Hello World! Now Shipping Internationally

May 17th, 2011 by Jenna Goldberg | 1 Comment So Far

Bongo International LogoYes, we care just as much about foreign feet, and now HealthyFeetStore.com has the shipping capabilities to prove it! We have partnered with Bongo International Parcel and Mail Forwarding to serve international shoppers, making hard-to-find healthy shoes accessible to customers outside the U.S. who are searching for physician-recommended specialty shoes and foot health information.

When HealthyFeetStore.com began in 2003, the goal was to provide diabetic, orthopedic and therapeutic shoes to customers that couldn’t find them in retail stores. Today HealthyFeetStore.com carries over 72 brands of these hard-to-find specialty shoes, however, the online shoe store wasn’t available to customers outside the United States, until now.

Using Bongo International, HealthyFeetStore.com is able to ship to 225 countries and save customers up to 82% off typical international shipping rates.

Here’s How to Order:
1. Register with Bongo and receive a U.S. shipping address
2. Enter the assigned Bongo address as both your billing and shipping address
3. Use the credit card that you have on file with Bongo as the payment method
4. Once the order arrives at Bongo, log into your account to forward package to your country.

Visit the International Shipping Page for more information at HealthyFeetStore.com.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month – Feet Have Skin Too

May 13th, 2011 by John Almodovar | Be The First To Comment

Sun Tan Lotion Applied on Foot and Leg

So it’s the month of May and a lot of us are already thinking about spending time outside to enjoy everything that the sun has to offer.  Summer is almost here, which means planning many outdoor excursions at the beach and attending many poolside parties with friends.  But our skin pays the price for the enjoyment we get from blue, cloudless skies; and unfortunately, it’s the UV (ultraviolet) rays from the sun that do all of the damage.  But how is that possible?  How is having nice, tanned skin a bad thing – doesn’t it enhance one’s appearance?  Well, even though tanned skin is found appealing to some, the reality is that the darker the skin gets, the more it’s damaged from ultraviolet radiation, and this could cause skin cancer.

Skin Cancer: The Three Most Common
Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are types of skin cancer that are common and can be treated effectively; but then there is malignant melanoma, which out the three is more serious and can be difficult to treat in its later stages.

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma: This is the most common type of skin cancer in the United States; and even though it accounts for more than 90% of all skin cancer in the country, it hardly ever metastasizes to other parts of the body.  Those with light colored skin and who are constantly or infrequently exposed to the sun are at risk.  Basal cell carcinoma can affect parts of the body that are often exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, ears, scalp, shoulders and back.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma: This is the second most common type of skin cancer that occurs in the U.S. and affects millions. Lighter skin individuals are at risk, however, it can also occur in those with dark skin.  Constant sun exposure is a major reason why individuals get squamous cell carcinoma; and even though it can affect similar parts of the body as basal cell carcinoma, it can also occur in the esophagus, lungs, bladder, prostate, penis and vagina.
  • Melanoma: As the most serious and challenging type of skin cancer to treat, this type of skin cancer is responsible for more than 75% of skin cancer related deaths.  Anyone who’s exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation can be at risk; especially those with fair or freckled skin, have a great amount of moles on the body or large mole since birth, have experienced intense sun bathing, have had blistering sunburns, have blue or green eyes, or red and blond hair, and have a history of melanoma in the family.  If not treated right away, melanoma can be  dangerous and fatal because it can spread to other parts of the body that are hard to treat such as the lympth nodes, lungs, liver, bones and brain.

Take Preventative Measures

  • Protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
    • When outside, avoid the sun as much as possible by seeking shelter under shaded areas.
    • Wear hats that protect the face and neck area.
    • Wear dark clothing to help absorb UV rays.
    • Wear clothes that cover your skin.
    • Apply sunscreen (SPF of 15 or higher) on sunny and overcast days (UV rays can penetrate clouds).
    • Make sure to apply sunscreen on all parts of the body, especially those that are often ignored (feet, hands, ears, lips, neck, and scalp).
    • Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps – they can also damage the skin and cause skin cancer.
    • Wear sunglasses with a wrap around design that offer UVA and UVB protection.
  • Check your body for moles or irregular mole-like appearances.  Don’t neglect your feet (check between toes) or other hard to see areas of your body since these mole-like appearances can form anywhere.  If you need help, ask a friend or a loved one for assistance.
  • Visit your health care professional if you find or suspect mole-like appearance on your body.

