10 Tips for Healthy Holiday Feet

10 Tips for Healthy Holiday Feet

The holiday season can be hard on your feet. You’re likely on your feet and on the run often. Shopping for gifts. Decorating your home. Cooking and baking holiday treats. Going to holiday parties and dinners. All this activity can add stress on feet, leading to pain....
Get Amazing Health Benefits from Daily Walking

Get Amazing Health Benefits from Daily Walking

Walking is a physical activity that can help you maintain good health. Many healthcare professionals recommend walking for the many reasons. It’s easy for most people to do. Walking doesn’t cost much – just the cost of a good pair of walking shoes. And, it can provide...
Physical Therapy Restores Mobility and Reduces Pain

Physical Therapy Restores Mobility and Reduces Pain

  Do you have arthritis, osteoporosis or overuse injuries that cause you pain and limited mobility? Have you recently suffered a sprain, strain or fracture? Are you looking for an alternative to surgery and/or pain medication? If you answered “yes” to any of these...
12 Simple Ways to Nurture Your Social Wellness

12 Simple Ways to Nurture Your Social Wellness

Do you respect and take care of yourself – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually? Are your relationships with others meaningful? In times of need, do you have a support system you can rely on? The answers to these questions will tell you how you fare when...
How to Go Camping like a Pro

How to Go Camping like a Pro

Camping is enjoyable way to spend time in nature. You can camp overnight, for a weekend, or a longer trip. You can go to a favorite campground, hit the back country, or just pop up the tent for the kids in the backyard. Whether you’re a beginner or consider yourself...
10 Summer Safety Tips for Greater Outdoor Fun

10 Summer Safety Tips for Greater Outdoor Fun

Once warm, sunny weather arrives, family fun and outdoor activities rank high on the to-do list. Your days can fill up with swimming, golfing, playing tennis, picnicking, camping, and other activities. Also, summertime means taking time to get away for weekend...
9 Healthy Habits for Better Sleep

9 Healthy Habits for Better Sleep

Not getting enough sleep can make you grumpy and out-of-it the next day. Additionally, insufficient sleep can cause health problems like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. However, by practicing these healthier habits on a consistent basis, you...
Lower Extremity Pain Can Affect Your Sleep

Lower Extremity Pain Can Affect Your Sleep

Do you have pain in your back, hips, legs, or feet that’s robbing you of much-needed sleep at night? Lower extremity pain can be hard to deal with during the day and much less at night. If you’re not getting the sleep you need due to pain, it can be downright...
Are You Stressed? Try These 12 Stress Management Tips

Are You Stressed? Try These 12 Stress Management Tips

We all experience stress from time to time. Job, money and health issues as well as family responsibilities rank as some of the top causes of stress in our lives. However, stress management is possible. What Is Stress? Stress is your body’s way of handling any kind of...
What Do You Know about Pain?

What Do You Know about Pain?

If you’re like most people, you probably would answer this question with “A lot.” But do you really understand everything to do with pain? Pain is a universal disorder. According to the International Association for the Study of Pain, pain is “an unpleasant sensory...
Are You Choosing the Right Socks to Wear?

Are You Choosing the Right Socks to Wear?

Did you know that your socks are more than just a fashion accessory? Whether it’s hot or cold weather, your choice of socks can help keep your foot health in optimal condition. The dark, damp conditions found in your shoes can promote the growth of bacteria and fungi,...
Happy Holidays from the WalkEZStore

Happy Holidays from the WalkEZStore

The WalkEZStore crew – Kathy Carandang, certified pedorthist, and Julie Lundin-Shadinger, customer service manager – wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!   WalkEZStore Gift Certificates Available Know someone who suffers from painful foot conditions? Works...
7 Remedies for Foot and Leg Cramps

7 Remedies for Foot and Leg Cramps

Have you ever been out for a run or drifting off to sleep when suddenly, without warning, the muscles in your foot or calf forcibly tighten up involuntarily? Foot and leg cramps, also known as “charley horse, can be quite painful. Typically, you have a to find the...
Autumn Foot Pain Could Be Due to Summer Flip Flops Use

