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The Orthofeet Blog

What’s the Difference Between Corns and Calluses?

Nov 03 2016

What’s the Difference Between Corns and Calluses?

Ugh. Something wicked is rubbing against your shoe as you walk, but is it a corn or a callus? Believe it or not, these sometimes-painful occurrences are nature’s way of protecting the soft tissue in your foot. How? By making the outer surface tough and hard. This protects your foot from excess pressure and friction and is called hyperkeratosis (an abnormal thickening of an outer layer of skin). People with bony toes or soft skin tend to suffer from corns and calluses more frequently, but they are ultimately common in all types of feet. Both conditions are often painful, but...

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Four Yoga Poses For Healthier Feet

Oct 06 2016

Four Yoga Poses For Healthier Feet

Your feet are the most important foundation of your body, and yoga helps to strengthen and stabilize that foundation. Yoga is one of the few athletic disciplines that actually pays attention to the feet. It brings overall mindfulness to your body and allows your feet to effectively engage with the ground. Ben Curtis and Cassie Fireman are the co-founders of Soul Fit NYC. This Manhattan-based mobile wellness service comes to your home or office to teach yoga with a focus on mind-body connection to help people get grounded. So much of being grounded starts with our feet. When you care...

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How To Deal with the Heel: Three Types of Common Heel Pain

Oct 06 2016

How To Deal with the Heel: Three Types of Common Heel Pain

Your feet keep you moving and get you going, but as awesome as they are, even they have limits. All the walking, running, and hustling that you do put intense stress on each foot, especially if you are wearing poor-quality shoes that are not absorbing the pounding. Of all the areas of the foot that take a beating, the heel often gets the brunt of the abuse. Why? While walking, the heel is the first bone to contact the ground, taking on the full weight of your body and the resulting impact and shock of that weight. In many cases,...

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What's at the Sole of Footwear Ergonomics?

Oct 06 2016

What's at the Sole of Footwear Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the study of improving human interactions with the environment, particularly our physical relationships with products, equipment, and systems. The goal: optimum performance, comfort, and health. This fascinating science draws upon engineering and psychology to improve our lives at work and at home. Ergonomics has also improved the way we wear shoes. Research has found that ill-fitting or worn-out footwear put more stress on the feet, taxing and stressing the entire body. This can cause injury, related physical problems, and even psychological stress. Another fact of life that ergonomics addresses: as we grow older, our foot size changes, with our...

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Dr. RJ Ritchie On Shoe Quality & Knee Health

Oct 06 2016

Dr. RJ Ritchie On Shoe Quality & Knee Health

The more love you give your knees, the more your feet will benefit from that love, says Dr. RJ Ritchie MS, PAC, PhD (orthopedic surgery and sports medicine). And the best footwear takes care of your knees at the same time it takes care of your feet, because it keeps your alignment correct, straight and strong. RJ tells us that the best way to keep your knees in normal alignment is to use high-quality footwear that is not worn out. This is easier said than done – most people lose sight of – or don’t pay attention to -- how worn...

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Have Trouble Tying Your Shoes? Try This Innovative Tie-Less System

Sep 13 2016

Have Trouble Tying Your Shoes? Try This Innovative Tie-Less System

One of the milestones of life is learning how to tie your shoes, but for many people, this simple task can become difficult and even painful.  Orthofeet has come up with a unique solution:  a Tie-Less Lacing System, which allows users to fasten and unfasten their shoes without the physical act of tying laces. What’s more: the shoe retains the look of a conventional lacing system, so that the shoe does not look “therapeutic.” How the system works: The laces integrate with hook & loop straps (made of Velcro), which are attached to both sides of the shoe. Simply use the...

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The Steps Leading Up To The Orthofeet Revolution

Aug 16 2016

The Steps Leading Up To The Orthofeet Revolution

Orthofeet co-founder Ron Bar, Ph.D., has a personal stake in his innovative product. In 1973, during Israel’s Yom Kippur War, a bomb was hurled at his tank, causing him to lose his leg. He eventually earned a doctorate in biomedical engineering and began designing insoles foot orthotics and footwear that would make more sense to his condition and others with mobility issues.  While searching for solutions of foot orthotics for wounded soldiers, Ron found that the traditional method of taking a cast of a patient’s foot seemed cumbersome, and often, inaccurate. He created a method that would allow the orthotic...

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No More Foot Pain: Is It Possible?

Aug 16 2016

No More Foot Pain: Is It Possible?

Unlike many other bodily pains and discomforts, it’s often difficult to locate the exact cause of foot trouble; even more frustrating is determining exactly how to treat it.  The sad answer: foot pain can be caused by a number of complicated and hard-to-pinpoint reasons. To add insult to injury, The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that 75% of Americans will experience foot pain at some point in their lives, with pain ranging from mild to severe. One of the purposes of this blog is to explore the many causes of foot pain and discomfort, but even more importantly, to...

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