Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Different Types of Running Shoes - Stability Shoes

Go into any shoe store and you will see the amazing selection of running shoes available to the consumer. With so many types of running shoes out there, it's hard to know which one you may need. So to make it easier, I have split them into 3 main groups; Cushioning, Motion Control, and Stability. This article will concentrate on Motion Control Shoes. I will talk about their construction and also what kind of traits you may have that would indicate you may need this type of shoe.

Motion Control shoes are a special type of running shoe that needs some special attention. People who need this type of shoe make up about 12% of the running population. If you switch the words of motion control around, it explains the shoe, "Controls Motion."

Motion control shoes are made for runners that have flat arches or are a heavier build (180+lbs) and need extra control and durability. These runners have lost the natural cushioning that the gait roll provides with a runner's stride. They are the most rigid of the running shoes and limit the inward rolling of the foot and ankle. The inward motion of the foot is called over-pronation. These special shoes are built on a straight last and usually have a medial post for extra support.

To figure out if you need a motion control shoe, you can do a wet towel or brown bag test. To do this, you step in water the place your foot on the towel or brown paper bag. If your foot looks square in shape, then you have a flat arch. If you have curvature in the arch area then you need a neutral or stability shoe. Another indicator is the classic double ankle look in which there is another bump or swelling under the ankle bone. This usually is the result of ligaments which are loose which inhibits the ankle and foot to support the roll, causing over-pronation.

Traditionally people with orthotics have been told to use motion control shoes. The orthotics give the support of motion control shoes. Putting orthotics in this type of shoe is referred to as "doubling up." For someone smaller or lighter in weight, this might be too much support. A bigger, heavier person can still get a natural roll by doubling up. As long as you get fitted by a professional, doubling up should not be a problem.

Here are a couple of Stability Shoes:



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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bunions Symptoms and Treatment

A bunion is a type of structural deformity which is most generally associated with the joint between the big toe and the rest of the foot (metatarsal joint). This deformity is usually formed by some enlarge tissue or a bone mass. The mass tends to force the big toe to turn in toward the space occupied by the other toes.

It is often recognized by redness and swelling or just general discomfort of the joint. It is a malady which is most often passed on through genetics or from an arthritic deterioration of the metatarsal joint (see pictures below). A person may also develop this issue as their foot becomes more flat footed which tends to put more strain on the big toe in general. It is often thought that ill fitting shoes may cause bunions but in reality it may actually just speed up the process.


There are many different ways to treat a bunion but you must remember that they are just that, a treatment, not a cure. There are bunion pads to provide cushioning for the joint; orthodics try to take the pressure off of the joint; toe spacers to try to straighten the joint along with a host of other remedies. Along with these treatments, regular icing of the joint also helps.

The only true corrective procedure would be surgery by a trained podiatrist. However, surgery is not always 100% effective. Typically this is only done in cases of severe deformity or discomfort. To surgically repair the joint, the doctor will either remove the bony mass or structurally realign the toe with the metatarsal joint. Recovery is normally 6-8 weeks accompanied with crutches and potentially a walking boot.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fitting Kids Shoes Tips

Getting your kids fit in the correct size and shoes can be a real challenge. First of all, trying to get the kids to co-operate can be a challenge. Once you get them ready to try on shoes here are some tips to make sure you get a good fit.

1. Get their foot measured. A Brannock device is used to measure feet. A special kids version is used to measure kids feet. Have them place there foot on the device with their heel all the way to the back (use left or right foot you can turn the device around to to adjust for either foot). Have your child stand up on the device. Move the adjustment for the ball of the foot to match the ball of the foot (the bump on the outside of the foot near the base of the big toe). You now can look where their toes go on the device to find the length, also check the length of the ball on the left. Now you can determine the proper length. Let's say the length said 12 and ball said 13. I would start trying on a 12.5. This is just a guide to start since all shoes fit different. Before you have your son or daughter take their foot off the device you need to also look at the width of the foot. There is a little slider on the right slide this slides in to the out side of the foot. This will give you a width. This is displayed in a letter width. A-EEE. A being very narrow and EEE being very wide. The C-D width would be a average. If possible get a sales clerk to help you as it will make the process easier. Ask questions and watch so that next time you can do it yourself.

2. Now it is time to try on some shoes. Remember we measured their feet and received an estimated size. I say this because all shoes fit different and you may wear different sizes in different styles of shoes. Pick out a couple pair to try on (I suggest trying on multiple shoes). Once you have the shoe on your son or daughter, have them stand up. Now we need to see where their toes are in the shoe. Press down on the front of the shoe and see where the end of their longest toe is (this may not be the big toe). You should have about the width of your thumb from the end of the toe to the end of the shoe. This may seem like a lot but kids grow in spurts and fitting a shoe smaller could result in the child out growing the shoe prematurely. If your son or daughter have narrow feet you may not be able to have this much space at the end of the shoe. You may have to fit them a little smaller to compensate for their narrow feet. Also if your child has wide feet you may need to go a little longer. This will give them a little more width in the shoe. Not many kids shoes come in widths. You can ask the clerk to show you what does come in wide or narrow widths, but your selection will be limited.

