How to Treat and Prevent Hammertoe

Do you have a toe or toes that curl? Do these toes resemble a hammer or claw? Do these toes have corns and calluses on them from rubbing the inside of your shoes? Do you have a hard time moving these toes? Do these toes give you pain when walking or performing other...

Overpronation: What Is It and What Can You Do for It?

The Normal Gait Cycle   As you walk, your feet and legs propel your body forward. During a normal gait cycle, your feet land on either side of an imaginary line that moves forward in the direction you’re traveling. You begin to walk with one leg extended in front of...

9 Tips for Healthy Aging

People are living longer today; and life expectancy is anticipated to continually increase due to the numerous advances in medicine and science. However, it’s not a given that you’ll automatically live longer. But instead of focusing on all of the negative aspects...

#%&*$!!! Did I Just Break My Toe?

Have you ever walked through your home barefoot, thinking about something else, and, suddenly – bam – you run into a piece of furniture? The next second, you’re yelling or cursing in pain because you’ve stubbed your toe. Stubbing your toe can be very painful...

#%&*$!!! Did I Just Break My Toe?

Have you ever walked through your home barefoot, thinking about something else, and, suddenly – bam – you run into a piece of furniture? The next second, you’re yelling or cursing in pain because you’ve stubbed your toe. Stubbing your toe can be very painful...

Caring for Your Baby’s Feet

Have you ever held a baby and just marveled at their little, pudgy feet? Most moms and grandmas find a baby’s feet to be irresistible. You just have to count their toes, feel their soft skin, be awed by their tiny toenails, and kiss them again and again. Admit it a...

Detoxifying Foot Baths: Healing or Hoax?

Have you heard of ionic or detoxifying foot baths? An acquaintance was telling me about visiting a spa and having one of these foot baths done. I had never heard of it, so I decided to do some research. These baths are considered to be a naturopathic, or holistic,...

Be Safe When Walking

With the weather getting cooler, many people will probably start walking outside more. Walking is great exercise, and you can do it almost anywhere. But did you know that 4,280 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2010?   According to data from the...

How to Prevent and Treat Bunions

So you found a cute pair of heels – on sale. But they’re a tad bit too tight. And the store doesn’t have the shoes in a bigger size. Oh well, you think, I’ll get them any way. They’ll stretch. But did you know that you can develop bunions from wearing shoes that are...

Eating Right for Good Bone, Joint and Muscle Health

Are you aware that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has replaced the old food pyramid with the MyPlate guidelines? These new guidelines are designed to help you eat healthier and to consume the right amount of calories for you. When you improve the way you eat, you...

Is Your Child’s Backpack Causing Them Pain?

Once again it’s back to school time. And your child is probably lugging their backpack to and from school. But if your child’s backpack looks like it’s packed for a week of camping rather than a day at school, your child is probably carrying way too much....

Vibram FiveFingers Sued for False Health Benefit Claims

Last year we featured a blog post on what you needed to know about barefoot running. As we stated, advocates for barefoot running claim it leads to better foot biomechanics and lessens the risk of injury. However, the American Podiatric Medical Association and other...

10 Injury Prevention Tips for Marathon Runners

If you have been following the Olympic Games, today is when the women’s marathon will be run. However, the current women’s world record holder Paul Radcliffe won’t be participating in this event due to a foot injury caused by osteoarthritis. Running can be hard on...

Gymnasts: Protect Your Feet

Today marks the beginning of the gymnastics competition at the 2012 Olympics in London. As TV viewers, we marvel at the jumps, twists, and dance moves gymnasts perform, as well as their sheer strength and flexibility. But it is these same maneuvers that place these...

Even Olympic Athletes Suffer from Foot Pain

On Friday, July 27, the 2012 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, will begin in London, England. Over 10,000 athletes from 204 countries are expected to participate in the 26 sports with a total of 39 disciplines. The first ancient...

Don’t Let Foot Pain Ruin Your Vacation

Summer is a popular time to take a vacation. Some people want nothing more than to lounge around the pool or lie on the beach the whole time they’re away. Other people pack their vacation time with a constant stream of historical sites, museums and other places of...

The Benefits of Reflexology

Do you suffer from stress and tension? Reflexology or zone therapy may help you. Reflexology is a healing approach (first practiced in ancient Egypt and China) in which practitioners believe there are pressure points or reflex areas in the feet, hands and ears that...

12 Tips for Visiting Amusement Parks

Are you planning a trip to Disney World, Universal Studios, Cedar Point, Six Flags Great America or some of the other great amusement parks this summer? While an amusement park can be great time for people of all ages, the crowds and long lines can make a fun trip...

