Author: Mindy Moreland

Oct 18, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Achilles Tendonitis

Did you know your Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body? It is, and for really good reason. Your Achilles tendon has a significant job —it helps you walk, jump, run, and move around throughout the day. But this tendon does have a major weakness; its own kryptonite, if you will. This tendon is subject to tendonitis that can leave you completely immobilized.Learn everything you need to know about Achilles tendonitis and how to treat it. ...

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Get the Bunion Pain Relief You Deserve

A bunion forms when your big toe pushes against the next toe, forcing the big toe’s joint to get bigger and stick out. The result is a bony bump formed on the joint at the base, which can be painful and cause red and sore skin over the bunion. They are most commonly found on the inside of your foot at the base of the big toe, but can also occur on the outside of the foot at the base of the little toe. These are referred to as a bunionette or tailor’s bunion. It's been suggested that wearing tight-fitting,narrow or high-heeled shoes might increase the risk of bunions, so it’s no surprise that the condition most commonly affects women....

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Sep 7, 2017

Natural Remedies for Heel Spur Pain

Heel spurs and the resulting heel spur pain can make even the simplest of activities painful. A heel spur is a calcium deposit on the bottom of the heel bone that causes a protrusion. It can commonly be confused with plantar fasciitis, often because heel spurs occur in at least half of people who have plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs are often found in athletes or those who spend a lot of time on their feet, but they can happen to anyone. In the past, doctors often recommended surgery to remove the calcium deposit in hopes that it would alleviate plantar fasciitis and heel spur pain. Today, while surgery is still an option after all other op...

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5 Mistakes People Make that Prevent Hammer Toe Correction

The next time you’re barefoot, take a look at your toes and make a note of what you see. For people who don’t suffer from hammer toe, their toes point forward and don’t come across as anything out of the ordinary. However, for those who do have hammer toe, the toes are bent or curled downward. This is caused by wearing tight, high heeled shoes, arthritis, toe injuries, and pressure from bunions. But unlike some foot conditions, hammer toe correction is easy if caught early and treated the right way. If ignored and left untreated, hammer toe can become more serious and require surgery to fix. To prevent a more seve...

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May 31, 2017

Fallen Arches: Give Your Flat Feet the Support They Deserve

We’ve all heard the term “flat feet”. But what does being flat footed actually mean? Contrary to flat footed jokes you may have heard from your friends in school, having flat feet from fallen arches can cause weakness and pain throughout your body. This article will examine what fallen arches are, the causes of fallen arches, and solutions available to help with flat feet.   The Anatomy of Your Foot Your foot is truly a powerhouse all on its own, containing one quarter of the bones in your entire body and made up of three main parts: The forefoot contains five toes and their c...

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May 23, 2017

Arch Support for Flat Feet and How Orthotics Help

Take a look at your feet and what do you see? Does your foot have a dip in the center, or is the bottom of your foot completely flat? Most people can run a finger along the bottom of their foot and outline their arch. However, people with flat feet are not able to do this because they have fallen arches or don’t have any arch at all. This can lead to foot pain caused by strained muscles and ligaments, as well as pain in the hips and knees. Here ...

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Feb 28, 2017

Kid Shoe Insoles Versus Custom Orthotics

Being a kid can be tough. At home you’ve got parents telling you what to do and when to do it, and it seems like you never get a solid reason why. And at school, there are teacher expectations and peer judgments, and it can all get to be a bit much to handle. Add in any sort of medical condition that labels you “different” and you have a whole host of new problems...

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The Benefits of Plantar Fasciitis Night Socks

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, you know that often the most painful time of day is stepping out of bed in the morning. Your plantar fascia tissue has contracted during the night, as many people sleep with their toes pointed and sometimes even curled, tightening the ligament overnight. There are a lot of options out there to help with PF pain, and one of those includes special socks for plantar fasciitis sufferers. A night sock is worn during sleep to help keep the plantar fascia stretched. Many podiatrists prescribe a&nb...

