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Have You Walked A Mile In Your Patients’ Shoes?

Kevin A. Kirby, DPM | 4,632 reads | 0 comments | 03/24/2011

Early on in my podiatric medical education, one of my professors casually mentioned during a lecture how important it was for physicians to have empathy for their patients. In those youthful days, I knew what the word “empathy” meant. I imagined that it would probably be a good idea for me to try to develop this skill of being empathetic since having this quality may allow me to better understand what my patients were going through. By being empathetic, I could help them more as their podiatric physician.

When Patients Ask About Trail Running Shoes

Jenny L Sanders DPM | 3,863 reads | 1 comments | 04/04/2011

Giving patients guidance on trail running shoes can be a challenge as the design of these shoes is different from non-trail running shoes. Essentially, trail running shoes have a more rugged outsole of varying degrees to facilitate better grip of uneven terrain. They are also lower to the ground and softer for better shock absorption.

Are Shoes Part Of The Problem With Football Injuries?

By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief | 18,044 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/2004

   There were a lot of reports circulating last month about the rise of injuries in the National Football League (NFL). An Indianapolis Star article noted that after four weeks of play, 34 players had been placed on injured reserve, the highest number in six years. As this issue went to press, 346 players are listed on injury reports in the NFL with the injuries ranging from mild to season-ending injuries. (That is an approximate average of 11 injured players per team.) Sixty-three of these injuries (18 percent) are lower-extremity injuries.

Key Insights On Prescribing Orthoses For Dress Shoes And Sandals

Guest Clinical Editor: Lawrence Huppin, DPM | 16,565 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/2004

With summer in full swing, more and more patients are moving from the rigidity of dress shoes into the comfort of sandals. Fitting orthotics into both types of footwear has its own unique challenges as the sizes of each vary and the amount of control is also different between shoe types. With this in mind, our expert panelists offer pearls on how they alter orthotic prescriptions for dress shoes or sandals. Q: What are important concepts to keep in mind when prescribing orthoses for women’s dress shoes?

Point-Counterpoint: Can Toning Shoes Have A Legitimate Impact?

David Y.S. Yee, DPM, FACFAOM, and Eric Fuller, DPM | 22,149 reads | 0 comments | 11/22/2011
Yes. Aside from the toning shoes’ benefits on muscle toning and core strengthening, this author says one can also incorporate the shoes into treatment plans for numerous podiatric conditions.

By David Y.S. Yee, DPM, FACFAOM

Educating Patients About Slip-On Shoes And Flat Feet

Jenny L Sanders DPM | 7,354 reads | 0 comments | 08/04/2011

Let’s face it. Patients want to look stylish and have footwear that is easy to get on and off no matter what their foot pathology. Certain styles of footwear, however, can actually predispose patients to pain and injury. This is especially the case when it comes to slip-ons with elastic goring that are worn by patients with flat feet.

Emphasizing Proper Shoes And Orthoses In Runners

Lisa M. Schoene, DPM, ATC, FACFAS | 10,341 reads | 1 comments | 01/30/2012

For every foot, there is an athletic shoe that fits correctly. After specializing in sports medicine for over 20 years, I know this is true.

Minimalist Shoes And Injuries: Keys To Diagnosis And Patient Education

Jenny L Sanders DPM | 25,071 reads | 3 comments | 10/05/2011

Footwear News reports that the emergent category of minimalist shoes represents between 10 and 20 percent of the business of runner specialty stores.1 Through July 2011, minimalist shoe sales have already totaled $30 million, up nearly twofold from the year-ago period. What this means to podiatrists is the trend toward minimalist shoe purchases is not a temporary flash in the pan phenomenon but rather a groundswell of change, at least for now.

Sharing Insights On Minimalist Shoes Worn By Athletes In The Recent Olympics

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS | 13,789 reads | 0 comments | 09/21/2012

Even a month after the end of the Olympics, I still get questions about the bright yellow shoes I am wearing. People often ask if they are the same kind of shoes from the Olympics this year. My shoes are actually New Balance Minimus sneakers and those that many of the Olympians wore are from the Nike Volt collection.

Educating Patients On The Three-Point Approach To Testing Running Shoes

Jenny L Sanders DPM | 5,643 reads | 0 comments | 05/07/2012

Patients frequently ask for guidance in choosing an appropriate running shoe. In the 1990s, Mark Reeves, DPM, of the Virginia Mason Sports Medicine Clinic in Seattle, created the three-point approach to testing running shoes.