Archive for July, 2010

Birkenstock Boston Clog

This is the Birkenstock Boston.

The upper material comes in a variety of thick yet supple leathers with no artificial dyes keeping the leather breathable, durable and comfortable.

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Neuromas Really Hurt

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Does the bottom of your foot tingle, burn or feel numb?

If you have one or more of these symptoms you might be suffering from Morton’s Neuroma:

  • Tingling, burning, or numbness
  • Pain
  • A feeling that something is inside the ball of your foot
  • A feeling that your sock is bunched up

So, what is a neuroma?

A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissues and may occur in almost any part of the body. This thickening, or enlargement, is the result of compression and irritation of the nerve. This compression creates enlargement of the nerve, eventually leading to permanent nerve damage.

Morton’s Neuroma is the most common foot neuroma. Morton’s Neuroma develops between the third and fourth toes. In this area of the foot part of the lateral plantar nerve combines with part of the medial plantar nerve. Where these two nerves merge they are usually larger in diameter than those going to the other toes. Also contributing to potential problems, the nerve lies close to the surface of the skin and to an artery and vein.

As a result, even a small amount of squeezing or irritation of the nerve can lead to the development of a neuroma. Pointy-toed shoes or high-heeled shoes are typically the cause of irritation.

People with bunions, hammer toes, or flat feet are more likely to develop a neuroma.

Once the pain starts, what should I expect?

  • At first you may only feel the discomfort when wearing certain pointy-toed shoes or doing some activity that aggravates the affected area.
  • The symptoms might go away when you remove the shoe or massage the foot.
  • Over time the symptoms worsen and may continue for several days or weeks.
  • The symptoms will become more intense as the neuroma enlarges and the temporary changes in the nerve become permanent.

What can I do to lessen or eliminate the pain?

  • The first thing to do is to stop wearing the pointy-toed and high-heeled shoes.
  • Reduce or stop any activities that place repetitive pressure on the nerve.
  • Begin wearing supportive footwear with a wide toe box like Birkenstock or Finn Comfort, or use high-quality shoe inserts such as the Birkenstock or Birki insoles.
  • Place an icepack on the affected area to help reduce swelling.

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Jane’s Picks – Finn Comfort Jamaica Oasis Selina Leather Soft Footbed Sandal

Not only is does the color of this Finn Comfort Jamaica bring to mind images of a cooling oasis, but so does the feel of the soft footbed. Enjoy the comfort of Finn Comfort soft footbed for only $153.74.

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Your Feet Need Support Too

Don’t Neglect Your Feet, They Need Support Too.

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Although it seems pretty obvious that the human body was not designed to walk or stand on hard surfaces all day long, many of us wear footwear that does nothing to soften the impact to our feet, legs, and back. Even more obviously bad for us, but done in the name of high fashion, are high heeled and pointy toed shoes.

The results of this neglect, or ignorance, are ailments like plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, hammer toes, bunions, knee pains, back aches, and more. Fortunately there are non-invasive remedies that can lessen or even reverse these ailments.

Feet need to be supported. Feet are designed to support the body while walking on soft ground. As the heel hits the ground it compresses and indents the soil. The arch area is filled by the ground and is supported as foot rolls towards the toes. By supporting the arch properly the plantar fascia is not stressed and the knees and back are kept in natural alignment.

Since we usually walk on hard surfaces, like sidewalks and tile, we need to compensate for the lack of softness and compression that soil provides. Supportive and flexible footbeds and insoles are the best available solution.

Toes need wiggle room. Footwear with a wide toe box may not make a splash on a Paris fashion runway, but trading in your pointy toed shoes sure will make your bunions feel better (or better yet, never develop). Avoiding high heeled shoes can keep you from developing hammer toes or metatarsalgia.

To feel your best you need Happy Feet. If you noticed a theme here, you’re right. Supportive insoles, wide toe box, and neutral heel cup – all of these are found in footwear that is good for you and your feet (and knees, and back). That’s who we are and what we believe. For 25 years Happy Feet Plus has been providing customers with footwear that makes you feel good. And when you feel good, you look good. Who needs those high heeled, pointy toed shoes anyway?

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Birkenstock Gizeh Sandal

This is the Birkenstock Gizeh, a thong style sandal that comes in a variety of materials and colors with a fully adjustable strap and shock-absorbing EVA sole to provide healthy, stable comfort.

The upper material comes in a variety of thick yet supple leathers with no artificial dyes keeping the leather breathable, durable and comfortable.

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Jane’s Pick – Birkenstock Arizona Antique Port Soft Footbed Sandal

Here’s a super opportunity for our great customers. We’ve gained access to a batch of remaining limited-edition Birkenstock Antique Port Soft Footbed Arizona. For one week we’re offering these sandals for only $93.74 – that’s 25% off retail!

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Finn Comfort Excellence in Orthopedic Shoes

Finn Comfort Orthopedic Shoes are produced with the perfect combination of uncompromising old world European craftsmanship and skills. Finn Comfort shoes are widely prescribed by podiatrists and general health practitioners alike, to help alleviate chronic foot and back pain.

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Resole Those Old Birks & Finns To Save Bucks

Extend the Life of Your Birkenstock or Finn Comfort Footwear.

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One of the many advantages of investing in quality footwear like Birkenstock or Finn Comfort is the ability to have them refurbished. Most of the Birkenstock brands have two levels of refurbishment. The least expensive of these is a “resole”.

To resole of a Birkenstock our certified technician removes the old EVA sole and replaces it with an authorized replacement sole. This is a great option if the cork footbed is not damaged or excessively worn. The cost of a resole is $35.00 per pair.

If the sole and the footbed need to be replaced then a “recraft” is required. Recrafts are great for anyone who has grown to love the look or feel of their favorite Birkenstock upper. Anyone with a limited edition or discontinued upper style can extend the life of their footwear for less cost than buying a new clog or sandal. A recraft for a pair of Birkenstocks is only $65.00.

Because refurbishment of your Birks is possible it becomes even more important to properly care for them. Using Cork Life on a regular basis will help protect the cork footbeds and extend their life. Cleaning and polishing the uppers will keep them in good shape and viable for a long time.

Finn Comfort footwear can also be refurbished. Finn Comfort outsoles are replaceable by a certified technician, but insoles can be purchased and replaced by wearers. Soft Replacement Insoles are $54.99 and Hard Replacement Insoles are $44.99.

Replacing the outsole of a Finn Comfort shoe, sandal or clog is only $65.00 a pair. A certified technician will remove the old sole then glue and hand stitch a new sole using water-resistant cobblers thread. The technician will also give your footwear a good polishing and you’ll now have an almost-as-good-as-new pair of Finn Comforts.

If you consider each refurbishment a “new” pair of shoes, you can see how dramatically you can cut the cost per pair if you resole your shoes just twice.

If you have any questions about resole, repair, recraft or refurbishment, call 1-800-336-6657 or go to Happy Feet Plus Web Site and click on the “Live Chat” link at the top of the page.

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Jane’s Picks – Birki’s Salina Soft Base Sole

New this year is Birki’s Soft Base Sole. An extra layer of cushioning softens your walk and adds a little pizazz to the look. 25% off the Salina will soften the impact on your wallet too!

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Birki’s Sandal Collection

The Birki’s sandal collection.
Birki’s sandals and clogs are available at in a wide variety of styles, colors and materials

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