Love Your Skin

Feb 8th, 2011 by Amanda Strouse | Be The First To Comment

Do you wash your face? Do you put lotion on your arms and legs? Do you apply skin-firming creams or make-up?

Sure, many of us take extra precautions to rid unattractive skin in places where we see it and feel it the most, like our faces, hands and legs. But the skin on our feet, which are always doing the bulk of the work by holding us up, need that extra love and pampering, too.

If you dismiss regularly checking and caring for your feet, you increase your chances of getting unsightly dry skin, calluses, corns, infections or embarrassing foot odor. It is beneficial in many ways to take preventative measures to keep the skin on your feet smooth, healthy and clean. Buy the proper foot care products to pamper your feet yourself or visit a clean and trusted spa to do the work for you.

Below are the most prevalent unhealthy skin conditions found on feet, the symptoms, causes and treatment options to help you love your skin.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is oftentimes worse in the winter, because the cold air outside and heated air inside creates low humidity, which strips oils from the skin. This uncomfortable and unattractive dry skin can, if untreated, make cracked heels and cracked skin. Dry skin commonly appears on feet’s soles and heels. We sell various lotions to hydrate and reduce pain from dry feet. Be sure to moisturize your feet daily by applying doctor-recommended, healthy lotions and scrub your feet to ensure they’re clean and healthy.

Calluses & Corns

Calluses are thickened skin spots that are created as a result of pressure and friction. They may hurt or could be completely painless. Calluses often appear on the heel or the metatarsal area of the sole of the foot, because these places endure the most pressure from standing and moving. Calluses can be removed through use of patches and creams to soften the calluses. They can then be scrubbed off by foot scrubbers to make your skin smooth.

Corns usually form on the tops, sides and tips of toes. A corn is a callus that is even thicker and has a cone shape. Soft corns appear in between the toes and are soft due to the moisture in the location. Use patches and creams to soften the corns, then file them off as needed.

Common causes of calluses and corns:

  • Improper-fitting footwear
  • Bony prominence
  • Toe deformities
  • Gait abnormalities

Prevent calluses and corns by:

  • Wearing proper-fitting footwear
  • Wearing healthy socks that fit correctly and will not cause friction
  • Wear shoes made of high-quality materials

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot is the most common fungal skin infection. The fungus can be easily transmitted from person-to-person or through use of objects or floors. Since it strives in warm, wet locations, it is recommended to always wear protective footwear when in humid, public locations, such as pools or locker rooms. Experts have found that if you have or have had athlete’s foot, you are more likely to get it again.

Symptoms of athlete’s foot:

  • Dry skin
  • Itching
  • Scaling
  • Blisters
  • Appearance of a rash

Treat athlete’s foot:

  • Wash your feet daily with anti-fungal soap and completely dry
  • Change shoes and socks daily or when moist
  • Use anti-fungal foot powder in shoes
  • Wear shoes and socks made of high-quality, breathable materials
  • Avoid walking barefoot anywhere, having people touch your feet or letting others borrow your socks or feet to prevent spreading it to others

Smelly Feet

Smelly feet are primarily caused by improper ventilation for the feet. If you suffer from smelly feet, wear shoes and socks made of high-quality, breathable materials. Be sure to keep your feet clean, dry and cool as often as possible. Sweaty feet can sometimes cause foot odor. If your feet are usually sweaty, you also have increased chances of getting athlete’s foot or toenail fungus, so be sure to make changes to allow your feet to breathe.

Treat smelly feet or sweaty feet by using:

  • Anti-fungal shoe powder
  • Anti-fungal foot soap
  • Shoe inserts that will keep shoes fresh and dry
  • Perspiration-wicking footbed liners
  • Athlete’s foot cream

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are a skin infection caused by the Human papilloma virus (HPV) that can spread from person to person. Plantar warts can show up on the sole, heel or ball of the foot areas. Oftentimes people remove the warts because they can become irritating and painful, but sometimes the HPV virus dies within a couple of years and the warts will disappear. Plantar warts most commonly occur in children and youth between 12 and 16 years old. To prevent getting plantar warts, do not walk barefoot, especially in public areas.

 

Love Your Skin

… Because Your Skin Needs Love Too

Love Your Feet Week of Giveaways!!

Feb 7th, 2011 by Amanda Strouse | 49 Comments So Far

4 straight days of giveaways

… because your feet need love too

Dates of Giveaways:  Monday Feb. 7, Tuesday Feb. 8, Wednesday Feb. 9, Thursday Feb. 10, 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 each day (4 winners total). No one person will win more than once. If a winner does not claim his/her prize within 7 days, a new winner will be selected.

