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Debra JGL
08-06-2010, 12:14 PM
I know I'm suppose to walk as part of recovery, but I'm also not suppose to bend - or may not be able to bend (to tie sneakers) early recovery. So, I was wondering what kind of shoes/sneakers did people get to walk. I have 'slip on' sketchers, but I'm not sure they're the most supportive things.

dolores a
08-06-2010, 12:34 PM
Hi Debra, I would tie the shoelaces before I put the sneakers on, then use a long handled shoehorn, actually I still do this because being fused all the way down makes it very hard for me to tie the laces once I put them on. I also have a pair of sneakers that zip and they are very supportive.

rich1752
08-06-2010, 12:35 PM
I just bought some of the toning shoes, because they say that they can improve posture. I walk 6 miles a day and sometimes lean forward. They are difficult to get used to because of the big heels. I also wear a soft brace on my walks for support.
rich

debbei
08-06-2010, 12:37 PM
I know I'm suppose to walk as part of recovery, but I'm also not suppose to bend - or may not be able to bend (to tie sneakers) early recovery. So, I was wondering what kind of shoes/sneakers did people get to walk. I have 'slip on' sketchers, but I'm not sure they're the most supportive things.

I lived in Clark's, very similar the this style for MONTHS after surgery. They slip on, no tying required, non-slip soles, and COMFY as a shoe can get!

http://www.zappos.com/privo-batten-charcoal-nubuck-w-gunsmoke-nubuck

dolores a
08-06-2010, 12:41 PM
Hey Debbe, all of those sneakers look comfortable, do the laces stretch open?

debbei
08-06-2010, 01:32 PM
Hey Debbe, all of those sneakers look comfortable, do the laces stretch open?

they stretch enough to get your foot into them easily. I have 2 pair of clarks, similar style. The first pair I wore right after the surgery for 6 months straight.

ADMoul
08-06-2010, 06:47 PM
My husband tied my shoes at first and even, now, I sort of tie them on the side, with my leg over my knee. Something to keep in mind--your feet may grow/swell post-op. The first month or so I was walking, my feet really hurt in sneakers I had recently purchased. Went to a store where they still measure your feet and they told me I needed an entire size bigger in sneakers and a half size bigger in regular shoes!!! They were right and so far, my feet are still the bigger size. Soon, I'll be throwing away the shoes and wearing the boxes! If your feet hurt post-op, get your size checked. If you have a "Walking Company" store in your area, I highly recommend them. They even sent me to a competing store when they didn't have the right size in stock for me.

Vali
08-06-2010, 07:16 PM
My daughter bought me a pair of Merrel. They are great for backs. Many nurses i spoke to also use them for work. They have a zipper up the front instead laces. Another style comes with a velcro strap and then there is also the one with laces. They are very lightweight, weighing in at 700g a pair.
Should make light work!

JenM
08-06-2010, 08:50 PM
I have the best sneakers for post-op. I actually bought them 2 years ago (the don't have my exact style on the link below) and love the brand. They are called Privo shoes, and the brand Clarks that Debbei mentioned actually makes them. The ones I have look like the Kalee shoes on the website link below. They do not have any laces. You just slip your foot in. I get so many compliments from people when I wear them. Ever since my surgery 8 weeks ago I live in them. The other great thing about the sneakers are that the have a cushiony support for people with achy/bad/flat feet. It's almost like their are gel-like bumps on the bottom of the shoe and they feel incredible. I have had foot pain for over 3 years now and these are basically the only brand I can wear. Check out the link below. Hope this helps.

Here is the link that kind of look like the ones I wear (mine wear more fashionable, but they discontinued them since I bought them 2 years ago:

http://privo.zappos.com/n/p/dp/65989777/c/117512.html

Here is the link to view all of the Privo shoes on this certain website:

http://privo.zappos.com/n/es/d/722082011/page/1.html (As you can see, there are many styles where you just slip your foot in, no laces involved!)


JenM

JenM
08-06-2010, 09:01 PM
Oh wow, I just clicked on Debbie's link and even though she mentioned Clarks, they are the Privo brand just as I am suggesting in my previous post above. Wow, Debbie, funny that we wear the same shoes! I rave about these shoes to everyone.

Back-out
08-06-2010, 09:36 PM
Like I didn't have enough problems having an extra wide shoe size! (If I can find them, my actual size would be men's 6 1/2 - 7 EEE or EEEE.

Wondering what I'll be able to find especially if my feet *gasp* - enlarge, as some of you indicate (hopefully not width-wise) . I've gradually collected nice shoes in this width on infrequent trips to NYC when I could go to specialty shoe stores. Now, I'll need good support (or "running shoes"), I guess.

I have a number of old pairs with worn down soles I was planning to build up with that shoe product that lets you add a silicone layer to the tread. They're hard to put on, but - I can't solve everything in advance. After hand surgery in January I had to wear slip-ons for two months until I could tie laces again.

Now this looms! Buying shoes is one of my least favorite things to do. Along with mattresses and bras! Guess this surgery will require combining all the fun at once! :D

Debra JGL
08-06-2010, 10:20 PM
Thanks ladies for the suggestions and recommendations! I went over to a store nearby, Bonton, that I know has alot of Clark shoes. The Privo's were there, but there were also some slip on Easy Spirit (Treasured) sneaker type shoes. I really like them both. I like too that the slip on's have wiggle room for most likely swollen feet. Alright, now onto finding a good front clasp bra -though I'm sure I'll just be free styling it for a while:-)

JennyRN
08-07-2010, 12:09 PM
I haven't put on sneakers since before my surgery. I absolutely HATE sneakers. I've used flip flops all summer since my surgery so there's been no need to tie anything. I know they aren't great for you, but I've always been a flip flop girl and they are Rainbows so they at least have a (small) arch support.

debbei
08-07-2010, 01:51 PM
Thanks ladies for the suggestions and recommendations! I went over to a store nearby, Bonton, that I know has alot of Clark shoes. The Privo's were there, but there were also some slip on Easy Spirit (Treasured) sneaker type shoes. I really like them both. I like too that the slip on's have wiggle room for most likely swollen feet. Alright, now onto finding a good front clasp bra -though I'm sure I'll just be free styling it for a while:-)

Debra,
I lived in camisoles with shelf bras built in for MONTHS. A regular bra didn't feel normal for me until well over a year post-op. I had lots of muscle spasms around the left shoulder blade--for me an area where the brastap covered.