Get Moving This May!

May 10th, 2011 by Jenna Goldberg | Be The First To Comment

May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

It was 1983 under the Reagan Administration when the White House declared May National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Today, more than ever, Americans are encouraged to maintain a healthy fitness regimen, as well as help their kids get proper exercise, as part of adopting a healthy lifestyle. This week is National Women’s Health week as well, reminding women to make health a top priority. So whether you enjoy biking, basketball, swimming or soccer, get out there!

Need some encouragement?

Join The President’s Challenge to jump-start your physical activity and fitness plan. Download tools and resources, as well as a fitness test to measure your level and learn how to improve. This week is also National Women’s Health Week 2011, “It’s Your Time,” which promotes health and wellness, as well as reminds women to take the time to care for themselves.

 Make health a top priority:

  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Every week: Get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both.
  • Schedule regular check-ups and preventive screenings
  • Avoid risky behaviors, such as smoking or not wearing a helmet
  • Rest: allow time for the body to recover each day, and get 7-9 hours of sleep

  • Great active shoes to get you started:
    New Balance 860- Women's Walking & Running Shoe for the CureWomen’s: New Balance 860- Women’s Walking & Running Shoe for the Cure is a lightweight shoe designed for runners seeking premium cushioning. For each shoe purchased, New Balance will contribute 5% of the suggested retail price of sales from the Lace Up for the Cure® Collection, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $500,000 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

     

    New Balance 940- Men's Walking & Running SHoe

    Men’s: New Balance 940- Men’s Walking & Running Shoe is designed for runners with moderate to severe over-pronation. Features of this shoe include premium cushioning, revolutionary Stabilicore medial posting, and ANZORB® Strobel Board for shock absorption, STABILITY WEB® for midfoot support, and a Sueded Synthetic & Mesh upper. Get moving!

    Propet Tour Walker Strap- Women's Diabetic Shoe

    Women’s Diabetic: Propet Tour Walker Strap- Women’s Diabetic Shoe has many healthy features, as well as A5500 certificaiton and the best sole wear guarantee in the industry. With both external and internal heel counters plus a cushioned EVA midsole for comfort, this shoe will keep you moving through National Women’s Health Week.

    Spira Classic Leather- Men’s Walking Shoe (Black) is super cushioned, equipped with Wave Spring® technology at the forefoot and heel to minimize shock absorption. This shoe has a full grain leather upper, a high grade EVA midsole, and a durable rubber outsole. The Spira Classic Leather will keep feet comfortable as you take on the President’s Challenge.

    CABOT P.O.L. Cream: Protect Skin at Risk

    May 6th, 2011 by John Almodovar | Be The First To Comment

    CABOT P.O.L. Diabetic Skin CreamSensitive skin can be hard to protect at times from certain injuries and conditions such as burns, irritation, and pressure ulcers; but now with the help of CABOT P.O.L. diabetic skin cream, you’ll be able to treat and enhance the health of your skin.  This cream is clinically tested and doctor recommended for the most sensitive skin.  What separates this cream from the rest is the fact that it’s formulated with needed ingredients to restore, nourish and hydrate the skin: It contains 25% P.O.L. (Pure Omental Lipids), Vitamins A and E, Allatoin, Glycerin, Dimethicone, and Hyaluronic Acid – all of which can help progress nutrient flow, enhance tissue repair, encourage new skin cell growth, and restore skin elasticity; you won’t have to worry about irritated, dry, and cracked skin anymore.  CABOT P.O.L. skin cream is the solution to healthy, smooth skin.

    Notable ingredients:

    25% Pure Omental Lipids help stimulate microcirculation, retain moisture in skin, improve nutrient flow to the skin, and promote skin regeneration.

    Vitamin A helps stimulate new skin cells and is an antioxidant that is crucial for skin repair.

    Vitamin E is an antioxidant that provides protection and is essential for tissue repair.

    Allantoin minimizes irritation; it heals and soothes skin, and eliminates cracking and chafing.  It also encourages healthy tissue formation all while softening the skin.

    Dimethicone is a moisture binding agent.  It not only conditions the skin, but also protects it; and it’s helpful for wound care.

    Hyaluronic Acid attracts and locks water in the dermis layer of the skin and helps restore elasticity.

    Glycerin helps draw moisture and keep the intercellular layer intact.  Plus, it forms a natural barrier to retain moisture.