WIN:

Monday, Feb. 7: Happy Feet Foot Alignment Socks – can relieve pain from bunions, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, foot cramps, toe cramps, crooked toes and general foot pain that is common when women wear too narrow of shoes. Soft toe dividers keep your feet separated and straight, while the mostly cotton cocks keep your feet warm and comfortable. Wear them while you sleep or lounge on the sofa. Available in four color choices!    –  One winner picked Tuesday, Feb. 8

Tuesday, Feb. 8: Dr.’s Remedy Non-Toxic Nail Polishes Most nail polishes contain harmful chemicals that can cause cancer to the wearer or birth defects if worn by pregnant women. Dr.’s Remedy nail polishes is non-toxic, antifungal and completely safe to be worn by anyone. Created by podiatrists, this nail polish contains enriching vitamins that will strengthen and shine your nails.     –  One winner picked Wednesday, Feb. 9

Wednesday, Feb. 9: Healthy Foot Lotion of YOUR Choice – Our wide selection of orthopedic and diabetic foot creams specialize in treating rough skin, soothing dry and cracked skin, softening calluses and corns and keeping skin feeling smooth. Enriching ingredients moisturize and can prevent future irritation or cracking. We have various types of lotions, each with specific details and instructions for use so that you know which type of foot lotion would best suit your need.     –  One winner picked Thursday, Feb. 10

Thursday, Feb. 10: NEW Pedi-Couture Foot Alignment Sandals - These cutsie and comfortable sandals have soft toe separators in the design to straighten your toes. This increases balance, stability, weight distribution and blood circulation, while reducing foot pain from unhealthy foot conditions or from wearing uncomfortable shoes. You can also wear these Pedi-Couture Sandals while giving yourself a pedicure or getting a pedicure at a spa, since it makes the nail polish application process so much easier. Chic and fun patterns are available in a variety of fabrics, allowing your personality to shine while you pamper yourself.     –  One winner picked Friday, Feb. 11

ENTER NOW

You must do at least one of the following

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Leave a comment on our Facebook Wall, telling us how you show your feet love

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Tweet to us at @GetHealthyFeet and tell us how you show your feet love. You must include the hashtag #loveyourfeet

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Comment this blog post and tell us how you show your feet love

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2 entries – Comment this blog post and tell us what product on our Valentine’s Day Gift Page you would like to have

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1 entry – RT about our contest on Twitter (Each RT is counted as an entry!) You must include the hashtag #loveyourfeet

One winner will be chosen each day, Tuesday Feb. 8 through Friday Feb. 11!

Good luck!

 

Want to learn how you can save RIGHT NOW?

Go to our Love Your Feet tab on our Facebook page and find the coupon code to get free U.S. ground shipping on ANY size order. Hurry, this coupon code is only good Feb. 7 through Feb. 11!

Love Your Toenails

Feb 4th, 2011 by John Almodovar | Be The First To Comment

Toenails are known to get a bum rap.  Unfortunately, they’re sometimes synonymous with undesirable things such as ingrown nails and toenail fungus; but, with a little TLC (tender, love and care), you can transform your normal (or ugly for some) looking toenails to healthy ones.  Love your toenails, don’t hate them.  Don’t let them wither away by neglecting them.  There are things you can do to improve the health of your toenails.  HealthyFeetStore.com can help you accomplish just that.

But before you get started, we recommend seeing a foot health professional before you take preventative measures.  This way you can get the absolute best advice if you suffer from toenail fungus, athlete’s foot or if you’ve bruised your nail or it has fallen off do to injury.

Causes of Ugly, Unhealthy Looking Toenails

  • Toenail fungus is an infection that occurs on the nail bed and on the underlying surface of the nail plate.  The yellow appearance is due to a side effect of the nail fungus after it feeds off of the keratin found in the toenail – pretty horrific right?
  • Bruised toenails and toenails that have fallen off are the result of injury or by wearing small sized shoes.