3. The next step after making sure the length of the shoe is good is to make sure the heel of the shoe does not slip. have your son or daughter sit down and take their foot, with the shoe on, and pull on the heel to make sure there is no slipping. Now have them take a stroll around the store and ask them if there is any part of the shoe that rubs or is to tight. The shoes should feel good before you leave the store! If you are not 100% sure of the fit take them home and have your son or daughter wear them around the house for a while to make sure they are comfortable before wearing them outside.
My final advice would be to go to a store where there is plenty of selection. Kids can be picky and having a good selection will help ensure that you get a pair that fits GOOD. Also make sure you go where their are clerks to measure your kids feet and help you fit the shoes correctly. You can use some of these tips to assist you in making sure the proper steps are taken to ensure a good fit. If you have any comments please post and sign up to follow our blog.



Check Out this Cute Video About a Shoeologist:

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

How to Fit Running Shoes

The Start
It is very important to make sure your running shoes fit correctly. You will be investing a fair amount of money in your shoes so you need to make sure they fit correct. Most people fit their running shoes too small! Please read this article and if you have any questions please comment and I will answer them.
1.) Make sure you try on all styles of running shoes (even within the same brand)
Sizing can vary more than you think. It is not uncommon to see a difference of a whole size. Make sure you have at least a quarter of an inch of room from the end of your longest toe (may not be your big toe). Having room in the toe box is essential for comfort in shoes that you will be putting lots of miles on! Try both shoes on and walk and run a little in the store. Make sure there are no areas rubbing or pinching. Try multiple brands and styles to find the running shoe that fits your foot. Below are some more technical details for fitting specific types of running shoes and specific arch types.

2.) Wet Test for Arch Type:
1. Pour a thin layer of water in a shallow pan.

2. Wet the sole of your foot in the pan.

3. Step onto a shopping bag or a piece of heavy paper.

4. Step off and look down at the mark on the bag or paper.


3.) Determine Your Arch Type
Normal Arch (medium)
If you see about half of your arch, you have the most common foot type and are considered a normal pronator. Contrary to popular belief, pronation is a good thing. When the arch collapses inward, this "pronation" absorbs shock. As a normal pronator, you can wear just about any shoe, but may be best suited to a stability shoe that provides moderate arch support (or medial stability). Lightweight runners with normal arches may prefer neutral-cushioned shoes without any added support.




Flat Arch (low)
If you see almost your entire footprint, you have a flat foot, which means you're probably an over pronator. That is, a micro-second after foot strike, your arch collapses inward too much, resulting in excessive foot motion and increasing your risk of injuries. You need either stability shoes, which employ devices such as dual-density mid-soles and supportive "posts" to reduce pronation and are best for mild to moderate over pronators, or motion-control shoes, which have firmer support devices and are best for severe over pronators, as well as tall, heavy (over 165 pounds), or bow-legged runners.



High Arch
If you see just your heel, the ball of your foot, and a thin line on the outside of your foot, you have a high arch, the least common foot type. This means you're likely an under pronator, or supinator, which can result in too much shock traveling up your legs, since your arch doesn't collapse enough to absorb it. Under pronators are best suited to neutral-cushioned shoes because they need a softer midsole to encourage pronation. It's vital that an under pronator's shoes have no added stability devices to reduce or control pronation, the way a stability or motion-control shoe would.
Shoe Types:
 Cushioning Shoes (neutral): A Neutral Cushioning shoe is best for runners with a high arch who do not pronate effectively. These shoes do not have medial supports but are more concerned with mid-sole cushioning. The mid-sole will provide the extra shock absorption that the lack of pronation is missing. Along with a runner who does not over pronate, Neutral Cushioned shoes also work well for mid-foot and forefoot strikers.

4.) Determine Your Shoe Type
Cushioning Shoes (neutral)
A Neutral Cushioning shoe is best for runners with a high arch who do not pronate effectively. These shoes do not have medial supports but are more concerned with mid-sole cushioning. The mid-sole will provide the extra shock absorption that the lack of pronation is missing. Along with a runner who does not over pronate, Neutral Cushioned shoes also work well for mid-foot and forefoot strikers.



Stability Shoes
Stability shoes are for runners who have normal or medium arches who are mild to moderate over pronators. These shoes have some medial support and good mid-sole cushioning. Because normal or medium arches are the most common foot type, most runners will need Stability shoes.

Motion Control Shoes
Motion Control shoes are for runners who generally have a low or flat arch and are moderate to severe over pronators. These shoes employ extra support devices on the medial side to slow excessive pronation and tend to have wider and flatter outsoles. Heavier runners who need extra support and durability may also want Motion Control shoes.

