Get Your Feet Ready for Spring

Mar 22nd, 2011 by Jenna Goldberg | Be The First To Comment

 

Feet Ready For Spring

You can’t hide ‘em anymore; the spring season has arrived and it’s time to get your feet sandal ready. It’s been a while since your feet saw the light of day after hibernating in boots and slippers all winter, here are some foot care products to help rehab your feet so you can slip into those sandals with confidence.

Get smooth feet with the Gilden Tree Foot Scrubber

Use the Gilden Tree Terra Cotta Feet Scrubber with soap and water to exfoliate, eliminate calluses, and smooth your feet. The foot scrubber is an easy way to remove dead skin cell build up and prevent cracked heels. This product is recommended by Podiatrist Jeff Hurless and featured in Oprah’s O Magazine as a must have for sandal weather. The Gilden Tree Company is environmentally conscious and creates products such as the Gilden Tree Terra Cotta Feet Scrubber to be durable and long- lasting, as well as eco-friendly. This product was handmade by a women’s cottage industry in Pakistan, and when you purchase your foot scrubber The Gilden Tree Company donates a portion of the proceeds to an education fund for Pakistani women and their children.

EverStride Pro Therapy Foot Treatment CreamReplenish your feet using EverStride Pro Therapy Foot Treatment Cream, a foot care product created by marathon runners to heal dry, cracked, and chafed skin, as well as prevent blisters and calluses. This product contains tannic acid and carbamide to prevent fungus and blisters. EverStride Pro Therapy Foot Treatment heals feet fast, so apply the foot cream twice a day and wear 100% cotton socks overnight to have healthy, attractive feet for the spring season.

Dr. Remedy's Enriched Anti fungal Non-Toxic Nail PolishAdd some color to your toes with Dr.’s Remedy Enriched, Antifunal, Non-Toxic Nail Polish. This line of healthy nail polish is enriched with tea tree oil and garlic bulb extract to prevent toenail fungus and added vitamin C and vitamin E to strengthen nail enamel. Dr.’s Remedy Enriched, Antifungal, Non-Toxic Nail Polish leaves out harmful ingredients that other nail polish contain, and meets the standards for non- toxic nail polish as set by Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. This means the polish is Formaldehyde-free, Toluene-free, and DBP-free (Dibutyl phthalate) and safe for pregnant women and children, with no risk of ingesting toxic chemicals that may cause kidney and liver damage, infertility, birth defects, or cancer. Add a top coat of Dr.’s Remedy Enriched, Antifungal, Non-Toxic Nail Polish to your spring color for long- lasting painted nails.

Pro-Tec Athletics Massage Balls for Plantar Fasciitis ReliefTreat your feet with the Pro-Tec Athletics Massage Balls for Plantar Fascilitis Relief, a great way to stretch and relax the plantar fascia (the ligament that stretches from your toe joints to your heel) and loosen up any areas of tension in your feet. For comfortable therapy, roll your foot over The Massage Ball and soothe your aches and pains. This product is great for men and women who are on their feet at work, or after a long day of wearing dress shoes. The Massage Ball will relieve your feet from Plantar Fasciitis discomfort, so you look and feel great in your spring sandals.

Top 5 Footwear Products of 2010

Mar 18th, 2011 by John Almodovar | Be The First To Comment

As mentioned in our previous blog post: Top 5 Foot Care Products of 2010, we had one of our best years in sales!  Not only did we sell a variety of foot care products, but also numerous styles of shoes, slippers, sandals and other types of footwear.  Here is our list of the top 5 selling footwear products of 2010.

Moszkito Coast Fuzzy – Women’s Arch Support Slipper
Moszkito Coast Fuzzy Slippers for WomenThis women’s slipper can be worn indoors or outdoors – it’s just that durable.  The sheepskin material coupled with an easy slip on design gives this women’s slipper an ultra-comfortable fit.  But what really makes the Moszkito Coast Fuzzy Slipper outstanding is its arch support design (16MM), which can help minimize heel pain, arch pain, knee pain and discomfort from plantar fasciitis.  The heel cup design will provide extra stability while the rubber outsole offers added traction and is non-marring – you’ll gain better footing and not scuff floors at the same time.

