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The first thing to consider when choosing running orthotics for overpronation is that some companies may not specifically list in their description that an insole or Orthotic is going to reduce overpronation. (Overpronation is what happens when the foot rolls inward during the time your take a step and place your full body weight on the ground.)   A foot’s medial longitudinal arch that collapses during walking is one of the root causes of overpronation. When the arch can’t withstand the pressures of the body weight and gravity acting upon them, the entire midfoot section widens and the foot rolls inward. This stresses out the muscles and tendons of the bottom of foot and may also put tears in the plantar fascia.   Thus, excellent arch support that is accompanied by a deep heel cup that keeps the foot aligned can definitely prevent overpronation during walking and running.   Here are 3 Orthotics that runners can use to prevent overpronation:   1. Powerstep Signature Leather Orthotics (full length) http://www.theinsolestore.com/powerstep-signature-leather-orthotics-full-length.html   These running orthotics for overpronation have a natural leather top coat, built-in arch support and heel cradle for foot stability, and have a polypropylene support shell for a bit more structure. The foam is about 1/8th inch deep. The EVA base layer is rated Shore A 40 for hardness (harder than chewing gum and not as hard as a tire). These orthotics for overpronation are not specifically marketed for runners but they may be used for that purpose. They are accepted and recommended by the American Podiatric Medical Association.     [caption id="attachment_10472" align="alignleft" width="150"]Birkenstock Blue Footbed Casual Arch Support Insoles Birkenstock Blue Footbed Casual Arch Support Insoles[/caption] 2. Birkenstock Blue Footbed Casual Arch Support Insoles http://www.theinsolestore.com/birkenstock-blue-footbed-casual-arch-support-insoles.html   These may sound like they shouldn’t be worn by runners because of the word “casual” in the title but they may definitely be used by runners. You can consider them perfect running orthotics for overpronation because not only do they have Orthotic arch support and metatarsal support – support for both arches of the feet – but also raised side so that your feet are NOT going to overpronate period.   These are preferred for those with flat feet or medium arched feet.   [caption id="attachment_10473" align="alignleft" width="150"]Spenco® For Her Total Support Insoles Spenco® For Her Total Support Insoles[/caption] 3. Spenco® For Her Total Support Insoles http://www.theinsolestore.com/spenco-for-her-new-style-total-support-insoles.html   If an insole or Orthotic has the 3-Pod Cushioning system in it (a Spenco creation awaiting patent awards), then you can bet your life on it that it’s good to go for overpronation. Count the Spenco For Her Total Support Insoles in your list of running orthotics for overpronation.   The whole purpose of the 3-Pod Cushioning system is for preventing overpronation. You’ll find advanced arch support in the For Her Total Support Insoles to also prevent the foot from collapsing in the medial longitudinal arch area of the foot, arch support in the metatarsal area of the foot, cushioning throughout the entire Orthotic and recommendations from the American Podiatric Medical Association too.   The For Her Total Support Insoles are another winner for those searching for running orthotics for overpronation.
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Men’s slippers have changed a lot from what they used to be. In the past, slippers never had any dimension to them; they were simply nice soft material sewed together to cover the feet with very little structure to them. Now, things are a lot better if you get the right men’s slippers. You can find men’s slippers that are orthopedically designed plus they have nice soft material. Because they are orthopedically designed, your feet are supported. And this matters a lot, especially if you’re presently experiencing foot pain or having difficulty because you have foot conditions. Here are a few different men’s slippers that your husband or man friend will love: Spenco Supreme Men’s Slippers Bison Suede Shearling – About $90 http://www.theinsolestore.com/spenco-supreme-mens-slipper-bison-suede-shearling.html These are handsome men’s slippers; brown on the upper, white fur on the inside, and rust brown sole with a black heel area. Big advantages of these men’s slippers: • Prevents overpronation and oversupination • Deep toe box gives you lots of wiggle room • Metatarsal arch support relieves pain in the ball of the foot • Non-mark and skid bottom • Zero-drop technology – This is where the height of the men’s slipper at the heel and the height of the slipper at the front of the foot are equal, which decreases stress on the Achilles tendon and other areas of the foot. • Heat moldable • Loved by the American Podiatric Medical Association Spenco Northern Men’s Slipper Camo – About $70 http://www.theinsolestore.com/spenco-northern-mens-slipper-camo-nylon-fleece.html These are traditional looking with a camouflage design any man who’s been in the military will feel comfortable with. The advantages of these men’s slippers are similar to the previous Spenco men’s slippers. Big advantages of these men’s slippers: • Prevents overpronation and oversupination • Deep toe box gives you lots of wiggle room • Medial longitudinal arch support • Deep heel cup • Metatarsal arch support • Zero-drop technology – This is where the height of the men’s slipper at the heel and the height of the slipper at the front of the foot are equal, which decreases stress on the Achilles tendon and other areas of the foot. • Heat moldable • Loved by the American Podiatric Medical Association • Recommended for those with shin splints, plantar fasciitis, Achille’s tendonitis, flat feet Spenco Northern Men’s Slipper Red – About $70 http://www.theinsolestore.com/spenco-northern-mens-slipper-red-nylon-fleece.html These good-looking men’s slippers are red on the top with a black heel and toe guard. The red area of the slippers is stitched to give it a somewhat preppy look. The advantages of these men’s slippers are exactly the same as the previous two. Spenco Northern Men’s Slipper Chocolate – About $70 http://www.theinsolestore.com/spenco-northern-mens-slipper-chocolate-nylon-fleece.html These are black uppers and gray on the sole with similar stitching as seen in the Spenco Northern Men’s Slipper Red version. There you go. Four awesome men’s slippers that you can choose from to make your man’s feet the happiest they’ve ever been at home.  