What to Do to Prevent Unhealthy Toenails

  • Wear footwear that will help keep your feet dry.  Warm moisture, such as in shoes, is the perfect environment for bacterial and fungal growth.
  • Wear healthy socks with moisture-management features.  Socks that wick moisture away are the best.  Stay away from 100% cotton socks since cotton doesn’t wick moisture away, it holds it in.
  • Apply foot powder or antifungal cream to your feet before putting on footwear.  This will help them stay dry and protected from infection.
  • When you’re at home relaxing, take off your shoes and air out your feet.  Not only is this therapeutic, but it will help keep them dry.
  • Wash your feet regularly to keep them clean, about two times a day – in the morning and at night.  Be sure to dry your feet, especially between your toes.
  • Be sure to wear the right sized shoes.  Tight narrow fitting shoes have the tendency to cause ingrown toenails while short sized shoes can lead to nail loss or bruised nails – this tends to happen with athletes who do not size up, something that is recommended because of the level of activity that is usually done in athletic shoes.  Remember, if you feel pressure on your toes after putting on a pair of athletic shoes, you probably need to size up.  This also applies to other styles of shoes such as dress and casual shoes – make sure they have roomy toe boxes for wiggling toes.
  • If you work at a job where fallen objects can harm your toes, such as in the construction industry, wear steel toe boots to protect your toes.
  • When clipping toenails, be sure to clip straight across to prevent ingrown toenails.  You can also file them carefully to soften the newly cut edges.  Never peel toenails off by hand.
  • If you notice thickness in one or several of your toenails, it is highly recommended to speak to a foot health professional because it could be a sign that you have toenail fungus or some other health issue such as diabetes.
  • If your toenails are infected with fungus it is not recommended to apply nail polish over them because you’ll infect your nail polish and your nail will not have the opportunity to heal.
  • For more information about toenail fungus, read Don’t Be Caught With Nail Fungus.

Your Toenails Are Healthy and You Want a Pedicure

  • When getting a pedicure, be sure to select a reputable place of business – if reviews are offered, read them.  Unfortunately, you do get what you pay for so if you pick a place that’s cheap you might get unprofessional service, which could cause harm to your feet.  For more information, please read The 25 Best Pedicure Tips Ever.
  • If you plan on getting a pedicure we highly recommend using Dr.’s Remedy Non-Toxic Nail Polish and Products.  This brand was developed by two board certified podiatrists.  The products DO NOT contain toxins Formaldehyde-free, Toluene-free and DB-free (Dibutylphthalate), which are typically found in most beauty products in the United State.  These toxins are linked to cancer, liver damage and birth defects.  For more information, visit Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Antifungal, Non Toxic Nail Polish.

Love Your Toenails

… Because Toenails Need Love Too

Love Your Feet!

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

Valentine’s Day is about celebrating your love.

But we at HealthyFeetStore.com have put a fresh twist on this you-love-it-or-you-hate-it holiday. This February, we invite you to celebrate the love you have for something that can be overlooked and underappreciated, but is nonetheless important – your health.

Proudly and loudly love your feet, your body and your health. Our Love Your Feet Campaign invites you to indulge in good health habits and products – and we make it easy for you! We will be blogging about pampering items and tips, we will have special sales on foot care products, there are coupon codes available so you can save money and we will have FOUR straight days of giveaways!

Help us spread the word about living a healthy, comfortable lifestyle. Like us on Facebook and visit our Love Your Feet Tab to learn how you can show the world you care about your health (and at the same time, learn how you can save.)

Giveaway Schedule:

Check out our blog on Monday, Feb. 7 to read about how you can enter our giveaways, the contest rules and see pictures of what items you can win.

Monday, Feb. 7: Happy Feet Foot Alignment Socks – Winner picked Tuesday, Feb. 8

Tuesday, Feb. 8: Dr.’s Remedy Non-Toxic Nail Polishes – Winner picked Wednesday, Feb. 9

Wednesday, Feb. 9: Healthy Foot Lotion of YOUR Choice – Winner picked Thursday, Feb. 10

Thursday, Feb. 10: NEW Pedi-Couture Foot Alignment Sandals – Winner picked Friday, Feb. 11

Would you LOVE a free shipping coupon code?

Like our Facebook Fan Page and check out our Love Your Feet Tab to find the coupon code (only valid Feb. 7 through Feb. 11).

See our Facebook Fan Page Coupons Tab for a coupon code to get FREE U.S. domestic ground shipping on ALL orders $25 and more for the month of February!

Save During Our TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Friday) Sales

Every Friday, starting Feb. 4, we will put a foot care product on sale and feature it on Facebook and Twitter. You must be our Facebook Fan or Twitter Follower to take advantage of these weekly TGIF Sales!

