LER: Foot Health – September 2016

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From the editor:


Eco-friendly foot care

A growing number of people these days are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and prioritize the environment. And, although they may not realize it, few healthcare professionals are better positioned to help the eco-friendly movement than foot-care specialists.

I’m not talking about creating, recommending, or selling shoes made from recycled or sustainable materials. Although more options for eco-friendly comfort or therapeutic footwear are becoming available, they still can be hard to find and are often expensive (see “Footwear businesses opt for eco-friendly practices,”). I’m talking about a different means of reducing waste—specifically, the untold pairs of shoes that are discarded after being purchased because they are simply too painful.

Many people with foot pain—women, in particular—spend years buying one pair of shoes after another, constantly searching for a pair that will relieve their pain or at least won’t exacerbate it, only to be repeatedly disappointed. The pile of unwanted shoes that typically results is the antithesis of eco-friendly. Yes, sometimes these unwanted shoes can be resold, regifted, or donated, but far too often they are shoved to the back of a closet and eventually end up in a landfill.

Foot-health specialists help connect those people with properly fitting footwear that can help ease their pain, ending the frustrating years of trial and (mostly) error. In some cases, foot-health specialists can provide interventions—orthotic devices, therapeutic exercises, even surgery—that enable a person to actually wear some of the previously purchased shoes that were thought to be lost causes. All of this means more shoes in use and fewer shoes in landfills.

Provide quality foot care, and it won’t just be your patients who’ll thank you. Your planet will thank you too.

By Jordana Bieze Foster


History of military flat foot care: Lessons for today’s practitioners

Functional emphasis predates WWI – The observations and treatments made and used by military clinicians more than 100 years ago remain relevant in modern foot care, according to a recent review of flat foot care in the US Army through 1918 published in May in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

By Emily Delzell

Jones fracture outcomes in pros bode well for less-elite athletes

Most return to preinjury skill level – Studies reporting high return-to-play rates after Jones fracture in National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Football League (NFL) players suggest positive outcomes are also achievable for athletes who compete at less elite levels.

By Chris Klingenberg


The Shoe Fits: A focus on stability and comfort that goes beyond footwear

Imagine that, instead of a clinical setting, a person could sit at home and feel comfortable while having a trained professional help with a complex, poorly understood, but all too real problem with their feet. That’s the idea behind…

By Will Carroll  |  Photos by Jamie Owens

The Shoe Market: A comfort footwear megastore with a personal touch

Perry Calhoun is passionate about shoes. “I’m in therapy now for overbuying,” joked the owner of The Shoe Market, in Greensboro, NC. “I’ve never seen a shoe I didn’t like. I’m addicted to my business.”

By Catherine M. Koetters   |   Photos by Tracy Krell


Clinical use of plantar pressure measurement

Originally conceived as research tools, plantar pressure measurement systems are becoming less intimidating, less expensive, and more popular with lower extremity practitioners for treatment planning, patient education, and documenting the effects of therapeutic interventions.

By Shalmali Pal

Footwear businesses opt for eco-friendly practices

In an industry where comfort and pain relief will always come first and the cost of quality footwear can be intimidating for some customers, adding eco-friendly practices to the equation can be a challenge. But a growing number of businesses are making it a priority.

By Kristine Thomas

Shoe Showcase

Help your patients step out in style

Arcopédico Milan 2 boot

Cozy up to cooler weather in the new Milan 2 knit boot by Arcopédico. The Milan 2 features a vegan, knitted construction for a flexible fit along with a durable polyurethane sole and a cushioned insole, featuring the company’s twin arch system, for…

Sole District Collection

The men’s and women’s shoes in Sole’s new District collection feature orthopedic-grade supportive midsoles crafted entirely from 100% recycled wine corks. The District collection styles will be available in colors and materials that are perfect for the fall and winter seasons, including…

Cara Chukka Desert Boot

Dr. Comfort has added a new style to its selection of women’s shoes. The company introduces Cara, a boot in the popular classic chukka style with a durable, full-grain suede leather upper and a lace closure. Like the Ruk boot for men, the Cara is…

Samuel Hubbard Boot-Up

The Boot-Up, Samuel Hubbard’s first shoe for women, isn’t just a smaller version of a men’s shoe. Every detail has been designed to fit, support, and coddle the unique shape of a woman’s foot. The boot shaft is crafted to gently hug the ankle.

No. 44 Trail Walker

Averaging around 10 oz per shoe, “light is right” when it comes to Anodyne’s No. 44 Trail Walker for men. The shoe’s relatively seamless microfiber lining is designed to minimize shearing and heel slippage.

Drew Savannah

New for fall 2016, the Drew Savannah shoe for women is a classic clog with a strap that can swivel back around the heel for added control. Savannah is loaded with padding for soft comfort, but offers enough…

Mephisto Jerrie

The Jerrie from Mobils by Mephisto is a stylish women’s slip-on with stretchable goring around the collar for comfort and fit. Like all styles in the Mobils collection, it features all-over padding between the lining and the upper to avoid any pinching or rubbing and…

Spenco Pure Sandal

Don’t let this seemingly basic sandal fool you. Spenco has reengineered the Pure for women from the ground up, adding memory foam to increase cushioning while maintaining the Total Support footbed’s contoured shape.

revere Brussels Mule

Glide into the new revere Brussels Mule, with a medial stretch forefoot panel to maximize comfort and fit, even for women with bunions. Features include a roomy fit, smart metal hardware, seamless linings for added comfort, hook and loop fastening, and…