"Shoes with thick foam liners or soles can often effectively provide enough cushion for the foot to ease the pain of walking or standing for many. Shoes with thin fabric uppers with fewer stitched seams can often adequately provide the stretch needed to accommodate bunions and hammertoe contractures for many. These softer-soled or cushion shoes decrease what is known as the proprioception in our feet," says podiatrist David Raynor, DPM.
|Dr. David Raynor
"One risk of proprioception compromise is falling, which can be potentially devastating. Many times, a loss of proprioception is not noticed as its progression is so gradual. EMG/NCV testing by a neurologist can objectively confirm compromise to the nervous system. Self-evaluation, observation by family/friends, or a health/gait examination can also indicate balance issues," says Dr. Raynor.
Source: Citrus County Chronicle [2/26/18]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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