SHOE SURGERY BEFORE FOOT SURGERY
posted: Feb. 13, 2020.
Shoe surgery before foot surgery! I’m a lifelong Haglund’s sufferer, with supinator tendencies (cavo-varus, with plantarflexed first ray on right foot). I am lefty dominant, with shorter left side LLD (<1”). I played competitive sports until 65 and found viable footwear options. The first recommendation is longer shoe size. It makes a big difference. Double socks help reduce shear forces.
|Haglund's wear pattern in shoe|
The excessive wear pattern of the posterior-lateral inside counter of the shoe is easy to see. Shoe-surgery consists of cutting a 1” hole in the heel counter centered at the point of maximum tenderness. The space can be left open or stretch Spandex material inserted. When not in closed-back footwear, open-back clogs provide desired relief.
Robert S. Schwartz, CPed, NY, NY
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.