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What To Do When Kirsten Doesn’t Answer Your Email

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Dear readers,

Recently some of you have submitted requests for help in locating the perfect comfortable shoe for your problem feet.  While I’d love to answer each one with astute, well-researched options, I fall short in the time department balancing motherhood, doctor appointments, chronic pain,  keeping up a house and spending time with my family. Also, as I continue to learn more about maladies of the foot, I realize that I am by no means qualified to give shoe advice for certain conditions. I’m not a podiatrist and I’d hate to make a recommendation that would only worsen your condition. I can write rather intelligently about common problems such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, ball-of-foot pain, but I’m admittedly clueless when it comes to diabetic neuropathy, severe pronation, turf toe (I kid you not), or Charcot foot.

If you don’t hear back from me, try the following to find shoe help for your “barking dogs.” But please know, I always read your emails and appreciate every one! And if you’ve heard back from me, leave a comment so everyone knows I’m not a complete slacker.

  • Check the “Shoes for Problem Feet” category on the right sidebar for features and reviews of footwear to alleviate some of the most basic foot problems.
  • Visit You’ll be able to shop for shoes by condition and contact a certified podiatrist for help with your specific problem. Visit their blog for even more helpful foot and shoe information.
  • Check out Shop by condition, find great sales. Footsmart carries a wide selection of brands from very orthopedic to stylish comfort, plus insoles, arch supports and all manner of foot contraptions.
  • Perhaps you have perfectly healthy feet, they’re just big, little, extra-wide, or super narrow. Have you looked at They carry fashionable footwear from sizes 4 narrow to 13 WWW!
  • Happy Feet Plus has a wealth of information regarding foot pain, arch types, Morton’s neuroma and more. They specialize in Birkenstock and Finn Comfort brands but carry other popular comfort brands.  Be sure to click on Jane’s Picks–today it’s the Birkenstock Bern Soft Footbed clog for 25% off! I tried out their online chat help with a foot health specialist and got an immediate answer to my question. Now that’s service.
  • If your podiatrist can only recommend the standard white New Balance as a cure-all for your foot problem then you need to peruse the updated list of all shoes awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the options open to you.

If I’ve missed a helpful link to a foot health website, please leave a comment to let me and other readers know.


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8 Responses to What To Do When Kirsten Doesn’t Answer Your Email

  1. cedar says:

    You are so wonderful. Thank you for this extremely helpful post. I am afraid I am one of your readers who did cut into your valuable time, and I do want to thank you sincerely for replying to me “in person.” You are The Best.

  2. jenny says:

    hey! great post. I DID email you a question, but only because you have written posts answering people’s questions, it seemed like. You’re like “Dear Abby” for feet. 🙂

  3. Cece says:

    So helpful — great post! 🙂

  4. Ana Marie says:

    Your articles are so informative to those of us who have foot problems. You do an excellent job of reviewing shoes for suitable for common foot ailments. Keep up the good work! Thank you.

  5. Dr. Cathleen McCarthy says:

    Hi Kirsten!
    Since I actually have to use my “Podiatrist Voice” all day every day – I would love it if you could add my blog to this link. 🙂
    Hope all is well,
    Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

  6. DWilliams says:

    Busted link-

    American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance

  7. Derek Roach says:

    Hi Kirsten- I wanted to mention as a orthopedic and diabetic shoe store as well as a resource for foot health information on the blog. Would you consider adding to your list?

  8. Judy says:

    9/1/2017 hi Kirsten thank you for responding back to my email and posting my query for shoes that work for someone w knee issues a long with arthritis in the toes –i.e. HR or HL. I appreciated your response and it was so good to know others have the same concerns ( though truthfully I wouldn’t wish this on anyone)! Love your blog and all the research you do… helpful
    Thank you,

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