Archive for the 'Shoes and Socks' Category

Orthotics Can Help Prevent Knee Problems

Amplify’d from SATURDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) — Protecting your knees when you’re younger may help prevent serious problems such as arthritis and the need for knee replacement when you’re older, an expert advises. Research indicates that nearly half of adults develop arthritis in at least one knee by age 85, and the risk [...]

Avoid kids’ foot problems with the right shoes

Amplify’d from Before you head to the store to buy your kids shoes, follow these helpful guidelines to prevent or minimize foot problems from poorly fitting or worn out shoes. Shoes should fit Your child’s feet can grow up to two sizes in six months, so you need to account for growth when buying shoes. [...]

Summer Flip-Flops

Easy to slip on and off, comfortable to wear, flip-flops seem to be the summer’s most popular sandal. Flip-flops offer the most basic protection for the bottom of the feet and help prevent  fungal infections or warts when in public pool or gym areas. They may be the perfect beach, bbq or lounging sandal, but [...]

Eco-Running Shoe: The Green Silence

Shoe gear company, Brooks, has designed an environmentally friendly performance racing shoe called The Green Silence. The Green Silence features recycled components, such as post-race plastic water & sports drink bottles as well as rubber that would otherwise have been abandoned. Another key feature is the BioMoGo, the first biodegradable midsole. Brooks debuted this midsole [...]

Sandal Scandal: APMA Sandal Tips

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) offers these tips for avoiding a sandal scandal this summer. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Orthotic Sandals: A Reasonable Flip-Flop

As summer approaches, it becomes more and more difficult to choose supportive athletic footwear over a pair of comfortable flip-flops. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

High Heels: How To Avoid Foot Problems

Part III of a Three Part Series on High Heels Not all high heels cause foot pain or contribute to foot problems. In fact, shoes with at least an inch are recommended for individuals with flatfeet, tight calves and arch pain. The inch at the heel helps decrease arch stress and tension on the Achilles [...]

High Heels: What Does the Research Say?

Part II of a Three Part Series on High Heels Pressure under the ball of the foot increases with the height of the heel. Broch et al found that there is a change in the distribution of mechanical stress as the foot position changes. As the height of the heel increases, the load under the [...]

Stiletto Heels: 10 Foot Problems

Part I of a Three Part Series on High Heels A stiletto heel is the name for a type of heel on a woman’s shoe or boot. The heel is long and thin and named after the stiletto dagger of the same shape, which was a dress dagger for the upper class in the 17th [...]

Lacing Shoes: Utilizing the 7th Eyelet

For problems with heel slippage and for narrow feet, lacing running shoes tighter and higher may be helpful. Utilizing the top (7th) eyelet allows for a more custom fit and may help keep the heel seated. Recent research has shown that lacing shoes tighter and higher, using the 7th eyelet (or last available eyelet), allows [...]

Higher & Tighter Shoe Lacing May Help Runners

To evaluate how different shoelace patterns affect the biomechanics of runners, researchers evaluated 20 experienced runners with six different lacing positions. Foot pronation during contact, tibial (leg) acceleration and plantar pressure distribution were recorded as the runners ran across a force platform. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Tips for Proper Shoe Fit

Proper shoe fit is essential for the health of your feet. Improperly fitting shoes can lead to a host of problems including heel pain, arch pain, corns, calluses, bunions and others. Use the tips below when shopping for shoes. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Neutral Cushioned Shoes for Cavus Feet

A study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in June of 2008 evaluated in-shoe pressure in 22 athletes with high arch (cavus) feet. Two neutral-cushioned running shoes (Asics Nimbus 6 and Brooks Glycerin 3) and a control shoe (Dunlop Volley) were used and the pressures were collected using the Novel Pedar-X system. Compared with [...]

Flip-Flops Flop

According to research at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), individuals wearing flip-flops alter their gait and may experience lower leg pain as a result. The study compared the gait of 39 college age men and women wearing flip-flop style sandals and athletic shoes. Both the flip-flops and the [...]

Spring Sandals – Sore Toes

The temperatures are warming and it’s time to start thinking about shorts, t-shirts, beaches, BBQs and sandals. It’s tempting to slip on those sandals you bought on sale last Fall and head out for a day of fun in the sun. But, this can prove to be a problem for your feet, especially your toes. [...]

More Traction for Runners

The roads and trails can be slick in the winter, which can make running somewhat treacherous. But, some shoe companies have taken the first steps to create a reasonably priced spiked sole running shoe. The shoe shown here is the New Balance 921. The sole has removable spikes which can be placed into the forefoot [...]

Wintertime Activities & Socks

People who recreate outside during the winter, whether it is running, cycling, skiing, skating or snowshoeing, need to protect their feet by wearing appropriate socks. Many will spend top dollar for boots and shoes, but then choose cheap cotton socks to wear with them. When wearing the wrong type of socks, the feet are at [...]

Custom Made Shoes

One visit is all you need for ordering as many pairs of custom made shoes by the Left® Foot Company of Finland. And the price? About $300 per pair of shoes. The process starts with the customer pulling on neon yellow and green checkerboard socks and stepping on an imaging platform. A 3-D scanner images [...]

Winter House Shoes

In the wintertime it’s easy to enter the house and kick off your wet, snow or mud covered shoes and slip into some nice, soft, comfy slippers. After being on your feet all day, nothing feels better, right? Not so fast. For those with foot problems, especially those with heel pain, this could spell trouble. [...]

Shoes With Springs

Gravity Defyer Shoes Gravity Defyer shoes are built with a hidden spring in the heel of the shoe. Shoes with springs or coils are designed to ease joint pain, especially at your feet, ankles, knees, hips and back. Some individuals swear by these shoes, especially those suffering with heel pain. Gravity Defyer shoes are not [...]

Mandals – Sandals for Men

The urban dictionary has defined “mandals” as sandals for men. It has become more and more common to see men in sandals during the summer. In the past, men wore flip-flops only for their yearly beach trip and sported regular shoes the rest of the year. Over the past few years, the expanding fashion line [...]

Nike+ iPod Sport Kit

Cool New Gear For Runners & Walkers The Nike+ iPod Sports Kit allows you to listen to your favorite tunes while you run or walk AND track your speed and distance. A sensor placed on the Nike shoes tracks time, distance and speed and transmits this information to the iPod receiver. The iPod can give [...]

Sandals & Foot Care

Summer is on it’s way, along with shorts, tank tops, bathing suits, BBQs and, of course, sandals. Sandals, the main choice for footwear during the summer months, are easy to slip on and off and cool enough for those hot summer days. The flip-flop trend has taken off and new styles range from flimspy, flat [...]