Posts Tagged ‘Kenkoh’

Jabbed by a Heel Spur

Happy Feet Plus - Got Heel Spur

 

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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Dave

Are You Pregnant and Do Your Feet Hurt 2?

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

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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Regards,

Dave

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.

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Regards,

Dave

Kenkoh Sandal in Dress Black

New Black Kenkoh Spirit

Big News for all you Kenkoh Lovers. The Black Spirit Thong is Here!

Are you a thong kind of person, but can’t wear brown all the time? You’re in luck. Happy Feet Plus just received a new shipment of Kenkoh Reflexology Massage Health Sandals, including the Black Spirit Thong.

OK, so maybe you won’t be wearing this with a tux or a little black dress but it is a nice looking thong with all of the benefits of a Reflexology sandal. The Kenkoh Health Sandal massage insole stimulates areas of the sole of the foot which correspond to all the glands, organs and parts of the body. The rubber insole nodules act like tiny fingers, applying pressure to the sole of the foot. As in Shiatsu and Reflexology healing techniques, the Kenkoh Health Sandal massages the feet when you walk, stand or sit with even light pressure on the sole.

Want to know more about what a Reflexology sandal is and how it works? Click Here!

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Dave

Tooting Our Own Horn? You Bet!

HFP Horn Tooting

Although we don’t often brag about the footwear that we offer sometimes it’s just got to come out, so here goes. “We sell great shoes!”

Of course we are going to say that, but maybe seeing what our customers have to say will carry more weight. These are real customers providing real feedback 30 days after having placed an order. This is just a sample of the positive feedback we receive daily. Thanks to all of our customers.

SHOE REVIEWED

CUSTOMER COMMENT

Birkenstock
Arizona

My son is very happy with his new Birks. They were a replacement for a pair he wore to the ground, so to speak. We originally ordered the wrong size but I was able to intercept the process with a representative on the phone and received the correct size in the mail in quick time. Thank you
Joan R., NY

Birkenstock
Arizona

I found the Happy Feet website easy to use. It has the best selection of Birkenstocks I found online with good prices. I got one pair for casual wear and one for dressier events. There is only one other type of shoe my podiatrist will let me wear with my plantar fasciitis.
Karen P., WA

Birki’s
Haiti

Been a “Birkie” since they were invented. Don’t wear anything else. I was thrilled to find the Happy Feet website.
danyell s., TN

Finn Comfort
Jamaica

My third pair of the Jamaica — each one fits like the previous one. Finn Comfort produces great shoes…consistent sizing and oh so comfortable!
Julie M., FL

Finn Comfort
Jamaica

My plantar fasciitis was acting up because my previous pair were too worn at the heels. Within a day of wearing the new ones, I felt much better.
Janet N., CA

Kenkoh
Soul

I felt all of the soreness on my feet start to fade.Once I broke into them I didn’t want to stop wearing them.I brought them to work with me a couple of times because I am a hairstylist and wore socks with them!I highly recommend it
Celeste S., MA

Kenkoh
Spirit

Just bought a pair today bc my feet were killing me. Put them on before leaving shirokiya and WOW within 5 minutes my feet starting feeling great. I do recomend only wearing them for a little while for 1st time use. Brittany Honolulu, HI

Mephisto
Hannel

I have owned these sandals for 3 years. The great arch and cork sole bed are the only thing that gave me relief from a nasty case of Plantar Fascitis. They mold to your foot and are well worth the price I paid. I will probably buy another pair unless Mephisto comes out with a new style with the same properties. They were a Godsend.

Papillio
Tabora

These are the best shoes I have ever owned I bought my first paid seven years ago and I’m just needing to buy another pair. I wear them with everthing pants, shorts, even dresses. these are soooo comfy.

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Regards,

Dave

Finn Comfort Sandals Helped Sandra Walk

Finn Comfort Sandals Helped Sandra Walk

Can Good Quality Footwear Really Make A Difference? You Bet!

Recently we received a “Satisfied Customer” story from Robyn, one of our foot health specialists, that I found interesting. We often hear anecdotes regarding how our footwear (most often our Kenkoh Massage Sandals and the MBT brand) have enabled customers to get around with reduced or even eliminated pain. It was nice to get this first-hand experience that you too may find interesting and helpful.

“On Thursday May 20th a regular customer named Sandra came in for some walking shoes. She told me that at one point she was confined to a wheelchair because she couldn’t walk. During a trip to Sedona, AZ, she decided to try and walk. She had just purchased her first pair of Finn’s from us. To her surprise, she was able to walk without the usual pain that resulted from two ankle breaks, knee surgery and multiple heart attacks. Sandra came back to visit throughout the years and experimented with other brands we carry…Merrell’s, Ecco’s, MBT’s and Aetrex, but never felt the same relief she experienced wearing the Finn’s.”

