Women’s Boots That Are Fashionable Yet Comfy

I always look forward to boot season! I just LOVE a cute sweater paired with jeans and an awesome pair of boots. However, I have struggled to find boots that are supportive, look good on my feet/wide calves and that I can spend a whole day in without foot pain. Enter Aetrex women’s boots! I love all the attention to detail, not just in how they look, but in how they fit and feel on your feet. I’m going to share some of my favorite styles with you this Autumn.

The Kara Ankle Riding Boot

The Kara is a top winter and fall ankle boot with a comfortable stretch sweater design and functional side buckles for adjustability. This boot helps to align your knees, hips and back with built in Lynco® orthotic support while customizing to your foot with slow recovery memory foam cushioning. It keeps your feet odor free and prevents bacteria growth with anti-microbial technology and has soft fabric linings for comfort. I also love the side zipper, heel tab and side buckles for adjustability and ease of putting on and taking off. Most importantly, there is a removable foot bed so you can use these shoes with your Aetrex orthotics as well!

Chelsea Tall Riding Boot

Riding boots are a must-have for cooler weather, and the Chelsea combines fashion and comfort in an effortless style. I love how the sweater design in the back of the boot accommodates wider calves and provides a comfortable, unique look! This boot helps to align your knees, hips and back with built in Lynco® orthotic support while customizing to your foot with slow recovery memory foam cushioning. These also have a removable foot bed so you can use these shoes with your Aetrex orthotics as well!

Tessa Short Sweater Boot

The Tessa is a snug ankle boot with flexible sweater material that accommodates your movements to maximize comfort. The side-zip provides easy on/off wear making it great for casual Fall days. Featuring the Aetrex “Healthy 3” – Lynco Arch Support, Memory Foam Cushioning and Anti-microbial technology to keep your feet healthy and comfortable. I love that these are lightweight because of the cork/EVA midsole, making them good for a long day on your feet. The soft tumbled leather uppers not only look luxurious, but feel so soft, and look great without squeezing your feet.

Aetrex has other women’s boot styles you may also enjoy. Be sure to check out their website for a full selection.

 

Improving Your Foot Health With Your Socks

Fall is here! That means sandal season is quite a way off. It’s important to remember that socks are important foot health accessories. Damp and dark conditions, such as those found in shoes, promote the growth of fungi, bacteria and odor – eew!

You can protect your feet by wearing socks made with copper fibers that have been clinically proven to help eliminate these common problems and improve your skin’s appearance and texture. Copper ions, embedded in the yarn and guaranteed to last for the life of the sock, provide superior protection and eliminate 99.9% of bacteria, fungi and odors commonly found in feet.

In addition to eliminating the bacteria, germs etc in your shoes, it’s important to choose socks that also offer the proper support and help to keep your feet dry and healthy. I don’t know about you, but my feet totally know the difference between cheap socks and good quality socks. I feel like my athletic performance improves when my feet feel their most comfortable. Below are a few key attributes to look for when choosing athletic socks.

  • Added heel to toe cushioning for superior shock absorption
  • Elasticized arch support for added performance
  • Reduces friction to help prevent blistering
  • Technologically advanced Moisture-Guard wicking system
  • Helps controls odor and rejuvenates your skin

If you have Diabetes, it’s very important to be sure that you select socks that will help protect your overall foot health and minimize potential injuries.  Below are a few key attributes to look for when choosing socks for those with Diabetes.

  • Non-binding yarn with Spandex hugs leg without restriction
  • Hand linked smooth toe seam for extra protection
  • Technologically advanced Moisture-Guard wicking system
  • Extra cushioning option for superior comfort & shock absorption
  • Doctor recommended for diabetes

If you suffer from varicose veins, swollen legs, post surgery, or moderate edema, you may benefit from compression socks. Below are a few key attributes to look for when choosing compression socks.

  • Graduated compression from ankle to knee (20-25mmHg)
  • Energizing action for all day comfort
  • Reduces swelling and leg fatigue

It’s just as important to select the proper socks as it is to select the proper footwear. When your feet feel great, you feel great!

Below are some link to where you can find great socks, all of which are embedded with copper ions to create the healthiest environment possible for your feet.

To purchase Men’s Copper socks, click here.

To purchase Women’s Copper socks, click here.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Pedicures are not just for good looking feet

The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime! All this wear and tear on your feet can be harmful if they are not maintained properly.

Pedicures are generally defined as basic foot care or as cosmetic treatments for feet. But in actual fact they do not only have a cosmetic function, and are not modern treatments, as one might suppose. They date back over 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians, who practiced this procedure to pamper feet and toenails (“pamper” being the operative word, since they used solid gold tools!)

