Sedentary Lifestyle Can Be Deadly

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

Seniors: Yoga Enhances Your Balance

Every year, one out of every three adults, age 65 and older, suffers from a fall. And, the risk of falling increases as older Americans age. Falls can cause minor to severe injuries – everything from cuts and bruises to broken bones and head traumas. Falls can even...

Acupuncture: Effective Treatment for Chronic Pain

Do you suffer from chronic pain? Have you tried just about everything to relieve your pain with no success? Maybe it’s time for you to consider trying acupuncture. Acupuncture is an alternative treatment traditionally used for centuries in Chinese medicine....

Resolution: Live Free of Chronic Pain

Living with chronic pain isn’t easy. While it may not be constant, it can affect your ability to perform your daily activities. And it can cause anxiety, depression, stress and other emotional responses that also interfere with your ability to work or do activities...

Causes of Cold Feet

Have you noticed now that the temperatures have dropped that your feet feel cold? Or, maybe you’ve always suffered from cold feet. Cold feet can affect anyone, of any age, from all walks of life. Cold feet can be a sporadic occurrence or be present all the time....

How to Reduce Holiday Stress

The holidays are here again – that most wonderful time of the year. But for a lot of people, the closer they get to the actual day, the less wonderful it becomes. Honestly, with all the decorating, gift buying, wrapping, cooking, cleaning, school programs, holiday...

12 Strategies for Healthy Holiday Eating

The holidays are upon us and you know what that means – 6 weeks of holiday eating – family dinners, holiday parties, gifts of cookies and candies, and a seemingly unending assortment of nibbles at the office. According to studies, excessive holiday eating can cause...

High Heels Elevate Your Risk of Painful Conditions

Do you suffer from pain when wearing high heels? If so, you’re not alone. 71% of women say they experience pain when they wear high heels, according to a 2014 American Podiatric Medical Association survey. But that doesn’t seem to stop women from continuing to wear...

Footbeds Versus Custom Orthotics

Have you been experiencing foot pain? Or, maybe, you’ve also been having pain in your knees, hips and back, too? You know you need to do something to relieve your pain. So you head to the nearest drug or discount store to check out the footbeds for sale. But what you...

Understanding Gait or How We Walk

Every day, the average person makes 5,210 to 7,192 steps, according to 2004 study. Walking is a vital function of our daily lives. We walk to perform daily tasks in our homes and at our jobs. We walk for exercise to strengthen our bodies and maintain our weight. But...

Preparation Can Make Hiking More Fun and Pain Free

There’s nothing more exhilarating than hiking on a crisp autumn day with fallen leaves crackling beneath your feet. But if you’re not prepared before you head out, your day of enjoying the changing colors of the leaves could result in the changing colors of your feet...

7 Vacation Travel Tips for Happy Feet

The kids are finally out of school and on summer break. Naturally, your thoughts turn to summer vacation plans. Besides determining where you’ll go, what you’ll do and what you need to pack, you need to consider your feet, too. After all, you’ll be using your feet to...

Vibram Settles FiveFingers Multimillion Dollar Lawsuit

Were you one of the 70 million Americans who bought a pair of those unconventional “barefoot running” shoes by Vibram® that look like a foot with five toes? If so, you may be able to get some money back on your purchase. Vibram, the company that manufactures the...

Benefits of Physical Activity for Seniors

In the U.S., over 104 million adults are age 50+, according to AARP. Of these older Americans, up to 34% of adults between the ages of 65 and 74 and up to 44% of those 75 years old and over don’t participate in any type of physical activity per the Centers for Disease...

Are You at Risk of Osteoporosis?

Did you know about 52 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis and low bone mass? According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is responsible for 2 million broken bones each year that equate to about $19 billion in related costs. And experts...

Running Shoe Construction Factors to Consider

If you’re a runner, you know a good pair of running shoes can make all the difference in how you run. Additionally, the construction of the shoes can also affect your performance and comfort levels.   While all running shoe manufacturers construct their shoes...

Got Arthritis? Occupational Therapy Can Help!

About 1 in 5 adults endure arthritis in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over 100 inflammatory and non-inflammatory medical conditions are classified as arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia...

Bike Safety Tips for Kids

Now that spring is finally here (at least according to the calendar), your kids are probably clambering to get outside and play. Often, one way they burn energy is to ride their bikes around the neighborhood. While bike riding can be a lot of fun, accidents can...