“We spent around two hours together, establishing styles in Finn Comfort that would best fit her needs. The Jamaica was the shoe in the past that she had the most success with. Sandra left our store having purchased two pairs of Vaasa’s, two pairs of Catalina’s, Birkenstock 2-Part Sport insoles and Thorlos. Next stop for Sandra; Sedona AZ with her new walking shoes.”

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Dave

Daily Foot Massage – Relieve stress, improve circulation, feel better

Stinky Sandals Stink

OK, everyone who’s heard of Kenkoh sandals raise your hand.

Probably not too many of y’all raised your hand. Next, for those of you who have a pair of Kenkohs, how many years have you been wearing them? I’d guess that there is a large number who have been wearing them for at least the last 15 to 25 years.

Happy Feet Plus has been the only U.S. distributor of the Kenkoh Health Sandals since 1985. Over the last 25 years the sandals have developed a very dedicated audience. Many of those long-time customers are wearing them because they have found relief from a wide variety of aches, pains or ailments.

While you may not see many people wearing the Kenkoh sandals walking the red carpet or in night club, those same folks may well be wearing them in the locker room or at home. Anyone who wants, or needs, to stimulate blood flow in their lower leg should wear Kenkohs. Anyone who wants, or needs, to reduce swelling in their lower limbs should wear Kenkohs. Anyone who wants, or needs, to stimulate nerve endings on the sole of the foot (and create positive effects on the body following Reflexology principles) should wear Kenkohs. Anyone who wants to feel warmer, feel lighter, or just generally feel better should wear Kenkohs. Does that sound like you?

You may have seen sandals made by major sporting goods companies that look similar, but there are significant differences. The “other guys” just have nubs of all one height on the footbeds. The Kenkoh Health Sandal has very pronounced medial and metatarsal arches. This means the footbed looks like a rolling hill with the big medial arch in the middle and the heel cup and the toe grip in the “valleys.” (Click here to see a big picture of the nodules.

The medial arch is what most people think of when they talk about the “arch of the foot.” Actually there are three major arches with the medial arch being the largest. The metatarsal arch is located right behind the “ball” of your foot. If you want to read more about the arches of the foot, click here.

If you don’t want to read more, then believe me that having good support is way better than having little or no support. When you combine the support features with the stimulating effect of the nodules you have a combination that is hard to beat.

At Happy Feet Plus we characterize the Kenkoh Health Sandal as the “Revitalize” component of our foot health philosophy. Along with Strengthen and Support, Revitalize describes how our footwear works to provide you with better health from the ground up.

If you’d like to read more about our foot health philosophy (we call it “SSR” for short), click here.

If you’d like to check out the Kenkoh Health Sandals, click here.

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Regards,
Dave

Support your feet in the morning

Do you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis (aka “heel pain”)? Do your knees or back hurt? Often times the cause of the pain starts at your feet. Last week I told y’all about my experience finding relief from Plantar Fasciitis. This week I thought I’d mention the importance of supporting your feet at all times, especially in the morning.

When you first get out of bed you may not think that going barefoot would be a problem. But over night your muscles have relaxed and have had a few hours to recover. If you are experiencing foot problems the last thing you want to do is start the day off causing your feet to be stressed. Instead of going barefoot, slide into a Birkenstock or Kenkoh sandal when you crawl out of bed.

The Kenkoh sandal is an especially good “house slipper.” The arch is pronounced and very supportive. The massaging nodules stimulate the nerve ending in your feet and get your body’s “juices flowing.” Clinical studies have shown that wearing the Kenkoh sandal stimulates blood flow, reduces lower leg swelling, and creates a feeling of “wellbeing.” Can there be a better way to start your day?

Happy Feet Plus has been selling Kenkoh sandals since 1985. During the last 25 years thousands of people have found relief from pain wearing Kenkohs. We feel so strongly about the positive benefits of the Kenkoh sandals that we have made them one of what we call the “Foot Health Essentials.”

The “Foot Health Essentials” consist of three parts – Strengthen, Support, and Revitalize. The Kenkoh sandals represent the Revitalize. segment. The design of the sandal is based on the concept of Reflexology where the sole of the foot has nerve endings that connect with major body parts and functions. Wearing the Kenkoh sandals stimulates the nerve endings and creates a “Revitalizing” effect.

Try a pair. Wear them around the house or when you might be tempted to wear an unsupportive flip-flop. Your feet (and back, and knees…) will be glad you did.

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Regards,
Dave