Cycling: Rules for the Road

Each year, over 500,000 Americans receive emergency treatment and over 700 people die due to bicycle-related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, it’s important to ride responsibly in order to protect yourself and others....

Keep Your Trip to the Beach Safe

Each year, millions of Americans head to the beach for fun in the sun, sand and water. Swimming and other beach-related activities can be a great way to get exercise. But the beach can present many dangers, such as injuries, drowning and water-borne illnesses....

Heel Fissures: “Heeling” Your Foot Pain

Now that summer is here, you’ve probably been wearing sandals or flip-flops. Have you noticed your sandals rubbing against the bottom outer edge of your heels, causing calluses to form? Over time, if you don’t treat these calluses, the skin can become thick, hard, dry...

How You Can Benefit from Water Aerobics

In the summertime, sometimes the days are just too hot to even think about going for a walk or run. So water aerobics can be a great way to get a workout without a lot of sweat. Water aerobics is a non-weight bearing, resistance and aerobic exercise that’s performed...

Prevent Falls in Your Home

June is National Safety Month. Did you know that about 8.9 million visits to the ER are due to falls? Anyone can fall at any age – from toddlers taking their first steps to older adults who are unsteady on their feet. Childhood falls account for more than 2 million ER...

Nordic Walking Offers Health Benefits and Fun

Nordic walking has become a hot new trend in aerobic fitness. Nordic walking was first practiced in Finland as an off-season ski-training activity, but soon it caught on in the rest of the world as a new way to exercise. Nordic walking combines fitness walking with...

10 Strategies for Successful Weight Loss

Swimsuit season is here. Did you manage to lose that extra weight you put on over of the winter? If not, you’re not alone. About 68 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. But it’s not too late to lose those excess pounds. In order to successfully lose weight,...

Seniors: Build Your Endurance, Strength, Balance and Flexibility

Did you know that if you’re 50 years or older, you can feel better and live longer by staying fit? May 30 is National Senior Health and Fitness Day. This day promotes the benefits of older Americans staying healthy and fit. Regular exercise can provide seniors with...

Pedicure Safety Tips: Keep Your Feet Healthy

Now that the weather is getting warmer, have you scheduled a pedicure so your feet will look pretty in your new summer sandals? If so, you need to make sure the salon or spa you’re going to practices proper hygiene; otherwise you may come home with more than pretty...

Prevent Common Lower Extremity Injuries while Dancing

Have you been following Season 14 of Dancing with the Stars? Were you upset to see TV’s Extra host Maria Menounos eliminated in the semi-finals? Next week is the season finale to determine who will win the mirror ball trophy – Latin actor William Levy, Welsh mezzo...

Be on Your Guard for Basketball Injuries

According to the National Sporting Goods Association, more Americans play basketball than any other team sport. Maybe that’s because basketball can be an incredibly exciting, fast-paced game. However, whether you play professionally, in a league, in a pick-up game or...

8 Tips for Treating an Ingrown Toenail

If you’ve ever had an ingrown toenail, you know they can be painful. Your toe can become red and swollen around the nail. While you may be able to treat your ingrown toenail at home on your own, if you develop an infection (or if you have diabetes or a circulation...

Celebrate Mom with Unique Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is only 10 days away. Are you trying to figure out what to get mom for Mother’s Day? According to the National Retail Federation, last year Americans were expected to spend on average $140.73 on Mother’s Day purchases – totaling $16.3 billion. The most...

Get Physically Fit without Foot Pain

Did you know that May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? This national observance encourages people to get regular exercise and eat healthier since it’s important for your well-being. By being more active, you’ll gain several health benefits....

Common Children’s Foot Problems

Are you aware that a lot of the biomechanical deficiencies of the feet are inherited? If you have problems with your feet, then you should look at your children’s feet – because not all children are born with perfect feet. Do your children have feet that look like...

The Connection between Peripheral Neuropathy and Celiac Disease

Do you have burning, tingling and numbness in your hands and feet? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. But what you may not know is, you may also have celiac disease. Neurological disorders, like peripheral neuropathy, occur in up to 10%...

Housework: A Pain in the … Feet and Back

Did you know that today is National No Housework Day? That’s a right – a whole day to spend doing anything other than housework. Seems too good to be true – doesn’t it? A 2008 study found that American women spend at least 17 hours a week cleaning their homes....

