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Happy Feet Plus Retail Store Sale – July 22-Aug 5

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.

 

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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Regards,

Dave

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.

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

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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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

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis. Two words that make you sweat if you’ve ever been stricken by the dreaded arch pain. During the 2009 NFL football season even a player as carefully watched as Eli Manning developed Plantar Fasciitis.

Quite a few years ago I experienced the pain of Plantar Fasciitis. Not only did my heel hurt but I had a stabbing “sciatic” pain in my hamstring and glute. Worse it disrupted my long-distance running. Three cortisone treatments at the Orthopede didn’t work. Several months of ultrasound and electrical stimulation treatments at the Chiro didn’t work. Finally I visited a Podiatrist who said I needed orthotics. Whahoo. Two weeks later the sciatic pain was gone and I was running again.

How does this relate to Happy Feet Plus? Simple. Good arch support. When I started working for Happy Feet Plus I bought my first pair of Birkenstock sandals. Finally I found a pair of sandals with as much arch support as my orthotics. My knees and hips didn’t hurt because my arches were properly supported. It was a great discovery.

I have expanded my footwear collection to include the Finn Comfort London and the Tatami Oklahoma. Because the footbeds in both were a little less aggressive than the Birkenstock footbed I had to make a minor modification. More about that in a later blog entry. Stay tuned.

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Regards – Dave