Autumn Foot Pain Could Be Due to Summer Flip Flops Use

Have you noticed that your feet have been hurting recently? Well, if you lived in flip flops all summer and part of this fall, that could be your culprit. At the WalkEZStore, we’ve already heard from people complaining of foot pain this fall. After Kathy Carandang...
Haflinger Slipper Close Out Sale at the WalkEZStore

Haflinger Slipper Close Out Sale at the WalkEZStore

Now that the weather is getting colder, you’ll want to keep your feet warm during cold mornings or evenings. The WalkEZStore is having a close out sale on select varieties of Haflinger slippers. You may be a current wearer, who loves these comfortable German slippers,...
Reflexology: Promoting Overall Health from the Feet Up

Reflexology: Promoting Overall Health from the Feet Up

Are you stressed out? Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Do you suffer from migraines and headaches? You may want to consider the ancient Chinese practice of reflexology. Sometimes called zone therapy, reflexology divides the body into ten vertical zones....
How Aging Feet Require Care and Maintenance Like Your Car

How Aging Feet Require Care and Maintenance Like Your Car

Do you regularly maintain your car? Wash it? Change the oil? Replace the brake pads and tires? Fix the body when it gets dinged up? If you want your car to continue looking good and working efficiently, you need to care and maintain it frequently. Otherwise, your car...
How to Get Moving with the Fitbit Culture

How to Get Moving with the Fitbit Culture

Did you know over one-third of Americans are obese? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), obesity can lead to serious medical conditions, like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. It’s no wonder obesity is such a hot topic...
Why We Walk with a Heel to Toe Stride

Why We Walk with a Heel to Toe Stride

Have you ever been at the park and watched people walking their dogs? Dogs tend to trot along by walking on the balls of their feet with their heels up in the air. Whereas, people tend to walk by striking their heels first and moving forward by placing their feet to...
Build Foot Strength to Prevent Injuries

Build Foot Strength to Prevent Injuries

Did you know your abdominal muscles aren’t your body’s only core muscles you need to be strengthening? At a recent medical conference, Irene S. Davis, Ph.D., PT, FACSM, FAPTA, FASB, professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical...
Earthing: A Natural Way to Better Health through Your Feet

Earthing: A Natural Way to Better Health through Your Feet

In today’s demanding, technology-driven work, your life is likely go, go, go. If you’re going full speed ahead all day long, your stress levels are probably high. When you’re stressed, your physical body can suffer. You may experience anxiety, depression, insomnia, a...
Ride Safely – Follow Bicycle Safety Tips

Ride Safely – Follow Bicycle Safety Tips

Bicycle riding is a fun and a healthy way to stay active. However, whether you’re an experienced cyclist or a relative newbie, you need to stay safe while sharing the road with motor vehicles. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, each year about 2% of...
Runners: 3 Common Causes of Foot Pain

Runners: 3 Common Causes of Foot Pain

Your foot is an incredible machine comprised of bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles all working in harmony as you run. But, as a runner, you probably have a love-hate relationship with your feet. These feelings can be for several reasons. Maybe you’ve had...
The Ugly Facts about Varicose Veins

The Ugly Facts about Varicose Veins

When you look at your legs, do you see gnarled, enlarged veins? Or, do you see red or blue, short, jagged lines that look like spider webs? Regrettably, you probably have varicose veins and/or spider veins. Varicose veins affect half of all women – and men – 50 years...
5 Benefits of Walking 30 Minutes Every Day

5 Benefits of Walking 30 Minutes Every Day

Did you know that 80% of Americans don’t get enough exercise? Maybe that’s because it’s difficult for people to go from being couch potatoes to participating in (and sticking with) high-intensity workouts. However, walking is a low impact exercise that’s relatively...
Stop Having Leg Cramps (“Charley Horses”)

Stop Having Leg Cramps (“Charley Horses”)

