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If you’re suffering from Metatarsalgia (Ball of Foot Pain) and want to gain pain relief, look for shoes with good metatarsal support. Before going on it might be good to first understand a little more about metatarsal pain. Typically, if you have pain in the ball of your foot you’re suffering from Metatarsalgia. Usually the pain is caused from inflammation. To relieve the pain you need to address the cause of the inflammation. (For an in-depth explanation of Metatarsalgia, Click Here.)
The first thought most people have is to get insoles with extra soft padding. Unfortunately this approach does not address the structural issues that cause the pain. The more correct approach is to make sure your insole (or footbed) has good metatarsal support. This may seem, or feel, like the wrong approach.
A footbed with good metatarsal support will at first feel like there is a golf ball under the ball of your foot. The actual size of the arch support is not huge (see images of Birkenstock footbed) but the impact is great. It will take a while for your feet to adapt and for the arches to regain its proper positioning. As the arches get back to where they need to be, the inflammation and the pain will subside.
Relieving metatarsal pain is not a part-time task. You have to make sure your metatarsal arch is supported all of the time. Going barefoot or wearing footwear without support will extend your recovery period.
If you live in the Tampa Bay, Florida area now would be a great time to visit one of the nine Happy Feet Plus retail locations. Not only are we continuing the $10 off sale on the Kenkoh Massage Sandals, but we’re taking $20 off three popular Birkenstock sandals.
The Birkenstock Florida sandals for women in Khaki Birkibuc and Blue Birko-Flor are now only $59.99. Also the Birkenstock Arizona Mink Suede sandal in men’s and women’s sizes is now $99.99. All three feature the famous Birkenstock cork and latex classic footbed.
Both the Kenkoh sandals and all of the Birkenstock family of footwear are ideal for preventing or addressing a variety of foot issues. One of the most frequent foot ailments is Plantar Fasciitis. Recovering from Plantar Fasciitis is long process which begins with insuring that the medial arch is properly supported at all times.
Plantar Fasciitis pain is often most acute the first thing in the morning. Slipping on a pair of Kenkoh sandals as you get out of bed will support the arches of the feet. At the same time the massaging nubs will stimulate nerve endings and accelerate the flow of blood throughout the feet. Both will reduce the discomfort and allow the healing process to continue.
You cannot ignore your feet the rest of the day either. It’s equally important to provide good support all day long. Wearing footwear with good arch support like that found in Birkenstock footwear and other brands found at Happy Feet Plus will help you recover from the pain of Plantar Fasciitis.
Providing “Footwear for Healthier Feet” is a core value here at Happy Feet Plus. Ever since our founding in 1985 we have focused on the sale of footwear that are good for your feet, as well as for your whole body.
Over the years we have sought out brands that strengthen, support and even revitalize your feet. A couple of brands have been mainstays within our stores over the years. Birkenstock and Finn Comfort are both German-made products that feature cork-latex footbeds for exceptional support and comfort.
Perhaps the epitome of our belief in healthy footwear is the Kenkoh Massage Sandal. This sandal, developed in Japan, was the product that launched Happy Feet Plus. The insole of the Kenkoh is made up of hundreds of natural rubber nodules that support and stimulate the soles of your feet. The nodules stimulate the nerve endings and have been clinically proven to increase blood flow and create a calming, restful feeling.
The nodules also are known to stimulate the various reflexive zones on the sole of the feet. The nerve endings of these reflexive zones connect to and affect various glands, organs and parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexive zones increases the body’s energy flow and rebalances the body.
Wearing the Kenkoh sandals allows you to massage your feet when you walk, stand or sit with even light pressure on the sole.
Who better to explain the benefits of the Kenkoh sandal than the company founder, Jacob Wurtz.
When I say “Classic Skipper” is this the first image that comes to your mind? Perhaps, but I’m thinking more along the lines of the Birki’s Classic Skipper Clog.
The Birki’s Classic Skipper does remind me of a shoe that either The Skipper or Gilligan might wear on that tropical isle. It’s a casual and comfortable clog that would look good with Gilligan’s jeans or The Skipper’s khakis. And the others? Yes, they too would look dashing in their very own Classic Skipper Clogs.
The Classic Skipper Clog comes in either nubuck leather or a heavy canvas. Both feature Birki’s Soft Base Sole that provides an extra layer of cushioned comfort between the black EVA sole and the cork footbed. Does it feel like you’re walking on a sandy beach? Maybe not, but it sure is soft and easy on your feet.