For All the Foot Health Info You can Handle …

Follow us on Twitter (or click on our Facebook Fan Page Twitter Tab) to read daily posts about foot care facts, foot health tips, pampering products and comfortable shoe choices from Feb. 1 through Feb. 14.

Love Your Feet

… Because Feet Need Love Too

Foot Injuries to Avoid Before the Big Game

Jan 28th, 2011 by John Almodovar | Be The First To Comment

Man Playing Football Trying to Avoid Foot Injury

Football season is just about over.  The championship playoff games have been played leaving two professional NFL teams to square off in football’s most televised event – the Super Bowl. The 17-week long NFL season was a grind for both the teams and the fans.  At this moment there are preparations being made for the big show; HDTVs are being bought, barbecues are being planned and endless trash talking between fans and franchises are reaching a breaking point.  Super Bowl football is in the air and in the minds of countless fans that would give anything to hold up that shiny, sterling silver Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Unfortunately, holding the trophy is not going to happen for most (unless you’re related to someone in the organization who just won the game); but what will happen are numerous neighborhood football games.  Some games will be played at local parks while some on the streets.  Football fans of all ages will clad themselves in their finest weekend-warrior attire and do their very best to mimic the moves of professional football players.

But, before you go onto the field to throw the pigskin around, you should be aware that there are some injuries and foot conditions that could occur if you don’t take the right precautions.

Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis PainThis is the number one foot condition in the United States that causes heel pain or arch painPlantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, the thick ligament that connects the toes to the heel bone and also supports the arch, gets strained or torn.  This foot condition can occur due to various reasons such as having flat feet, over pronating, being overweight, running or standing on flat surfaces for long periods of time, wearing shoes with no arch support and having tight calf muscles.

Shin Splints ImageShin Splints
Be sure to stretch, stretch, stretch, and warm up before you do any activity such as playing football.  Unfortunately, for those who ignore these warnings, shin splints can cause pain in your lower legs.  Shin splints typically occur when muscles in the legs are over-used without warming up properly.  Other causes include swollen muscles or stress fractures in the lower legs and excessive pronation.  Those who are at risk are the weekend warriors who do not exercise regularly.  Put it this way, if you’ve been lying on the couch for the whole 17-week long NFL season and suddenly out of the blue you decide to play football – you might fall into this category.

  • The fix: As mentioned above, stretch and warm up properly.  Also, try wearing quality made shoes that come with excellent arch support and cushioning midsoles.  If you know that you’re going to play football in the near future, try doing light exercises to gradually work yourself into recreational football shape.
  • Shin Splints Treatment and Products

Ankle Pain
Ankle Pain on X-RayFootball is a game where players have to run, jump and quickly move in various directions – this can easily cause ankle pain (irritation and inflammation of the ankle) if you’re not wearing proper shoes or supports.  As reported by the U.S. population, about 60% of foot and ankle injuries occur in individuals who are 17 years old or older, which is pretty much the majority of NFL fans.

  • The fix: Try not to be a hero out on the field; professional football players are most likely in better shape and more athletic, so if you can’t perform a certain running move, don’t try it.  Wear ankle wraps or high-top shoes to stabilize weak ankles.
  • Ankle Pain Information and Treatment

Pro-Tec Athletics LiquiCell Blister Bands for Blister PreventionBlisters
Caused by poorly fitted shoes, blisters typically form on the heel area or on the toes.  When the skin is irritated and rubbed constantly against the surface of a shoe, a blister can form.  Blisters appear as raised fluid-filled pockets within the top layers of the skin.  They can be painful, especially when popped.

  • The fix: Wear properly fitted shoes and socks.  Rub foot powder on your feet to help keep them dry and moisture-free since blisters tend to form more easily on moist, warm skin.  You can also wear foot care products such as blister pads to prevent blisters from forming.
  • Blisters Information and Treatment

Post Operative Shoes and Cast BootsFractures/Sprains
If you plan on playing football on the street, there’s a good chance that you might experience a fracture due to the hard pavement.  By running and jumping aggressively on hard surfaces, the hard impact can cause the bones in your lower legs to fracture, especially if you’re not used to this type of activity.  Sprains (wrenching or straining of ligaments without fracturing or dislocating) can occur when doing sudden movements to change direction – especially if you’re playing on grass surfaces where the footing is not always the best.

