Kenna Platform Wedge Pumps
This wedge heel is not for every foot type, but it may be a good choice for anyone who can tolerate this height heel and who does not have narrow heels. If your heels are narrow then they will have a tendency to slip upward and out the back of this shoe, which will be uncomfortable and could cause skin irritation and even a possible injury.
What makes these heels better than most is that they have a thick, rigid and non-flexible wedge sole. The rigid wedge sole eliminates motion through the forefoot area, which will cause less stress and injury to forefoot joints and be far more comfortable than wearing heels with a flimsy or flexible sole. A thicker wedge sole will protect your forefoot from the constant, repetitive microtrauma of walking on concrete surfaces. It’s your feet versus a lifetime of damage from walking on unforgiving concrete surfaces, so the more protection you give your feet now, the longer they will last.
If you are not able to tolerate heels this high or if you have a history of significant forefoot issues then this is most likely not the shoe for you. If you can wear heels this height then you will probably find this shoe to be more comfortable than most heels.
This shoe should work for patients who have:
*Mild Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
*History of previous mild Achilles Tendonitis that has resolved
*Woman who know that they can wear heels this height with no pain.
This shoe is not recommended for patients with:
*Moderate to Severe Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (no motion through 1st toe joint)
*Plantar Plate Injury
*Hypermobility / Ligament Laxity
*Moderate to Severe Over-Pronation
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
*History or Ulcerations
*Previous Lisfranc’s Injury or Fracture
*History of Peroneal or Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
*Anyone with foot pain
*Please remember that if you are having foot pain, I highly recommend that you follow up with your local podiatrist for evaluation, x-rays and treatment. Try to find a podiatrist who is conservative and more biomechanical than surgical. Although some patients do need foot surgery, the wide majority of foot problems can be resolved with gentle, non-surgical treatment. If any doctor recommends surgery on your feet or ankles, get a second and even third opinion – especially from a more conservative biomechanical podiatrist.
For more information, please see two other articles on this blog:
My feet hurt: top 10 things to do to alleviate foot pain today.
Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc’s Injuries.
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