Changes in Foot Size during Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant, you probably expect changes to occur to your hips and waistline. But did you know that pregnancy can also change the size and shape of your feet? It’s true. According to a research study done at the University of Iowa, pregnancy can lead to...

How to Avoid Skateboarding Injuries

As parents, we worry whenever our kids do something that seems dangerous. Most kids, especially teenagers and young adults, think we’re being over-protective. After all, to them “riding the rail” or “catching air” is fun. To parents, it’s a possible trip to the ER....

Good Nutrition for Healthy Bones, Joints and Muscles

Your musculoskeletal system is comprised of your bones, joints and muscles. It’s this system that enables you to move and maintain an active lifestyle. But, we often take our mobility – and musculoskeletal system – for granted until something happens to significantly...

Benefits of Walking the Dog

This week I saw a neighbor pushing a small dog in a dog stroller. I thought, “Doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose of walking the dog?” Today is National Walking the Dog Day. Why we need a special day to celebrate walking the dog, I don’t know. I mean, it’s not like...

10 Tips to Combat Cabin Fever

Are you getting cabin fever from all of this snow and cold? I know I am. I can’t wait for spring – only 33 more days until the official start. If a trip to Florida isn’t in your budget any time soon, here are 10 suggestions to help you survive cabin fever until the...

Measure Your Feet for Proper Shoe Fit

Did you know that Thursday (Jan. 23) was Measure Your Feet Day? No?? Well, I didn’t know it either. And, yes, it really is a recognized holiday. Although no one seems to know how it originated. But why not have a holiday recognizing the importance of measuring your...

Overcoming 5 Common Weight Loss Pitfalls

Did you set a goal to lose weight this year? How’s it going? Are you still working at it or have you given up? If you’ve given up, don’t beat yourself up about it. A lot of dieters get derailed. While every diet and dieter is different, there are some common pitfalls...

Customers Rave about ezWalker® Custom Orthotics

George Allen spent almost 30 years with constant foot pain until he started wearing the WalkEZStore’s ezWalker® Performance Custom Orthotics. Now he says it’s like he has new feet. He’s not the only WalkEZStore customer who has found pain relief through the use of...

How to Overcome Holiday-induced Gout

If you’ve been eating a lot of fatty holiday meals containing red meats, poultry or shellfish and drinking beer or alcoholic beverages, all of this overindulgence may lead to an episode of gout and a not-so-merry holiday season. Gout is a type of arthritis that’s...

Relieve Your Tired, Aching Feet for the Holidays

After a long day of Christmas shopping or working and ringing up everyone else’s purchases, your feet can feel really tired and sore. Any time you spend long time periods standing, walking or running, you’re putting excess pressure on your feet which can result in...

Sooth Your Eczema Symptoms This Winter

Winter means snow, woolen sweaters and crackling fires in the fireplace, but it also can mean the return of dry, itchy skin. Cold temperatures, along with overheated homes, cars and offices, cause low humidity which can dry out your skin and worsen eczema symptoms.  ...

Tips on Cutting Down Your Christmas Tree

For some people, an artificial Christmas tree just won’t do. They want a REAL Christmas tree. While some people may head to the nearest tree lot to pick out their tree, traditionalists believe “lot trees” won’t do either. After all, the majority of the trees on lots...

8 Ways to Pump Up Your Energy

With the holidays rapidly approaching and our schedules likely getting busier, you may feel your energy slumping more often. So what can you do to beat the mid-afternoon doldrums? And keep yourself from falling asleep at your child’s holiday program? Here are 8 tips...

Give Thanks for Your Feet

Ok, you may be asking yourself, “My feet? Why should I be thankful for them?”Well, whether you realize it or not, your feet play a vital role in your daily life. They fulfill the important task of supporting your entire body as you stand, walk or run. How do they do...

Hallux Rigidus: A Painful, Stiff Big Toe

Has the joint at the base of your big toe caused you pain and stiffness? Has it progressively gotten worse that you now have lost all motion in the toe and it’s rigid? You likely have hallux rigidus. A form of degenerative arthritis, hallux rigidus causes pain and...

How to Prevent ACL Injuries in Children

In our previous blog post, we talked about the common sports-related injuries seen in children and teens, and what you can do to help prevent these injuries. In addition to an increased risk of concussions in children and teens playing sports, the number of...

Preventing Children’s Sports Injuries

Fall sports are in full swing now that the kids are back to school. Team sports can provide a variety of benefits for children and teens, including a reduced risk of obesity, improved coordination and balance, and better cardiovascular fitness. But did you know that...

