The Orthofeet Blog

5 Tips For Shoe Buyers With Wide Feet

Nov 03 2016

5 Tips For Shoe Buyers With Wide Feet

Wide-feet people: stand up and be counted! Know what you need to do to achieve the foot comfort and support you deserve! Many people are born with wide feet, but this condition often comes with age, weight gain, and even pregnancy. Because women’s hips are wider, they tend to have wide feet more often than men, but simply standing for long periods of time can bring on a wider, flatter foot.   Here are some rules of thumb for being kind to your wide feet: Look for shoes with removable linings and insoles. Make room! Your shoe should be flexible...

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7 Foot Symptoms That Tell You To See A Doctor

Nov 03 2016

7 Foot Symptoms That Tell You To See A Doctor

Your foot pain may be nothing – but don’t take chances. Pain is a sign that something is wrong. Many people attribute foot pain to getting older – “par for the course.” However, in most cases, professional medical help can reduce or even alleviate pain, and can also prevent symptoms from growing worse or more dangerous. Often, it’s simply a matter of wearing higher-quality, ergonomically designed footwear, but a physician should examine your feet for any proper diagnosis. Hot and cold compresses and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory products often help greatly with minor symptoms. However, before you self-medicate or self-treat, always see...

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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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