Wednesday, April 3, 2013

44 Cascade Orthaheel Sandal Review, podiatrist approved shoe gear:)

So we have introduced a whole new way to help augment people’s foot health in our practice, the Orthaeel Shoe and Sandal Line. If you know Dr. Henne and myself, Dr. McGowan, we are very skeptical individuals. Not only do we want to know something works before we pass it on to our patients, we would rather try it for ourselves before making a tried and true recommendation for something.

The Orthaheel shoe line was developed by an Australian Podiatrist with already built in orthotic support. The whole line has the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Approval, which not many products have. The Vionic 44 Cascade Flip Flop I am reviewing was my first choice when I first saw the line of Orthaheel shoes. This is a sporty but very delicate looking active sandal.

I will tell you that the moment I put this flip flop on, I wanted to take back every bad thing I have ever said about flip flops! I immediately felt support that I think my feet have been lacking, even in my good athletic sneakers. Because I felt so much support I was nervous to wear them for a full day, echoing the sentiment we give when fitting an individual with custom and over the counter orthotics or inserts in their shoes. We tell them to slowly break them in a couple hours at a time, increasing it slightly each day. I don't know if this was overkill, but I think that I would recommend this before going all day in them, mainly because that is what I did and it worked great.

So I have worn these sandals for last 3 weeks. I have had no problems and my feet feel great. These shoes are touted and praised for a perfect after sports recovery sandal.

Here's what the manufacturer says:

§  Vionic by Orthaheel-women's performance toe post sandal is the ideal motion control footwear for after-sport recovery. Learn more about Vionic

§  Durable VIBRAM outsole for excellent traction on various surfaces.

§  Biomechanically contoured, motion control footbed made from triple-density EVA for stability in the rear foot and cushioning in the heel and forefoot.

§  Flexible leather uppers with soft padded jersey liner with bungee strap overlay and a soft nylon webbing toe post..

§  Materials: Leather/nylon uppers, EVA midsole and VIBRAM outsole

§  Care: Wipe off with damp cloth and air dry.

§  Received APMA Seal of Acceptance

I agree with all of the above and these shoes get my seal of approval:) They retail at $99, this is money well spent especially for all of my patients who refuse to wear anything other than flip flops but come in complaining of foot pain. I finally have an alternative for these patients that I feel good about.

The Orthaheel shoes in our office have a 30 day Money Back Guarantee. There are many shoes to choose from and you are more than welcome to come to the office and try on the size and look throught the catalogs.

Dr. Henne believes that my reviews are a sneaky way for me to buy all new shoes but this is science here, I want to make sure these work for our patients:)