Weed Out Foot Pain While Doing Yard or Garden Work

It’s spring! Depending on where you live, the trees and shrubs may be budding; the flowers may be blooming; and the grass may be growing greener and higher. Usually that means it’s time to start doing yard and garden work – mowing the lawn; putting down fertilizer;...

Beware of What’s Lurking in the Locker Room

So, you’ve been taking advantage of that fitness center membership you got at the first of year. You’ve been losing weight and toning your body. You’ve even used the Jacuzzi to relax your aching muscles. But lately, you’ve noticed that your feet have been itching and...

Boomers: Tips on Cycling for Fitness

Do you remember how much fun you used to have riding your bike as a kid? Well, it can still be just as fun as an adult. Cycling can be a great way to add more exercise into your daily routine. It provides you with a low-impact aerobic workout that’s great for toning...

Extend the Life of Your Shoes with Proper Care

It’s officially spring! Do you know what that means? It’s time for spring cleaning. Not only is it a good time to clean your house, it’s a great time to clean out your closet and assess the condition of your shoes. By taking care of your shoes, you can protect your...

Shin Splints: Are Not What You Think

Are you a runner or a dancer? Are you in the military? Do you have a throbbing, aching pain in the shins of your legs? If so, you may have shin splints. Shin splints – also called tibial stress syndrome – are a common lower leg complaint, especially among runners,...

Chi Walking: Engaging the Body and the Mind

Now that the weather is turning nicer, you may be walking outside more. Walking is a great way to get and stay fit. But perhaps you’re ready to try something different. If you’d like to experience a mental, as well as physical, workout, you may want to try Chi...

The Importance of Nutrition on Bone Health

Did you know that the 52 bones in your feet account for 25% of all the bones in your body? Your foot bones provide a foundation for your body and enable you to walk and run. Therefore, it’s essential to take care of your bones by making sure they receive the nutrients...

Seniors: Increase Quality of Life with Proper Shoe Fit

Are you one of the 87% of older adults who suffer from foot pain? If so, then check your shoe size. At least a third of older individuals who have foot pain are wearing shoes that are either one size too big or too small. By wearing properly fitted shoes, you’ll not...

Got Arthritis? Do Yoga

If you suffer from arthritis (osteoarthritis or rheumatoid), then yoga can help relieve your symptoms and promote relaxation. Dating back 5,000 years to ancient India, yoga blends physical exercise and mental relaxation or meditation practices. During yoga, you go...

How to Relieve Your Aching Flat Feet

For the past few posts, we’ve been talking about overpronation, which causes the arches of your feet to flatten as you walk. If you suffer from flat feet or overpronation, you probably experience pain in your arches and the soles of your feet. Also, overpronation can...

What Is a Navicular Drop Test?

Do you suspect you’re knock-kneed? That is you overpronate (your ankles tilt inward too much) when you walk, causing your arches to flatten? Or, do you think you’re bow-legged? In other words, you oversupinate (your ankles tilt outward too much) when you walk,...

Proper Arch Support Reduces Stress to Your Body

Did you know your foot contains 26 bones, 32 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles and tendons that hold it together, allowing it to move in a variety of ways? Your foot also has three arches that are supposed to work together to support your bones. The medial...

Your Feet Affect Your Whole Body and Your Health

Imagine a house on a hill. Over time, rain and snow erodes the ground surrounding the house. Eventually, the foundation develops cracks, and then shifts, causing problems with the house’s structure, such as cracks in the walls or slanting floors. Your feet are like...

No Magic Pill for Peripheral Neuropathy of the Feet

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a magic pill that would make peripheral neuropathy of the feet go away? Unfortunately, a magic cure hasn’t been developed yet, but by following these tips, you can reduce its severe effects.  What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?  Peripheral...

Increase Your Sports Performance with Custom Orthotics

Do you play sports? Football? Baseball? Tennis? If so, according to Podiatrist Steve Rosenberg, a solid, balanced foundation from the feet up is essential for optimal performance in your sport of choice. If your feet don’t maintain their proper position when you...

How to Treat Frostbitten Feet

Depending upon where you live, your winter weather may be cold this year. (Here in the Midwest, we’ve had an unusual winter – although it’s been colder in January.) If you have been outside enjoying the winter weather, you need to take care to prevent your feet from...

Uggs Are Ugly to Your Feet

Sheepskin-lined boots, like Uggs and the various knock-offs, may keep your feet toasty in the winter, but they actually harm your feet.  When Uggs were first introduced, they were a favorite among surfers. But in the mid-2000s, celebrities, like Britney Spears and...

Do You Have Flat Feet or Fallen Arches?