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Men, is it time for a wardrobe evaluation? Let’s start with your feet. Are you comfortable with the shoes and sandals you have in your wardrobe right now? Check the soles of each pair. Are they worn on the inside? If so, this gives you a clue that you are overpronating your feet. Since your feet are your body’s foundation for the skeleton, those who are overpronators are asking for trouble in the near future – things like knee pain, hip pain, back pain, and even neck pain. With a faulty foundation, the stresses travel upwards through the skeleton. Why not throw out all the old shoes and sandals that encourage more pronation? You can replace them with new shoes and sandals. Then add orthotics that are specifically for those who overpronate their feet while walking. It will make a world of a difference. If you care about your wardrobe and don’t want to look like you’re wearing the same clothes as every other man out there, you may want to take a peek at the Olukair Hiapo Men’s Sandals. The Hiapo Sandals are the top of the line for the Olukai line. They are premium, hand-sewn leather-wrapped sandals with soft microfiber neoprene lined backers. The leather wraps around a compression-molded EVA midsole and an outsole that has molded rubber traction pods on the bottom. The leather toe post is comfortable and hand-sewn. On the Olukai sandals, there’s laser-etched Polynesian Moko tattoo artwork. The sandals come in full sizes only. They’re lightweight, water-resistant, breathable and built for being in or around water. You can clean them with saddle soap or a leather cleaner and conditioner. They cost $110. Here’s a list of the different colors the Olukai sandals come in: • Dark Java & Toffee Olukai Men’s Sandals http://www.theinsolestore.com/olukai-hiapo-dark-java-toffee-sandals-mens.html           [caption id="attachment_10477" align="alignleft" width="150"]OluKai Hokua Dark Java & Dark Java Mens Sandal OluKai Hokua Dark Java & Dark Java Mens Sandal[/caption] • Dark Java & Dark Java Olukai Men’s Sandals http://www.theinsolestore.com/olukai-hokua-dark-java-sandals-mens.html             [caption id="attachment_10478" align="alignleft" width="150"]OluKai Hokua Charcoal & Dark Shadow Mens Sandal OluKai Hokua Charcoal & Dark Shadow Mens Sandal[/caption] • Charcoal & Dark Shadow Olukai Men’s Sandals http://www.theinsolestore.com/olukai-hokua-charcoal-dark-shadow-sandals-mens.html             [caption id="attachment_10479" align="alignleft" width="150"]OluKai Ohana Dark Java & Ray Mens Sandal OluKai Ohana Dark Java & Ray Mens Sandal[/caption] • Dark Java & Ray Olukai Men’s Sandals http://www.theinsolestore.com/olukai-ohana-dark-java-ray-sandals-mens.html             [caption id="attachment_10480" align="alignleft" width="150"]OluKai Ohana Black & Dark Shadow Mens Sandal OluKai Ohana Black & Dark Shadow Mens Sandal[/caption] • Black & Dark Shadow Olukai Men’s Sandals http://www.theinsolestore.com/olukai-ohana-black-dark-shadow-sandals-mens.html             [caption id="attachment_10481" align="alignleft" width="150"]OluKai Ohana Kona & Kona Mens Sandal OluKai Ohana Kona & Kona Mens Sandal[/caption] • Kona & Kona Olukai Men’s Sandals http://www.theinsolestore.com/olukai-ohana-kona-sandals-mens.html             [caption id="attachment_10482" align="alignleft" width="150"]OluKai Ohana Blue Hawaiian & Black Men's Sandals OluKai Ohana Blue Hawaiian & Black Men's Sandals[/caption] • Blue Hawaiian & Black Olukai Men’s Sandals http://www.theinsolestore.com/olukai-ohana-blue-hawaiian-black-sandals-mens.html             [caption id="attachment_10483" align="alignleft" width="150"]OluKai Ohana Leather Dark Java & Dark Java Mens Sandal OluKai Ohana Leather Dark Java & Dark Java Mens Sandal[/caption] • Leather Dark Java & Dark Java Olukai Men’s Sandals http://www.theinsolestore.com/olukai-ohana-leather-dark-java-sandals-mens.html             [caption id="attachment_10484" align="alignleft" width="150"]OluKai Ohana Leather Black & Black Mens Sandal OluKai Ohana Leather Black & Black Mens Sandal[/caption] • Leather Black & Black Olukai Men’s Sandals http://www.theinsolestore.com/olukai-ohana-leather-black-sandals-mens.html             [caption id="attachment_10485" align="alignleft" width="150"]OluKai Ohana Leather Ginger & Ginger Mens Sandal OluKai Ohana Leather Ginger & Ginger Mens Sandal[/caption] • Leather Ginger & Ginger Olukai Men’s Sandals http://www.theinsolestore.com/olukai-ohana-leather-ginger-sandals-mens.html             The Olukai Hiapo Men’s Sandals are the top of the entire line. The others are made with synthetic fibers, but still look great. So check out some of them today and start anew this summer.