Orthaheel Women’s Arch Support Flip Flop Sandal, Tide
Orthaheel Tide Arch Support Flip Flop for Men and WomenUnlike the poorly made sandals you’ll find at local drugstores, the Orthaheel Tide comes with a slew of features that will help improve foot functionality.  This podiatrist designed women’s flip flop sandal offers biomechanical correction for excessive pronation – this means that by wearing this sandal you’ll gain arch support and heel stabilization so that your lower limbs align properly, reducing the chances of experiencing heel pain, arch pain, foot pain, plantar fasciitis pain and back pain.  The Orthaheel Tide Women’s Arch Support Flip Flop Sandal is also approved by the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association).

Cloud Nine Men’s Sheepskin Moccasin Slippers
Cloud Nine Sheepsking Moccasin Slippers for MenThis is a fabulous house shoe that will keep your feet comfy while lounging around at home.  What makes this men’s slipper a favorite is the sheepskin lining, which will keep your feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter because sheepskin is thermostatic.  This men’s sheepskin slipper comes with a memory foam midsole for added comfort, has a removable insole to accommodate custom orthotics and has a long-lasting outsole with added traction for better footing.  The Cloud Nine Men’s Sheepskin Moccasin Slipper is made from sheepskin imported from Australia and New Zealand.

Comfortrite Women’s Diabetic Slippers, Heritage
Comfortrite Heritage Diabetic Slipper for WomenThis slipper is an absolute favorite among our customers because it fulfills many of the requirements needed to accommodate diabetic feet, edema and extra wide feet; plus, it can also be used as a post-operative recovery house shoe.  The wide adjustable strap incorporates VELCRO® material to ensure an optimal fit at the closure.  Two removable inserts allow the wearer to adjust the depth while the pull tab at the heel helps with easy on/off.  The Comfortrite Heritage Women’s Diabetic Slipper is made with non-allergenic synthetic boiled wool material.

Orthaheel Men’s & Women’s Healthy Flip Flop Sandal, Wave
Orthaheel Wave Flip Flop for Men and WomenThe Orthaheel Wave has the exact same footbed design as the Tide, with the exception of the upper strap that has a slightly different look.  As mentioned above, Orthaheel has really made a difference in improving the flip flop design by ensuring that wearers experience proper arch support and stability at the heel to minimize over-pronation and excessive supination.  No longer will wearers have to worry about foot fatigue during a beach excursion or a summer outing with the Orthaheel Wave Men’s & Women’s Flip Flop Sandal.

Top 5 Foot Care Products of 2010

Mar 11th, 2011 by John Almodovar | Be The First To Comment

HealthyFeetStore.com had another record-breaking year in 2010 with even more orders processed than the previous year.  According to our statistics, the items listed below were our top 5 selling foot care products in 2010.

Dr.’s Remedy Enriched, Antifungal, Non-Toxic Nail Polish
Dr.'s Remedy Non-Toxic Nail PolishWe have been fortunate to receive many positive reviews about this product – it seems that our customers can not get enough of this safe, non-toxic nail polish.  Dr.’s Remedy Non-Toxic Nail Polish was developed by two board certified podiatrists: Dr. Cirlincione and Dr. William Spielfogel.  This product contains a slew of ingredients that are healthy for nails such as tea tree oil and garlic bulb extract, a pair of all-natural antifungal and antibacterial ingredients, wheat protein, and vitamin C and E to strengthen nail enamel.  But what really separates this nail polish product from other conventional nail polishes is the fact that it does NOT contain Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP (Dibutylphthalate) – 3 toxins that are linked to cancer, liver damage and birth defects.

