Archive for September, 2010

Are You Pregant and Do Your Feet Hurt?

Happy Feet Plus - Are You Pregnant and Do Your Feet Hurt?

 

OK, so I’m a guy and can’t fully appreciate the effects that pregnancy bestows on a woman’s body. Although if I knew then, when she was pregnant oh so many years ago, what I know now my wife would have been at least a bit more comfortable.

You may hate for saying this, but do your toes look like sausages stuffed into your shoes? It’s not your fault, you’ve just got the wrong shoes. Normally a woman will wear a half size or even a full size larger, even after delivery. Sorry, but that’s all part of the process. Don’t fight it, recognize it and wear what fits and is good for you. You’ll definitely feel better.

Let’s start at the beginning, well not the very beginning. We all know pretty much know how what happened there. But once you’re pregnant things start happening. The most obvious change is the belly-bump and the corresponding weight gain. Center of gravity changes and the added weight affects everything from the hips to the soles of the feet – and everything in between. You’ll also start retaining water and edema will make your toes feel like those little sausages. I’ll talk more about edema next week.

Often referred to as “flat feet”, over-pronation is a common result of being pregnant. To compensate for the added weight, a woman will adjust her walk by tilting her pelvis forward, curving the lower spine. This changes the pressure on the feet, resulting in the over-pronation. The arches flatten and the knees can tilt inward. The plantar fascia (the muscle/ligament that makes up the medial arch) is stretched and aggravated. But wait there’s more.

Among the hormones now surging through your body is relaxin. The hormone relaxin is 10 times more concentrated in the female during pregnancy. Relaxin enables the joints in the pelvis to relax and allows the baby to pass through the birth canal. Unfortunately relaxin affects all joints and ligaments, including those in your feet. The relaxing ligaments make the over-pronation condition worse.

You might wonder what Happy Feet Plus can do to help pregnant women. The quick answer is arch support. While there’s more to it than that, arch support is a great place to start. Any pair of footwear with good arch support (e.g., Birkenstock, Alpro, Birki’s, Footprints, Papillio, Tatami, Finn Comfort, Kenkoh) will help resolve your over-pronation issues which will help alleviate any knee or hip pain. Also affected by the presence of relaxin and impact of the weight gain are the other two main arches in the foot – the metatarsal and lateral arches. Footwear that is good for you will support all three arches and help keep your feet from aching.

An added benefit of wearing good footwear is that they most often have a wide toe box. You already know that you’re not going to fit into your pointy-toed high heels while you’re carrying your “little bundle of joy”. Now would be a great time to get a pair of shoes, sandals, or clogs with good support and some space in the toe box. By wearing these shoes now, as well as after you deliver, you’ll be avoiding bunions, ingrown toenails, corns and calluses. Who wants any of those?

Being a mom means many things. Your responsibilities increase and you need to feel good. Why not start with having feet that don’t hurt? At least one part of your body will be happy and happy feet are, well, happy feet.

Great footwear at great prices. What a great deal! Stop by a Happy Feet Plus store near you and save.

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Regards,

Dave

Jane’s Pick – Finn Comfort Aussee Clogs

Well they’re not Russell Crowe or Keith Urban but they are AusseesFinn Comfort Aussees that is. The black Aussee has a smooth leather toe and a wide textured forefoot band. The brown Aussee has a coffee-brown toe and darker brown band. Save $56.25 this week on these Aussee clogs.

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Sneaker Season

Happy Feet Plus - Sneaker Season

 

Most of the country is preparing for Fall and your sandals (your Birkenstock sandals?) are going into the closet.

So what can you wear instead and still have the support, quality and comfort you’ve come to love from those Birks?

I’ve got a couple of suggestions. From the Birkenstock family of products, there are three styles from Footprints that fit the bill – the Darlington, the Davenport and the Santarem. These are fashionable sneakers but with a level of quality that you’ll never find in your “off-the-rack” shoe stores.

And from Finn Comfort there are the Cusco and the Soho shoes. The Soho looks a lot like a “Chuck” but with top quality nubuck leather uppers and cork footbed support. Never have sneakers been so good for your feet.

So you’ve got five great alternatives with removable cork footbeds and exceptional support. Let’s take a look at all five and see which one you might like best.

Footprints Darlington – Eight different color and fabric combinations are available. Outer fabrics include all leather, leather/mesh, all suede, and suede/mesh. The Footprints Classic Footbed is constructed of cork and latex. It is removable and replaceable. The sole has a low profile look and the uppers sport a unique stripping.
Click here to see all available Darlington shoes.

Footprints Davenport – Black and Mocha suede models are available. The Davenports also feature the removable and replaceable Footprints Classic Footbed. The sole has a wide base with a moderately-aggressive tread pattern.
Click here to see all available Davenport shoes.

Footprints Santarem – Black Leather and Antique Brown Leather styles are readily available while the Black Suede and Mocha Suede styles have limited availability. All Santarem models also use the Footprints Classic Footbed. The sole has a sleek, hip style with a more aggressive tread.
Click here to see all available Santarem shoes.

Finn Comfort Cusco – Black Leather and White Leather; Ebony (more of a dark brown), Navy, and Stone Nubuck all are hand-crafted in Germany and fitted with the Finn Comfort Soft Footbed. The footbed is removable and replaceable.
Click here to see all available Cusco shoes.

