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Choosing the Correct Footwear for Bunions

How Can Proper Footwear Help My Bunions?

Many people still believe that bunions are only for senior citizens; however, nothing could be further from the truth. While women are more susceptible to bunions than men are, they can happen to anyone. Typically, ill-fitting shoes, particularly high-heeled, pointed toe shoes, cause them. Such footwear may be fashionable, but they are anathema to your feet. In shoes that are too constrictive, the foot is forced into the unnatural position of bending inward, toward the second toe. This causes the joint of the big toe to become misaligned and out of place. The joint will then enlarge, compensating for the odd realignment. That bony bump at the base of your big toe is a danger signal that should not be ignored.

Pressure on tendons will then cause the big toe to be pulled into an abnormal position. Eventually, an unsightly bunion occurs, becoming permanent and sometimes painful. Bunions can affect the way a person walks, inhibiting the normally wide base of stability in alignment. Ill-fitting shoes aggravate and perpetuate bunions. From childhood, wearing proper fitting shoes will help prevent this painful condition. However, many people opt for haute couture over being comfortable and correct when it comes to shoes. The result is many adults walking around with protruding and painful bunions. Choosing footwear with a proper fit and sufficient toe room can actually help prevent, or delay, the development of bunions later in life. Children should always wear correct, carefully fitted shoes.

If you currently suffer from bunions, it is even more important that you choose the proper footwear to correct your condition, or at least mitigate it. Short of actually having surgery to correct the condition, supportive footwear is the next best solution. Fortunately, corrective and supportive footwear not only provides crucial metatarsal and medial arch support, but also comes in fashionable designs and great looking footwear in a wide range of styles. The good news is, many of the best shoe manufacturers in the business have heard your cry for help and feel your pain. People in the know choose wisely, when it comes to buying footwear and always trust the venerable experts with proven results and happy customers.

Birkenstock, and the Birkenstock family including Tatami, Alpro, Papillio and Footprints & Finn Comfort are just a few of the great shoe manufacturers that offer stylish, attractive options that can get your feet back on the right track. The musculoskeletal structure of your feet should be taken seriously and treated cautiously. Painful bunions can have a detrimental effect on your posture, the way you stand, and the way you walk. When your feet hurt, it is impossible to feel good. Making the right footwear choices will not only solve your immediate problems of pain and discomfort, they will also prevent long-term health issues such as knee, leg, and back problems.

There is a good reason athletes, hikers, walkers, health aficionados, doctors and people who are serious about taking good care of every aspect of their physical being, choose quality footwear produced by the best designers in the business. Podiatrist approved and fashion savvy, these great footwear choices eliminate the ultimatum between looking stylish and feeling great. Now you can do both. Two feet are all you are assigned in this life, take good care of them.

How Poorly Designed Shoes Can Damage Your Feet

Why We Sell Only Healthy Shoes Like Birkenstock and Finn Comfort

Many of the commercially available shoes on the market today for both men and women are not only uncomfortable but are actually designed with flaws that affect the health of the foot. The reason behind this is that most shoes are designed simply for appearance or the illusion of comfort with little or no thought given to the long-term health of the feet of the wearer. It is important to keep in mind that even though a shoe may feel comfortable for daily walking, if it is designed without long-term foot health in mind, the wearer may be doing a disservice to the health of their feet.

A perfect example of this occurs when a majority of women switch from wearing heeled boots during the colder months to wearing flip-flop sandals during the summer months. Many women will complain of a tingling in their feet or a loss of feeling. This is due to the overcompensation of the heel and arch contrasted to the lack of support offered by the sandal. After a few seasons of being subjected to this, the foot can suffer some serious damage including pinched nerves and permanent shape change. Another example of this occurs with the high heels that women wear. While most women do not expect their high heels to be comfortable for long-term wear, they often find that after years of wearing them, they are uncomfortable in anything but high heels. This is because the tendon will actually shrink when subjected to long-term exposure to shoes that are designed without foot health in mind.

