Rocker soles on shoes have been shown in a number of studies (some
listed below) to substantially relieve pain associated with a variety of
foot problems. Depending on where the rocker is placed on the shoe, it
can provide different benefits.
Types of Rockers Soles
Forefoot Rocker Sole: A rocker placed just behind the metatarsal
heads is very effective at reducing pressure under the ball of the foot
and reducing motion in the toe joints. Thus we use it for treating
hallux limitus (big toe arthritis)
and ball-of-foot pain.
Heel to Toe Rocker Sole: As you can see in the picture, this type of rocker sole has the thickest point farther back on the shoe. This type of rocker shoe can be effective for limiting ankle and midfoot motion. Thus, it is helpful when a patient has ankle arthritis or midfoot arthritis.. It also can reduce force on the heel at heel strike, as the foot rolls faster off of the heel.
How Do You Get a Rocker Sole on Your Shoe?
There are several ways to get rocker bottom soles on your shoes:
Prescription for a Rocker Sole
We can write a prescription to have a rocker added to many types of shoes – including running shoes and women’s dress shoes. Once we write the prescription we will refer you to skilled shoe technicians in the Seattle area to have the work done on your shoes. Contact us for an appointment to discuss a rocker shoe prescription.
Purchasing a Shoe with a Rocker Sole
Some shoes come with rocker soles built-in. In fact, it has become a bit of a fad lately and brands like MBT and Sketchers are marketing rocker soled shoes as “fitness shoes" and claiming they will strengthen your muscles just by wearing them. Don’t believe them. These shoes do, however, have pretty good rocker soles and if you are a candidate for a rocker you may want to try them. Dansko offers particularly good rockers for people with ball-of-foot pain and big toe joint pain. These are brands that currently come with rockers:
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