Successful Summer Foot Care Tips

5 easy things to remember for your active days

  1. Wear wicking socks when exercising. Unlike cotton or blends, wicking socks take the moisture away from skin and help it breathe easier. They provide a better environment for your feet that bear a lot of weight and strain, especially in the Summer heat.
  2. Remove athletic shoes and socks after immediately after working out. Take out your shoe’s removable liner; otherwise, the shoe will stay wet between it and the sole. Rinse the liner lightly allow to dry in or outside. For all activities we recommend you utilize the benefits of an orthotic which delivers extra care and performance than standard shoe liners. Make sure you open up the your athletic shoes really well. Crumple newspaper into the shoe, which will help absorb moisture and keep the shoes spread.
  3. Stretch your feet to prevent strains. Roll a ball around your arch to stretch your muscles. Also, sit down, bring the soles of your feet together and intertwine your toes.
  4. Pay attention if your foot hurts. Anything that happens to your feet affects the rest of your body as well. If one foot is hurting, then you can start to put more stress and pressure on the opposite foot, which can cause a bigger injury in your leg, knee or even hip. If persistent pain and immobility exists that is a signal to see a Podiatrist to for proper evaluation. It’s always better be proactive rather than wait until the potential problem grows into something bigger, and more painful.
  5. Employ smart hygiene. Let’s face it we have all seen some pretty bad looking feet and it’s easy to ignore them since they are far away from our line of sight, but make sure you’re washing your feet properly. It takes a little more time but take care, especially in Summer, to clean in between the toes and a give a good scrub on your foot bottom with a soapy wash cloth. In addition, it feels good and is healthy to soak your feet in warm water with a little Epson salt which also helps remove any odor too. Keep your toenails clean underneath and trimmed to avoid a painful tear or pull on your cuticle or nail bed, or infection.

Following these quick basic tips can help to avoid discomfort and possible injury later on. Most problems only surface after repeated ill conditions over time and then it’s too late and your condition turns into a timely, and most likely costly, medical treatment.

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.

 

Flip-flops: Fun in the Sun, but Tough on Feet

 

Americans love flip-flops — just slip them on, and you’re out the door. But, the unstructured footwear can cause problems, one expert says.

“This time of year I frequently see patients with foot conditions related to wearing flip-flops,” Dr. Christina Long, a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a center news release.

“Wearing flip-flops is better than going barefoot because they do provide some protection for the bottoms of your feet, but that’s about it,” she said.

“Flip-flops don’t offer any arch or heel support, and you have to grip them with your toes to keep them on. Wearing them for too long or for the wrong activity can cause a lot of different problems,” she explained.

Flip-flops leave feet exposed and susceptible to cuts, puncture wounds, bruises, torn nails, insect bites and sunburn. Walking in flip-flops also can alter your natural stride, resulting in shin splints, Achilles tendon problems and lower back pain.

It’s also easy to stub a toe or trip and fall while wearing flip-flops.

Wearing flip-flops too often can lead to minor problems such as chafing, blisters, calluses, soreness 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, Long said.

But Long added that the popular footwear is OK if you’re wearing them for a brief time.

“Flip-flops are fine for short-term use, especially if they have at least some arch support and a cushioned sole. They’re good to wear at the beach, around swimming pools, in showers and locker rooms at the gym, on short trips to the store,” she said.

If you want to wear flip-flops, look for those made of high-quality, soft leather, which minimize the potential for blisters and other types of irritation, the American Podiatric Medical Association recommends.

Gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring that it bends at the ball of the foot — it should not fold in half — and make sure your foot doesn’t hang off the edge of the flip-flop. The APMA added that all of your shoes — not just flip flops — should be slightly bigger than your feet.

Inspect older flip-flops and throw them away if they show signs of severe wear.

There are some activities where you should forgo the flip-flops, however. Driving is one of them. Long said it’s easy for the shoes to slip off and they can get lodged between the pedals and the floor.

Also, she said, leave your flip-flops in the closet if you plan on running, hiking, walking long distances, standing for extended periods, working in the yard or around the house or playing sports.

Source: USNews.com | Not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide

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.

 

Finding YOUR Specific Arch Type & How it Affects Your Health

Your arch type affects the way your foot functions. It affects not just your feet, but also your knees, your back and more. In order to properly support your feet, it is important to know your arch type, so you can be sure you are using the proper footwear and orthotics to prevent pain or injury over time. By giving your feet the specific support they need to function optimally, you can improve other imbalances throughout your body as well.

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LOW ARCH (FLAT FEET)  

Approximately 20% of the population has low arches. Low arches are more flexible and tend to roll inwards and over-pronate.  Typically, imprints or iStep scans for your foot type show almost your entire foot. Low arches are often biomechanically imbalanced and can make your feet more susceptible to common foot problems such as heel pain, arch pain and plantar fasciitis.

The good news is that the right footwear and foot orthotics can help you achieve proper body alignment, prevent injuries and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

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MEDIUM ARCH

Approximately 60% of the population has medium arches. Medium arches are often biomechanically efficient but still can be susceptible to common foot problems such as heel pain or ball-of-foot discomfort.  Typically, imprints or iStep scans for your foot type show approximately half your arch area with a well-defined forefoot and rearfoot.

Your feet are always on the go and will greatly benefit from some extra cushioning, shock absorption and support.  The right footwear and foot orthotics can help you achieve proper body alignment, prevent injuries and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

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HIGH ARCH

Approximately 20% of the population has high arches. High arches are usually classified as supinated and are more rigid than other feet. Typically, imprints or iStep scans for your foot type show mostly your heel and ball-of-foot, with very little in the arch area.

When we walk or run, our feet absorb most of the impact and shock.  With high arches you have less surface area for absorbing impact and you place excessive pressure on your rearfoot and forefoot areas.  This can make you susceptible to foot conditions such as heel pain, ball-of-foot pain or plantar fasciitis.

The good news is that the right orthotics can help fill in your arch cavity to disperse the shock, and provide the cushioning and alignment needed for you to prevent injuries and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

To find the orthotics that are right for your specific arch type and lifestyle, click here.

To find an iStep dealer and get your FREE personalized foot scan, that will help you identify your arch type and the appropriate products to coordinate, 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.