  • The fix: Wear properly fitted athletic shoes that have shock-absorbing soles and tread designs with added traction for optimal footing.  Try to remember that you’re not a professional athlete – accept your level of athleticism by not trying to do too much.
  • Post Op Shoes and Cast Boots Products

Healthy Socks
Do not wear poorly-made socks or socks that are entirely made out of cotton.  Cotton socks tend to collect moisture, which causes various foot problems to occur such as Athlete’s Foot, toenail fungus and smelly feet.  Moisture build-up coupled with cotton made socks can also cause the skin on your feet to shear off, which can also lead to infection.

  • The fix: There are numerous styles of athletic socks that come with moisture management features and wicking designs to keep feet dry.  Healthy socks are usually made with a mixture of materials such as spandex, polyester, elastic, stretch nylon, and at times a very low percentage of cotton.  The mixture of these materials provides comfort, warmth, durability and wicking capabilities; plus the materials allow for form fitting designs, which help provide protection against blister formation.
  • Orthopedic Health Socks

Broken Toes Vs. Stubbed Toes – Symptoms, Treatment & When to See a Doctor

Jan 25th, 2011 by Amanda Strouse | 49 Comments So Far

You’re walking barefoot, focusing on what you need to get done, you step too close to a piece of furniture … and the next thing you know, you’re cursing it and grabbing your foot in pain.

It has happened to all of us.

Stubbing a little toe hurts as much as if it was run over by a bus because our feet are densely packed with nerve endings. We may question the severity of a stubbed toe, wondering if it’s broken after ten minutes of soreness. When it comes to your health and comfort, it’s best to ice and rest your toe after an injury or, better yet, to keep your feet protected at all times.

Each toe consists of many bones – there are a total of 26 bones and 33 joints in each foot/ankle. One quarter of the body’s bones are located in the feet. It’s easy to break a bone in the foot and foot care specialists commonly see people with toe/foot fractures.

Many of us wonder what to do with a broken toe and what the difference is between a broken toe and a stubbed toe. You don’t waste time and money seeing a doctor for a stubbed toe, but at the same token, you don’t want to overlook a broken toe and have the fracture heal incorrectly, creating a crooked appearance.

CAUSES OF A BROKEN TOE:

  • Trauma or injury, which can include stubbing a toe or putting heavy force on a toe
  • Prolonged repetitive movements

SYMPTOMS OF A BROKEN TOE:

  • Hear a sound at the time of the break
  • “Pinpoint pain” which is pain at the place of impact at the time of the fracture and possibly for a few hours later. Often this pain goes away after several hours
  • Crooked or abnormal appearance of the toe
  • Bruising and swelling of the toe the next day
  • Bruising, discoloration of a nail
  • Blood or bone protrusions
  • “If you can walk on it, it’s not broken” is NOT true
  • Stress fracture (hairline break) cause swelling but sometimes not bruising and the pain could go away when resting, but returns when putting force on the toe

WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR:

If the toe looks to be crooked or there is a bone protruding/out of place, it is recommended to see a doctor immediately. If the pain is severe and/or swelled for a prolonged period of time, it is recommended to see a doctor. If a fracture near a joint is left untreated, it can lead to arthritis.

HEALING TIME FOR A BROKEN TOE:

Symptoms of a broken toe may last 8 to 10 weeks and take that long to heal.

WHAT TO DO WITH BROKEN TOES:

If you suspect your toe is broken, do the following until you can see a doctor:

  • Rest – don’t put weight on it
  • Elevation – to decrease swelling and pain, keep the foot raised above the level of the heart
  • Ice – put ice or something ice-cold in a plastic bag and apply it to the injury for 15 to 20 minutes every one to two hours

What your doctor may have you do:

  • Splinting to keep it in a fixed position
  • Taping the fractured toe to another toe
  • Wearing rigid or stiff-soled shoes (a post-op shoe) to protect the toe and keep it positioned properly
  • Depending on the location and severity of the fracture, it may need surgery or to be put back in place and then splinted or casted

PREVENT BROKEN TOES AND STUBBED TOES:

Don’t walk around in your house barefoot. Wear orthopedic slippers to protect your feet at all times and prevent broken toes.

Outdoor Footwear: Healthy, Comfortable and Orthopedically Sound

Jan 21st, 2011 by John Almodovar | Be The First To Comment

There are plenty of activities to do in the great outdoors, whether it’s a leisurely hike up a mountain side or a full blown hunting and fishing trip with family and friends – the great outdoors can be a safe haven for some, but it can also be a miserable experience for those who forgo the proper attire, especially when it comes to footwear.  As with all activities, shoes and foot care products can play an important role in maintaining healthy feet, so if you are planning an outdoor excursion in the future, you might want to start thinking about what trail and hiking shoes will keep your feet healthy, comfortable and pain-free – all while providing protection from outdoor elements.

