Fixing Your Feet Ezine – Wrinkled Taping, Calluses, and more

October 31, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Volume 7, Issue 10, October 2007
John Vonhof, Footwork Publications
Copyright, October 2007, All rights reserved


This issue has en editorial on Wrinkled Tape and Practice. My feature
article is on Fighting Calluses. I have a bad feet photo, some reader
feedback, and a review of a great new outdoor book that I am sure
you’ll love.


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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Tip on Shoe Fit and Changing Socks

October 22, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Recently I bought a new pair of casual shoes. I tried them on in the store and they felt fine. Getting home I took them out of the box and set them in my closet. When I went to put them on one day I noticed they really fit tight. Hummm…

Shoes20at20joes      What happened of course is when I bought the shoes; I had on a thinner pair of socks. Pulling out a pair of everyday socks the day I was going to wear them for the first time; I grabbed a pair of thicker socks. So I set the shoes aside and forgot about them.

     This can easily happen when we buy new shoes or socks. Your socks must match with your shoes for a good fit. We all have our favorite socks and shoes. We tend to pick them first because they are comfortable. But sometimes we buy new socks without thinking about how they will fit into our existing shoes. Going to thicker or thinner socks can lead to problems of hot spots, blisters, cramped toes, sore feet, and reduced circulation.

     When you shop for new shoes, take along a pair of your favorite socks. Use them to help determine if the shoes are a good fit. Avoid the basket of shoes the store offers – who know how many feet they have been on and what germs they are harboring.

     As far as my new shoes, I need new socks anyway so I’ll get a few pairs of thinner socks. I’ll be happy and so will my feet.

Bold Gaiters

October 14, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Yesterday I worked the Bort Meadows aid station at the Dick Collins Firetrails 50 Mile Run and Golden Hills Marathon. There were 244 runners in the 50-miler and about 114 in the marathon. All day I watched the runners come through the aid station. They ate some food and refilled their water bottles. The weather was great, but we had had a lot of rain the day before. The trails had drained well and I saw only a few muddy shoes. But as usual, I saw a lot of dirty shoes and socks. I especially watched for runners wearing gaiters. They were in the minority.
     Of those wearing gaiters, most were doing the 50-miler. Even then, I’d guess that less then 20 percent of the runners wore gaiters.
     Gaiters are an important for trail runners, and for that matter, hikers, adventure racers, and even walkers. They cover the top of the shoe and prevent debris from going inside the shoe. It is this debris, Showlettergetting between the shoe and sock, which leads to hot spots and blisters. A simple pair of gaiters can help prevent problems.
     For my money, I like the gaiters made by Chrissy Weiss, called Dirty Girl Gaiters. Chrissy has a lock on gaiters that make a statement. They are bold and colorful. They are in-your-face patterns that inspire. Most of the runners yesterday wore Chrissy’s gaiters. They are made from soft, comfortable four-way stretch spandex unisex with gaiter hooks under the front shoe lace and secures to the back of the shoe with a self-adhesive Velcro strip. They are dirt-cheap for $13 per pair, including postage.
     And, yes, guys are wearing them too. A lot of guys.

Insoles for Her

October 2, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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I have seen the ads for quite a while now. Many of the magazines to which I subscribe have had full-page ads about the line of Spenco insoles made for women. In 2006, it was Spenco for Her and as the ad went, offered “cushioning and total support with Q Factor Technology”. Now, a year later, Spenco has come out Spencoforherwith the Total Support insole. The Spenco For Her Total Support is a technical replacement insole featuring the Q Factor Technology, which provides targeted support and guides a woman’s foot into a more centralized position.
     The Total Support insole, a technical replacement insole featuring the Q Factor Technology, provides targeted support and guides a woman’s foot into a more centralized position. A cuboid lock works in correlation with the Q Factor Technology to support the 5th metatarsal while stabilizing the foot. The insole also features a deep heel cup, a gel heel strike cushion that absorbs shock and returns energy for improved comfort and cushioning. 
     With the Quadricep angle (Q-angle) usually means that women are more likely to supinate, roll on the outside of the foot and then overcompensate by pronating, which drastically shifts the weight over to the inside of the foot. This Q-angle in women, 18 degrees versus 13 degrees in men, contributes to poor body alignment resulting in pressure on the knees, hips and back. The theory behind the Q factor technology is that it will guide the women’s foot into a more centralized position.
     Recent studies have shown that female athletes have a greater susceptibility to injuries of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) when compared with male athletes. It was found that there was an apparent relationship between the anterior knee pain and the Q-angle. In the knee, the femur meets the tibia at an angle, which is called the Q-angle. The width of the pelvis determines the size of the Q-angle. Women have a wider pelvis than men have for child bearing; therefore, the Q-angle is greater in women than in men. By having this greater angle, forces are concentrated on the ligament each time the knee twists increasing the risk for an ACL tear. For example a twisting injury in a man’s knee may only stretch his ACL, however the greater Q-angle with the same type of twisting injury in a woman’s knee may cause a complete ACL tear. Mounting research indicates that a woman’s knee is not simply a smaller version of a man’s knee. The differences involve the bones, ligaments and tendons in the joints,” says Dr. Aaron G. Rosenberg. Women have less muscle strength in proportion to bone size than men have. The muscles that help hold the knee in place are stronger in men than in women. Therefore women rely less on the muscles and more on the ACL to hold the knee in place. So the ACL may have to work overtime, making it more prone to rupture.
     The whole line of Spenco For Her products is geared specifically for the targeted comfort for a woman’s foot. The cushioning and Total Support products are more technical with the built in Q Factor technology that directly helps better align the woman’s foot.
     Go to Spenco’s Website and click on Q Factor or simply do a Google search on Spenco for Her.

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