About a month ago, I tried on a popular "rocker soled" shoe for the first time. Although I did not purchase it, I started wondering about our professional approach to shoe trends. Since most shoes are not a medical product, there is not a mandate for any supporting medical research. Yet, we include shoes as part of our treatment regimen for patients on a daily basis. Many trends come and go quickly, but some get a foothold in the market and become permanent options.
To saitisfy my curiousity, I would like to know what your current opinions are regarding the rocker type of shoes that are now on the market? A few studies have been completed, but I am interested in personal expeiernce. If you have a moment to write a quick Blog in response I woud llke to know the following in relationship to the success or failure of the current "rocker soled" type shoes:
1) Any patterns with foot type, symptoms, gender or age?
2) Running vs. walking experiences
3) Orthotic/shoe combination use
4) Recommendations for other practitioners
Thanks for your input. Shoes are such an important component of our practice life and your experiences are the key to future treatment success for all of us.