MD Podiatrist Comments or Birkenstocks

Are Birkenstocks actually a good choice? We consulted podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM to get all of the details. There’s a reason why you’ve heard so many people raving about how comfortable and supportive Birkenstocks are through the years. According to the brand, the original Birkenstock footbed is at the heart of all the models of the shoes. Made from a mix of cork and latex, it features a deep heel cup, arch support, and a roomy toe box.


The deep heel cup in Birkenstocks gives you some stability and can also help control pronation, Dr. Michaels said; whereas the average sandal or flip-flop offers little to no support and has flat footbeds. Birkenstocks also have a raised toe bar, which he said “can put the toes in a more comfortable position, especially if you have something like hammer toes or a flat foot. And it really helps with slippage.” 

The Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC Team

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