Have you ever been running or about to fall asleep when the muscles in your calf suddenly tighten and become extremely painful? You’re having a leg cramp. Most people will experience a leg cramp at some point in their lives. If you suffer from muscle cramps, there are...
6 Bad Health Habits You Need to Break

6 Bad Health Habits You Need to Break

Did you set New Year’s resolutions for healthy living? Often when we create resolutions, we decide to ditch habits that we think are unhealthy. If you haven’t created any health goals for the new year, here are some bad health habits you may want to consider getting...
5 Signs of Children’s Foot Problems

5 Signs of Children’s Foot Problems

Did you know that the signs and symptoms of children’s foot problems can be subtle? Sometimes, your child may not complain about foot pain or even be unable to tell you what’s wrong. That’s why it’s easy for foot and ankle problems in children to go unnoticed....
Chronic Ankle Instability – Rehab Considerations

Chronic Ankle Instability – Rehab Considerations

Does your ankle repeatedly twist when you’re walking on uneven surfaces or playing sports? Do you have persistent pain, swelling and discomfort in your ankle? Does your ankle feel wobbly and unstable when you walk on it? You may be experiencing chronic ankle...
How to Avoid Winter Weight Gain

How to Avoid Winter Weight Gain

Do you always seem to have winter weight gain? A lot of people struggle with gaining a few pounds every winter, too. Do you wonder why that is? And what you can do about it? Why Does Winter Weight Gain Happen? When the temperatures drop and you must bundle up to go...
Boost Your Bone Health to Prevent Fractures

Boost Your Bone Health to Prevent Fractures

Our bones are an important component of our body. They provide structure for our body and keep our muscles in place. They protect our organs from injury. Plus, our bones are essential to movement and our ability to stand, walk, and run. Therefore, it’s important to...
Build a Better Foundation for Your Body

Build a Better Foundation for Your Body

Just like the foundation of a house supports the structure, your feet are the foundation for your entire body. Your feet support your body as you stand, walk, run and jump. Your feet also absorb the shock that enters your body whenever the heels and balls of your feet...
6 Halloween Foot Safety Tips for Kids

6 Halloween Foot Safety Tips for Kids

For your little ghosts and goblins, Halloween can be an exciting night. After all, kids love to get dressed up in costumes and get free candy. But for all the fun that Halloween promises, hidden hazards can threaten your little ones’ feet, causing foot and ankle...
What Does Your Walk Say About You?

What Does Your Walk Say About You?

Do you remember the disco song by the Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive?” Two of the lines from the lyrics written by the late Robin Gibb said, “Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk I’m a woman’s man, no time to talk.” Robin is right. You can tell a lot about people...
12 Foot Signs You May Have a Serious Medical Condition

12 Foot Signs You May Have a Serious Medical Condition

Your feet do a lot for you. After all they’re the foundation for your body. They get you where you want to go. But how often do you really look at your feet? Every day? Some times? Only when they hurt? You really need to take a closer look at your feet, because foot...
How to Prevent Childhood Falls and Injuries

How to Prevent Childhood Falls and Injuries

Kids love to run, climb, play and explore. But from the time your child begins to crawl through their school-age years, your child is susceptible to falls and injuries. Falls can cause minor bumps and bruises to more serious injuries requiring immediate medical...
Falls Prevention Tips for Seniors

Falls Prevention Tips for Seniors

Unfortunately, as people age, the risk of falling increases. According to the National Council on Aging, each year, one-third of seniors over the age of 65 falls. In the older population, falls are the No. 1 cause of injuries, resulting in over 2.8 million ER-treated...
Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon

On July 31, 2015, photographer Luke Taylor captured time-lapse photos of the rise of a full Blue Moon. These photos were taken 2-1/2 miles away from Cape Byron Lighthouse on Belongil Beach, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Taylor compiled these 1038 photos into...
Beat the Heat: Summer Heat Safety Tips

Beat the Heat: Summer Heat Safety Tips

While hot summer days offer lots of fun, you can overdo your fun in the sun. Being outside when temperatures are on the rise can lead to sunburn, dehydration, heat exhaustion, sun stroke and worse. According to the Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between...