The word pedicure comes from the Latin, a combination of the words pes (foot), and cura (care).  Far back in history, these treatments were given to prevent disorders and diseases of the nails.  Since these ancient times, pedicures have traditionally  been used to clip the toenails, prevent infection, and soften the feet by removing dead skin.

These procedures also help the posture, since they smooth and relax the feet, and prevent problems with toenails, e.g. ingrown ones, which can cause pain and limping.

Today, pedicures are a way of life for both men and women. Some doctors recommend their patients have these treatments for their health. However, they can have health risks as well as benefits, which means that it is important to seek the advice of a podiatrist before considering having the procedure.

The American Podiatric Medical Association website gives a helpful and comprehensive list of Dos and Don’ts for your feet before you consider getting a pedicure, whether doing it yourself or visiting a salon.

How to prevent pumps from smelling

Pumps are a great alternative to heels, especially now that Spring is around the corner but how do you prevent the smelly odour that often develops over time?

An article in Fortune cited in DESTINY, reported that more and more women are ditching their heels in favour of flats. “In fact, to some women in their 20s and 30s, wearing high heels is something the bosses do, but they aren’t following in those footsteps,” says the report.

Some women find pumps as a great alternative to wearing heels but often struggle with the odour and sweating feet.

Asanda Sizani, Fashion and Beauty Director for ELLE explains that what makes pumps get that funky foot smell is due to the lack of air because pumps are closed. “Pumps often smell because the foot has direct contact with the leather and they aren’t aired for hours, she says.

According to Soft Star Shoes when feet aren’t ventilated, the contained sweat and warmth become a breeding ground for smelly bacteria—very smelly bacteria. This bacteria lives on your feet, in your socks and all over your favorite shoes.

Sizani gives these tips to help with the unpleassant smell that often come with rocking a pair of pumps:

•Try not to wear them everyday. “Due to the fact that pumps are flat and comfortable, they tend to become a staple and everyday shoe. If you’re earing your pumps for long periods of time, they will become smelly,” she says. Asanda adds that you should avoid wearing pumps when it’s too hot because the feet are naturally sweaty on days like those. “Weather conditions can make the unpleasant worse,” she says.

•Own multiple pairs – A great way to prevent pumps from smelling and ensuring longevity is to own more than one pair and alternate these, says Sizani. Also, when you let the shoes breathe, they will air out the bacteria that has caused the smell.

•Use baking soda – Sodium bicarbonate is reported to effectively remove the odour from smelly shoes as it acts as a natural deoderizer and kills germs. “Sprinkling a couple teaspoons of baking soda into your shoes overnight will help reduce the smell,”reports Soft Star Shoes.

•Use a foot spray – Smelly Feet Cures reports that the crux of curing smelly feet is the use of a quality Antiperspiramt Foot Spray; try Dis Chem or your local pharmacy.

•Keep feet clean – Getting rid of smelly shoes starts with washing the feet thoroughly. Asanda says it’s vital that you wash feet daily with an antibacterial soap and use a foot scrub weekly to rid your feet of bacteria and their odor.

Source: DestinyConnect.com | Not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide

Finding the Right Flip-Flop

Wearing flip-flops too often can lead to minor problems such as chafing, blisters, calluses, soreness and to more serious issues such as Plantar Fasciitis (inflammation of the band of tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot), hammer toes and stress fractures. Not to worry though, there is an excellent solution from Aetrex that addresses your foot health while providing the ease and flexibility of flip-flops.

Aetrex has pioneered and outperforms all others with their technically advanced Lynco Flip sandals. The design employs soft, UltraSKY™ injected EVA foam that provides extreme comfort and durability. Plus, the dual density outsole provides extra cushioning to the heel and ball-of-foot, among other features. Aetrex Flips eliminate the potential problems and guess what? They look and feel amazing!
Lynco Flips give you all the benefits of arch support and cushiony comfort plus the convenience you love about slipping into a pair of flip-flops (not sure ours actually make that “flip-flop” sound though, which may be a good thing!) Once you take a few steps you will notice the difference and know you are taking care of your feet which is vital to your mobility and well-being.

7 Benefits of Aetrex Flips for a people who train
• Flips support the arch and keep our body aligned.
• Use Flips as a recovery after sport activities.
• Flips help hold the subtalar joint from rolling in.
• Flips medial posting will help reduce over pronation.
• Metatarsal Pad helps to reduce stress from the ball of foot.
• Flips help recover from Plantar Fasciitis.
• Flips help people avoid setbacks.

7 Benefits of Aetrex Lynco Flips for those seeking overall healthy comfort
• Flips support the arch and keep your body biomechanically aligned.
• Flips help us with better balance and stability.
• Flips help to meet the ground with ease thus reducing force
• Metatarsal Pad helps to reduce stress from the ball of foot.
• Flips help with shock absorption.
• Soft metatarsal cushion reduces stress at forefoot.
• Extra soft toe post for a comfortable wear.