Pedag Bambini Arch Supports for KidsPedag Bambini – Children’s Arch Supports
The 3/4 length of this children’s arch support insole is a big reason why this product is always one of our top sellers.  The Pedag Bambini is semi firm rubber insole that is slightly shaped to help support the arch and heel of the foot.  The top cover is made with genuine leather, which is supple to the touch, giving it a natural and comfortable feel.  An adhesive stick pad under the heel helps to keep the insole in place so that it doesn’t slide around.  Pedag Bambini Children’s Arch Supports are also APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) approved.

KidZerts Children’s Arch Support Insoles
KidZerts Arch Support Insoles for KidsThis is the first children’s wear-moldable insole in the market.  KidZerts Children’s Arch Support Insoles were developed because it was fairly evident that the insoles that came in new children’s shoes were poorly made with no structure, which could actually harm children’s feet.  The answer was to create a children’s insole with exceptional arch support and an established heel cup to help align the body, and at the same time, be wear-moldable, which means that over time the insole will conform to the naturally shape of the foot.  These insoles also have an antibacterial top cover that eliminates smelly feet by killing more than 650 different types of bacteria.  By placing KidZert’s Children’s Arch Support Insoles in your kid’s shoes, you will help reduce foot fatigue, arch pain, ankle pain and pain from flat feet.

Arch Angels Kid’s Arch Support Insoles
Arch Angels Arch Support Insoles for KidsThis item is another favorite among parents seeking arch support insoles for their kids.  Arch Angels Kid’s Arch Support Insoles are not only constructed with non-toxic materials, but also will decrease foot fatigue in children by providing the necessary arch support and heel stabilization to optimize foot functionality.  These insoles are also ideal for children with flat feet because they will help encourage proper weight distribution across the bottom of the feet, minimizing discomfort and improving support.  By wearing Arch Angels Kid’s Arch Supports, children will be playing and running around the way they are supposed to – pain-free and comfortable.

Turf Toe Full Steel Insole
Full Steel Turf Toe Insoles for Men and WomenHave you ever jammed your big toe or over extended it to the point where you experienced pain at the base of the toe?  If so, you probably could have prevented that by wearing Turf Toe Full Steel Insoles.  These insoles are made with laser cut spring steel and have a padded, cushioning top.  Not only will these insoles help prevent Turf Toe from occurring, but also help stabilize the foot to reduce discomfort from ball of foot pain and foot arthritis.  Turf Toe Full Steel Insoles are made for men and women; plus, they are ideal for wearers who seek a rigid, shock absorbing footbed.

 

Be sure to look for our future blog post that will include HealthyFeetStore.com’s Top 5 Footwear Products of 2010.

GIVEAWAY: WIN A PAIR OF SPENCO SANDALS!

Mar 8th, 2011 by Amanda Strouse | 29 Comments So Far

 

Date of Giveaway:  All day today, March 8, 2011

  

To Be A Winner: Your shipping address must be in the United States or an APO/FPO shipping address. One winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. If the winner does not claim his/her prize within 7 days, a new winner will be selected.

 

What You Could Win: Any single pair of Spenco Sandals

 

How to Enter:

You must complete steps 1 through 3

1. Visit our Spenco Sandals page and find the style you like the most. (There are three men’s sandals and three women’s sandals.)

2. Click on the sandal you would like to win and click the Like button to the right of the sandal picture.

3. Tell us either by Twitter, writing on our Facebook wall or commenting this blog post which Spenco sandal in which color you would like to win!

Find us on Twitter: @GetHealthyFeet

Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/healthyfeetstore

 

Good luck!

We will announce and contact the winner on Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Morton’s Neuroma vs. Morton’s Toe

Mar 7th, 2011 by John Almodovar | 3 Comments So Far

So here’s a riddle: What do you get when two surgeons who share the same name – Morton, are responsible for identifying two different foot conditions that affect the metatarsal bones of the foot?  The answer: Morton’s neuroma and Morton’s toe.  Are you confused yet?  If so, don’t worry because you’re not alone.  Although both foot conditions occur relatively in the same area of the foot, they couldn’t be more different.

