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Old 12-06-2008, 09:45 AM   #1
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MBT shoes and your doctors opinion of them

I am 12 and 1/2 weeks post of from great toe fusion. I see the doctor on Dec. 15th and I'm expecting him to tell me I can finally ditch the boot. So just for the heck of it, I tried to put my sneaker on the other day. I could get it on, but it is tight around where the plate and screws are in the toe and I can't lace it up. So I started looking into the MBT shoes. I didn't like the price at all. But the soles are just like the bottom of the post op boot. So I was wondering what the doctors think about them for people with conditions like mine. I went to a store in Little Rock that sells them. They had me try the sneaker. I couldn't even get them on. The only thing I could get on was the sandal because of the adjustable straps. I bought a pair that I plan to take to the my appointment with me to see what my doctor's opinion is of them. I was just curious to see if anyone else got the opion of their doctors about wearing them.

 
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Old 12-06-2008, 11:49 AM   #2
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Re: MBT shoes and your doctors opinion of them

Why not just have a rocker bar put on your own shoes? Cheaper - and much cuter!
And I'm a little leary of unisex shoe sizes. My uncle had Down Syndrome and when we were young, they took me to buy his clothes as we were the same size. Boys' shoes just did not fit me as well as girls'.

 
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The problem is that right now I can't get normal shoes on because my toe doesn't bend to get them in. So the rocker bottom isn't the biggest issue. And even if I can get my foot in, I can't lace the shoes because it ends up being too tight where the plate is. I tried the sandals on before I bought them and they fit great. I'm just really wondering what doctor's opinions have been of the shoes. I am going to take the ones I bought to my appointment. If the doc doesn't like them, I can return them. But then I am totally shoeless until I find something else that I can fit my foot into.

 
Old 12-06-2008, 01:38 PM   #4
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Re: MBT shoes and your doctors opinion of them

I don't know why doctors tell people to wear sneakers after foot surgery. It never worked for me because of the bending. I wore a pair of Merrell mule style (clog like) shoes where all I had to do was slip my foot in. Worked so much better...just slide it in and the thick, firm sole of the Merrell's were good and sturdy and it has a wide toe box.

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Old 12-06-2008, 03:04 PM   #5
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You can often find MBT's online at half price. All the doctors I saw said that wearing them for my hallux limitus was a very good idea. If you buy them in a store, though, they can stretch it for you as they unfortunately don't come in widths.

 
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Re: MBT shoes and your doctors opinion of them

What I really don't get is the things I've read (and my doctor may have even told me) that after the fusion, I would still be able to wear most any shoe, just not heals higher than an inch or so.

I haven't tried Crocs and other clogs yet. I didn't find them very comfortable for every day before the surgery. So I don't know if I'd like them any better now.

Since I bought the one pair of MBT sandals, I at least have something I can wear while I try to find something else. I just don't want to pay upwards of $200 every time I need shoes. I guess it is still early too and after the swelling goes away for good, it may be easier to find something to fit.

Thanks for all the input though. I'm just really curious to see what my doctor has to say about them.

 
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Re: MBT shoes and your doctors opinion of them

WEll, there is a world of difference between the Merrell's that I wore and Crocs! The Merrell's fit snugly but not tight and held the foot in place. The crocs don't do that. They don't offer any support. The Merrell's do. But something like Dansko, etc would work jsut as well. I just happened to have the Merrell's and they worked beautifully for me.

And you should be able to wear low heals. It's just not been long enough for full recovery. I only had a cheilectomy and it was probably almost 3 months before I was in dress shoes of any kind and then I still had some swelling in the toe. Probably 4 months before I could wear all my shoes. And I never was NWB...so, don't rush it. I know it's hard because you want to get back to normal!

 
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Re: MBT shoes and your doctors opinion of them

I know they are great for plantar fasciitis, but they aren't good for everything. I've had PTT and peroneal surgery and my physical therapist who is a foot PT specialist said absolutely NO for my foot. So I would definitely check.

I, too, have never been able to wear sneakers well, and I LOVE Merrells. I have the clogs and they are very supportive even though your heel is out. I have several pairs of clogs that are very well made (Josef Siebel, Born, Merrell) and they are so much easier to put on than anything with a back. I had a screw in the back of my heel for a long time until I had it removed so that started me wearing the clogs. Now I can hardly wear anything else.

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