What Summer Sandals To Recommend To Patients

Jenny L Sanders DPM
5/6/13 | 10160 reads | 0 comments
With summer just around the corner, patients are already starting to ask, “What sandals do you recommend”? The following are my recommendations for brands that I have had success with for my patients. In general, sandals having multiple, adjustable straps provide the best fit. This month, I will give non-orthotic sandal recommendations. Next month, I will recommend orthotic friendly designs. Chaco (http://www.chacos.com/US/en ). Chacos are some of my favorites. Their signature styles use fully adjustable/sliding straps to accommodate varying foot volumes. Read More.

How To Prevent Heel Slippage From An Orthotic

Jenny L Sanders DPM
4/1/13 | 3486 reads | 1 comments
Heel slippage arising from a dispensed orthotic is not an uncommon problem. Ways to address this problem include modified shoe lacing (lock-lacing) and tongue pads. For a how-to on lock-lacing, see my prior post at http://tinyurl.com/cu3r4ml . Read More.

How Patients Can Get An Aerobic Workout While Staying Off Their Feet

Jenny L Sanders DPM
3/7/13 | 3132 reads | 0 comments
Not being able to exercise due to foot injury, surgery or lower extremity immobilization can be a frustrating problem for patient and physician alike. We want our patients to be adherent to our immobilization instructions and patients want to continue their cardio fitness workouts in spite of immobilization. For the past two years, my office has been recommending the following YouTube video by Laurel House: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=LtrciwU4Fbo . Read More.

How To Create A Morton’s Extension Splint For Acute First MPJ Injuries

Jenny L Sanders DPM
2/4/13 | 2308 reads | 1 comments
Our clinic treats a large number of athletes having sustained acute injuries of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ). To reduce first MPJ motion, we fabricate a Morton’s extension splint, which temporarily restricts motion to allow healing. This splint is easy to make, cost-effective and patients can use it with any shoe providing they wear socks. Read More.

A Key Resource For Recycling Running Shoes

Jenny L Sanders DPM
12/27/12 | 4103 reads | 0 comments
If you have patients with running shoes beyond their prime, you can refer them to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program at www.nikereuseashoe.com/ . More than two decades ago, Nike began looking for a way to reduce the company's environmental footprint as well as the amount of shoes that ended up in landfills. Nike first started by collecting athletic shoes at key retail locations and shortly thereafter teamed up with other recycling centers to establish shoe collections in communities across the country.  Read More.

Modifying Shoe Lacing For Heel Slippage, Dorsal Exostosis And Bunions

Jenny L Sanders DPM
11/5/12 | 5271 reads | 0 comments
Modified shoe lacing can help with a variety of foot problems that tight fitting shoes make worse. One of my favorite “how-to” shoe lacing sites is Ian’s Shoelace site http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/ . I have three common lacing modifications that I recommend to patients. Lock lacing for heel slippage secures ankle fit and prevents heel slip. Offset lacing for the top of a foot bump prevents numbness, relieves pressure and prevents irritation. Finally, increasing forefoot width lacing can relieve pressure on bunions. Read More.

Prescribing An Orthotic That Offers Maximum Support And Minimal Bulk

Jenny L Sanders DPM
10/3/12 | 3337 reads | 0 comments
When you have a patient who is not going to wear a running shoe and you need an orthosis with maximum support and minimal bulk, what do you do? A lower profile orthoses incorporating the following key features works every time (see the photo at left). Read More.

Recommending Shoes To Patients Who Insist On Minimalist Running

Jenny L Sanders DPM
8/31/12 | 3877 reads | 0 comments
Let me first say that I am not a fan of minimalist running for the majority of my patients. Having said that, “just don’t do it” is not an acceptable directive to patients who are going to run in minimalist shoes in spite of what I recommend. Due to this, I have reluctantly learned to evaluate minimalist running shoes. Not surprisingly, the best way to do this utilizes some of the same principles used when evaluating non-minimalist styles. Read More.

How to Make A Sesamoid Pad

Jenny L Sanders DPM
8/3/12 | 10426 reads | 0 comments
Sesamoiditis can be a challenge for the physician and patient alike. A simple way to alleviate sesamoiditis is to fabricate an offloading sesamoid pad and attach it to the underside of your patient’s sock liner or shoe insole. In just a few minutes’ time, you can fabricate a sesamoid pad and provide relief for this annoying, painful condition. We use these pads on a daily basis and it is nothing short of revolutionary. Read More.