Finn Comfort Soho – Olive, Sea Blue, and Black Nubuck uppers and classic Finn Comfort Soft Footbeds. The Soho is also hand-crafted in Germany.
Click here to see all available Soho shoes.

Great options for anyone who needs support and wants a high quality product. These shoes will perform well in cool or cold weather. Hey you might even still wear them come next spring and the weather turns warm again.

Try a pair, I’m sure you’ll like them.

Great footwear at great prices. What a great deal! Stop by a Happy Feet Plus store near you and save.

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Regards,

Dave

Guys Like Birkenstocks Too

Happy Feet Plus - Birkenstock Footwear for Men

I just read a comment from one of the blog readers and was surprised.

The author is a male who has an interest in distributing foot health information, but he was unaware that Birkenstock made footwear for guys. What a wonderful world this guy has been missing!

If there’s one person who doesn’t know that there are Birkenstocks for men, there are probably thousands (tens, or hundreds of thousands, or more?) of guys wondering around with sore feet. Well guys, here’s a revelation – there are Birkenstock sandals, shoes and clogs that will fit you just fine. They’ll support your arches and allow your toes to have wiggle room. The cork footbed will mold to unique foot shape and in general, just make you feel better. At least they did for me.

It’s been a few years (if ever) that the New York or Paris fashionistas have unvailed footwear styled like Birkenstocks. And that’s OK. Birkenstock has been very constant in making what they believe to be honest, functional, high quality, and comfortable footwear. They’ve added brands like Alpro, Birki’s, Footprints, Papillio, and Tatami to provide footwear niche styling.

If you visit our retail site (www.happyfeet.com) and go to any of the Birkenstock brand pages mentioned above, you see links for men-sized sandals, shoes, or clogs (except for Papillio which is women-only.) Look around. There are options for work, casual or beach/pool use. You’ll find footwear made with leather, suede, nubuck, and synthetic materials. Lots of choices and they’re all good.

Try a pair, I’m sure you’ll like them.

Great footwear at great prices. What a great deal! Stop by a Happy Feet Plus store near you and save.

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Regards,

Dave

Jane’s Pick – Birkenstock Bern Soft Footbed Clog

Another special selection for just you gals out there. This time it’s the Birkenstock Bern Suede Soft Footbed in Taupe and Mocha. Save $33.75 on this soft footbed Birk with a super-soft suede upper. They’ll go great with jeans or slacks as the temperatures begin to drop.

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Comfort Gone Cute

Happy Feet Plus - Taos Footwear

Have you heard of Taos footwear? Probably not.

Taos is a small manufacturer that has been around for only about 5 years, but during that time they have made a big name for themselves as an independent label featuring comfort casual footwear.

With no fanfare, last week we began offer Taos footwear to our on-line customers. The response has been unexpectedly outstanding. So what is it that makes these shoes, sandals, clogs, and boots so different?

Taos describes them as “comfort gone cute”. Yes, they have style features that are different than most of our other brands – more about that later. Most important for us though is what goes on under your feet.

The Taos footbed meets the Happy Feet Plus “seal of approval”. It has a strong metatarsal arch, a moderate medial arch and is firmly cushioned. The sandals also feature a toe bar that strengthens the feet as you walk and helps your toes grip the footbed.

When you browse the 20+ styles of Taos footwear we offer you’ll notice a mix of conservative to funky. The Tempo sandal features adjustable straps in a familiar walking style. The Bungie Jump shoe, on the other hand, is one of the funkiest shoes we sell. Instead of straps or laces it does indeed use bungie cords to keep the soft leather upper comfortably secured.

You’re not going to find Taos footwear in your big department stores or on-line super sites. But you will find them here, at HappyFeet.com. We love them. You will too.

Great footwear at great prices. What a great deal! Stop by a Happy Feet Plus store near you and save.

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Regards,

Dave

Jane’s Pick – Birkenstock Rosemead Clog

Ladies, with Fall coming quickly I thought that you might enjoy saving money on Birkenstock’s maryjane-style clog. The Rosemead Taupe Suede Clog goes great with slacks or dresses. It’s comfy and warm. Saving 25% will make you warm inside too.

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In-Store Clearance Sale

Happy Feet Plus - Clearance Sale

Yes, they’re mostly odd lots, odd sizes, and some odd shoes but you CAN save bundles.

If you live near one of the nine Happy Feet Plus stores in the greater Tampa Bay area you can take advantage of this big sale. (Click here for a list of store locations and hours of operation.) Almost every brand we carry has some style or size marked down. With over 4000 items on sale you’re sure to find something in a style and size that will make your feet, and your wallet, very happy.

When you stop by, one of our foot health specialists can perform a digital foot analysis to ensure that you get the right shoe, sandal, or clog to help you feel better. We do things the old fashioned way. We take time to discuss your foot (or leg, or back, or general health) problems. We will help you select several styles and brands of footwear that will help relieve your pain and discomfort. (Oh, and by-the-way, if the foot health specialist doesn’t explain our “SSR” concept of total foot health be sure to ask how SSR can help you get all-day relief from your discomfort.)

Great footwear at great prices. What a great deal! Stop by a Happy Feet Plus store near you and save.

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Regards,

Dave