Men are not immune to these problems as their formal shoes and running shoes are designed for appearance and temporary comfort, again neglecting the health of the wearer. A condition known as hammertoe is found in both men and women who wear poorly designed or ill-fitting shoes that force the toes into an uncomfortable and cramped position. For those that spend a lot of time on their feet in poorly designed shoes, fatigue may occur along with leg, joint and foot pain. This can lead to a lack of productivity at best and work place injury at worst. Prolonged standing in shoes that were not designed with health in mind can lead to pain that begins in the foot but soon travels to other parts of the body, effecting the overall enjoyment and quality of life of the wearer.

When selecting footwear it is important to remember that the foot was designed perfectly the way that it is and shoes that reflect this natural design such as those made by Birkenstock and Finn Comfort are the best choice for long-term health. Their shoes allow for the right amount of support coupled with the proper amount of freedom of movement of the toes. They are designed of materials that help the foot to breathe properly. Both of these footwear manufacturers strive to create shoes and sandals that form to the natural shape of the foot, enabling the wearer to walk the way that nature intended.

Jabbed by a Heel Spur

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Heel Spur – two words that create an immediate uneasy feeling of pain. In most cases you can avoid developing heel spurs (got that tingley feeling again?) by treating the cause.

While it is unclear exactly why and how heel spurs develop, it is commonly agreed upon that they occur after a plantar fascia sprain. When the plantar fascia is pulled away from the Calcaneum bone (see Three Arches of the Foot) the result is Plantar Fasciitis (see Plantar Fasciitis.) If the Plantar Fasciitis is not addressed, the prolonged stress does not allow the plantar fascia to heal properly, often resulting in the development of a calcium deposit, or Heel Spur.

Proper support of the medial arch (see Three Arches of the Foot) is probably the single most important thing to do to help recover from Plantar Fasciitis or a Heel Spur. Footwear with pronounced arch support, like Birkenstock or Finn Comfort, are a great choice. Their cork footbeds will also conform to your unique foot shape for a custom fit. Wearing the Kenkoh sandal will help dissolve the calcium deposit and aid in the healing process.

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Cool Weather Squeeze

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Do your feet seem to hurt more in the cold weather months? It could be that with the transition from summer sandals to winter shoes and boots that you are squeezing your feet into constrictive, and painful, footwear. If you are, there is a greater chance of aggravating your bunions, or other foot pains and ailments.

All summer long your feet were happy spending a lot of time in sandals, especially if they were supportive sandals like Birkenstock or Finn Comfort. With the cooler temperatures, you’ve got to switch to closed footwear. If your feet are hurting more nowadays, take a look at the toe box width and the arch support in your everyday shoes.

A narrow toe box, especially in a pointy-toe shoe, will aggravate an existing bunion or start you on the path towards a painful bunion. Shoes or boots without any (or enough) arch support may allow plantar fasciitis pain (in your heel) to develop. You may also feel pain in the ball of your foot. This could be as a result of wearing high heels and stressing the metatarsal area, or simply because your footwear has insufficient metatarsal support.

Relief can be found. Look for footwear with a wide toe box that will not squeeze your toes. Also look for footwear with great arch support, especially in the medial and metatarsal arch areas.

Several closed shoe options exist in the Footprints line as well as in Finn Comfort, and Taos. Clogs are a great choice if you need room for your toes to move and breathe. Birkenstock, Dansko, Finn Comfort, Footprints, Tatami, and Taos offer dressy and casual clogs.

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Jane’s Picks – Finn Comfort Stanford & Orb

25% off two Finn Comfort clogs? Are we crazy? Not at all, we just love to provide super sales for our super customers. Save $56.25 on the Black Nappa Orb and $57.50 on the Black Nappa Stanford. Hurry, one week only.

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Are You Pregnant and Do Your Feet Hurt 2?