    GIVEAWAY: WIN A $50.00 Gift Certificate

    May 3rd, 2011 by Melissa Kumler | 29 Comments So Far

    It’s giveaway time again! This month we want to celebrate mom by giving away a $50.00 gift certificate to use on anything on our website! Remember, she’s worked hard to be there for you through the good times and the bad, so why not be there for her on this Mother’s Day. Let us help you treat mom to the comfort she deserves by giving her the gift of foot health.

    Date of Giveaway:
    All day today and tomorrow, May 3rd and 4th.

    To Be A Winner: One winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be announced on Thursday, May 5th, 2011. If the winner does not claim his/her prize within 7 days, an alternate winner will be selected.

    What You Could Win: $50.00 Gift Certificate to use on anything at HealthyFeetStore.com.

    How to Enter:

    1. Answer one of the following questions as a comment on this blog post. You will get 2 entries if you answer both questions.
      • What is your most memorable Mother’s Day?
      • Tell us why you want to win this gift certificate for your mom.
    2. Earn EXTRA ENTRIES:
      • Share this blog post with your Facebook friends and let us know by posting on our Facebook wall.
      • Tweet about our giveaway using the hash tag #healthyfeet.

    Find us on Twitter: @GetHealthyFeet

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    Good luck!

    We will announce and contact the winner on Thursday, May 5th, 2011.

    Do’s and Don’ts: Gifts for Mom

    Apr 29th, 2011 by Jenna Goldberg | Be The First To Comment


    All year long, Mom works hard to keep the family happy, but May 8th is her day, and she deserves a great gift on Mother’s Day. So don’t wrap up the usual lotions and candles, give Mom the gift of foot health this Mother’s Day. FREE shipping for Mother’s Day, offer expires 5/8 midnight.

    Check out the products featured in this video for some great gift ideas on HealthyFeetStore.com for Mom (and some not so great alternatives.)

     

     

    Podiatrist – Pedorthist: Foot Health Professionals

    Apr 26th, 2011 by John Almodovar | Be The First To Comment

    For the majority of us, going about our business on a daily basis usually includes activities that require us to walk from one place to another, and as we do this we typically don’t think about our feet.  We tend to  forget about them even though they’re constantly taking a beating as we run, shuffle, stomp, walk and tip toe on various surfaces from cement sidewalks to dirt trails.  But as time goes on, there’s a good chance that our feet could give us issues, painful issues that if left untreated can likely make us stop in our tracks.

    When foot issues occur, it’s time to see a foot health professional, which depending on the patient and the foot condition, can be a number of possibilities from a DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) to a C. Ped (Certified Pedorthists).

    So what’s the difference between a podiatrist and a pedorthist?

    Podiatrist: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)
    The practice of podiatry consists of the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg.  This practice also includes treatment of a variety of conditions that affect the feet – whether the condition is due to circulatory reasons such as edema, to foot deformities caused by wearing improper shoes such as bunions and hammertoes, to even foot odor related issues such as athlete’s foot.  Most podiatrists have solo, surgical practices; but there are some that form larger practices that include orthopedic groups and specialty groups (sports medicine, podopaediatrics, reconstructive surgery, biomechanics, and primary care).  Podiatrists also prescribe drugs, perform physical therapy, fit custom orthotics, and design custom-made shoes.

    Pedorthist: C. Ped (Certified Pedorthist)
    A pedorthist is a foot health professional who’s trained in the use of proper footwear and supportive devices to prevent or treat numerous foot conditions.  Although pedorthists are not doctors or surgically trained, their specialty includes knowledge of biomechanics and lower limb anatomy.  There are numerous aspects in the field of pedorthics, which include modifying of orthopedic footwear, casting and fitting of custom orthotics, and analyzing gait, footwear and range-of-motion.  The role of a pedorthist is to help restore mobility through filling prescriptions and by recommending proper footwear and over the counter supportive devices to treat, minimize or prevent foot pain and discomfort.

    If you have foot issues, it is highly recommended to see your primary physician, who will assess your condition and most likely refer you to a podiatrist.  Then depending on treatment, the podiatrist could refer you to a certified pedorthist.