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Tips for Plantar Fasciitis Relief

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects countless Americans. Its causes aren’t fully known, but it can significantly impact quality of life for sufferers. Whether you’re an active runner experiencing heel pain or you stand or walk for extended periods of time for your job, we’ve got some strategies you can use for plantar fasciitis relief. Habits, Lifestyle Changes and Products There are a number of personal habits and lifestyle choices you can alter in order to help reduce your plantar fasciitis suffering. Any of these suggestions that you’re able to accomplish without expending too much eff...

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Feb 28, 2017

Natural Ways to Help Relieve Foot Pain

According to a report by The New York Times, approximately 75% of US citizens have experienced foot pain at one time or another.* So if you’re suffering from this, know that you’re certainly not alone. There are many causes of foot pain, from plantar fasciitis to bunions to hammertoes and more. Always see a doctor if experiencing severe foot pain. Just looking for mild to moderate foot pain relief? There are options. Here are some natural foot pain remedies when trying to avoid medication. Strengthen and relax your feet with exercises. Stronger foot muscles can help prevent pain, and certain motions...

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Feb 28, 2017

The Mechanics Behind Arch Support Insoles for Flat Feet

A significant proportion of the population has flat feet, and for most, the condition does not affect daily life. However, for some, it can result in pain in the feet, legs and back. For these people, getting the proper arch supports for flat feet is essential to living life to the fullest. What Causes Flat Feet? The condition is a common one, often beginning in childhood, when the tendons that eventually form arches in most feet do not do so. But even people with normal arches can develop flat feet as they age, with risk factors including injury, obesity, diabetes, arthritis and even pregnancy. If someone has flat feet b...

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Feb 28, 2017

Finding the Right Arch Support for Flat Feet

For those who suffer from pain in the feet, legs or back that is related to fallen arches (flat feet), there is a way to feel better. While there’s no actual cure or reversal for fallen arches, shoe insoles for flat feet can provide pain relief. Although the majority of individuals with flat feet do not experience problems, some do develop painful conditions as a result of fallen arches. Some of these medical issues can include: - Plantar fasciitis - Bunions - Shin splints- Tendinitis...

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Feb 28, 2017

Shoe Inserts for Heel Pain: Is an Insole Enough?

If you suffer from heel pain, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the options available for you to try. Do you need to see a podiatrist? Will an over-the-counter insole work for you? Here’s a concise guide to what you need to know about shoe insoles for heel pain. Causes of Heel Pain There are many possible reasons you’ve developed pain in your heels. The Mayo Clinic lists some of these as common causes, among others: - Stress fractures- Heel spur- Achilles tendonitis- Plantar fa...

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Feb 28, 2017

Morton’s Neuroma Foot Pain

Relieve Foot Pain with Insoles for Morton’s Neuroma Have you felt like you’ve been walking on a pebble that’s stuck in your shoe with continuous pain in the ball of your foot? If so, this is Morton’s Neuroma. Morton’s Neuroma is a condition where the tissue that surrounds the aggravated nerve leading to the toes thickens. Linked to the wearing of high-heel shoes, most people are able to relieve neuroma foot pain by switching to more comfortable, low-heel shoes and leveraging insoles for Morton’s Neuroma. Common Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma Burning pain in ...

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Feb 27, 2017

Choosing the Best Shoe Insoles for Heel Pain

If you’re experiencing heel pain, it’s important that you choose the right insole for your foot and that you do it soon – don’t wait any longer to get relief. Let us help you learn about the different kinds of available shoe insoles for heel pain so you can make an educated decision. The Best Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis If you’re one of the many sufferers of PF, Powerstep has several inserts for you to choose from. Learn more about them now. The Pinnacle Maxx and Pinnacle Full Length provide maximum cushioning and excellent support for your whole foot and ...

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Feb 27, 2017

Common foot ailments

The ailments below are some of the most commonly experienced foot conditions. Powerstep® orthotics can help alleviate and even prevent some of these issues from developing. Pronation Excessive pronation does not allow the foot to supinate and stabilize its movement, creating many foot problems including: Plantar fasciitis/heel pain  Bunions and tailor bunions  Hammertoes  Calluses  Neuroma’s  Haglund’s deformity (pump bump)  Ankle and knee pain ...

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