For over 35 years, a leader in orthopaedic shoes for the whole family. Tom is a graduate Orthotist from the Olive Harvey - Northwestern University Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago program. If you have a question, we will be happy to try and answer it for you. e-mail tom@fittedshoe.com



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First, an obvious disclaimer: We are in no way attempting to practice medicine, diagnose, or in any way replace competent medial professionals. Like magazines and phamplets found in many doctor's offices, we are just making the information available. All we are trying to do, is put this information in one place, make it understandable and provide possible shoe solutions to make everyone more comfortable. The truth is: feet like your teeth, eyes, ears, and back; only get worse with age. Structural foot problems are rarely cured, the symptoms are merely treated. Sometimes, symptoms can be cured, either by the body itself or the body in conjunction with special shoes, arch supports or other foot aids. Once a structural problem exist, in time, it usually gets worse if not controlled. Your back, legs, knees, ankles and feet are all connected by major muscles that span at least two joints. If one goes bad, it usually influences the next adjacent joint also. You can not affect one without impact on another due to these connections. This information is for the use of professionals and their patients. Doctors and other medical professionals may want to bookmark this site so they can refresh their memories, compare patient problems to possible solutions. Patients may be better able to recognize the causes of their problems and in that way be better able to talk to their doctor about them. Prescription shoes are often the start of any cure, just as a good foundation is the base of any building.

Your foot is a mass of 26 small bones, a lot of large tendons coming from major muscles and a lot of tiny yellow and white ligaments and small muscles. Add to that a bunch of circulation arteries and veins, lymph nodes and nerves; and you have a very small area, with a lot going on. Add to that a lot of weight and and hard surfaces and you have a problem looking for a place to happen.

Let's analyze this statement. In Africa, there is an ancient volcanic ash bed that is eroding out. Fossilized in that ash bed are the footprints of three hominids. These are hominids (part of the human family tree), because they walk erect, (no knuckle tracks), and have five toes that point straight forward, (all apes have a toe that goes to the side). By the way, they lived 3 1/2 million years ago.

National Geographic and many scientist have cast these footprints. From everything they can tell, these members of the hominid family had the same 26 bones we have, prominent heel, arch and five toes. There are differences: these ancestors were 3 to 4 feet tall, not 5 to 7 feet. They weighed about 80 pounds, not 150 to 300. They were dead by 20 to 24 years of age, not 74 to 104. Finally, they only walked of soft loamy savannahs, not asphalt and concrete. No wonder we have foot problems!

If you are having a problem, consult your doctor. We started this basic tutorial as the request of a couple of doctors and some orthotic laboratories and nurses. We can not put everything we know here, but it will give professionals and patients both a place to start. It is all trial and error. A search for the right combination that resolves a foot problem or set of problems. If you have any questions, e-mail me at tom@fittedshoe.com and I will try to help.

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PES PLANUS ---------------------------- -----AND---------------- VALGUS, PRONATION ---------------------------------------


PLANTAR FACIATIS ------------------------------------------- HEEL PAIN, SPURS ----------------------------------------------


BUNIONS ----------------------------------------------------------- PES EQUINO VARUS --------------------------------------------


VARUS --------------------------------------------------------------- PES CAVUS ----------------------------------------------------------


- HAMMER TOES, METATARSAL PROBLEMS ----- CALLUOUS FORMATIONS ----------------------------------


ARTHRITIS .............................................................. DIABETES .........................................................