    Enjoy Earth Day Weekend

    Apr 22nd, 2011 by Jenna Goldberg | 1 Comment So Far

    Earth Day can be a reminder for all of us to get off the couch and enjoy what the outdoors has to offer, and HealthyFeetStore.com reminds you to wear activity- appropriate shoes while doing it! The temperatures are creeping upwards and the clouds are beginning to part. Outdoor activities are popping up on your calendar and it’s time to stock your shoe collection accordingly. Here are some of the many quality outdoor- friendly shoes we carry at HealthyFeetStore.com. Find the perfect pair for a relaxing day at the beach, vigorous hike, or enjoying an outdoor concert.

    A Day at the Beach:

    Women: Spenco Kholo Polysorb Arch Support
    Not your $2 flip flop, the Kholo is super padded with a deep heel cup and outstanding arch support- it’s like a hammock for your feet. These babies will conform to the foot with wear, absorb shock, and reduce pain in the forefoot by reducing pressure in the ball of foot area. Purchase a pair in bright purple, pink (or stick to black if you must) and hit the beach!

    Men: Sole Casual Flips-Men’s Arch Support Sandals  
    Keep it orthopedic in the outdoors. Sole Casual Flips are American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) approved and with a stylish cork design, they’re spouse approved as well. The upper strap is made with 50% recycled material and 50% hemp with a modest, plaid pattern. Arch support helps align feet, legs, and lower back while the deep heel cup provides stability. For improved footing, the durable outsole is a blend of natural and synthetic rubbers. This sandal is also beneficial for someone suffering from plantar fasciitis, shin splints, back pain, and pronation. But don’t worry about all that, just wear Sole Casual Flips, life’s a beach.

    Go on a Vigorous Hike:

    Women: Aetrex Sedona Trail Runner
    Go off the beaten path with this shoe. With a highly breathable, technologically advanced mesh upper, you can hike in the heat and deflect the water from the stream. The Tuff-toe® industrial strength rubber toe guard protects your feet from rocks and branches, and the soft, padded collar prevents blisters. The dual removable insoles provide adjustable depth, and the anatomically designed toe box accommodates bunions and corns. The Sedona Trail Runner will keep your feet happy from start to finish.

    Men: New Balance 759- Men’s Walking and Running Shoe
    This shoe is lightweight and durable with shock absorbing features that help you stay strong throughout your trek. The synthetic/ mesh upper is water resistant for runs by the creek and has reflective details for better visibility to cars while running on a warm night. For comfort and protection against blisters, the dual density collar is cushioned and provides firm support. The New Balance 759 has features ideal for the outdoors man and sporty appearance for all outdoor occasions.

    Enjoy an Outdoor Event:

    Women: Naot Sarasota Women’s Classic Sandal
    Wearing the Naot Sarasota, your friends will like the fashion, while your feet will love the feeling. These sandals have a buckle strap at the instep and a beaded embellishment on the center of the foot, perfect to wear with a summer dress or casual shorts and top. Naot sandals are designed with a combination cork and latex footbed that conforms to the foot with wear. The deep heel indentation and hallux support keep the foot in place, in case you have to chase down a Frisbee or the band plays your favorite song.

    Men: Naot Climb Sandals
    Real men wear sandals, man sandals. Part of Naot’s Vibe Collection, the Climb Sandal is fully adjustable with two hook and loop closure straps for a secure fit. The padded technical lining is soft and moisture absorbent. Naot is known for their footbeds, and this collection features a footbed of anatomic cork and latex, and wrapped in suede, which molds to the foot with wear. The polyurethane sole has traction for walking on terrain while doing manly, outdoor things.

    In honor of Earth Day we are offering free shipping on all orders through Earth Day weekend! Coupon Code: earthday2011
    (Via US Domestic Ground Shipping only, expires midnight PST 4/24)

    The Stick and Foot Wheel Offer Muscle Recovery and Pain Relief

    Apr 19th, 2011 by John Almodovar | Be The First To Comment

    Leg Pain

    Exercising and training can take a devastating toll on some of the major muscle groups of the body, especially during extreme workouts; but with the help of two revolutionary devices, The Stick and Foot Wheel, you can manage your muscles to faster recovery.  Both of these devices provide trigger point therapy and are used by professional athletes around the world.  In fact, these devices are so important in muscle management that they’re used by various United States Olympic Training Centers.

    Developed by RPI of Atlanta, The Stick and Foot Wheel allow users to incorporate Intracell® Technology before and after their workouts.  This muscle management technique helps restore muscle memory and aids muscle recuperation by locating and extinguishing trigger points (tight knotted areas in muscles) that if left untreated impair critical body fluid and normal blood flow that can cause stiffness, fatigue and pain.