Quick Explanation
Morton’s neuroma is a nerve impingement while Morton’s toe can cause a balance issue – both can lead to foot pain.  Are you still confused?

Morton’s Neuroma Detailed Explanation

Morton's neuroma diagram.Morton’s neuroma is a foot condition that typically occurs between the toes, primarily amid the third and fourth toe.  It’s the thickening of nerve tissue between the toes that causes pain when walking.  Other symptoms include burning stingy sensations or lack of feeling between the toes, swelling between the toes, or pain in the ball of foot area.  Morton’s neuroma is more prevalent in women and is described at times as having the feeling of a small rock in the shoe.

  • Causes are unknown, but according to foot health professionals the following could lead to Morton’s neuroma: Flat feet, bunions and hammertoes, high arches, wearing tight shoes and/or high heels, and irregular positioning of the toes in footwear.
  • Symptoms include tingling between the third and fourth toe, increased pain when weight is placed on the area, burning sensations in the ball of foot area or between the toes, and increased pain over time.
  • Treatment should be prescribed by your foot health professional, which could include wearing shoe orthotics with arch support, adding a metatarsal pad to minimize stress in the ball of foot, changing footwear to shoes that have a wide toe box design to allow extra room, corticosteroid injections, or surgery (neurectomy) to remove the nerve tissue that is affected.

Morton’s Toe Detailed Explanation

Morton’s toe is described as having a shortened big toe (hallux) in relation to the second toe.  So if you were to look down at your feet and noticed that your second toe is relatively longer than your big toe, there’s a good chance you have this foot condition.  Some may call this a disorder, but for the most part, it’s really just another foot shape that at times can hardly be noticed.

  • Causes of Morton’s toe is hereditary.
  • Symptoms include a longer second toe in relation to the big toe, the development of calluses beyond the second toe, excessive pronation during the gait cycle since a shortened toe can have the equivalent outcome as a shortened leg, which could also cause balance issues and joint and muscle pain in lower limbs.
  • Treatment should be prescribed by your foot health professional, which could include wearing shoes with wide toe boxes, putting orthotics in your shoes with arch support to minimize excessive pronation, and putting metatarsal pads in your shoes to reduce stress and pain in the metatarsal (ball of foot) area.

Sandals for Plantar Fasciitis

Mar 1st, 2011 by Amanda Strouse | 1 Comment So Far

Sandals for plantar fasciitis can prevent and sometimes help treat plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that can cause sharp heel pain, especially in the mornings. Plantar Fasciitis is the injury of the plantar fascia, which runs from the toe joints to the heel. This often occurs as a result of new/more intense exercises or a sudden change of stresses on the feet (examples: harder floors, gaining weight, standing more, walking up stairs more often, etc.)

You are more susceptible to getting plantar fasciitis if you:

  • Have flat feet
  • Have fallen arches
  • Are overweight
  • Are a runner with high arches
  • Wear shoes with stiff soles and no arch support
  • Stand while working

 

The best sandals for plantar fasciitis have a deep heel cup and strong arch support, so the foot is cradled, supported and the foot/ankle is aligned properly. HealthyFeetStore.com sells various brands with sandals for plantar fasciitis. Although it is best to wear closed-toed shoes while suffering from plantar fasciitis, if you must break away from those shoes or if you want to prevent this painful foot condition, Orthaheel sandals are your best bet.

Orthopedic features of Orthaheel sandals:

 

Our newest Orthaheel sandals for women are fun, fashionable styles offered in various metallic and spring-influenced colors. The Orthaheel Lori is a thong sandal with a cute flower accent on the soft polyurethane upper. The Orthaheel Allegre is a thong with a wood-looking polyurethane footbed and floral cutouts in the upper. The Orthaheel Lisa is a thong that features a two-tone strap and decorative buckle. The Orthaheel Porto has three adjustable straps so that it can fit your foot perfectly. These sandals for plantar fasciitis are so stylish that people will never believe that they are orthopedic.

