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Old 13th June 2010, 01:27 AM
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My orthopod recently cleared me to begin walking with a 'stiff-soled' shoe (recovering from 5th metatarsal fracture). I tried to elicit examples from him and he described the 'olden days' where shoes would have a steel shank inserted between the sole and the inner-sole/liner. He stated that since these are no longer common, or easy to find, I should just look for shoes with a thick, hard sole. He didn't, or wouldn't, offer me any brand or style examples other than that.

Does anyone have any experience with a brand or style that may have stiffer soles? I realize that I will ultimately need to go to a store and try things on, but I'm just looking for a little direction before I start running around my town (and still in my walking boot!). I'm really glad to be getting back into shoes since it means I will be able to drive again, but I do not want to jeopardize my foot healing getting set back. As a woman, I am also assuming that something with a flat-to-minimal heel would be best?
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Old 21st June 2010, 04:18 PM
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I have the same issue. I have been wearing Dasko Clogs and they seem to work the best for me but it is the summer and i can't wear them with shorts so I am trying to find something else. Anyway...ideas??
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Old 12th July 2010, 02:30 PM
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My doctor recommended the anti-gravity line by Easy Spirit, Dansko flat sandals or the Skechers with the unflexible soles (shape ups maybe?)
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Old 19th September 2014, 04:14 AM
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Today our orthopedic surgeon recommended use of stiff-soled shoes for my wife, and named the following brands to look at. We agree that the only way to be sure they are stiff and will keep the front of your foot from flexing during walking is to try on the shoes. The named brands to look at are:
* Birkenstocks
* Orthaheel
* Fitflop
* Dansko
* Mbt (rockers)

From a quick online check, it appears that they are all rather spendy, but you have to do what you have to do.
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