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I started to wear orthotics for sneakers. I want to wear sandals too, where should I buy shoes?

I started to wear orthotics for sneakers. I want to wear sandals too, where should I buy shoes?

NAOT: More and more brands make their sandals with "built-in" arches naot is one of the higher end brands that makes them with removable arch supports. ...Read more

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Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more


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I've been given shoes and sandals by a relative who has Athlete's foot. Do I need to use antifungal spray(if so for how long?)or wear socks for flats?

I've been given shoes and sandals by a relative who has Athlete's foot. Do I need to use antifungal spray(if so for how long?)or wear socks for flats?

Fungal infections: Fungi are very difficult to eradicate. If she has active fungal infections of her toes, I would be reluctant to wear her footwear. ...Read more

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Can you wear heels with a toe fusion?

Can you wear heels with a toe fusion?

Yes: No problem, the joint closer to the foot isn't fused and has plenty of motion. ...Read more

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Should I wear shoes with a broken little toe?

Should I wear shoes with a broken little toe?

Yes: As long as the shoe is not narrow, it should be okay to wear shoes. The stiffer the shoe the better to reduce movement of the 5th digit. ...Read more

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Would docs ever put you in a walking boot for a broken toe?

Would docs ever put you in a walking boot for a broken toe?

Sometimes: Depends on interference by pain with walking.If you have a broken toe or toes you may have to wear short-leg walking cast, a brace, or a rigid, flat-bottom shoe. It can take six to eight weeks for bone to heal, depending on the location and extent of the injury. Obviously rest is important. Should be evaluated by orthopedic doctor, . ...Read more

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How do I choose a sandal or shoe for ankle instability and/or arthritis?

How do I choose a sandal or shoe for ankle instability and/or arthritis?

Couple of things: Sandles are not good because they do not give support to the foot and ankle. You need a sturdy shoe that gives good suport to the arch to help stabilize the foot. A high top above the ankle shoe would really be best. ...Read more

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Broke 4th metasaursal but is not displaced. Wearing boot for 4-5 weeks. How long might it be before I can wear a regular shoe or high heel sandals?

Broke 4th metasaursal but is not displaced.  Wearing boot for 4-5 weeks. How long might it be before I can wear a regular shoe or high heel sandals?

Shoe- 1 more week: if all is healing well then 1 week before you can return to a shoe- but 6 more weeks for high heels ...Read more

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If i'm getting the knuckle bone taken out of my pinky toe will I have to wear a special shoe or boot?

If i'm getting the knuckle bone taken out of my pinky  toe will I have to wear a special shoe or boot?

Yes, for short time: You will need a post-op shoe or boot for part of your recovery. Ultimately you will be able to wear your normal shoes. ...Read more

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What can I do for a case of flexible hammer toe? I bought wider, bigger shoes. I am taking anti inflammatories once a day.

What can I do for a case of flexible hammer toe?  I bought wider, bigger shoes.  I am taking anti inflammatories once a day.

Many options.: Treatment options for the management of hammertoes include conservative and surgical management. Conservative management options include use of orthotic devices, change in shoe wear, medications such as oral no-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids), steroid injections, padding of corns and calluses, and splinting and strapping. ...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?

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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Is it okay for me to wear pointe shoes if you have a bunion?

Is it okay for me to wear pointe shoes if you have a bunion?

Not really: I advise my patients never to force a foot to accommodate a shoe. While bunions generally aren't caused by shoes, a tight-toed shoe will certainly exert pressure on the great toe in the direction of deformity. Shoes should have a thumb width between the toe of the shoe and the longest toe. If you can't wiggle your toes, the shoe is too tight and you are asking for corns and other irritation issues. ...Read more

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Have broken foot? Is it alright to go grocery shopping & walk long distances in surgical shoe or boot, or is it better to limit walking during healing

Have broken foot? Is it alright to go grocery shopping & walk long distances in surgical shoe or boot, or is it better to limit walking during healing

That would depend: On the nature of the break: if it was displaced or not, what bone and where the break was in the bone. Your treating doc would best be able to answer. ...Read more

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Can i wear regular walking shoes for recovery after big toe fracture?

Thick soles are best: The stiffer the sole of the shoe, the less the toe bends. The less it bends, the faster it heals. ...Read more

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