The gray nubuck Classic Skipper can be yours for only $99.99, a savings of $40. The mocha canvas Classic Skipper is also a great buy at only $89.99, an awesome $30 savings. This is a limited time offer, so get yours today.
Birkenstock Boston Clogs -
Keep your feet warm when the weather gets frightful.
Winter is the perfect time to slip into your favorite pair of Boston Suede Clogs and enjoy the warmth and suppleness of the natural suede leather. All Boston clogs feature the famous Birkenstock core and latex footbed.
The suede Boston clogs have three footbed options available to you. Color selections are available for the Classic Footbed, the Soft Footbed or the High Arch versions.
The Classic Footbed is also known as the “hard” footbed. This is the original cork and latex footbed that made Birkenstock famous. The Classic Footbed is designed for individuals with a moderate arch.
The Soft Footbed starts life as a Classic Footbed. Birkenstock then adds an extra layer of foam sandwiched between the cork and the suede footbed liner. The extra foam provides a more cushioned ride for folks who find the Classic Footbed to be too severe. The Soft Footbed version is primarily designed for users with flat feet or low arches.
The High Arch version (only available in Taupe) is designed for individuals with significantly high arches. It is recommended that if you’ve never worn the Birkenstock High Arch Footbeds that you visit a local Birkenstock retailer and try one on.
Right now happy Feet Plus is featuring the Birkenstock Boston Suede Clogs at $30 off original retail. It’s a great price on a great shoe. Click Here to visit the Happy Feet Plus website and choose your favorite Boston Suede Clog before this deal ends.
Birkenstock brands epitomize basic footwear at its very best. German-based shoe distributor Birkenstock Orthopädie GmbH & Co. KG has been serving the public’s podiatric needs since 1774. For over two centuries, all high-quality product offerings have echoed founder Johann Adam Birkenstock’s personal philosophy: “No smoke; no mirrors; no gizmos – just great footwear”.
Johann’s grandson Konrad expounded upon his ancestor’s brilliance by devising a revolutionary footwear concept in 1897. Konrad’s overriding objective was designing shoes with shapes that conform to the human foot’s natural curvature. His ambitious obsession spawned the then-novel theory that shoes made for close mimicry of the human foot’s internal anatomy offer the most comfort. In 1902, Konrad’s hypothesis concretized into the world’s first mass-produced contoured insole.
The rest is history. Konrad’s introduction of footwear with integrated arch supports that feature broad aesthetic appeal and functionality has made the Birkenstock brand famous for generations.
Answering a perennial footwear paradox
Finding a material with sufficient rigidity that provides adequate support while retaining sufficient flexibility for extended wearing comfort has posed a perpetual challenge for commercial shoemakers.
The Birkenstock blue footbed is a contemporary solution to this ancient anatomical riddle. These innovative inserts offer outstanding support while facilitating full foot mobility and optimal interaction of all internal podiatric structures.
Taking foot comfort to new levels
Compatibility with a vast array of non-brand footwear is the most valuable Birkenstock footbed aspect. These removable insoles feature only the best quality of construction and material components. Primary cork-based construction provides a light weight platform of support and shock absorbency without creating foot fatigue.
Amazing arch and heel support
Each specially designed Birkenstock Blue footbed also provides pronounced support for all three major foot arches. Medial and lateral arches running lengthwise along the foot surfaces function in perfect podiatric harmony with crosswise metatarsal arch movements.
Specially contoured Birkenstock Blue arch supports also include deep heel cutouts that help relieve plantar discomfort and heel pain. A built-in lining and outer coverage of 100 percent genuine silk provides moisture resistance and is easily removable for periodic hand washing.
A dynamic duo of comfort and style
In addition to various widths from narrow to wide that fit any shoe size, Birkenstock Blue arch supports come in two distinctive designs to suit individual needs and lifestyles.
Birkenstock’s Blue casual foot beds are intended for insertion into flat shoes that feature identical heel and toe levels. Typical footwear formats include regular sneakers, basketball and cross-training sports shoes as well as many casual and dress shoe styles.
Birkenstock’s heeled arch supports feature elevated forefoot support. This format is most suitable for work, hiking, dress, or casual boots in addition to many dress and casual low-heel shoe styles. Birkenstock Blue foot bed supports accommodate heels heights of up to 15 centimeters. Such versatility ensures their compatibility with a wide variety of heeled shoe styles.
