- Paperback: 265 pages
- Publisher: Cardinal Publisher's Group; 1st edition (April 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0942664027
- ISBN-13: 978-0942664027
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book has been brilliantly written, with the sincerest of purposes. To help people through the use of preventative measures. To give hope to the millions of people who suffer daily, whose lives are in upheaval while they search for magic to stop the pain, to sleep, to walk, just to feel better. --AllBook Review
About the Author
Dr. Burton S. Schuler is a graduated of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and has been in private practice since 1984. He is the author of The Agony of De-Feet (1982.) He has written for Collier's Encyclopedia and various podiatric journals and publications and been interviewed by The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and First in Women, and has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs. In 1994, Dr. Schuler and his staff became the first podiatric facility in the south to be accredited as a pain program, for the treatment of painful conditions of the feet. He has been a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management, the National Board of Podiatric Examiners, and the American Academy of Wound Management. He has the support of the Morton family and lives in Panama City, Fl.
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I read this book in one afternoon, because let's face it, what the heck else was I going to do? I couldn't go anywhere and enjoy myself. I couldn't even sit and work at my computer for more than twenty minutes. After I finished the book I limped to my car and headed to the pharmacy to pick up about $9 worth of supplies. I limped home, sat back on the couch, made my first splint and taped it to the bottom of my foot.
I then got up off the couch and walked across the room like it was nothing. I hadn't done that in years. I cried.
Of course my feet were sore for several days after, as my foot and leg muscles adjusted after 37 years of improper weight distribution. But I haven't had a single sharp shooting pain since. It seems I'm well on my way to total recovery. I absolutely can't believe it. Thank you, doctor. A thousand thank yous
Oh, by the way I was in physical therapy for something else and casually brought up the fact that my foot was always hurting, so my P.T. said slip off your shoes and socks and let's have a look. Her first words well that's because you have Morton's toe! She went into great detail on the problems associated with Morton's toe! No podiatrist has ever told me anything about Morton's toe. I am forever grateful that my P.T. set me on the path to rectify this painful foot issue.
GREAT book, and simple solution!
I have hyper mobile, totally flat feet. Not technically a Morton's toe, but as Dr. Schuler explains, a hypermobile first metatarsal can cause the same problems as a Morton's toe. I have a rotated pelvis, pain in hips, knees, thighs and neck and shoulder, Morton's neuroma, peroneal tendonitis, bunion, for many years. I began seeing a trigger point release practitioner last year and my feet changed, for the better so I stopped wearing the horrid orthotics, one of many, many custom made pairs, that never helped me and began wearing a good motion control shoe which made matters somewhat worse. They seemed to aggravate the neuroma and the pain in my bunion and the peroneal tendonitis in my ankle. PLus I continued to have excruciatingly tight muscles in my thighs and calves no matter what trigger points were released. I figured my feet were involved with that and began researching the web. I found Dr. Schuler's book and ordered it right away. I made the toe pad from an old shoe liner, as I have many insoles in bags in my closet. My feet feel more stable and I actually took a short walk, something I have not been able to do, in a neutral pair of Brooks Ghost running shoes. I'm afraid to totally rejoice just yet. When I walk my first mile in six years, I know I will cry and thank God again for Dr. Schuler's book.
As a sort of funny side note, I thought I'd see one of my many podiatrist doctors I've seen over the years and ask him his opinion of this method and ask if he had shoe recommendations. He actually told me it was all in my head that I felt better all over and that he didn't believe in Morton's toe contributing to any issues in the body. I left and cried, never having been so embarrassed in my life. So much for open minded physicians.
A note to people trying this for the first time....My feet feel weird, like there's pressure on them but not in a bad way. I also wore a 1/4" lift on my left leg for a few years which compounded all my pain issues. That was some stupid pain management doctor's solution to having a rotated pelvis. NO ONE ever really looked at my feet as a cause. So my feet have been through a lot and I suspect this will take some time to adjust.
Bottom line, buy the book and try the toe pad. If I didn't live 2,000 miles away from Dr. Schuler, I'd drive there myself to thank him in person.
I'm 61 and hopefully can get back to walking regularly.