Below is a list of products that we think you would appreciate in the great outdoors.

Orthopedic Boots for Hiking or Trail Blazing
Hiking in the great outdoors is an awesome way to exercise and enjoy the weather – but if you’re wearing the wrong shoes, all that enjoyment you had during the day will be forgotten at night because of your sore feet and newly formed blisters – OUCH!  To avoid all of that, we recommend wearing orthopedic boots for hiking.  Features that you can expect from orthopedic hiking boots include breathable leather or mesh uppers to keep feet dry, padded gusseted tongues for keeping debris out of the boot, removable footbeds to accommodate arch support inserts or custom orthotics (good for providing proper alignment to minimize pain in joints), cushioning midsoles, firm heel counters, shock-absorbing soles to reduce impact, and long-lasting outsoles with added traction to improve footing.  Also, some orthopedic hiking boots have moisture management lining and/or uppers to keep wetness away from feet.

Notable orthopedic hiking boots at HealthyFeetStore.com:

Orthopedic Boots for Hiking

Orthopedic Trail Shoes for Running or Walking
Many of us get tired of running and walking on man-made flat surfaces.  Exercising in the great outdoors is a fantastic way to get away from the hustle and bustle of a city or from the noise of a crowded suburb – but just like hiking boots, you need to wear the proper trail shoes to withstand the elements of nature’s environment.  Trail shoes are not as bulky as hiking boots or as low-profiled as conventional athletic shoes – they’re more like a hybrid of the two styles.  Features you can expect from an orthopedic trail shoe include breathable uppers made of leather/mesh materials for moisture control, padded collars and tongues for extra comfort around the ankle and throat area, cushioned midsoles to offload pressure, firm heel counters for stability, removable footbeds to accommodate arch support insoles or custom orthotics, and a durable outsoles with traction for optimal footing.  Since trail shoes are designed for running and walking (mostly on smoother trails), you can expect them to be a lot lighter than conventional hiking boots.

Notable orthopedic trail shoes for running or walking at HealthyFeetStore.com:

Aetrex Running and Walking Trail Shoes for Women and Men

Orthopedic Socks for Hunting and Hiking
Spending time in the great outdoors can play havoc on your feet if you’re not wearing the proper shoes, but even more importantly, if you’re not wearing the proper socks.  Poorly made socks can cause numerous unhealthy foot conditions to occur such as athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, blisters and callusesOrthopedic socks have the design features to not only combat these problems, but also provide comfort and warmth.  Features you can expect from orthopedic socks include moisture wicking capabilities to keep feet dry, cushioning at the heel and ball foot to minimize blister-formation, and a design that includes a mixture of materials such as wool, stretch nylon, spandex and sometimes cotton – the combination of these materials prolong the life the socks and help with moisture management.

Notable orthopedic hunting and hiking socks at HealthyFeetStore.com:

Thorlos Socks for Hunting and Hiking

Cool Soles for Cold or Hot Foot TherapyFoot Therapy in the Outdoors
So you spent all day being active in the wilderness and you notice that your feet are tired, sore and possibly swollen.  You might want to bring a pair of Cool Soles with you on your next outing so you can apply cold or hot therapy to your feet while you relax in your tent, cabin or RV.  Cool Soles are sensitive gel insoles that can be cooled or warmed to help alleviate foot discomfort caused by tired, sore feet.  Using Cool Soles is a perfect way to help your feet rest and recuperate so that you can get back on the trail the next day.

Please note: Cool Soles insoles are to be used while sitting down and not while walking.  Consult your physician before using Cool Soles if you have diabetes, circulation problems or numbness in your feet.  Do not walk on the Cool Soles product.

HealthyFeetStore Employees’ Favorite Athletic Shoes to Get You Moving

Jan 18th, 2011 by Amanda Strouse | 1 Comment So Far

It’s well known that losing weight and exercising more is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. The gyms are packed, you see more people running along the streets and more health food items are picked off the shelves in the grocery stores. You could very well be one of these people.

Losing weight is a big accomplishment and involves life-altering tactics. If you feel overwhelmed with the idea of losing weight and don’t know where to start, we have great advice: Start from the ground up.