    The Stick
    The StickThis device is made of flexible, space-age plastic that consists of a center rod surrounded by spindles that roll independently.  This design allows the user to roll The Stick over muscles to locate trigger points that could cause tightness, soreness and fatigue, which ultimately impede muscle functionality and overall athletic performance.  By using the stick before and after workouts, users can increase muscle performance, flexibility, relaxation and recuperation.  The Stick has been featured in USA Today and seen on HBO’s critically acclaimed sport’s show: Inside the NFL.  The Stick is recommended for plantar fasciitis, heel pain, arch pain, calf pain, leg pain, muscle cramps, and muscle soreness.

    Foot Wheel
    Foot WheelPlantar fasciitis is one of the leading foot conditions in the United States that causes pain, but with the help of the Foot Wheel, users will be able to roll away discomfort.  The Foot Wheel has a unique design made up of three center-balanced wheels that independently roll to relieve foot pain and soreness along the three major arches and support muscles in the foot.  The key is in the design, which provides trigger point therapy to help relax muscle knots and help stretch vital muscles in the foot.  By rolling the foot over the Foot Wheel, one will improve foot functionality and allow proper blood circulation in the foot that is vital for recovery and treatment.  The Foot Wheel is recommended for plantar fasciitis, arch pain, heel pain and foot pain.

    Our Flippin’ Favorites

    Apr 15th, 2011 by Jenna Goldberg | Be The First To Comment

    No matter how many flavors you try, one always remains your favorite. Shoes are no different. When it comes time to pull out the flip-flops for warmer seasons everyone has their “go-to” pair, whether the reason may be color, comfort or design. There’s a wide variety of sandals on HeatlhyFeetStore.com so find your new favorite flip. Here’s what’s flip-flopping around the HealthyFeetStore.com office this spring.

     “The Spenco Yumi Polysorb Arch Support Sandals are the most comfortable pair of flip flops I have ever worn.  I’m not a typical flip flop wearer – I tend to prefer sport sandals with adjustable straps, but when it comes to house shoes I go with flip flops, and Spenco sandals are my number one choice. They’re extremely lightweight yet durable and sturdy at the same time.  The arch support and established heel cup provide an exceptional, stable fit.  I can feel improvement in my posture and in the alignment of my lower limbs when walking – no foot fatigue or discomfort.  I also like the fact that I didn’t have to break them in: The Spenco Yumi flip flops were comfortable to wear from day one.” –John

    “As the proud owner of a healthy, mature size 7.5 foot, one of my absolutely favorite shoes is the  Sole Casual Flips – Women’s Arch Support Sandals. The combination of the wear moldable cork footbed, decorative strapping enhance, feel-good arch support and heel cup allows me the flexibility to wear these almost everywhere.  I order the size 8 so I have correct arch placement prefer to wear my sandals with a protective inch in the forefoot.  As the staff Pedorthist, I have a nice collection of APMA approved flipflops, but these end up one my feet more often than not.” –Barbara

    “I bought the Orthaheel Solana- Adjustable Thong Sandal last summer, wore it all summer, and it’s still a favorite sandal of mine. The Solana offers the most overall support of any flip-flop sandal that I’ve worn, including amazing arch support. In addition to being so supportive, I love the design of the straps. The thin double straps are feminine and unique to an ordinary flip-flop. The buckles are adjustable, which provides each individual that perfect fit to their unique foot shape. It’s not a super casual sandal and it’s not a super dressy sandal, so I can wear them with casual shorts or a sun dress.” -Melissa 

    “I started wearing the Orthaheel Allegre- Women’s Arch Support Flip Flop Sandal about a month ago and these flip-flops are super comfortable and cute. They’re lightweight with great arch support and a heel cup that supports my foot well. I love them because wearing them actually feels better than walking barefoot, and have really helped align my legs and lower back, relieving my legs from my chronic shin splints caused by running. Also you would never guess that they’re orthopedic, the design has a leather floral upper that goes with most any outfit, and the wood look is classic.” -Jenna

     

    “My favorite flip-flop is the Sole Sports Flip. This is our second year carrying Sole and the second year it’s once again my favorite. Not only do they look sporty, but they also have a casual look about them. They fit extremely well, and provide a lot of support in the arch, and by far the most supportive and comfortable footbed. I recommend this flip-flop to any man or woman.” -Rich