Good Nutrition for Your Nails

Have you ever really looked at your finger and toe nails? Have you noticed subtle variations in the color – a white spot here, a rosy tinge there? Or perhaps you’ve noticed bumps or rippling on the surface of your nails. These nail abnormalities are important to...

What Is Causing Your Sore Muscles?

It’s the beginning of the Labor Day weekend, so chances are good that you have three days packed with activities. Maybe you’re planning to play a few rounds of golf, go hiking at a state park or go swimming before the pools close for the season. Whatever you’re...

Myths about Aging

September is Healthy Aging Month – a month that provides ideas and inspiration for people, ages 50 and over, to improve their physical, mental, social and financial well-being. When many people think about getting older, they focus on many of the negative aspects or...

Don’t Let Posterior Tibial Tendonitis Cause Flat Feet

Do you have pain along the inside of your foot and ankle? Does the pain get worse with high-intensity or high-impact activities like running, tennis or basketball? Do you have trouble walking or standing for a long time? You may have posterior tibial tendonitis. The...

Stinky Feet? Pee-Yew!

After you’ve been on your feet all day, when you kick off your shoes, does everyone clear the room? Unfortunately, stinky feet can have that affect. However, bacteria are to blame for your feet’s odor. Bacteria love to live on your moist, warm feet and hide in the...

WalkEZStore Featured in Living Well Magazine

A Nationwide Business with a Local Touch As certified pedorthist and owner of the WalkEZStore, Kathy Carandang always says, “Better impressions make better orthotics.” In the summer 2013 issue of Living Well Indianapolis South magazine, Kathy talks about the design...

Start Your New Life Together on the Right Foot

Summer and early autumn are popular seasons for weddings. If you’re a bride-to-be, you probably have a long planning checklist of things you need to buy or  do: Purchase invitations Schedule the photographer Select and order a wedding cake Book a reception venue Buy a...

Ways to Beat the Heat if You Work Outside

  This week we’ve seen the temperatures surge over much of the U.S. into the mid-90s. And when you add in humid air, heat indexes have risen to over 100 degrees in some places. Working outside in scorching temperatures like these can be challenging and even...

Relieve Pain – Get a Massage

There’s nothing like pampering yourself with a day at the spa by having a relaxing massage. Massage can reduce stress and anxieties, improve sleep, alleviate PMS symptoms, and boost your immunity. However one of the greatest benefits of massage is its ability to...

Do You Have Podophobia?

Do you remember the scene in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” where Charlie Brown visits Lucy’s psychiatric-help stand? He tells her he’s depressed; and Lucy replies he needs to recognize the problem first in order to solve it. So she rattles off a list of common phobias...

Fireworks Safety Tips

Today we celebrate Independence Day which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Since Congress authorized the first fireworks display in 1777 to celebrate the 4th of July, Americans have reveled in celebrating the day with grand...

How to Start a 10,000 Step Walking Program

In our last blog post, we talked about how you can benefit from a 10,000 step walking program. Today, we’ll talk about how you can begin a 10,000 step walking program. 10,000 steps may sound like a lot, especially if you’re usually a sedentary person. Most sedentary...

10,000 Step Walking Program: How You Can Benefit

The goal of walking 10,000 steps a day was popularized in Japan about 40 years ago. Think about it. The Japanese tend to be healthier than Americans. Besides eating a healthier diet of primarily fish, rice and vegetables, the Japanese walk more in their daily lives....

Medications Can Affect Your Bone Density

Did you know if you’re taking medications for thyroid disease, hypertension, depression or fibromyalgia that they can compromise your bone density? It’s true! And bone loss is especially important if you’re a woman over the age of 50. Women who have gone through...

Are You Having a Flip-Flop Foot Fiasco?

From the pool to the office to an evening out on the town, flip-flops have become a summer staple. But wearing flip-flops for an extended period of time can cause you long-term orthopedic problems like plantar fasciitis.   Plantar fasciitis is a common, chronic...

How to Treat Neuropathic Pain

Does your skin ever feel like it’s burning or numb? Or, do you experience a pins-and-needles sensation.   This condition is likely due to an injured nerve. Healthy nerves only send signals when they’re stimulated. For example, the nerves in your big toe will send pain...

Get in Shape with Aquatic Workouts

For some reason, exercising in the pool just doesn’t seem like work. It seems more like play. But water can be a great fitness tool. Some benefits you can gain from aquatic workouts include: Improved muscle strength and increased cardio intensity. Reduced risk of...

