A great shoe for kids (and adults!) with “biomechanically challenged” feet.
This may be strange for a Podiatrist to say but what I really love about the Nike Shox is –
they are cool.
When I have Pediatric patients with “biomechanically challenged” feet and I have to convince them to stop wearing flip-flops, Converse or Vans – they are always crestfallen – until I mention Nike Shox.
Kids love the Nike Shox because they are cool.
So, if you have a fashion conscious teenager
with problem feet – try the Nike Shox.
Nike Shox work best with a Custom-Molded orthotic or an excellent over-the-counter insert
for more arch control.
Nike Shox Junior
Nike Shox Agent
What makes the Nike Shox a great shoe for patients with “biomechanically challenged” feet is its thick rigid sole, which allows for excellent protection of the rearfoot, midfoot and especially the forefoot area.
If you have bunions or hammertoes – look for the Nike Shox with mesh toeboxes that allow for less pressure on any painful bunions. Another option is to take a leather shoe to a Shoe Repair shop and have them stretch the leather over the bunion area to decrease pressure on the bunion.
If you decide to try this shoe, make sure there there is no bend through the entire sole of the shoe – that is usually the case with the Nike Shox but there are so many different styles – double check before you purchase them.
If you are recovering from a bout of tendonitis, plantar fasciitis or any injury of the rearfoot or midfoot –
try this shoe with a brace that has a trilock system.
If you can’t find the proper brace, follow up with any Podiatrist who will typically carry them in his or her office and the brace be billed to your insurance and should be covered as a durable medical equipment (depending on your insurance).
Our office carries a Bioskin trilock ankle brace that biomechanically controls
the Ankle Joint, the Subtalar Joint and the Mid-Tarsal Joint (Lisfranc’s Joint) and, in my opinion,
is the best brace I have ever found.
Unfortunately, I have never been able to find it online
and you can only get it through medical facilities.
If you don’t have insurance, I like the Futura brand, which you can find at your local pharmacy.
Nike Shox are Recommended for patients with:
*Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
*Mild to Moderate Bunions & Tailor’s Bunions
*Mild to Moderate Hammertoes
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild to Moderate PT or Peroneal Tendonitis
*Mild to Moderate Osteoarthritis
*Hallux Limitus (Limited Range of Motion of the 1st Toe Joint)
*Capsulitis of the Toe Joints
*Plantar Plate Injuries (of the Toe Joints)
Nike Shox are NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Diabetics with a a history of Open Sores/Ulcerations
Once again, no matter what I recommend, if you try it on and it doesn’t feel good – don’t get it!
If no shoes feel good to you and if you are having chronic foot and ankle pain – go see your Podiatrist!
Have a Lovely Day…
Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy