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Best Walking Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis

By Sunday, March 5, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

If the first few steps after awakening in the morning cause you severe heel pain, you’re probably suffering from plantar fasciitis. Mostly recognized by the stabbing pain in, near, or around the heel, Plantar fasciitis (PF) can affect people from as young as 19 years old who are all too often on their feet and can seriously put one out of the game for some time. Before listing our recommendations for the best walking shoes for Plantar fasciitis, it’s worth noting that finding a pair that works specifically for YOU involves trials and errors. There’s no “one size fits all,” especially for shoes, so do expect to try a couple before finding the perfect pair. A few factors to keep in mind during the process:

  • Find shoes that have strong heel support. This design would minimize the damage to your heels by absorbing the impact or distributing the force.
  • They should have appropriate arch support. Do consider your type of arches (normal or high) and choose accordingly. Don’t worsen your problem.
  • Shoes should have soft cushioning to protect the feet by decreasing the inherent instability.

So here are our picks (updated for 2017):

1. Vionic Orthaheel Walkers:

A fantastic choice, available for both genders, these Orthaheel Walkers is definitely your PF’s friends. The pair has a deep heel cup and contoured arch support for comfort and stability, while a molded midsole supports the arch throughout. They might not be the best-looking shoes around, but that cannot be what you’re concerned about when the pain is kicking in, can it?

Note that these shoes are not meant for sports. However, be convinced that they are perfect for your everyday activities (read the Amazon reviews to see what we mean). For men, if you purchase them online, be aware that the sizes often run small. For women, it is recommended to order one size down for half sizes.

  1. Brooks Addiction Walking Shoes:

The most noticeable thing that these shoes offer while some others may not is their stylish look that is appropriate almost everywhere. Brooks don’t stop at just looks, though. These pairs provide comfort and sturdy support on your arch and midsole. They offer excellent stability and control over motion, and most importantly they are highly durable. PF sufferers have been singing their praises.

Cons? They aren’t cheap and don’t come in a lot of colors either.

  1. New Balance MW 928 Walking Shoes (Men only):

The most comfortable walking shoes in New Balance’s product range, this pair offers unrivaled stability thanks to the advanced stabilizing Rollbar technology. Designed with comfort in mind, the pair also comes with great midfoot cushioning. This pair of shoes has been considered one of the best for people suffering from foot arch or heel pain.

  1. Vionic Orthaheel ‘Zen’ Walking Shoes (women only):

This excellent motion-control pair of shoes is another stylish choice for the ladies. It comes with a deep heel cup to keep your foot aligned, and offers strong support for the arch. Made of genuine leather, this shoe also has rubber soles that serve the vast purpose of absorbing shock. There are three colors to choose from.

All the shoes from our list received rave reviews by users with Plantar Fasciitis worldwide. It is noted that there is a wide selection of proper footwear for people with PF, and you may find other options more suitable for your own case. It may take some time to find the best pair of shoes eventually, but it’s worth the while.

How to take better care of your hiking boots?

By Monday, February 27, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Today hiking activities become more and more popular. People prefer hiking because they can both practice your health and enjoy the scenes when they pass. That is the reason why they always concern about how to choose a good pair of hiking boots, especially people with the wide feet. Choosing the best hiking boots for wide feet is not simple, so you always want to keep it as long as possible. In this article, we will share useful tips to take care of your hiking boots.

After each trip: Wipe hiking boots cleanly

TIPS FOR CLEANING HIKING BOOTS

Please spend time on cleaning hiking boots. You think you are too tired after a long trip so you do not have enough strength to clean your hiking boots? Then remember to clean your friend on each trip on the next day.

Why?

  • After each trip, dirt and sand can cling to shoes (possibly leather or canvas shoes) and rub the surface of shoes as a layer of sandpaper.
  • Mud can suck the moisture of leather material so the material becomes hard, dry and the leather is less soft and easily damaged.
  • Removable insoles (in some types of shoes) or the part on the bottom can be washed by a machine. Remember to check the instructions of the manufacturer again before you do this. Do not forget to always remove liner or insole and hang outdoor.

Note: Do not wash the hiking shoes by the washing machine.

Use a brush to gently wipe the dirt. It is the best to use a dedicated kit, a vegetable brush or a toothbrush. To clean the shoes completely, you should remove the shoelace before you start cleaning. You can mix a little water with a little soap for the leather materials, or even add some dishwater into the kit to clean.

 

  • Do not use soap or detergents because these chemicals usually contain the desiccant. The detergents often leave the dregs.
  • Mold on shoes? Mix the water and vinegar with the ratio of 80%:20% then use a brush to clean.
  • If it is necessary, you can wash the outside part. The machine for cleaning the sole can clean sand and other types of stubborn dirt on your shoes. If your shoes are muddy, put the outside part (not upper parts) in the water for some hours, then use a spout to clean it.

 

TIPS FOR DRYING HIKING BOOTS

  • To dry the shoes in the normal temperature. Quick drying is not good for a pair of shoes, especially the leather shoes. If you want to dry your hiking boots quickly, let’s continue to read.
  • Remove the insole and dry naturally.
  • Do not leave the shoes wet, near the heat sources (fireplaces, campfires, wood stoves, direct sunlight…) because high temperature will:
  • Reducing the effectiveness of adhesives in the shoes.
  • Preheating the upper parts can lead the skin to become shrink or curl, and can squeeze your toes when wearing shoes and even can cause one big problem. That is you cannot fit your shoes anymore.
  • The drying method you should apply: put shoes in front of a fan at room temperature (removable insole and leave the tongue wide open – padding between the hood and the instep)
  • No fan? Lining 1 or 2 sheets of newspaper into the shoes because they are able to descent Do not forget to change the newspaper after every one hour.
  • If you want to quickly dry shoes, put shoes upside down. This way can help your shoes to quickly dry and there are not any bad effects to your ones.
  • Put shoes in the normal and stable temperature. Do not leave shoes in the attic, garage, bodywork, or any places where is airtight.

 

After use: cleaning, softening and using the waterproof nutrients

We offer three types of nutrients caring shoes. Here are some instructions on how to use:

Cleaner: using a dedicated cleaner to clean shoes before spraying/using the waterproof nutrients, or whenever you want to clean the stubborn dirt on shoes such as dust and dirt.

Please use the shoe cleaners periodically. You want your hiking boots always be clean after each trip with some normal steps? But when your hiking boots are muddy, the dedicated cleaner is the best effective way.

Tip: you should always clean the shoes before you spray/use the waterproof nutrients.

Conditioner: let’s use the conditioner when the leather is dry or crack. However, you can also use this product when you need to dry your shoes more quickly.

Do not forget to use the conditioner in the “wise” way. Good leather material (just like our skin) works most effectively when there is enough moisture. However, your hiking boots will be very soft and reduce the efficiency when you walk on the rugged terrains.

Do not use mink oil or other similar oils because they are just suitable for the kinds of logging shoes and soften the leather of your beloved hiking shoes.

Waterproof agent

Use the waterproof agent when you see the water not remain the droplets on the skin surface. The purpose of using the waterproof agent is letting the water not go deep into the shoes. It is just on the surface

Remember to use it just when it is necessary. Using less or more depends on the way of using your hiking boots. If you are those who hike in wet areas, you must use waterproof agent several times in a year.

Conclusion

In the end, there are some basic ways for you to make your pair of hiking boots last longer. They are some tips for cleaning, drying and after using. Well, this article includes a lot of useful information about how to clean a pair of hiking boots after each your trip. Through this post, we hope that you can read this carefully and apply these steps effectively on your hiking boots. And your beloved will stay with you for a long time.

Taking Care of Your Feet in The Summer

By Thursday, February 23, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Summer might be a favorite season for many people. During summer time, there are lots of activities outside that associated with the movement of your feet. Therefore, sometimes summer may be hard for your feet as it needs to face the sun, warm temperature, and dust.

There are many unexpected elements that might be bad on your feet skin. For those people who take outdoor activities during the summer, there is also a chance that their feet can get hurt if the activity is such a heavy task.

However, if you carry a good habit of taking care of your feet, there is not much to fear with foot problems. Here is a quick guideline on how you should take care of your feet step by step.

Say no to barefoot: Obviously, it very dangerous to walk on your barefoot during the summer. Especially on the beach, you might want to have your barefoot on the sand. However, there are such things like shells, trash and sharp stuff that can injure your feet. To avoid any kind of injuries and cut, try to wear at least flip flop. If you walk a lot with your barefoot, you also make the sole of your feet become sore. Moreover, you even encourage ringworms, fungal to easily enter into your feet skin.

A perfect pair of socks: During summer time when the temperature raise lots, you should make sure that your footwear is breathable. A pair of the sock which is light and synthetic will work well on your feet during the hot time. A good pair of socks will make you feel comfortable and avoid sweaty feet. In case your feet is under wet condition, it is a potential environment for bacteria and fungal to develop.