5 Benefits of Drinking Water

Now that the days are getting warmer, it’s important to make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Not only does water help to keep you hydrated, the cells in your body need water to absorb nutrients and expel waste products.   While you can get water in...

Stay Safe at the Pool this Summer

It’s Memorial Day weekend and you know what that means – the outdoor swimming pools are opening for the summer. There’s nothing more enjoyable than a day at the pool – where you can soak up the sun and beat the heat with a cool dip. But did you know that about 10...

4 Causes of Back Pain

Do you experience nagging back pain? A survey by the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center found that 80% of adults are troubled by periodic back pain and over half suffer severe pain that limits their daily activities for a week or more. Since treatments for back...

6 Things You Shouldn’t Keep from Your Doctor

Let’s be honest. Have you ever been to the doctor and you didn’t tell him/her about something you know you should have? I think we’re all guilty of this at some time or another. It could be that you’re embarrassed. Or you feel rushed. Or you’re afraid of what your...

How to Stay Safe While Gardening

The nurseries, home improvement stores and discount stores have been busy the past couple of weeks selling flowers, plants, shrubs and trees for the spring and summer. Gardening and yard work can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get exercise, beautify your home,...

How to Stay Active with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Do you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? Are you used to be active but now your symptoms are keeping you on the sidelines? By talking with your doctor and playing it smart, you can stay active with RA. In fact, being active can do your body good. Your joints will be...

Morton’s Toe: A “Classic” Foot Disorder

Do you have a second toe that is longer than your big toe? If so, you have Morton’s toe, a common forefoot variation that’s found in up to 20% of the population. This disorder is also known as “Greek toe,” since the ancient Greeks considered a longer second toe to be...

WalkEZStore at the WTHR Health and Fitness Expo

Do you want to live a healthier, more active and more fulfilling life? Then come to the WTHR Health and Fitness Expo on April 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Exposition Hall. This Health and Fitness Expo will help Hoosiers...

Kathy Carandang Featured in Living Well Magazine

Kathy Carandang, certified pedorthist and owner of the WalkEZStore, was featured in the spring 2013 edition of Living Well Indianapolis South magazine. In her article, Kathy answers some common questions people have, including what does pronation mean; and why is it...

How to Choose the Best Running Shoes for You

Are you a runner? Do you know how to choose the right running shoes for you? The process involves more than just picking the size you think you wear off of the rack. You really need to understand your feet, so you can choose the right style, size and type of running...

25 Tips for Getting Healthier

Have you been a couch potato all winter? Maybe you know you need to do something to get fit, but you’re just not sure what. Maybe it seems too overwhelming to figure out what to do. Well, before you head back to your couch and the remote, check out these 25 easy tips...

Finding the Perfect Shoes for Prom

Your high school prom can be a magical time. But the days leading up to it can be stressful with trying to find the perfect dress, shoes and accessories. While you may put more emphasis on finding the right dress, you also need to make sure you find the right shoes....

14 Ways to Fend Off Osteoporosis

Are you one of the 34 million people who are at risk of getting osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a serious disease that causes your bones to lose density, making them weaker and more likely to break. About 50% of women over the age of 50 and 25% of men will break a bone...

Participate in National Walking Day on April 3

Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S.? One contributing factor is that we’ve become more inactive due to working more hours. However, you can reduce your risk of heart disease by exercising for at least 30 minutes every day. For this...

How Many Arches Do You Have?

Cue the game show music … Do you know how many arches you have in your foot? One? Two? Three? If you answered three, you’re correct. Most people think they have a single arch in their foot, but you actually have three. These arches are the: Medial Longitudinal Arch...

Excess Weight Increases Your Risk of Injury

According to a medical study, 86.3% of adult Americans will be overweight or obese by 2030. When you’re overweight or obese, this extra weight increases your risk of strains, sprains, dislocations and fractures in your lower extremities as well as increasing the...

Training Tips for Running a Half-Marathon

Did you know that it’s only 48 days to the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon? This race is the largest half-marathon in the U.S. with 35,000 participants from Indiana, across the U.S., and around the world. On May 4, runners and walkers hit the streets of...

6 Reasons for Hiring a Personal Trainer

So did you make a resolution to exercise more this year? How’s that been going? Perhaps it’s time to consider working with a personal trainer. A fitness professional can create an individualized program designed to help you reach your health and fitness goals. They...