Orthaheel sandals are the best sandals for plantar fasciitis because through their podiatrist-created design, they re-align your feet and provide support in all the right places to prevent unhealthy foot conditions from occurring. We are sure these will be the most comfortable sandals you’ve ever slipped your feet into!

Fall Prevention Information: Helping Seniors Keep Their Footing

Feb 25th, 2011 by John Almodovar | 3 Comments So Far

The right type of house shoe can really make a difference when it comes to preventing seniors from falling.  Not only do older adults have to account for comfort in their footwear, but also design aspects so that they’re less likely to slip, trip or stumble.

Falls and fall-related injuries are the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults.  Fall-related hip fractures account for approximately 25 percent of injury deaths among those over age 65, and 34 percent of injury deaths among those aged 85 or older.

– Moore, Jonathan DPM, MS. “Podiatry’s Vital Role in Fall Prevention-Part 1.” Podiatry Management. Jan. 2011: 99-112. Print.

Attention to a variety of factors should not be ignored such as footwear type, foot health, visual impairment, obstacles at home and consumed medication.  There are also various tests that can be performed by older adults in the presence of a foot health professional to determine the risks of falling, and depending on the results, plan a strategy for treatment.  If you’re a senior or know an older adult who is prone to falls, we recommend speaking to a foot health professional about treatment.

Seniors should avoid only wearing socks or stockings, walking barefoot, wearing high heels, or wearing footwear with slick outsole designs.  There’s a misconception that slippers are the best house shoes for seniors to wear.  Slippers may be the most comfortable, but depending on their design, may actually be the most dangerous.  There are numerous things to consider when selecting house shoes for seniors.  Below is a list of what to look for.

Footwear information for older adults that can reduce chances of falling:

  • Do not wear worn out shoes or footwear that is too flexible.  Look for shoes with midsoles that are sturdier and not too flexible to ensure better stability.
  • Size definitely matters when it comes to wearing properly fitted shoes – if shoes are too big they can be a burden to walk in – if they’re too small they can cause unwanted foot conditions such as calluses and corns, which could lead to foot pain when walking, increasing the risks of falling.
  • Open back footwear can be a bad choice because shoes without closed heel designs could cause instability due to an insecure fit.
  • Shoes that put patients too high can cause them to lose balance.  Avoid shoes with a ½” sole or bigger; and stay away from shoes with insoles that are padded too much (too much padding raises the wearer).
  • Heavy, thick soled shoes can be a problem for seniors even though they do provide stability – they may not always be the best.  Lightweight shoes are recommended because they’re easier to walk in, but make sure they’re not too flimsy or have too much flexibility at the midsole.
  • Sole tread design can also lead to falls – too smooth can cause slips, too much grip can cause trips.
  • The higher older adults are from the ground the more they are at risk of falling, so selecting shoes with low profiles, low heels and wider designs that have more contact with the ground are recommended.
  • Hook and loop closures are ideal because they tend to be easier to adjust for seniors, but they shouldn’t be left unattached as this could cause an improper fit, which could result in a fall.  Lace closures are also good if they’re tied securely to provide a comfortable, secure fit.

Recommended brands:

Please note: These brands are known to make quality shoes that are ideal for seniors to wear.   Please consult with a foot health professional for style and size recommendations.

Rid Yourself of Aching Feet and Tired Feet

Feb 22nd, 2011 by Amanda Strouse | 1 Comment So Far

Are you one of the many people who suffer from aching feet? Do you have tired feet or feet that burn? Do you stand all day at work?

Often times, people who complain about aching feet or tired feet are suffering from symptoms of metatarsal pain, heel pain or arch pain. Metatarsal pain (aka: ball of foot pain) can occur if you are wearing improper fitting footwear or high heels. The ball of foot/metatarsal area is the location right before the toes, and they hold a lot of a person’s weight. High heels increase the amount of pressure on the metatarsal area – that is why they are painful and difficult to stand in. Wearing metatarsal pads to cushion the ball of foot area can decrease foot pain. Heel pain, usually as a result of plantar fasciitis, can occur when the arch is strained. Wearing arch support insoles can hold up the arch and cushion the entire foot, relieving heel pain and arch pain. Heel cushions can also be worn if your heels are extra sensitive or bruised.