How do you know? Have you noticed when walking with wet feet across concrete or sand that your foot’s impression doesn’t appear to have an arch? Or have you had a doctor, podiatrist or certified pedorthist tell you have flat feet?  Your foot actually has three arches...

WalkEzStore.com at Indianapolis Home Show

Come to the Indianapolis Home Show, January 20-29, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and check out the WalkEzStore.com. We’ll be located at booth #338 in the West Pavilion. Show Hours:  Friday, Jan. 20 – 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00...

Are You Resolved to Get Fit?

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to get fit? Maybe you want to lose weight, have a better toned body or be more physically active. Regardless of your goal, your exercise plan doesn’t have to be an intense or painful endeavor. Plus exercise provides many health...

Is Weight Loss Your New Year’s Resolution?

If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, then you’re not alone. About a third of all people who make resolutions want to lose weight as their primary goal. That’s because over 65% of American adults are overweight. Plus, many people pack on a few extra pounds...

Homes, Gardens and Foot Pain Relief

Are you looking for ways to renovate your home? Are you looking for ideas for your garden? Are you looking for foot, knee, hip and back pain relief while doing your home and garden renovations? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then check out the...

Combating a New Year’s Day Hangover and Foot Pain

How are you ringing in the new year? Are you going to a party? Are you planning on drinking? Are you going to dance the night away? If so, you may wake up on January 1st with not only a hangover from drinking too much, but also from dancing too much. You may already...

Even Santa Gets Sore Feet!

The WalkEzStore recently received this testimonial: Dear Kathy,  Each year, my feet and body take a beating during the days leading up to Christmas Eve.  I spend a considerable amount of time standing at my workbench, making toys for all the good little boys and...

Winter Socks: Why the Right Socks Are Important

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care … Did you know when Clement Clarke Moore wrote this poem, people used to hang their socks by the fire to...

Holiday Overindulgence Can Lead to Gout Flares

The holidays are a time of celebration – family dinners, office parties, and other social gatherings. There are often lots of great-tasting holiday goodies and beverages to eat and drink. However, if you suffer from gout, overindulgence of these holiday treats can...

Celebrate the Holidays without High-Heel Foot Pain

It’s the holidays and time for holiday parties. You’ve got the cute cocktail dress and a pair of killer high heels. And if you’re planning to dance the night away, more than likely, you’re going to wake up the next morning with foot pain or a “high-heel hangover.” Did...

Is Nerve Damage Causing Your Foot Pain?

Do you have numbness, tingling or pricking sensations in your foot? Do you have muscle weakness in your feet, ankles or legs? Do you experience extreme sensitivity to the lightest touch? Then you may be suffering from peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy...

Reebok to Refund $25 Million for False Advertising

You probably remember seeing the Reebok commercial where an obviously fit woman tells you that Reebok EasyTone shoes are proven to strengthen hamstrings and calves by up to 11%. And, they tone the gluteus maximus muscle up to 28% more than regular walking shoes....

Don’t Foul Your Game With Lower Extremity Pain

Are you a member of a recreational basketball league? Or, perhaps you like to play in quick pick-up games? Basketball can be an exciting game to play, but it also exerts a tremendous amount of pressure on your feet, ankles and knees. If you don’t wear the right type...

Travel Tips for the Holiday Season

Are you going to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving, spending Christmas at Disney World, or skiing in Colorado over New Year’s Day? Traveling over the holidays can be expensive, stressful, and tiring on your feet. But with careful planning, your holiday trip can be more...

Obtain Pain Relief in Two Minutes a Day

Do you suffer from arthritis and find it hard to fit 30 minutes of exercise into your day? Well, a recent study shows you may be able to ease pain in just two minutes of exercise daily.  In this study, 198 office workers with frequent neck and shoulder pain were split...

Protect Your Feet While You Protect Your Country

In honor of Veterans Day yesterday, if you are one of the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, you know that the difficult training and hard work you do can take a toll of your feet. These activities can lead to a variety of foot problems. Therefore,...

Proper Foot Care for People with Diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month. According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet published by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the U.S. – that’s 8.3% of the population. People with diabetes can develop many...

Are You at Risk for a Foot Fracture?

It’s almost Halloween and skeleton decorations are appearing everywhere. Did you know that the foot contains 26 bones? That’s 52 bones if you count both feet. And those 52 bones comprise about 25% of all the bones in your body. Besides these bones, your foot and ankle...