Get rid of blister: If you usually wear sandals or flip flop during summer time, you might have faced a foot problem called blister. You should get rid of the blister right away because the blisters might cause uncomfortable and annoying feeling in your skin. For your look, the blisters also do not look good. You can rub it off by using padding or liquid bandage.

Let your feet breath: As the weather in summer is pretty hot, you should not cover your feet all day long with unbreathable footwear. You can choose footwear such as sandals or shoes with opened toes’ area. Hence, your feet will be able to get some air during the hot day and does not get sweaty. In addition, you are also suggested to take off your shoes sometimes during the day to keep your feet dry.

Hydrate and moisturize: Your feet can be swelled because of the heat in the summer time. To avoid having foot swelling, you should drink more water to keep your whole body together with your feet hydrated. Due to the heat in summer, it is essential to keep your feet moisturized. For the fact that you might stick with sandals and flip flop during summer and do not wear socks all the time, the sunshine directly dry up our feet. Therefore, you should use cream to moisturize and smoothen your feet skin to keep it stay healthy and soft.

Always using sunscreen: It is popular to cover your face with sunscreen to avoid bad UV from the sun affecting your skin. However, you should also remember to apply sunscreen to your feet skin as well. It is a must during summer time to protect your skin from skin cancer and aging skin. You should choose a product with SPF (sun protection factor) from 15 and higher. For those people who go to the beach, you can also buy the waterproof product. Nevertheless, do not forget to reapply sunscreen regularly.

A good pair of a flip flop: Using flip flop too much might result in sore and blister in your toes and the sore of your feet. For that reason, you should look for a good pair of flip flop which is made from soft material that will support your feet. In addition, you are not recommended to walk for a long distance with a flip flop. Please kindly use sneakers or search for best footwear for being on feet all day instead if you walk for a long distance and do not want to have a blister.

Remember to remove your nail polish regularly: It is claimed to be not healthy for your toenails to be covered with nail polish all the time. In order to keep your feet in shape and in healthy status, you should remove nail polish frequently. Consequently, you have your toenails some air at least few days in a month or after few week. Otherwise, your toenails can be discolored and become darker.

Using dry shoes and socks: It very easy for your shoes and socks to get wet during summer. Because of the heat, when you do activities, your feet will be sweaty. If you keep wearing wet socks and shoes, you are highly at risk of having foot problems. Problems associated with wet socks and shoes are usually fungus infection, athlete’s foot or ringworms. Therefore, you should change and clean your socks as well as your shoes regularly.

Watch out any signs and symptoms: You should ear in mind any different or unusual changes in your feet, there might be a sign of foot problem. During the summer time, you tend to use the swimming pool, public shower, open-air changing room, where are spots of infection. You should be careful and take care of your feet. After any kinds of water activities, you should clean your feet as well since water in the lake, river might contains bacteria.

Remove hard and dead skin: You should get a pedicure at home or a professional one. Cracked skin usually happens around your heels for wearing flip flop and sandals for a long time. You have benefits from pedicure that remove hard heel skin, clean your feet and make your toenails look nice.

A Basic Foot Care Kit

By Sunday, October 30, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Your feet is the most likely part of your body to be tired after a long and hard day. Do not let painful feet ruin your day. Even though, keeping your feet at relaxing status all the time is hard, you should have some small treatment to your feet by the end of the day.

If you have to walk a lot during the day or you are an athlete, your feet is terribly hurt after all. Not only women should take care of their feet but men also should have good kit of foot care products to refresh the feet. A basic foot set including lotion, nail clipper, scrub as well as wooden foot roller.

Lotion

Why not use lotion or cream to moisturize your feet skin? It is a good idea to apply some kind of cream to your feet and let your feet dehydrates after a long day. There are dozen of products available in the market for both men and women. Your skin will be much softer on the next day if you apply moisturizing cream correctly to your skin before going to bed.

Some of famous brands for foot lotion are suggested as O’Kneeffe’s For Healthy Foot Feet Foot Cream, AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Theraphy Foot Cream or Nu Skin Sole Solution Foot Treatment. The price of these products are quite reasonable, which costs around 10 dollars each. For men, you would like to have some cream with peppermint since the smell of it is so good.

Nail clipper

The most valuable way to buy nail clipper is actually get a set of manicure. Your toenails can easily have problems if you do not take care of it probably. There will be ingrowing toenails as a result of cutting your toenails in the wrong way. Moreover, the skin area near your toes can be in bad trouble if you do not treat it well.

