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Clarks Wave walk for Hallux limitus

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by maxants33, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. maxants33

    maxants33 Active Member


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    Hello,

    I've been interested in Clarks Wave walk shoes (they have a mild rocker bottom) for a while now, used for the management of Hallux limitus and associated hallux lesions. Video below:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UThgAA4RbJg

    I just wanted to know if anyone has any experience with these shoes - I've found patients are more receptive to the idea of wearing a Clarks rocker bottom than other brands - possibly due to just brand awareness .

    But, I was in Clarks today and there was great variability between the stiffness of soles. Some also had that frontal plane curvature of the forefoot sole - much like this
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    My question is - how much of an issue will that frontal plane curve affect balance in elderly patients? Is this a shoe not to advise to older or neuropathic patients?

    My other question is - the shoes are less stiff in the forefoot than other rocker type shoes I've seen - how much will reduced stiffness undermine the effect of the shoe on limiting 1st MTJ motion?

    Many thanks for any advise!
    Max
     
  2. MBrooksbank

    MBrooksbank Member

    Hi Max

    I would nt worry too much about the frontal curvature of the shoe. However, the sole on the wave tends to bottom out far too quickly and the flex point is usually behind the 1st MTPJ...not good.

    If you pass me your e-mail then I will send you a list of recommended brands, styles of shoes and for where they can be purchased.

    Cheers pal

    Mark
     
  3. maxants33

    maxants33 Active Member

    Thanks, great info Mark!
    :santa:
     
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