Give yourself the benefit of quality foot wear!
For more information, go to aetrex.com for full details.

 

Preventing Sandal Blisters

OK, so here is the thing. If your shoes are good quality, and they fit properly they should NOT cause any blisters on your feet. That being said, I know a lot of us find that super cute pair of sandals or heels that we just “have” to squeeze our feet into even though we know it may end badly. When that happens, there are a few tricks of the trade you can use the help prevent blisters.

  • Wear socks with your sandals around the house for a few days. This helps to stretch out your sandals without the friction and irritation on bare feet.
  • Apply clear deodorant to the places your foot may become irritated. It can help to form a protective barrier on your foot.
  • Squeaky Cheeks: Prevents blisters, rashes, and chafing in a dry, clean-feeling powder. I like that it uses natural ingredients like bentonite clay and corn starch rather than talcum powder which has been shown to have some negative affects on health. Helps to absorb sweat and odor without staining shoes.
  • Strappy Strips: Thin, performance-material strips that easily adhere to straps and pinching sling-backs to prevent blisters and increase comfort. They stop shoes from slipping and prevent angry red marks across your feet.
  • Blister Balm: Apply before putting on your shoes to create a protective barrier. Helps moisturize skin and prevent irritation and inflammation. Keeps pores clog-free so sweat can escape and the skin can “breathe.”
  • Blister Elixir: Prevents blisters and irritation, even from new shoes. Creates a barrier to protect your skin from chafing. Lasts up to 8 hours.

The best way to avoid blisters is to buy sandals that FIT properly. To shop women’s sandals that are designed with BOTH fashion and comfort in mind, check out Aetrex women’s sandals and Aetrex men’s sandals. I also highly recommend getting an iStep scan to be sure you are wearing the proper size and type of footwear for YOUR specific footwear needs.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

 

Do tight shoes and high heels cause bunions?

What are bunions?

A bunion is a bony bump or deformity in the joint at the base of the big toe. The bone in the foot below the joint points outward and the bone in the toe points inward, toward the other toes.

Usually, bunions don’t hurt. “There are many patients who have pretty severe deformities but claim no pain and there are some who don’t have a substantial deformity but yet have a lot of pain,” Dr. Michael Saraydarian told me. He’s a podiatrist at Central Maine Orthopaedics in Auburn, Maine,

Do tight shoes cause bunions?

Dr. Saraydarian says tight shoes alone don’t usually create bunions. “They can inspire more symptoms, but they don’t usually cause them,” he said. “I can show you young children who have bunion deformities. It’s not just a bump, it’s an angular deformity of two bones.”

Bunions tend to run in families and are more common in women, although men can develop them, too. Low arches, flat feet or loose joints and tendons may increase your risk. Wearing high heels probably won’t do you any favors because they push your weight forward, which forces your toes into the front of the shoes. Occupations that require a lot of walking or standing may make you more susceptible. So can pregnancy, because hormonal changes loosen your ligaments and flatten your feet. Finally, people with arthritis are prone to developing bunions because it damages the cartilage in the joint.

How are bunions treated?

There really is no conservative cure, said Dr. Saraydarian, but there are conservative treatments. “Basically, conservative treatment is one of accommodation,” he explained, “living with it.”

He offered these suggestions:

Wear shoes with a wider toe box
Wear softer shoes or special pads/inserts
Wear a spacer between your big and second toe
Tape your toe
Apply ice
Try cortisone injections.

What about bunion surgery?

As with any surgery, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons. The biggest reason people decide to have bunion surgery (bunionectomy) is that they’re in pain and it’s limiting their everyday activities. In other cases, the deformity is so severe, it’s difficult to wear shoes. Another reason to consider surgery is that over time, bunions can lead to other foot problems, including hammertoes, bursitis, and pain in the ball of your foot.

For the most part, bunion surgery involves shaving the excess bone on the outside of the foot and realigning the joint. In most cases, you get a walking boot in three to four days. “But some are very complex and require no weight on them for six to eight weeks,” said Dr. Saraydarian. “It really depends on how big the deformity is and where the correction needs to be achieved.”

Source: Bangor Daily News | Not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide

Flip Flops With Arch Support!

Flip flops are so cute, fun and easy to throw one when you’re heading out the door. Unfortunately, most are SO bad for your feet and knees! Lack of cushioning in flip-flops can actually lead to stress fractures over time. The foot needs some support to cushion the bones under the weight of your body as it is in motion. Typical flip-flops don’t offer any cushioning or arch support. The lack of support in a standard flip-flop also changes your entire gait (the way you walk). This affects your posture as well and can also cause pain in your ankles, knees, hips and back.

I’m REALLY excited I found a solution to my flip-flop loving dilemma. I never buy them because I just know how bad they are for me, but now I can have the ease of flip flops AND be properly supported.