Choosing Sunscreen to Reduce Skin Cancer Risk

Most people think about wearing sunscreen when they’re outside during the summer. However, everyone should wear sunscreen every time they’re outside since the sun emits harmful UV rays all year round – even when it’s cloudy. But when you’re choosing sunscreen, do you...

Amusement Ride Safety Tips: Stay Safe While Having Fun

Are you visiting an amusement park this year? Each year about 335 million people enjoy 1.6 billion rides at 400 U.S. amusement parks. While amusement rides can provide a thrill for people of all ages, accidents can occur. According to the National Safety Council, the...

How to Fix Your Ugly Feet

Are your feet less than perfect? Maybe they’re cracked, swollen, discolored, bent or bumpy? Below are 4 common causes of ugly feet and suggestions on how to fix these foot problems, so you don’t have to continue hiding your ugly feet in your shoes. Athlete’s Foot...

How to Avoid Driver Fatigue

Driver fatigue is a major problem in the U.S. In 2013, 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths were caused by people driving while fatigued, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Driver fatigue isn’t just a problem for long-distance...

Lawn Mower Safety: Prevent Injuries to Children

During summer, in towns all across the U.S., you can hear the steady drone of lawn mowers trimming the grass. Often, the chore of mowing the lawn is the responsibility of children and teens. But lawn mowing can be a dangerous task if kids don’t know about lawn mower...

Athletes: Foot Blister Prevention Tips

If you’re an athlete, you’ve likely had to deal with foot blisters at some point or another. Even if you’re not an athlete, you’ve probably endured a blister after wearing a pair of ill-fitting shoes. So what can you do to keep from getting blisters? A Stanford...

Controlling Foot Odor Causing Bacteria

We’ve all known someone who has stinky feet. Heck, even you have probably had foot odor at some time or another. Foot odor can happen to anyone, but teenagers, pregnant women, the elderly, people with heart disease or diabetes, and people under a lot of stress are...

How to Avoid Spring Running Injuries

    Every spring, once the weather gets warmer, runners hit the streets to get their bodies back in shape for summer. But hitting the pavement too quickly can be a mistake, leading to possible running injuries. Check out these tips to help you get back into your...

10 Steps to Beautiful, Healthy Legs

Women everywhere look forward to ditching their long pants for bare legs during spring and summer. But what do you do if your legs look less than perfect? Here are some simple strategies to get healthy legs that you’re ready to bare during short skirt, shorts and...

The Myth of Breaking in Your Shoes

Have you ever had a Cinderella’s-evil-step-sister moment while shoe shopping? You know what I’m talking about – you try to squeeze your feet into a pair of shoes that are just too small for the size or shape of your feet. But instead of putting the shoes back on the...

What Are the Implications of Texting while Walking?

You hear a lot about the dangers of texting while driving, but what about texting while walking? Experts say the incidence of injuries due to distracted texting pedestrians has risen over the past decade. Other experts say texting while walking actually influences the...

Are You Suffering from Pump Bump?

Do you have a bony lump on the back of your heel? Is this lump painful, especially when you wear stiff, closed-heel shoes? You likely have a condition called Haglund’s deformity – otherwise known as pump bump. What is Haglund’s deformity?  Pump...

Arthrodesis Procedures and Vitamin D Deficiency

Do you suffer from painful osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in your mid- and/or hind-foot? To reduce your pain and improve your foot function, are you thinking about having an arthrodesis procedure – more commonly called foot fusion surgery? Well, if you...

10 Romantic Ways to Show Your Love to Someone

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, a birthday or another special day, if you love and care for someone special in your life, you probably want to do something memorable to show your love for them, so they know how much they mean to you. But often we fall...

Separate Foot Facts from Fiction

Until they start hurting, have you ever really contemplated how hard your feet work? During a normal day, the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps. Over a lifetime, that’s about four trips around the world. When you think about it, your feet are the unsung...

WalkEZStore at 2016 Indy Women’s Expo

The WalkEZStore will be at the 2016 Indy Women’s Expo on Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Agriculture Horticulture Building. As you know, we’re very focused on the...