Trail Shoes
Trail shoes are for runners who desire better traction and durability for off road runs. These shoes tend to be more weather and water resistant. They also have a little stiffer construction for better stability on uneven terrain. Trail shoes can be neutral, motion control, or stability shoes.


More tips
1.) Focus on the ride. Once you know the type of shoe you need, whether motion-control or stability, then you need to be sure there is no pinching, or a seam that is pressing against your foot. Finally, we recommend people run or walk in the shoe and really focus on the ride, or how the shoe feels from the point when the heel hits the ground to when the toe lifts off it.

2.)Line up the ball. When you try your shoe on, the ball of your foot (the widest part) should line up exactly with the widest part of the shoe. If that fit is right, everything else should line up--from the toes to the heel.

3.) As for width, when you're standing in the shoe, your foot should rest gently against the sides of the shoe, rather than jamming up against them or not touching at all.

4.) Be sure your toes aren't being pinched from the side. Room in the toe box is essential in good fit for running shoes. Too many people fit their running shoes too SMALL! 
Do not go by your regular size! Running shoes tend to fit small, Some brands can fit up to a size or more small in length. If ordering online call and ask how the shoe fits. Get advice from customer service.

If you have any questions or additional information about fit please comment.

Walking Shoes... What Makes a Good Walking Shoe?

What makes a good walking shoe? Below we detail what makes for a good walking shoe with some of our favorite shoes for walking.

There are two ways to go when purchasing new walking shoes. One would be to buy regular walking shoes. They are designed for the forward walking motion and are light weight. The problem with so called "walking shoes is they lack cushioning and support that can be found in other shoes. Specifically RUNNING SHOES. Running shoes make great walking shoes. They are light weight, they have superior cushioning, and plenty of support. So next time you go looking for walking shoes try on some running shoes and compare the features and comfort. I think you will see what we are talking about. Here are a few of our favorite styles to try:










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Should I get my Foot measured?

The one common mistake most people make is not getting their foot measured on a regular basis. This will help you make sure that your shoes fit properly and will help eliminate fitting mistakes that cost you comfort and money. The next time you go to a shoe store ask to get both of your feet measured. Yes both feet! Most people have one foot that is a little larger than the other. It is very important to find out which foot is larger and always make sure you fit your shoes properly for the larger foot. The device you measure feet with is called a Brannock. There are Brannock's for Men, Women, and Kids.

Brannock
When getting measured, make sure the length of your feet and the length of the ball of your foot are both measured. Both of these will determine the size you wear. If your length is a 10 and the ball measures a 11 you may try on size 10.5 or 11. If the ball fits incorrect the shoe may flex in the wrong spot and you will not get the proper comfort. Also if the length is to long or short the fit will also be compromised.

Once you have your unique feet measured, you can look for the right fitting shoes. Here are some more tips for finding shoes that will fit properly:

    * Sizes vary among shoe brands and styles. Don't select shoes just by the size marked inside the shoe.
    * Judge the shoe by how it fits on your foot. Make sure you select a shoe that conforms as nearly as possible to the shape of your foot.
    * Stand during the fitting process and check that there is adequate space (3/8" to 1/2") for your longest toe at the end of each shoe.
    * Make sure that the ball of your foot fits snugly, but not too tightly, into the widest part (ball pocket) of the shoe.
    * Don't purchase shoes that feel too tight or short, expecting them to "stretch" to fit. Most modern shoes are designed for rigid support, and they will not stretch to conform to your feet. If your shoes are too short, they will always be too short; shoes do not stretch lengthwise. There's a difference between a "snug", comfortable fit and a "tight", uncomfortable fit.
    * Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slippage.
    * Walking on carpeting and a hard indoor surface will help you to decide whether a specific size and style of shoes fits and feels right. Fashionable shoes can be comfortable!

If you have any comments or questions we would love to hear them.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Tone Up Sandals... Shape Up while you walk!


Want to get in better shape while you walk? Try a pair of Skechers Tone Up Sandals. They will tone and strengthen muscles in back, buttocks and legs.

The Tone-Ups Sandals from Sketchers wrap comfort and stealthy fitness into the same shoe. Synthetic leather and textile upper in a casual thong sandal style with a round, open toe. Contoured, comfort foam footbed with gel heel pad. Gradual density, 3/4 inch EVA midsole strengthens muscles while absorbing shock. 1 1/2 inch wedge heel. Traction pattern outsole. Check out what some actual Toneup Customers had to say about the sandals.
"Casual sandal. Great when I do a lot of walking. Ultimate comfort. It also seems to help firm my thighs and butt. Love these sandals. Yes, I would recommend this to a friend. "
"These shoes give me so much support while standing and so comfortable."
"Walking in these Tone Ups is like walking on an industrial padded carpet all day. My home has tile through-out and I was experiencing a lot of foot pain. I now wear my Tone Ups from the moment I get out of bed, until I climb back in. I'm sure I'll have to get a few more pairs."
Here are a few of our favorite styles to try:


Skechers Tone Up Sandal Meow