Buy yourself an amazing pair of athletic shoes that are comfortable and that suit your exercise plans. For the sake of convenience for you, below are the HealthyFeetStore staff’s athletic shoes and exercises we do while wearing them. Feel free to use us as inspiration or completely copy our shoes and workouts (we don’t mind).

Amanda – Writer/Social Media Marketing:

Brooks Glycerin 8 – These are my primary athletic shoes and I use them for a variety of workouts. I run outside, run on a treadmill, workout in a gym and walk my dog while wearing them. They’re extremely comfortable, cushioned and supportive – they keep my healthy feet healthy.

Chris R. – Accounting:

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10 – I do a lot of walking to and from work. I paired them with the Powerstep insoles and they make a huge difference. They have great support and give me enough of a push when I walk. I have yet to go running in them but I plan to do that soon.

Rich – CEO:

Cogent Racer Athletic Rocker Shoe - Walking on a treadmill.  The most help I have noticed is in my posture because they force you to stand straight. I have become more conscious of standing straight as a result of wearing them regularly.

 

Barbara – Pedorthist/Customer Service:

Brooks Ariel– It is my primary walking shoe.

New Balance 1442 – I’m wearing this now because of my ankle injury.

Cogent Roxie Rocker Sandal - I love these but have worn them so much that the footbed is discolored, so I just wear them to the beach.

 

Melissa – VP/Web/Promotions:

Brooks Glycerin 8 – Running (between 3 – 5 miles twice a week) and walking the dog (about 2 miles a couple times a week). Super comfy running shoe that accommodates my custom orthotics.

New Balance 1010 – For all other athletic activities like spinning classes one or two times a week, going to the park with the kids, lifting weights, etc.

Naot Kumara - Great Zoo or amusement park shoe. A little cuter than a normal athletic shoe but feels like an athletic shoe for when you are planning on doing a lot of standing and walking.

 

Marty – CFO:

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10 – I use it when I work out on the treadmill and Stairmaster.

New Balance 6002 Rock & Tone Flip-Flops – This is great for fast walks through my neighborhood, which is very hilly.

What’s your favorite work out shoe?

Do you plan on buying a new pair soon?

Winter Clearance Means Hot Savings

Jan 14th, 2011 by Amanda Strouse | Be The First To Comment

We know it’s only January, but we already have sandals on the brain! We need your help making room for all of our spring styles, so we put more than 100 styles on sale!

We are holding our Winter Clearance now through the rest of January. Get up to 50% off great, comfortable styles by brands like Cloud Nine, Old Friend, Acorn, Birkenstock, Chaco, Orthaheel, Softwalk, PG Lite, Thorlos and Ryn.

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Start 2011 on the Right Foot!

Jan 11th, 2011 by John Almodovar | 2 Comments So Far

It is 2011, which means it’s time to forget the previous year and put aside all the bad habits you incurred in 2010. It’s time for you to get mobile, work on your wellness and take steps to improve your foot health.  Remember, just because you joined a gym and decided to change your diet, doesn’t mean you’ve made all the necessary changes to reach your ultimate goal.  You still have to think about foot health and what type of shoes and foot care products you should invest in.  Also, when it comes to foot health, please don’t just think about what type of shoes you’re going to wear when your exercise – instead think about what type of shoes you’re going to wear for all occasions.  Having great foot health can really make the difference when achieving overall body health and wellness.

HealthyFeetStore.com can help you start 2011 on the right foot.  Below is a list of products that we think you should definitely consider for 2011.

Athletic Shoes

Athletic shoes offered at HealthyFeetStore.com come with orthopedic features and have removable footbeds to accommodate custom orthotics or arch support insoles.

Motion Control Running and Walking Shoes

  • Brooks Beast - Motion Control Running and Walking Shoes for MenMotion control shoes are exceptional for active wearers who have issues with excessive pronation.  These shoes have a more rigid construction, are more durable, and are designed to help guide the feet better during the gait cycle.

Neutral Running and Walking Shoes

  • Brooks Dyad 6 - Neutral Running and Walking Shoes for MenNeutral athletic shoes are ideal for wearers who need shoes in wide sizes and for those who have flat feet.  These shoes are typically built with broader sized footbeds to accommodate custom orthotics or arch supports.

Walking Shoes with Adjustable Closures

  • New Balance 811 - Women's Athletic Walking ShoeHaving shoes with adjustable straps help with easy on/off.  Hook and loop straps also allow wearers a more customized fit, as well as reduce pressure at the throat area that would normally be felt from tight laces.