According to experts, you should trim your toenails every week or at least once in two weeks. It is very dangerous to have long toenails, especially when doing exercise that your toenails can get cracked. Even in worse case, the long toenail can push your nails away. Do not trim your toenails too short, the skin nearby is so sensitive and easily being infected.

The best nail clipper is the one that have flat-edge which make it easier and more accurate when trimming your nails. If you have a manicure set, there are other substitute tools to shape your toenails better in tip-top shape. Usually, a manicure set includes nail clipper, nail file, scissors, cuticle cutter as well as nail cleaner. The price is fluctuated depending on the quality but on average of 20 dollars per set.

Scrub

There are areas in your feet skin that have calluses or dead skin. Perhaps, you would like to get rid of all of these annoying skins. A scrub cream will help you softening your skin and then remove calluses quickly. Using scrub cream also help you smoothen your skin as some products have moisturizing ingredients. Except from using scrub cream, you can manually use foot brush to clean all the dust away. However, you should keep your brush dry and clean so that no bacteria can be there and touch your feet skin. Before using foot brush, you should clean your feet so your skin is softer and all the dead skin are smoothly washed away.

Wooden foot roller

It is so easy to find and use a wooden foot roller. The roller gives you a help in massaging your feet. In this way, your feet is relaxed. In addition, during the massage, it helps your blood flow more frequently and actively. You can surely find a wooden foot roller in most of the drug stores.

Treatments For The Healthy Feet

By Saturday, October 29, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Method Pedicure With Salt Water

The feet are small but contain a lot of graves;  nerves that affect our brains. Therefore, taking care of feet is as important as you take care of your brain so.

According to the medical community, the warm salt water is seen as a very good medicine for our feet. It not only helps you relax, comfortable but also have osteoarthritis treatment effect is very good.

You only need to prepare one pot of warm water with temperatures ranging from 40-500 C and a coarse-grained salt air and pedicure together daily, preferably in the evening before bedtime.

The soaking, washing, and daily foot massage will help to better blood circulation, healthy effects to the skin vented foot arteries, stimulate the brain’s arousal help you remember more.

And here are some simple methods we can apply to the impact on the feet.

Massage

Self-massage your feet twice a day, morning and evening, each lasting about 15 minutes (if you do not have time, then you should do once in the evening before bedtime).

 

Start by massaging the back foot section with tips rubbing, rubbing, day, push, squeeze; then you continue to massage the soles of the feet and heels with tricks like claws, bent, day, press, point, punch …;

And you continue to affect all of the toes as publications, claws, bending, pushing, stretching; and finally the ankle movement and vibration.

When massaging the feet, can be used to massage oil used alone or foot massage cream containing substances will be used to reduce inflammation, pain, heat the skin to have painful manifestations in software or the joints of the foot …

Rolled two feet on a wooden roller table, the impact of the roller on the skin of the foot and stimulating the reflex zones and pressure points in the feet, good for health recovery issues

Vibration Feet

Vibrating foot foot massage machine is also effective. This is a simple method. When the operation would create vibration, we put two feet in predefined positions on the camera body and feet will be stimulated by the intensity of vibration of the machine, also has some kind of foot massage machine just massage and straightening both legs. When buyers choose their type that you try to feel the most comfortable.

Soaking Feet

There are many types pedicure, here are just a few ways to present our pedicure can be applied at home, inexpensive, simple, convenient, everyone can do it.

Soak feet in warm water. Pour warm water (40 degrees C) in a small pot, enough to soak the feet with ankles horizontal level, within 15-20 minutes.

Soak feet in the warm salt water. Warm air into the water bowl two tablespoons of salt to live (grain of salt), can also use some special salts (used for bathing or soaking hands and feet) are sold in the market.

Soaking your feet by herbalism; When choosing an herbal foot soak, should consult a physician to proceed to properly promote the best new work of the foot. We should soak the feet with warm herb hot properties for those with organ “welding” and the herbs that cool for people with organ “heat”. There are remedies for individual pedicure can appropriate disease, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, numbness in limbs, hypertension, insomnia, nervous breakdown … skin diseases of the feet as the disc, mushrooms eat foot, eczema …

  • Soak feet with flowers such as roses, grapefruit, chamomile, jasmine …
  • Soak the foot in some kind of green tea.

Soak your feet with mineral water, mud …

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