Certain medical conditions can also cause or enhance aching feet. Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) is very common for diabetics. This nerve damage causes foot pain and can later lead to loss of feeling or tired feet. Diabetics must be sure to take extra care of their feet and see a doctor regularly. Arthritis, the inflammation and swelling in the joints, is so prevalent in feet because each foot has 33 joints. Arthritis can cause aching feet, but a doctor’s assistance can alleviate pain.

You can reduce your chances of having aching feet or tired feet by wearing properly fitting footwear with orthopedic features. Shoes with supportive and cushioned footbeds, gentle liners, breathable uppers and the choice of widths are the best shoes for aching feet. Orthopedic shoes make a big difference when it comes to comfort – especially if you are on your feet a lot. Shoes with rocker bottom soles can ease you through the gait cycle, making walking less painful.

Some other tips to reduce aching feet or tired feet:

  • Wear healthy, cushy socks
  • Place protective/cushioned pads where you feel pain
  • Stretch your feet
  • Use massage balls to reduce tightness and improve flexibility in feet
  • Get a foot massage regularly
  • Soak your feet in warm water

Shoe Widths 101

Feb 18th, 2011 by John Almodovar | 6 Comments So Far

Shoe widths comic - 2E or 4E?

Shoe Widths: AA, C, B, D, CD, E?

For some, shoe sizes can be a confusing thing – especially with all those darn widths.  But shoe widths are available for a reason.  They’re available because believe or not, some feet are wider than others; and at the same time, some people may suffer with certain foot conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, diabetes and edema, which wide sized shoes can accommodate.

But probably the biggest misconception people have about shoe sizing is the assumption that all they have to do is go up one size to accommodate their wide feet.

Wide FootFor example, let’s say that someone purchased a size 8 in women’s dress shoes, but after trying them on for a second time, it was decided that the shoe is too narrow but the length is perfect.  At this point, this person should consider exchanging the size 8 to an 8-wide; but what tends to happen is the person will try to exchange the size 8 to the next whole size up, which would be size 9.  Unfortunately, all this does is make the shoe longer and the shoe will most likely still have a narrow fit.  Don’t do that.  Like I mentioned above, there’s a reason why shoe manufacturers make wide sizes.  Think about it, if there was no need for wide sizes, why would shoe manufacturers make them?  Wouldn’t they just produce more of the same shoe sizes?

Another misconception that people have about wearing wide shoes is the belief that they’ll look clunky or boxy on their feet.  What people don’t realize is that the difference between widths is only 1/8″ – so by wearing wide sized shoes, style and fashion will not be sacrificed.

To give you a better understanding of width sizing, we listed the common widths below.

Women’s Narrow or AA / Men’s Narrow or C

  • Narrow shoes will accommodate feet that are thin, have high arches and have narrow heels.

Women’s Average (medium) or B / Men’s Average (medium) or D

  • Medium shoes are usually always in stock since they make up most of the manufacturer’s inventory.  If the shoe does not have a width associated with the size – it’s most likely a medium width.

Women’s Wide or C/D / Men’s Wide or E

  • Wide shoes are ideal for those with wide feet, flat feet (flatter feet = wider sizes) or for wearers with certain foot problems such as bunions and hammertoes.

Women’s Extra-Wide or E / Men’s Extra-Wide or EE (the more E’s the wider)

  • Extra wide shoes are good for those who have wider feet or swollen feet due to certain conditions such as diabetes or edema.  These shoes also tend to have more depth to accommodate removable insoles.

For more details, visit our Width Sizing Chart.