WalkEZStore to Be at the Flower and Patio Show

Are you tired of winter? Are you ready for spring? Then come to the Indianapolis Flower and Patio Show where you can check out over 40 extravagant showcase and exhibitor gardens. Plus, you can see the latest in hot tubs, swimming pools, water features, decks, outdoor...

Don’t Let Metatarsalgia Sideline You from Your Game

Since the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is nearing, I thought we would talk about a common foot ailment found among basketball players – both professionals and amateurs. It’s called metatarsalgia. It’s a type of neuralgia or pain found in one or more nerves in the...

Are You at Risk for Pregnancy Complications?

Are you expecting? Congratulations! Did you know you may have an increased risk of complications during your pregnancy due to certain health issues or lifestyle choices? You may have an increased risk of developing complications if you:   Have a chronic medical...

Yoga: How You Can Benefit

Yoga has been around for over 5000 years. It’s a popular form of exercise in the United States, practiced by about 11 million Americans. There are over 100 different schools or types of yoga. However, most sessions involve breathing exercises, meditation and the...

Take Care of Yourself First

Do you spend your days taking care of everyone else’s needs? Your boss? Your customers? Your spouse, life partner, boyfriend or girlfriend? Your kids? Other family members? Friends? Then at the end of the day, you’re so exhausted, you literally fall into bed – just to...

Get Up, Get Moving, Get Fit

If you work in an office, you’re probably sitting for at least 8 hours a day. Add that time to the time spent in your car or on your couch watching TV, you may be sitting up to 15 hours a day. But did you know that sitting too much can be bad for your health?...

Do You Have the Bunion Blues?

Are you singing the blues due to foot pain? Do you have an unsightly bump on the side of your foot at the base of your big toe? Is it red and inflamed? Does it cause you pain when your shoe rubs against it? If so, you may have a bunion. About 55% of American women...

Advice for Winter Skin Care

While cold winter weather might bring a rosy glow to your cheeks, it can also cause dryness to your skin, especially on your face, hands and feet. The culprit is your home’s heating system. Besides keeping you warm, it’s drying your skin – causing everything from a...

Creating Your Family’s Health History

Did you know that certain diseases can be heredity? If anyone in your family has had medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or cancer, you may have an increased risk of developing the same health problem. Some hereditary diseases can even cause problems with...

Turn Back the Clock on Prediabetes

Did you know that type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes? Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease in which your body’s sugar levels (glucose) are too high. This condition is due to a problem with how your body makes or uses insulin, a hormone that regulates...

Make Your Fitness Routine Fun

Did you make a resolution to exercise more in 2013? So, how are you doing now that we’re halfway through January? Are you sticking with it? Or, do you just feel overwhelmed by the prospect of fitting it into your schedule and sticking to your goal? Well, staying fit...

WalkEZStore Not Exhibiting at Indiana Home & Garden Show

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the WalkEZStore will NOT be a vendor at the 2013 Indiana Home & Garden Show.  However, Ryan Thomas, the owner of Hearing Solutions Plus, has agreed to exhibit at the WalkEZStore booth location. Hearing Solutions...

Baby, It’s Cold Outside. Are Your Joints Are Aching?

If you have arthritis, does the cold actually make your joints hurt more? Or is that just an old wives’ tale? Well, according to research, weather conditions can affect your arthritis, making your pain worse. Studies found that cold weather and increases in barometric...

Are Growing Pains Real?

Do you remember the TV show, “Growing Pains,” which aired from 1985 to 1992? In the show, the kids, Mike, Ben, Carol and Crissie, caused all sorts of mayhem for their parents Jason and Maggie Seaver, but the family always managed to sort everything out and...

What’s on Your Christmas Wish List?

Dear Santa, December 4 is Santa’s List Day. While I know your elves have been busy keeping track of whether I’ve been naughty or nice, I want you to know that I’ve been especially good this year. So I’m hoping you’ve included me on the “Nice” list. For Christmas...

Pamper Your Feet this Holiday Season

Did you participate in a “turkey trot” on Thanksgiving, hit the sales on Black Friday and/or visit local retail shops on Small Business Saturday? Then your feet probably need some TLC after all that running around. While you could head to the nearest salon for a...

Causes of Poor Posture Leading to Pain

Remember when your mom used to tell you to stand or sit up straight and quit slouching. Well, she was right. Good posture is important for the strength of your spine because it means your bones are properly aligned. Plus your muscles, joints and ligaments can work in...

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