FIXING YOUR FEET E-zine: Foot Care, Shoe Review, Tips and more

March 30, 2006 by · 1 Comment
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FIXING YOUR FEET E-zine

Volume 6, Issue 3, March 2006
John Vonhof, Footwork Publications
Copyright, March 2006, All rights reserved

THIS ISSUE IN SUMMARY
My editorial talks about your feet and gives some foot care tips for marathoners—and anyone active outside. A great shoe review from Ryan Jordan of Backpacking Light talks about a new shoe from Timberland—and what makes this shoe perfect for trails and off trail wear. There is one foot care tip and in Non-feet Good Stuff I talk about Halo Headbands.

PURPOSE
The Fixing Your Feet E-zine is published to inform and educate athletes and non-athletes about proper foot care skills and techniques, provide tips on foot care, review foot care products, and highlight problems people have with their feet.

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The Popularity of Running Shoes

March 29, 2006 by · 1 Comment
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A recent article in the Marietta Times caught my eye when it mentioned that the NPD Group Inc. reported footwear sales tripled that of apparel. In 2005, shoppers spent $42 billion on footwear, up 9% from 2004. This bought them 1.4 billion pairs of shoes, 5% more than in 2004.
     Retail industry analysts note that is because people are buying shoes to spruce up their wardrobes. And what is the most popular type of shoe? Why, it’s the running shoe of course. Was there ever any doubt in your mind? Not for me. Running shoes are comfortable. They typically need no break in time and are acceptable with most any clothes except for suits and formal wear. If you work in any major metropolitan city, it is common to see men and women wearing running shoes with their office clothes during their commute, then changing into more formal dress shoes once in the office. Pay attention to people out shopping and you’ll a majority of them wearing running shoes.
     Do these people wear running shoes because they run? My guess it a small percentage actually run. Many may use them for walking—but running, No. Some people may be fashion conscious but for most, it’s a mater of comfort.
     So with all these people wearing running shoes, I wonder how many know how to tell when the shoes are worn out and should be sent to the trash bin? Based on what I see on people’s feet, most wear them until then disintegrate.
     Check your shoes for wear by placing them on a flat surface. The shoe should sit fairly level. The soles should still have tread on them. The uppers, the part of the shoe above the soles, should be sturdy and supportive. On your feet, the shoes should offer support and cushioning—and feel good. The midsoles, the part of the shoe between the upper and the bottom tread, should not be overly compressed or collapsed. It is this part of the shoe that provides the cushioning. Use it as a good indicator of the shoe’s wear.

Are Your Feet Prepared?

March 20, 2006 by · 1 Comment
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For two days last week I talked to runners at the LA Marathon.  The setting was the marathon’s Expo at the huge LA Convention Center. I gave two seminars on foot care tips for marthoners, walked the aisles, and talked to people at the Zombie Runner’s booth. The hall was packed and at times it was hard to tell who was going to walk or run the marathon and who was just there to pick up free goodies.
     At any rate, I talked to many people who seemed to be well prepared. They knew about blisters and what kind of socks to wear. They either had experience or were smart enough to want to learn more. Others seemed unconcerned or unprepared.
     The main question was, “Are your feet prepared?” I handed out a half page of tips. Here are the tips. They easily can be applied to anyone running or walking a marathon, or doing any similar event. Are they magic? No. But many people, even athletes, seem to forget the common sense tips that can make their marathon a better experience.

Before the Race
•    Toenails too long catches on socks – trim them short.
•    Then file toenails smooth.
•    Use a nail file to smooth calluses.
•    Clean out lint and junk from inside shoes.
•    Check your shoelaces and replace if frayed.

Race Morning

•    Apply a layer of your favorite lubricant or powder.
•    Smooth your socks around your feet.
•    Avoid tying laces too tight.

During the Race

•    If you feel a hot spot: apply a pad, a bit of tape, a dab of lubricant, or an energy wrapper between your sock and shoe.
•    Loosen shoelaces if you have pain on the top of your foot.

After the Race

•    Drain blisters only if they are in a pressure area.
•    If you have blisters, soak your feet in Epson salts and warm water three times a day.
•    Trim edges of loose skin around blisters.
•    If feet are swollen, elevate and ice.

Come see me at the LA Marathon

March 15, 2006 by · 1 Comment
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This weekend is the LA Marathon.
If you are running or will be in the area, I am doing two seminars at
the Expo at the Convention Center – one Friday afternoon and one
Saturday morning. My sessions are titled, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now – Foot Care Tips for Marathonrers.
     I’d love for some of my readers to stop by and chat. Pick up a tips sheet and look at copies of Fixing Your Feet and Happy Feet, my two publications for people who love their feet.
     You can find me in the seminar area and in the Zombie Runner booth. Stop by and say Hi and check out all their good stuff for runners.
   Will I run the marathon on Sunday? No. Health issues and business
have curtailed my running over the past two months. But you can be sure
I will be there in spirit.
     When I get back, I’ll have some good thoughts on feet, and running and walking marathons. I’ll post a new full-length newsletter in the following week.

Come see me in LA

March 15, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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This weekend is the LA Marathon. If you are running or will be in the area, I am doing two seminars at the Expo at the Convention Center – one Friday afternoon and one Saturday morning. My sessions are titled, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now – Foot Care Tips for Marathonrers.
     I’d love for some of my readers to stop by and chat. Pick up a tips sheet and look at copies of Fixing Your Feet and Happy Feet, my two publications for people who love their feet.
     You can find me in the seminar area and in the Zombie Runner booth. Stop by and say Hi and check out all their good stuff for runners.
     Will I run the marathon on Sunday? No. Health issues and business have curtailed my running over the past two months. But you can be sure I will be there in spirit.
     When I get back, I’ll have some good thoughts on feet, and running and walking marathons.

Giving Your Feet a Workout

March 8, 2006 by · 2 Comments
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Last week I flew to Tampa for a conference and then home again a few days later. Coast to coast, twice. Sitting in coach for three and four hours at a time makes you appreciate getting up to stretch.  Sitting there I found it refreshing to loosen my shoelaces and every so often, even take my shoes off.
     When you are stuck on a plane, sitting at your desk for hours, or just need to move around, I suggest the following toe and foot stretches:
1.  Stretch your toes side to side, curl them in and out, and wiggle them around.
2.  Rotate your feet at your ankle, up and down and side to side.
3.  Write the alphabet with your toes, using your whole foot.
     Keep the blood flowing by alternating relaxing and flexing your toes and feet. Remember to move your legs at the knee too. Get up and take a short walk when possible. If nothing else, while standing, rise up onto your toes and then back on your heels. A few short stretches will help relieve the boredom and discomfort of long periods of sitting.

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