When you think about “orthopedic shoes”, you probably imagine big, bulky shoes featuring prominent velcro straps. Orthopedic footwear certainly hasn’t always been fashion-forward. However, orthopedic shoes have come a long way since those days. Nowadays, many orthopedic footwear manufacturers produce their shoes and sandals in many styles and colors to make them both functional and fashionable.
There are many benefits of wearing orthopedic sandals and shoes. Whether you’re dealing with a foot condition such as plantar fasciitis, over-pronation, or supination, or whether you just want something to feel good on your feet while standing for long hours or after a workout, finding fashionable support for your feet is easy! Full Story
Heel spurs are a calcium deposit that causes a bony protrusion under the heel bone, caused by strains on foot muscles and ligaments or the repeated tearing of the membrane that covers the heel bone. They are often associated with Plantar Fasciitis, where the Plantar Fascia, or the band of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot, is inflamed.
Heel spurs can be treated with exercise or anti-inflammatory medications as well as cortisone shots in some cases. Sometimes a simple heel pad is sufficient for additional comfort.
Most heel spur pads and cushions are designed with a donut shaped area where the heel spur is located. The middle of the insert can be removed or there is an area with additional padding for relief.Full Story
Insoles for Pregnancy and MaternityDuring pregnancy, your body goes through many changes. Your feet may swell and you may experience instability due to carrying extra weight. Relaxin, a hormone that loosens your joints and prepares the body for delivery can also cause your feet to flatten putting strain on your arches. Having the proper foundation for your feet can help with ankle, knee, hip and back pains. Meet MommySteps, the heat-moldable insole that will last your whole maternity. They are heat-moldable up to 3 times throughout pregnancy, or once each trimester. They are available in two different styles, Active and Flats. Full Story
The Top 3 Common Foot Conditions Caused by Running
Running can put a lot of stress on your feet. In fact, running can put up to 3.5 times the amount of pressure of your body weight on your feet. In this article, we will address 3 of the most common foot issues runner experience and how you can help prevent and treat them.
Plantar Fasciitis is a condition of the foot where the plantar muscles and connective tissue on the bottom of the foot are inflamed. With this condition, you feel pain towards your heel on the bottom of your foot when applying weight or pressure to this area.A couple of ways that you can help treat and prevent Plantar Fasciitis are:
- Icing the foot to decrease inflammation
- Wearing a night splint or night sock
- Massaging the area with a foot roller
- Using an Orthotic Arch Support designed specifically for Plantar Fasciitis