Key Insights On Recommending Running Shoes

By Peter Wilusz, DPM | 29,555 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/2005

   Believe it or not, the running shoe first originated as a leather upper with a leather sole. Adidas running shoes date back to the late 1800s but many of the technical advancements did not begin to appear until the 1970s. In 1971, Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight created a shoe manufacturing company called Blue Ribbon Sports (BRS), which eventually became Nike, Inc.    While he was coaching track and field at the University of Oregon, Bowerman created the first cushioned midsole by heating polyurethane on his wife’s waffle iron in his garage.

Key Insights On Prescribing Orthoses For Dress Shoes And Sandals

Guest Clinical Editor: Lawrence Huppin, DPM | 16,717 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?

A Closer Look At Orthotic Solutions For Women’s Dress Shoes

Alona Kashanian, DPM | 42,379 reads | 0 comments | 11/23/2009

Given the challenges of prescribing orthoses in women’s dress shoes, this author addresses biomechanical considerations, device modifications and the five most common mistakes in writing orthotic prescriptions for this growing patient population.

   Terror strikes the hearts of many practitioners when a woman walks into their office with a bag full of dress flats, wedges and pumps. Regardless of gender, the podiatric physician cringes at the thought of dealing with a “shoe” issue rather than a pathological or symptomatic foot.

Questioning Our Reliance On Motion Control Running Shoes

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS | 8,522 reads | 3 comments | 08/16/2012

I recently lectured at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine on New Paradigms in Endurance Sport. It was an honor to be in the presence of one of the greatest educators on running, Mark Cucuzzella, MD, a nationally known lecturer and instructor on running form as well as a two-time winner of the Air Force Marathon.

A Closer Look At Minimalist Running Shoes

Paul Langer, DPM | 27,170 reads | 0 comments | 08/27/2012

Given the increased popularity of minimalist running shoes, this author discusses their structural features and separates the marketing from the literature in examining the impact of reduced cushioning, reduced shoe mass and the “zero drop” phenomenon.

Recognizing And Treating Nail Trauma Caused By Ill-Fitting Shoes

Tracey Vlahovic DPM | 31,633 reads | 1 comments | 11/03/2010

When I think of Lady Gaga, besides the mental image of the “meat dress” and the like, I can’t help but ponder those incredible, unwearable feats of fashion engineering known as the “Armadillo” shoes by the late, great Alexander McQueen (see ).

Educating Patients About Slip-On Shoes And Flat Feet

Jenny L Sanders DPM | 7,512 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.

What You Should Know About Rock Climbing Shoes

Jenny L Sanders DPM | 10,951 reads | 0 comments | 10/01/2010

The sport of rock climbing has become increasingly popular, especially with the availability of indoor climbing walls. With this increase in popularity, however, there has been a proportional increase in forefoot pain and pathology due to the shoes rock climbers are wearing. Rock climbing shoes are designed to fit snugly, which is where the problem arises.

When Patients Ask About Trail Running Shoes

Jenny L Sanders DPM | 3,893 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.

Have You Walked A Mile In Your Patients’ Shoes?

Kevin A. Kirby, DPM | 4,683 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.