Sit Less, Stand and Move More

Have you ever kept track of how many hours you sit during the day? On average, most Americans sit about 13 hours a day. You may be wondering; why does it matter how much I sit per day? Research shows that prolonged sitting can actually be bad for your health. That’s...

10 Tips for Winter Running

Winter is here with shorter days and colder weather. If you’re a runner, winter weather doesn’t mean you need to store your running shoes until warmer weather. You can still run with a few changes to your regular running routine. Here are some key strategies to help...

Peripheral Neuropathy: A Common Complication of Diabetes

If you have diabetes, did you know that uncontrolled, chronically high blood sugar can lead to peripheral neuropathy or nerve damage? In fact, up to 70% of people with diabetes eventually develop peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder of the...

Proper Foot Care for Diabetics

If you have diabetes, it’s important that you take care of your feet. People with diabetes are more vulnerable to having foot problems. Diabetes can lower blood flow to your feet. Also it can damage your nerves, causing pain or a loss of feeling. Poor foot care for...

Paleo Diet May Increase Gout Attack Risk

Many nutrition and diet experts promote high-protein diets to treat and prevent obesity. These high-protein diets have been shown to reduce body weight and cardiometabolic risk factors (risk factors that may lead to vascular conditions or the development of diabetes)....

Gait Speed Can Predict Mortality

Unfortunately, as we age, there are a lot of predictors of mortality including income, wealth, education, sex, marital status, and health conditions like cancer, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes. But recently, researchers at the University of...

9 Tips for Fun Fall Festival or Pumpkin Patch Visits

When the leaves on the trees start to change colors and the air turns cool and crisp, there’s nothing more fun than heading to the country for a fall festival or to visit a pumpkin patch. Fall festivals, pumpkin patches and apple orchards usually offer a wide range of...

12 Preparation Tips for Competing in a Fun Run

Whether you’re a beginning runner or more advanced, 5K fun runs can be a great change of pace from your regular running routine. They get you outdoors instead of staying in bed or sitting on the couch. They’re a great fitness booster. They’re easy to run. And since...

Falls in Older Adults: New Ways to Predict Risk

Each year, one out of every three older adults (ages 65 and over) fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For patients with type 2 diabetes and peripheral neuropathy, up to 50% of these seniors have a fall-related incident. Falls in older...

Understanding Iliotibial Band Syndrome in Runners

Running is a popular form of exercise. But the risk of getting an overuse injury from running is pretty high – from 56% to 85% depending on studies. And the knees are the most commonly injured area of a runner’s body. Iliotibial band syndrome is a common overuse...

Sever Disease: Seek Early Treatment for Your Child

Is your child active in sports that involves a lot of running like soccer or football? Does he/she complain of heel pain, especially in the mornings? Does he/she have pain and swelling in their heel? Does he/she have trouble walking? Your child may have Sever disease....

Importance of Doing What Makes You Happy

Are you happy in life? Do you know what makes you happy? A recent poll shows that only one in three Americans consider themselves to be very happy. Which may seem a little surprising. Why aren’t we a happier bunch? A lot of it has to do with the general state of...

How to Prevent Overuse Injuries in High School Athletes

Does your high school teenager play sports? As a parent, it’s important that you make sure your child isn’t overdoing it at practice and during competition. Otherwise, your son or daughter can end up suffering from sports-related overuse injuries. During the 2013 to...

8 Ways to Have Happy Feet

Do you remember the movie, “Happy Feet,” from about 10 years ago? In it, a baby emperor penguin, Mumble, is born without the ability to sing, which is vital to attract a mate. Instead the little penguin can tap dance. After being attacked and ridiculed by others,...

6 Tips to Stay Safe this Summer

It’s summer – time for travel and vacation; swimming at the pool or your favorite swimming hole; playing golf, tennis or other warm weather sports; barbecues with family and friends – and fireworks, especially for 4th of July and Labor Day celebrations. But maybe you...