Shoes In Even Wider Sizes

At HealthyFeetStore.com, we carry a grand selection of shoes that are offered in even wider sizes such as 14E.  Please note that each shoe brand classifies their widths differently – there isn’t a standardized naming convention – so a 2E in brand A may be a 3E in brand B.  Again, not all brands name their widths the same.  Also, as you probably guessed already, the more E’s you add to the width, the wider the shoe will be.  These types of shoes are typically recommended by foot health professionals since wearers of these shoes need the extra room to accommodate certain foot conditions.

If you need wide shoes, please visit: Women’s Wide Shoes and Men’s Wide Shoes to see our entire selection.

Love Your Arches

Feb 15th, 2011 by John Almodovar | 3 Comments So Far

Love Your Arches ... Because Arches Need Love Too

Do you ever wonder why your feet are tired and your knees and back are sore after spending an entire day walking or standing?  Why are the joints in your lower limbs achy even after wearing your most comfortable outfit, shoes and all?  What you don’t realize is that you may have been neglecting the arches of your feet, which if they don’t receive love and attention could cause painful unhealthy foot conditions to occur.  By taking care of your arches, you can be assured that the functionality of your feet will improve, your body will align properly and your feet will become healthier.

Your foot has three arches (medial longitudinal, lateral longitudinal and transverse) that make up the area between your forefoot and heel.  The arch helps to bear weight and stabilizes propulsion during the gait cycle (walking or running).  The human body was meant to walk on uneven, natural surfaces such as on dirt trails, fields or sand, which is why the arch area of the foot is curved and not flat.  But with radical changes in history such as the introduction of shoes and the changes that occurred in the Industrial Revolution (the invention of machines such as automobiles), humans have dramatically altered Earth’s landscape with the introduction of hard flat surfaces, which unfortunately has altered our natural footprint.

When the arch of the foot is not supported during the gait cycle, the weight and downward force of the human body make the foot roll aggressively inward (excessive pronation) or outward (excessive supination) – this could cause joints, ligaments and muscles in lower limbs to misalign, which then could cause discomfort, stress or pain.

Unhealthy Foot Conditions that Occur Do to Improper Arch Support

Flat FeetFlat Feet
This condition can be hereditary, occur at birth or take place at an early age.  Being flat footed means the arch of your foot is fully collapsed or rolls inward.  Unfortunately, flat feet can also develop in those who abuse their feet by wearing shoes with poor arch support designs.  Other causes include old age, being overweight and standing for long periods of time in pumps (high heel shoes).  For more information, read Are Fallen Arches a Real Foot Problem?

Excessive PronationExcessive Pronation
When walking or running, the arch of the foot stretches and flattens out as the foot rolls inward – this is called pronation, which is a normal function of the foot.  Unfortunately, problems arise when the foot arch remains flat during each step, making the foot roll forward too much – this is called excessive pronation.  This causes improper body alignment, which then leads to stress in joints, ligaments and muscles in the lower limbs.  For more details, read Pronation 101.

Plantar FasciitisPlantar Fasciitis
As one of the most common foot problems in the United States, plantar fasciitis is a condition that is responsible for most causes of heel pain and arch pain due to the plantar fascia ligament being injured or inflamed.  The plantar fascia is ligament that connects the toes to the heel bone – its purpose is to maintain the integrity of the arch of the foot and keep it from collapsing.  Plantar fasciitis occurs when the arch of the foot is not supported properly.  For more details, read Plantar Fasciitis 101.

How to Properly Support the Arch of the Foot

  • Wear shoes that have a good arch support footbed design.  The footbed should have an anatomical shape to mimic the contours of the foot.
  • Place arch support insoles in your shoes.  Sadly, most shoes do not come with well made insoles.  The insoles are usually foam cutouts that have almost no structure or health benefits to them.  Just remember, for each new pair of shoes you purchase, you should also consider getting arch support insoles – they typically come in full length and ¾ sizes.  For more information, read Choosing the Right Orthotic, Arch Support, Or Insole for Your Lifestyle.

LOVE YOUR ARCHES

… Because Your Arches Need Love Too