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My Shoes

Published January 25, 2013 11:46 PM by Jason Marketti

I've tried wearing different brands and styles of shoes in the clinic that will protect my feet and stand up to the demands I place on them. Every single pair have split at the ball of the foot due to those demands.

I hesitate to wear sport-type shoes because I don't think they look professional enough in the clinic. I like the feel of Italian leather against my foot and the comfort it provides but any dress-type of shoe seems to wear out just as quickly as the sport shoes I've worn in the past. I want the shoes I wear to complement the outfits I wear so I look professional to clients, nurses and doctors, yet I want to be comfortable when I'm moving around in the therapy gym. Tennis shoes don't work for me unless I'm mowing the lawn or walking the dog.

I've worn boots, which were comfortable but not practical in the clinic. With my supinated foot and sometimes weird gait pattern, I tend to reshape any footwear I try on almost immediately. Currently I have slip-on shoes, which are easy to get on and provide some comfort to my sensitive gait pattern, but they're almost worn out at the ball of the foot as well. I'm not sure if there's a footwear company that can handle the demands I place on my shoes -- providing me with support, comfort and most of all, a professional appearance.

3 comments

Many shoes are available out there that still look professional but provide the needed support.  Dr. Scholls Encore, Sketchers 62039, and Merrell ( more expensive shoe but worth the money).

Suzanne, Physical Therapist February 21, 2013 9:54 AM

Sketchers make some professional looking, rubber soled shoes that I find quite comfortable.  Maybe give them a try with an orthotic insert.

John Miller, Sports/Outpatient Rehab - PTA February 4, 2013 7:17 PM

I have had great success with New Balance walking shoes both white and black, I also wear orthotics which work great with NB shoes. The walking shoes seem to wear better than sport or cross trainers and are more comfortable.

Dominick Fontine January 28, 2013 3:27 PM
Sterling VA

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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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