Enter…Lynco Flips!!!

Lynco Flips offer a unique healthy experience in a staple summer style. With advanced footwear technology including built-in orthotics & soft UltraSKY™ injected EVA foam, these exclusive flip flops provide extreme comfort, durability, & foot support.  The meticulous design includes an extra soft toe post & metatarsal cushion to distribute pressure more evenly across the foot. They are so comfy – it seriously feels like you are walking on air!

 

flips-pronation

As you can see in the image above, Lynco Flips help to properly position the foot and ankle to align the body and prevent over pronation. In comparison, the leather and rubber flip flops offer little to no support, allowing the ankle to roll inward, causing misalignment.

pink-flips

To learn more about Lynco Flips or purchase them, click here.

People who choose the wrong shoes have a lower quality of life

As people get older, they experience changes in their foot morphology. If they do not change their shoe size along with these transformations, older people — most of whom choose the wrong shoes — suffer, among other things, anxiety, apathy, loss of balance and falls, according to a study by the University of A Coruña.

In 2015, a research team led by the University of A Coruña conducted a study with people with a mean age of 80 years. In it, they analysed whether the changes to foot morphology that occur in elderly individuals, and their tolerance for pain, led to them using the wrong shoes. They concluded that the majority (83%) did not use the correct size and that, on occasions, they should have been using a different size for each foot.

As Daniel López López, a scientist at the University of A Coruña who led this study, explains: “In this stage of life there are changes in foot morphology involving increased width and length, as well as changes in pain tolerance, linked to age, and the loss of muscle mass and fatty tissue on the feet.”

A new study led by López has for the first time analysed the consequences of this poor shoe choice on the health of elderly individuals.

“Because of people’s lifestyles at this age, they can use shoes that are harmful to their feet. This, combined with the appearance of chronic diseases such as obesity, vascular diseases, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, causes a worrying increase in foot problems in elderly people of between 71% and 87%. This means having to seek medical and podiatric attention more frequently, as it affects their functional capacity and quality of life,” the scientist explains. The study is published in the Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira (the Brazilian Medical Association’s journal).

Decreased independence and wellbeing

The participants in this research project were volunteers from the Podiatry University Clinic at the University of A Coruña with a mean age of 75 years.

Their results demonstrate that elderly people who use the wrong shoes have a lower quality of life in all areas related to pain, foot function, footwear, food health, general health, physical activity, social capacity and vitality.

The most common disorders are foot bone deformities, bunions, toenail malformations, plantar keratosis and flat feet. “This often leads to chronic pain, infections, limited mobility when walking, anxiety, apathy, social disturbances, changes to pressure distribution in feet related to loss of balance and falls, which as a result negatively impact upon health, independence and well-being,” López informs us.

These individuals should use proper footwear, in other words generally wide-fit shoes, adjustable using velcro or straps, rubber soles to prevent slipping and falling and, in turn, reduce the impact on joints and pressure when walking.

“Additionally, regular visits and monitoring on the part of a podiatrist helps to prevent, control and reduce the appearance of foot diseases and deformities, increase autonomy and, in summary, improve people’s quality of life,” López concludes.

Source: Science Daily | Not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide

How to Shop For the Most Comfortable-Fitting Shoes

By Barbara Schneider-Levy

Shopping for shoes on the internet may save time while also affording limitless selection. However, we’re all too familiar with the challenges that arise when it comes to fit.

For those willing to battle mall traffic, a more comfortably fitting shoe could very well be the reward. So before heading to your laptop for some shoe shopping, consider heading to your favorite brick-and-mortar store.

When looking for that Cinderella fit, there are some things to consider. The first rule is time of day. Since feet tend to swell as the day progresses, it’s better to shop from mid-day to evening.

Don’t guess your shoe size. Have your feet accurately measured. While many department stores typically don’t offer the service, there’s always a measuring device around, so ask a sales associate. As we age, our feet can expand a size or even two.

While having your foot measured, take note of its width. In order to achieve a truly comfortable fit, both size and width need to be taken into account. Shy away from compensating for shoes that are too narrow by going up a size. Instead, look for styles available in wider widths. While more trend-driven designs are typically available only in a medium width, you may be surprised by the wide-width choices available at independent fashion-comfort shoe stores.

When shoe shopping, don’t forget to consider your leg wear, especially when shopping for sneakers. If you plan to wear socks, bring them along. They can alter the fit of a shoe since they take up room inside.

Think about a shoe’s breathability for both health and comfort reasons. Sweaty feet can lead to a range of issues from athlete’s foot to skin conditions.

Lastly, if shoes don’t deliver immediate comfort in the store, don’t buy them. The likelihood they’ll feel better as you continue to wear them is low, no matter what a sales associate says.

Source: Footwear News | not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide