Christmas Gifts for Your Feet

November 29, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Our feet are important. With Christmas coming next month, I thought it would be fun to give you a list of Happyfeet10toes“Christmas for Your Feet” gift ideas. The artilce was in my Fixing Your Feet Ezine I released last week. It’s a good article. An assortment of products that will keep your feet healthy and ready for wherever you take them. All of these are available on the Web. There are 10 gifts for your feet and another two that are not related to feet – but are worth having. Put one or two on your gift list or order them for friends. It’s here at my This link will take you to my Fixing Your Feet Ezine to read the article.

FIXING YOUR FEET E-zine – Christmas Gifts for Your Feet

November 25, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Volume 7, Issue 11, November 2007
John Vonhof, Footwork Publications
Copyright, November 2007, All rights reserved


This issue has an article, Christmas Gifts for Your Feet – 11 great
gifts for your feet and two general gifts. There’s a bunch of reader
feedback, a foot care tip, and an interesting big boot photo.


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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Be Thankful for Your Feet

November 22, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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Ok, it may sound corny, but since today is Thanksgiving, and since I seem to have this obsession with feet, please allow me to express an opinion.
Feet761353     We need to be thankful for our feet – whatever shape they are in. For the record, my feet are generally pretty good. The toenail on my left big toe is weird. This happened after a fully loaded wheelbarrow came down on the nail while gardening. The new nail came in misshapen and not fully attached near the tip of the toe. I have to pay constant attention to the skin on my heels.
     It is our feet that get us where we are going. Injure your feet, or a foot, and you suddenly find out how hard it is to get around. They deserve good care. They deserve shoes that fit well, a good pair of insoles, moisturized skin, trimmed and filed toenails –whatever it takes to keep them happy.
     It may seem like a stretch, but when you give thanks for your blessings, remember your feet.

Feet – for the Long Haul

November 18, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Have you ever wondered how far you could run, given the opportunity? How about how you feet would hold up? In the 4th edition of Fixing Your Feet, I profiled 12 mega distance athletes – with each answering the same questions. Let’s take a look at one of those 12, Bob Brown, and see how he managed his feet. I found it interesting.
Bob Brown completed the Trans-America Race, the Trans-Australia run, and recently a 3,000 mile Trans-Europe run through eight countries. Here is what he told me about his foot care system.

What shoes and socks did you use?
I always wear Asics, usually whatever pair is on special offer. Because I don’t get injured I don’t have to wear a specific type but I always go for Asics. For socks, I just used cheap ankle socks.

How often did you change shoes and socks?
I alternated socks every day. I usually had about 10 pairs and changed shoes every 500 miles.

Did you carry any foot care supplies? If so, what?

Just carried Compeed in case of blisters and Vaseline.

What problems did you have with your feet?

I had one blister running across Australia but none across U.S. and Europe. No problems at all. I cut the toe box out of my shoes and that prevents blisters.

Did you have any overuse issues (tendons, etc)?

I have had Achilles problems before but I counter this now by cutting part of the heel tabs off. I feel they are too high on most trainers, which aggravates the Achilles.

Did you have any toe issues?

No, because of the missing toe box!

Did you have a morning/night ritual for caring for your feet?

In the early stages Vaseline between the toes but after about two weeks my feet are like leather so I don’t even bother with Vaseline after week two.

Did you do preventive care or taping?

Only use a Compeed if I get a blister (which is not very often).

What could others learn from your experience?

You don’t necessarily need tons of equipment and potions. Adapt your trainer shoes to suit your needs. If you do feel a blister coming in a long race, get it treated immediately. I have seen many people quit races because of blisters when they were otherwise in great shape.

To read more about Bob’s journeys, check out his web site.

A Fun Look at Shoes

November 10, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Footcare, Footwear, Health, Sports, Travel is a unique and fun website. The site offers a look at new shoe releases – court shoes, teen shoes, walking and casual shoes, and so on. Some of the shoes are for running. I found the site interesting. I encourage you to check it out.
     Their mission is to bring visitors release dates and news about their favorite shoes. Information about Air Jordans Sneakers, Nike Air Force Ones, Reebok Shoes, Adidas Shoes, Converse Sneakers, and more can be found here.
Nikeqkairhuarache01     Here is one post. "Now the Nike Air Huarache Quickstrike ACG Pack has been released. This package features three shoes in original colorways from classic Nike ACG models in a combination of leather and mesh. All three pairs have a speckle painted midsole." These shoes are for runners.
     I don’t guarantee all these shoes are available where you live, but if any interest you, use Google to find where to buy them, or click on the related links at

Check Your Feet – It’s Important

November 4, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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I was reading one of my newsletters the other day and came across a small piece that caught my attention.
Melanoma     This has to do with melanoma – skin cancer. Neil A. Campbell, DPM, a podiatrist from Yaokum, Texas, is a spokesperson for the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.  Dr. Campbell warned that melanomas on the feet or ankles have a higher mortality rate than other melanomas. The reason is that the cancer is typically diagnosed at a later stage.
     His self-defense suggestions are to check your feet and ankles monthly. Check your ankles, tops of the feet, soles (with a mirror), between the toes, and around the toenails. You are looking for small areas of pigmented skin, moles that have changed in size or appearance, and any unexplained discoloration under a toenail. If you see any of these, consult your doctor.
     The chart seen here is from

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