Category Archives: Special Section

June 2016

Bail’s Custom Footcare: Resilient business evolves and adapts over five generations

Few businesses can claim a heritage quite as long as the Bail family’s five-generation relationship with the shoe industry. But more than just a long history of selling shoes, the Bail family’s story is one of resilience.

By Nancy Shohet West Continue reading

June 2016

Crary Shoes: Pedorthic expertise complements decades of custom shoemaking

Crary Shoes has a motto: “The last is always first.” With a decades-long commitment to quality, the business provides custom shoes for clients with a spectrum of foot concerns, ranging from diabetes to unusually shaped or sized feet.

By Samantha Rosenblum  |  Photos by Monty Wolfe Continue reading

June 2016

Importance of intrinsic muscles for foot health

A growing body of research suggests the strength of small muscles in the foot can have big implications for a range of foot-health issues—including running-related injuries, diabetic neuropathy, obesity, flatfoot, and plantar fasciitis—and that interventions for strengthening the intrinsics may help.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

June 2016

Materials science targets foot odors and microbes

Silver fibers and other examples of nano­technology are increasingly turning up in shoes, socks, and orthotic topcovers in an effort to control odors, reduce the risk of infection, and improve foot health by making these devices moisture wicking, breathable, antifungal, and/or antibacterial.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

May 2016

Lower body conditioning may cut upper body injury risk in softball

Safety of underhand pitch is over-rated – Better pre- and off-season lower-body conditioning may help prevent some serious overuse injuries to the upper extremities of young female fast-pitch softball players, according to the lead author of a recent prospective study of player-reported injuries.

By Hank Black Continue reading

May 2016

Excess weight affects foot loading, peak pressure even in young kids    

Weight loss may improve function – Overweight and obese children present with higher overall foot loading and a disproportional impact on the midfoot and longitudinal arch, with those as young as 1 or 2 years of age affected, according to research from Germany that may have implications for abnormal foot loading prevention in children.

By Katie Bell Continue reading

May 2016

Walking study in CP highlights need for tailored orthotic prescription

Effects of AFOs on distance, speed vary – A recent study demonstrates the importance of personalizing prescriptions for ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) in children with cerebral palsy, rather than applying group data to individuals.

By Larry Hand Continue reading

May 2016

When the shoe doesn’t fit: footwear in Down syndrome

These children often have wider, more flexible, and more pronated feet than typically developing kids that don’t fit well into conven­tionally sized and shaped footwear. Ill-fitting shoes are linked to foot-specific disability and many other issues. Here, clinicians share strategies for finding the right fit.

By Lori Roniger Continue reading

May 2016

Look out below: injury risk on the trampoline

Trampoline use, both in backyards and in large recreational parks, is up. So are injuries incurred on the equipment, including fractures with potentially serious long-term sequelae. Some groups advise  a ban on home use, but other experts disagree, citing the equipment’s benefits for motor learning and active play.

By P.K. Daniel Continue reading

March 2016

revere Comfort Sandals

Sandals from revere Comfort Shoes, designed and developed in Australia, are now available in the US market. Designed in collaboration with foot health experts, all revere sandals have removable polyurethane footbeds, extra depth to accommodate custom foot orthoses, and a cushioned heel. Continue reading

March 2016

Apex Spring Collection

Apex introduces its Spring Collection, designed to offer consummate style, superior comfort, and expert construction. Each pair is crafted with high-quality materials and engineered for agility and durability. The new collection includes a hiking boot version of the Ariya for men in… Continue reading

March 2016

Vionic Contoured Sandals

Vionic’s contoured sandals, according to a recent peer-reviewed study, are comparable in effectiveness to the company’s prefabricated foot orthoses for the short-term treatment of heel pain. The same study also found that Vionic contoured sandals offer more effective relief of heel pain than… Continue reading

March 2016

Samuel Hubbard Shoes

Lightweight, comfortable, and crafted from high-quality leathers and materials from around the world, Samuel Hubbard shoes are designed for people who move, walk, work, live, and play. The generous design and toe box, silky glove leather lining, and easily removable memory foam insole make… Continue reading

March 2016

Salco 6 Slingback Sandal

Ideal for pairing with breezy summer dress­es, the new Salco 6 slingback sandal for women has woven its way into Arcopédico’s cork sole collection. The new Salco 6 san­dal features multitone inter­lacing soft nylon knit straps across the vamp along with heel and ankle straps for a secure, comfortable hold. Continue reading

March 2016

Pilgrim Shoes P3020

This spring Pilgrim Shoes introduces style P3020, a new addition to the company’s men’s and women’s Areni One collections. These shoes come with our signature stretchable leather uppers, combining the aesthetic appeal and durability of leather with the ability to accommodate forefoot deformities. Continue reading

March 2016

Ped-Lite Oliver

The Oliver, new from Ped-Lite, offers the benefits of a therapeutic shoe without sacrificing the appearance of a traditional boat shoe. Customers will initially notice the Oliver’s all-leather upper with wrap-around lacing that is typical of a classic boat shoe Continue reading

March 2016

Mephisto Maryse Sandal

The Maryse sandal for women, from the Mobils by Mephisto line of comfort footwear, is a slingback wedge sandal with a polyurethane outsole, velvety leather upper, and three adjustable Velcro straps. Continue reading

March 2016

Anodyne Sport Collection

Averaging around 7 oz per shoe (less than half a pound), “light is right” when it comes to Anodyne’s sport collection. With 16 different combinations of styles and colors for men and women, the sport collection has something for everyone. Continue reading

March 2016

Segmental forefoot kinematics could influence risk of ulceration

Diabetes mellitus and peripheral neuropathy are associated with altered movement in individual metatarsal segments that is not always consistent with movement of the forefoot as a whole, according to research from Chicago that may have implications for foot ulcer prevention.

By Katie Bell Continue reading

March 2016

Foot Dynamics: A clinical approach to quality shoes for an active community

Too often when a person has issues with their feet, they are treated for their symptoms rather than the underlying problem, said Jeffrey Jacobs, BOCPed.

By Kristine Thomas | Photos by Nancy Bateman Continue reading

March 2016

Delmar Bootery: After 78 years and three generations, it’s still all about the fit and the fix

Chances are, if asked to describe a shoe repair shop, you probably wouldn’t use the words “pretty” or “refined.” But Gail Sundling, owner of the Delmar Bootery, might convince you other­wise.

By Catherine M. Koetters

Continue reading

March 2016

Smart insoles: Assessing their clinical potential

Athletes have been quick to embrace smart insoles and the biomechanical data generated by the devices’ embedded sensors. But experts believe smart insoles may also have potential clinical applications for patients with foot health problems, such as diabetic neuropathy.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

March 2016

The importance of obesity in foot pain management

Increasing numbers of studies suggest that a high body mass index can significantly affect foot structure and function, increasing the risk of painful conditions. But questions remain as to how foot health specialists can best address foot pain in their obese and overweight patients.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

February 2016

Multiple jumpers increase risk for ‘trampoline ankle’

Large forces can cause severe fractures: Multiple trampoline jumpers are a primary cause of “trampoline ankle,” according to a recent Canadian study, which also noted that, when two individuals are bouncing out of sync, they generate kinetic energy forces that produce a high-impact effect that can cause serious growth-plate injuries in children.

By P.K. Daniel Continue reading

February 2016

Improving foot posture, balance in CMT may aid ankle stability

Early care advised for FAI prevention: Functional ankle instability (FAI) is a common problem in children and adolescents with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), according to Australian research that advises further study of interventions that target balance and normalize foot structure to evaluate whether they can help improve ankle stability in this population.

By Katie Bell Continue reading