Rocker Sole Shoes

  • Ryn Nazca - Rocker Shoes for Women and MenRocker shoes are designed to promote muscle toning, provide a better and pain-free way of walking, and encourage weight loss.  There is still a debate on which brand of rocker shoes is the best – HealthyFeetStore.com carries Ryn Rocker Shoes because they provide exceptional balance, stability and control – unlike other types of rocker shoes that lack these features.

Orthopedic Shoes

Orthopedic shoes at HealthyFeetStore.com come with a slew of features to help gain and maintain healthy feet; plus, about 90% of them have removable insoles to accommodate custom orthotics or arch support inserts.

Casual Shoes

  • Dunham Highland Park - Casual Shoe for MenOrthopedic casual shoes are unlike regular shoes because they’re constructed with features to aid proper foot functionality as well as provide all day comfort.  At HealthyFeetStore.com, you’ll find men’s casual orthopedics shoes that are made with full grain leather uppers, come in various colors from black to brown, and are offered in a variety of styles from slip-on shoes to boat shoes.  You’ll also find women’s casual orthopedic shoes made with various leather uppers that boast stylish designs and come in an assortment of colors from Chili Pepper Red to various Dark Brown shades.  Styles include slingback sandals, Mary Jane shoes, waterproof boots, and women’s wedges – just to name a few.

Dress Shoes

  • Naot Elation - Women's Dress ShoesUnfortunately, dress shoes that you’ll find on the runway are typically very unhealthy to wear because their designs are usually concentrated on looks (narrow toe box, no arch support and tight fitted), rather than on foot functionality and comfort.  Nowadays, orthopedic dress shoes have designs intended for foot comfort and health, plus, they’re fashion-friendly so that wearers get the best of both worlds – healthy feet and stylish shoes that are ideal for office hours in the day and formal outings at night.

Other Shoes

  • New Balance 512 - Slip Resistant Shoes for MenThere are other types of shoes to consider such as slip resistant work shoes for those employed as restaurant workers, nurses or doctors.  HealthyFeetStore.com carries slip resistant work shoes that are made with durable materials, are orthopedically sound and are certified as slip resistant.  All of these features will provide better footing and keep you comfortable at work. HealthyFeeStore.com also carries numerous diabetic shoes that are Medicare A5500 coded; as well as shoes recommended to reduce discomfort caused by various foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, and arthritis.

Socks

All of socks at HealthyFeetStore.com provide features to improve foot health and foot comfort.
Health Socks

  • Aetrex Athletic - Crew Copper SocksUnlike the cheaply made socks you’ll find at local department stores that offer almost no health benefits, the socks at HealthyFeetStore.com offer features to improve the health of your feet.  There are health socks that will remove 99.9% of fungi, bacteria and odor, and there are some with special cushioning to minimize blister formation and help reduce the loss of fat pads in feet.  Most of the socks at HealthyFeetStore.com are made with a mixture of various materials that include spandex, polyester and cotton – materials that when combined help wick moisture away to keep feet dry and fresh.

Compression Socks

  • Activa Women's Sheer Dress Socks: 15-20 mm Hg CompressionCompression socks are ideal for wearers who stand or sit for long periods of time, such as travelers on long flights or for those suffering from edema or venous disorders.  At HealthyFeetStore.com, you’ll find various types of compression stockings in different compression ranges from 15-20 mm Hg to 20-30mm Hg.  Styles range from men’s compression pin stripe dress socks to women’s compression sheer dress socks.

Diabetics Socks

  • Silipos Diabetic Gell SocksDiabetic socks play an important role in diabetic foot care because they can help prevent diabetic foot wounds and other foot problems from occurring.  Diabetic socks are designed to reduce irritations, prevent feet from external damage, provide no or very light compression, minimize pressure and offer comfort.  Diabetic socks are specifically made to accommodate sensitive feet.

Insoles

Orthotic Insoles and Arch Supports

  • Archmolds Maximum - Arch SupportsBuying healthy shoes is one thing, but did you know that you should probably invest in getting orthotic insoles or arch support inserts as well?  Arch support insoles are designed to provide support and stability so that your feet function properly and you achieve better overall body alignment.  There are even orthotics that provide extra cushioning for more comfort; and there are some orthotics that are specifically made for diabetics.  Unfortunately, most insoles in new shoes lack the features mentioned above, so it’s highly recommended to replace them – you should consider buying a good pair of insoles for every new pair of shoes you get.