High Heels Can Lead to Instability over Time

Many women love to wear high heels. Perhaps you’re one of those women who can’t go a day without wearing a pair of your favorite high heels. But high heels can affect the shape and functioning of your feet. Additionally, a recent study published in The International...

Battling Dinosaurs in High Heels: The Absurdity of Hollywood

I’ll admit it! I haven’t seen the new summer blockbuster, Jurassic World. And I’m not sure if I’ll go to see it or not. But I’ve certainly been intrigued by all of the media coverage about the main female character’s choice of footwear – high heels – throughout her...

How to Avoid Mountain Bike Injuries

Mountain biking has become a popular sport that involves off-road riding over paths that have variable surface conditions, such as rocks, mud or ruts. Mountain bike injuries are a part of cycling. Riders can achieve high speeds during the downhill sections which can...

15 Tips for a Successful Camping Trip

During the summer, there’s nothing more relaxing and enjoyable than being one with nature while camping. However, if you’re not properly prepared or something goes wrong, your camping trip can easily become a disaster. To ensure your trip goes smoothly and everyone...

5 Times You Should Never Wear Flip-Flops

Summer is almost here. How do we know? While besides the temperatures getting warmer, everyone seems to be breaking out their flip-flips. But flip-flops can mess up your feet – as well as other parts of your body. Case in point: Last month, Brad Pitt appeared at an...

Causes of Yoga-related Injuries

People have practiced yoga since the fifth or sixth century BCE. But it wasn’t until the 1980s that yoga became a popular form of exercise. Some common yoga styles practiced in the U.S. include Hatha, Anusara, Bikram, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Flow and Kripalu....

9 Stretches to Reduce Gardening Injuries

Gardening can be a great way to exercise. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 30 to 45 minutes of gardening can provide significant health benefits, like reducing your risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and colon cancer while helping you to...

12 Gardening Safety Tips

Ah … it’s finally spring. The grass is getting greener. The trees are budding and bursting into flowers. The tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are in full bloom. And that means it’s time to start gardening again. While gardening can be a source of pleasure, exercise and...

Benefits of Occupational Therapy

Imagine you’ve injured your back while working or maybe you suffer from arthritis. You’re having problems performing simple everyday tasks, like taking a bath, getting dressed or driving. Maybe your injury or disability is so bad that it’s hard for you to even...

8 Steps to Better Posture

Regardless of what you’re doing – standing, walking, running, sitting or sleeping – you’re using your back. If your posture or body position isn’t the best during these activities, you’ll experience increased stress and strain on your joints and muscles. And you know...

High Intensity Training: Benefits and Risks

Have you heard of CrossFit, Insanity, TRX or Tough Mudder? These are just a few of the numerous high intensity training programs out there (also known as high intensity interval training). Most high intensity training (HIT) programs include a mix of aerobics, core...

Platelet Therapy Helps Heal Foot & Ankle Injuries

Are you an athlete with a sports-related tendon injury? Or, maybe you’re not an athlete but still suffer from an overuse injury like plantar fasciitis. Tendon injuries in your foot or ankle can be very painful. While traditional treatments like rest, ice and...

Importance of Regular Health Screenings

Do you remember that old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” Well, this same concept applies to regular health screenings. Health care professionals believe that regular health screenings are important in fighting disease since early detection...

What’s Causing Your Foot Pain?

Does it hurt to walk? You might think you have a heel spur, but there’s more than one culprit that can contribute to foot pain.  A heel spur is caused by calcium deposits on the underside of your heel bone that occur over time. However, only about 50% of people who...

Pamper Dry Cracked Feet

Have you noticed that your feet are rough with cracks on your heels? Or, maybe the skin on your feet is flaky or peeling? These are signs of dry cracked feet. Winter air can be especially drying when humidity levels in your home or office are low. Overly dry skin on...

Sedentary Lifestyle Can Be Deadly

Did you make a resolution to be more physically active in 2015? Well, here’s some news that may get you up and moving more. Researchers have found that sitting for long periods every day can significantly increase your chance of developing heart disease, diabetes and...