Fixing Your Feet Ezine – Tanned Feet, Lots of Bad Feet, and more

February 27, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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FIXING YOUR FEET E-zine


Volume 7, Issue 2, February 2007

John Vonhof, Footwork Publications

Copyright, February 2007, All rights reserved


THIS ISSUE IN SUMMARY

This issue has an editorial about tanned feet. There is follow-up on the Bad Feet Photo from January, a new bad feet photo, great reader feedback, and two interesting non-feet good stuff products perfect for athletes.


PURPOSE

The Fixing Your Feet E-zine is published monthly 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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Smelly Shoes?

February 24, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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We have all been around them at one time or another. Or maybe you are one too! You know, those who can’t shake smelly feet.
Yhst12224386464710_1936_53925982_1     The unique and innovative Fresh Force "upside-down" aerosol dispenser blasts odor in both the forward and rear part of the shoe. Heel to toe. By simply inserting Fresh Force into the shoe and pressing down, the dual action spray effectively control odor on contact all day. I like the easy application. Walgreen’s carries it.
     A different approach is taken by AromaWeb. They tell how to make a shoe deodorizer from natural ingredients. They suggest: 4 tablespoons cornstarch, 4 tablespoons baking soda, 20 drops Tea Tree oil, 10 drops lemon oil, and 10 drops lavender oil. To use: Sprinkle the deodorizer lightly into shoes in the evenings or at times when the shoes will not be worn for a few hours. You will not see a "cure" for smelly shoes the first time you use the deodorizer. The magic occurs after regular uses.
     A simple web search finds a host of ideas for deodorizing your shoes. It is easy to buy a spray and use it when necessary. For my money, I would try the natural ingredients and carry a small container with me when I travel. I like Tea Tree oil for its magical effects. If that failed, then would I consider one of the alternatives, with Kiwi’s Fresh Force being near the top of my list.

Insoles

February 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Most athletes buy shoes or boots and use the standard insoles that come with the footwear. Some may know these as inserts rather than insoles. Either word is Ok. Unless there is some reason, the insole is often never removed.
     I recently started an interesting experiment. It is unscientific, but it is relatively straightforward. I was sent two pairs of replacement insoles to try. The one pair is made for people who stand for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces. The other pair is made for general use. The insoles were from MEGAComfort.
     My stock of insoles includes SuperFeet, Spenco, Montrail, ShockDoctor, and more. Last November I started playing golf. My wife and I usually play 18 holes each weekend—walking, with a pushcart. Each time I play, I wear different insoles, and sometimes use different insoles in each shoe. So far, I have used three different insoles. I have found the insoles often feel quite different. In the weeks ahead, I will continue this little experiment and report on my findings.
     I will give you a heads up, in case you are still using the insoles that came with your shoes, there can be a huge difference in how insoles feel.

Seniors Can Prevent Falls by Fixing Painful Feet

February 8, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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We often take our feet for granted. But as we age, painful feet can become common place. The following was sent as a press release. It is important enough to feature it in today’s blog posting. While you may not be a senior, I’ll bet you know a few. Please help them understand good foot care.

(Chicago , February 2, 2007) Senior citizens can reduce their risk for dangerous and deadly falls by having painful foot and ankle problems treated. That’s the message from experts with the Index_01 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).

     Falls have become the leading cause of injury deaths among Americans age 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the ACFAS Web site, FootPhysicians.com, painful foot conditions such as arthritis, corns, bunions, hammertoes, and complications of diabetes can cause problems with walking and balance.

     Lower body weakness and gait and balance problems are frequently-cited risk factors for falls among seniors. Exercises to enhance lower body strength can reduce this risk. But for seniors with painful foot and ankle conditions, exercise can be difficult.

Images_13      “Reducing or eliminating foot pain in seniors improves their balance, coordination and stability when walking or standing,” says Molly S. Judge, DPM, FACFAS, a foot and ankle surgeon in northwest Ohio. “Just one fall can permanently rob a senior of their independence and dramatically reduce their quality of life.”

     Judge says foot and ankle surgeons can recommend simple, effective pain-relief measures such as stretching exercises or padding for painful corns and hammertoes. But when surgery is the most appropriate treatment for a senior’s painful feet, simple surgical techniques often allow treatment to be performed on an outpatient basis.

     “It’s just not true that foot pain is a normal consequence of growing older,” she says. “No one should let pain hold them back from leading a full and active lifestyle.”

     For more information on pediatric foot and ankle conditions, or to find a foot and ankle surgeon, visit the ACFAS patient information Web site.

Fit and Comfortable Feet

February 4, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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It is common for people who want comfortable feet to think they need to wear cushioned socks. As an A1508nwob0750example, my wife recently bought a new pair of golf shoes. They were Nike Air Go golf shoes, on sale—certainly a factor. She mentioned at the end of 18 holes, her feet hurt. So she tried on these sale shoes at a local golf course, with the socks she had worn that day. Normally, she wears a size 9. They were tight so she went up to a 9.5. Since they too were tight, she finally settled on a size 10.
     She commented that they were tight because she was wearing her favorite socks—a highly cushioned pair of acrylic and cotton blend. She likes these socks because of their cushion. In her mind, it is the socks that make her feet comfortable. There is some truth to that—but it is not the only factor.
     I was recently sent to pairs of insoles to review. Later this month I will talk more about these insoles and how much I like them. For now, I mention them to point out that a simple pair of insoles has increased my comfort level in my golf shoes. The stock insoles that came with the shoes were thin and offered little support or cushioning. Changing nothing else but the insoles greatly increased my comfort. The two sets of insoles I tried are very different. One is very cushioned and the other is slightly cushioned with support. They slightly cushioned one with support is much more comfortable for 18 holes of golf that the very cushioned pair.
     The take-away from this is that cushioned socks and cushioned insoles do not necessarily make for a comfortable fit. In my wife’s case, she will purchase a few pairs of thinner socks with wicking Logoproperties, and still feel comfortable. Then I’ll get her new replacement insoles and she will see the difference. Over the next month, I’ll talk more about comfort. Even thought I talk about comfort and use golf shoes as an example, this applies to any foot wear.
     In the meantime, here is the link to the World’s Softest socks website. I even wear them. They are soft and comfortable.

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