difference it makes to the foot or arch I pronate?

No diff in support: The most important part of the orthotic is from the heel to behind the metatarsal heads where the rigid support ends. This is what controls the motion in the foot. It makes minimal diiference if it is full or 3/4 length.The padding beyond this is for comfort and cushining and is a option for those who like the feel of a full lenght orthotic. ...Read more

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Is it okay for people with a high arched feet to wear shoes with small heels?

Is it okay for people with a high arched feet to wear shoes with small heels?

High heels/high arch: Most people with a high arch find a little heel more comfortable than a flatter shoe. The problem potentially, is that the higher the heel-the more pressure on the ball of your feet and toes. Potential big ouch. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are there any braces made for a broken fibula just above the ankle that would allow me to compete sooner?

Can you tell me, are there any braces made for a broken fibula just above the ankle that would allow me to compete sooner?

There are splints --: That one uses, but for a broken bone you should see an orthopod who will be able to monitor you better and once the fx is healed only then you could return to your regular activities. Also what activities are you thinking of competing in? ...Read more