A terrific trifurcation of tremendous support
All Birkenstock Blue arch supports offer outstanding support and optimal spinal alignment by way of supporting all three of the major foot arches. This comprehensive reinforcement regime is not so obtrusive as to obstruct free foot movement while walking or running, however.
People with medial arch heights falling within low-to-medium ranges readily appreciate the additional support and comfort of these non-plastic platforms.
And when it comes to the foot beds in the shoes and sandals, Cork’s natural contouring properties and rapid molding amenability keep “break in” time associated with other alternatives to a minimum. Dual layered Jute fibers add moisture resistance and strength for easy resoling.
Soft suede veneers are valuable foot comforters that continuously soothe and protect the body’s anatomical supportive structures.
We’ve got two big ways to SAVE.
For a limited time we’re taking $30 off of all soft footbed Birkenstock styles. That’s right, all Birkenstock shoes, sandals and clogs with the famous soft footbed are on sale now. Don’t miss this opportunity to grab a pair for you and someone you love.
Happy Feet Plus – Sarasota celebrates GRAND OPENING
Fri Nov 11th and Sat Nov 12th
Happy Feet Plus moved from South Tamiami Trail after 5 years, to the much livelier downtown location at 1453 Main Street.
This weekend on Friday and Saturday one of the founders, Jane Strong will be there, along with some of their shoe vendors, giving away FREE shoes every hour and FREE gifts with every purchase. The company is also offering sale prices on everything to introduce Sarasota to the Euro-Comfort footwear company. The store also has a foot scanner where customers can see a digital photo showing not only their foot size, but also their arch type and pressure points.
Happy Feet Plus is a locally owned Largo, FL based, shoe company that first opened as a kiosk in Tyrone Square Mall, St. Petersburg in 1985. The company is owned by Jane Strong & Jacob Wurtz, who now have nine retail store locations from Clearwater to Fort Myers, as well as a large online presence at www.happyfeet.com.
According to Jane Strong, “The Kenkoh Reflexology Massage sandal provides a new approach to pain relief, and has helped countless numbers of our customers with foot, knee and back pain”. Strong went on to say, “This sandal is what inspired us to get in the shoe business more than 26 years ago because of the astounding health benefits we observed ourselves!”
The Sarasota store, which they newly renovated in earth tones has a warm and friendly atmosphere. The store is managed by Kathy Lanier who also ran the location they moved from. The store is open seven days a week. Mon – Sat 10 am – 6 pm Sun 11- 5 pm. On First Friday they stay open until 9 pm. For more store information call 941-924-2536 or check out www.happyfeetplus.com
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Do you have a lack of support?
The most popular replacement for unsupportive insoles is the Birkenstock Blue Arch Support. The Blue Arch Supports are available for both flat shoes and shoes with moderate heels (up to 1-1/2 inches) and in three widths. The Blue Arch Supports are designed to support the medial, lateral and metatarsal arches.
If you need a full length insole then the Birko-Sport 2-Part Insole might just be for you. This insole was designed specifically for sports activities. The Birko-Sport insole features a full-length shock-absorbing footbed with a distinctive toe grip for improved circulation. The Birko-Sport also provides support for the three major arches.
For lovers of the Finn Comfort footbed you might discover that you can use a Finn Comfort replacement footbed in place of your non-Finn Comfort insole. This is a good option for shoes with sufficient height to accommodate the extra thickness of the Finn footbed. If you’re familiar with Finn Comfort footwear you know just how well the footbeds support your feet and how good they make you feel.
A steel-toed Birkenstock?
Who would’ve guessed how popular the Alpro A640 was going to be? Certainly not us, but it looks like our customers have found out about this one-piece slip-resistant steel-toed clog.
Most likely the majority of folks purchasing the washable clog work in either kitchens or laboratories – some place where water or chemicals are present. We just recently shipped nine pair to what appeared to be a lab in New York state. Guess they heard good things about the A640.
The A640 does have a cork and latex footbed made by Birkenstock so you know the fit is supportive and comfortable. The Alpro-Foam clog is washable in water up to 140 degrees. Just make sure to remove the footbed before immersing the clog. The footbed, though washable in water up to 86 degrees, really should only be lightly rinsed and left to dry. Many folks purchase a second set of footbeds to ensure one pair is able to fully dry out between wearings.
Right now you have your choice of colors so long as you like black. Are there more colors planned? We’ll have to just wait and see.
If you’re looking for a great price on a washable, slip-resistant, steel-toed clog there really is only one answer – the Alpro A640.