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As you might guess, my perspective on footwear is biased. Happy Feet Plus sells footwear that emphasizes health and comfort. I look for information that reinforces our opinions on “proper footwear” when I write these blogs. In all of the research I did, as in-exhaustive as it might be, I never saw that anyone recommend that pregnant women should wear pointy-toed high heeled shoes or flip-flops. Instead, the consistent theme is flat or low-heeled shoes with a wide toe box and good support. Hey, that’s what we believe too!

So, what’s the connection to Edema? While wearing good footwear is important any time, it is especially important when you are pregnant. The added weight and altered center of gravity (see Are You Pregnant and Do Your Feet Hurt?) as well as the fluid retention create changes to a woman’s body that require a solid, stable base. Here’s where good footwear comes in.

As early as the second trimester you may find your shoes fitting a little bit tighter. They’re only going to get tighter so you might as well plan on getting new shoes. The swelling is usually caused by the increase in blood volume needed to transport oxygen and nutrients to your baby. Increasing levels of hormones also change blood vessels, joints, ligaments, and, well, your whole body. No wonder you feel swollen and bloated.

Gravity is largely responsible for fluid retention to be more pronounced in your feet, ankles, and calves. Your growing uterus also puts pressure on the veins that carry blood back from your lower body. Blood flow back from your feet is restricted and fluids stay in your feet and legs. Increases in foot size should be expected, but one foot should not swell more than another. If you do find this happening, see your doctor.

Until you give birth you’re going to have to live with Edema in your feet, but there are things you can do to minimize the impact:

  • Have your feet measured several times throughout your pregnancy and wear the correct shoe size for your foot.
  • Elevate your feet as often as possible. Use a small stool at work while seated at your desk.
  • Wear seamless socks that do not constrict circulation or wear surgical stockings — with advice from your doctor.
  • Keep active, but see your doctor before starting an exercise program. Walking is usually recommended. Try lying on your back and simulating riding a bike. This will exercise the muscles in the leg and reduce swelling.vDo not stand for long periods of time. Walking gets your calf muscles working, which helps pump some of the extra fluid out of your legs and feet.
  • Take a bath or go swimming; the water puts an outside force on the swelling and helps to decrease it.
  • If you are driving for a long period of time, take regular breaks to stretch your.
  • Sleep on your side, not your back. This relieves pressure on the vena cava, the largest vein leading to the heart. Otherwise, the pressure slows the blood returning from your lower body.
  • Consider reflexology to help decrease the swelling (or buy our exclusive Kenkoh Reflexology Sandal).
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and avoid foods high in salt that can cause water retention.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep the body hydrated. This helps the body retain less fluid.

Here are some shoe-buying tips:

  • Choose shoes with a broad base, and a short heel.
  • Choose shoes with a toe box that is high enough and wide enough to comfortably fit, either rounded or square shaped, not pointed.
  • Choose shoes with extra shock absorption, a supportive arch, and firm heel.
  • Look for a walking or athletic shoe with good shock absorption.
  • Visit a local Pedorthist for a shoe-fitting recommendation. Pedorthists specialize in fitting shoes and orthotics to alleviate foot problems.
  • Periodic measuring is recommended because the feet may increase in size during the pregnancy.
  • Shop late in the day. Feet tend to swell as the day goes on.
  • Be sure that the shoes fit properly before you leave the store.
  • Buy boots with room in the calf area, because your calves may swell. Also choose a boot with a side zipper — they’re easier to get on and off than a pull-on style.
  • Replace worn heels often. Uneven heels can throw you off balance.
  • Wear comfortable, supportive footwear, ideally with a strap, laces, or Velcro.

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Are You Pregant and Do Your Feet Hurt?

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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.

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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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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Finn Comfort Clogs

These are Finn Comfort Clogs.

Finn Comfort Clogs are available at in a wide variety of styles, colors and fabrics. Finn Comfort provides serious support not just for your feet, but for your entire body. Their no-nonsense orthopedic design reflects the latest medical research.

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