Heel Pain? It May Be a Heel Spur

Contrary to what you may think, a heel spur is not a star-shaped, metal device that cowboys wear on the heels of their boots in order to prod their horse to pick up the pace. A heel spur is actually an abnormal bony growth on the heel bone. Although this bone is...

Tips for Buying Women’s Dress and Winter Boots

The temperature is getting colder and soon winter will be here. And that means you need to buy boots for the season. Dress and winter boots come in so many styles that shopping for the right pair can seem like a daunting task. While you may want to look fashionable,...

Don’t Let Foot Pain Haunt You

It’s almost time for Halloween this year. Kids love Halloween. They love dressing up in costumes, going from door to door, and saying “Trick-or-Treat.” They especially love going through all their loot and eating candy until they’re almost sick. Heck, a lot of adults...

Fat Pad Atrophy: What’s That?

Everyday our feet are affected by wear and tear. But did you know that by the age of 40, you can lose up to 50% of the fat pads in your feet?  Maybe you’re thinking, “So what? It’s fat. I don’t want fat feet.” Well, you do want these fat pads. The metatarsal fat pads...

Plantar Fasciitis: How to Obtain Pain Relief

As we discussed in a previous blog post, plantar fasciitis is the most common foot pain complaint. Several factors can lead to the development of plantar fasciitis: age, gender, certain types of exercises, excess weight, overuse of the plantar fascia, incorrect foot...

Plantar Fasciitis: Are You in Danger of Getting It?

The #1 most common foot pain complaint is plantar fasciitis. Each year it affects millions of Americans. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament, a band of tissue that runs from your heel bone across the bottom of your foot to your toes,...

Foot Pain: Are You at Risk?

Did you know that the root cause of painful foot conditions can begin in your 20s and 30s? However, on average, most people develop foot pain in their 60s. Unfortunately, most people take their feet for granted. Except for some women who get regular pedicures, many...

Joint Pain and Stiffness? The ezWalker® Insole Can Help

Do you have pain and tenderness in your feet, knees, hip and back joints? Are your joints stiff when you walk up in the morning or after sitting for awhile? Are your joints just not as flexible as they once were? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then...

Seniors: Reduce Your Risk of Falling

September 23rd  is National Fall Prevention Awareness Day. Every year, one in every three seniors over the age of 65 falls, and the risk of falls increases each year as older adults age. By age 80, more than half of all seniors fall annually. Additionally, the risk of...

Metatarsalgia Pain: Like Walking on Pebbles

Does your job require you to stand and/or walk extensively? Are you pregnant or overweight? Are you a runner or athlete that repetitively puts pressure on your forefoot? Are you a woman who wears high heels constantly? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions,...

Tackle Your Foot Problems Before They Sack You

It’s autumn once again. And time for enjoying some rousing games of football. Whether you’re a high school, college, pro, or recreational player, football can be rough on your body, especially your feet and ankles. The tackles, falls, and quick movements on your feet...

Certified Pedorthists: Care About Your Feet

Maybe you’ve heard the words – “pedorthics” or “pedorthist” – and you’ve wondered, “What exactly does that mean?” Pedorthics (pe-DOR-thics) refers to the design, manufacture, fitting, and modification of shoes and other footwear, as well as foot orthoses, to alleviate...

Walking for Exercise: Tips You Should Know

Walking is an easy, safe activity for enjoyment, to keep physically fit, or to just to get around. It’s also an inexpensive way to exercise. You can walk outdoors in good weather; and you can walk indoors at malls or other public buildings during bad weather. You can...

Corns and Calluses: End of Summer Footwear Woes

If you’ve been wearing sandals or flip-flops this summer, you may have noticed that you’ve developed calluses and/or corns on your feet. The constant flapping of flip-flops against your heels have probably caused rough, dry calluses to form. Or if you’ve been wearing...

Don’t Let Foot Pain Throw a Curve Ball in Your Game

Baseball and softball are a national pastime in the U.S., especially during the summer. Whether you’re playing in a formal league or enjoying a game at a family reunion, it’s important to play sensibly and safely. Baseball and softball involve quick starts and stops,...

Foot Mechanics: Are You Walking Correctly?

Walking is a vital function in our daily lives. The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. This equates to about 115,000 miles during an average lifetime – or walking the circumference of the Earth...

Summer Sun Can Scorch Your Feet, Too!

Since much of the U.S. is in the midst of a heat wave, you may be heading to the beach or pool to cool down. Once you get there, you may apply sunscreen to your body – or maybe you don’t apply any at all. Then you spend hours splashing in the water, or playing around...

Summer Sandals: Are You Sacrificing Foot Comfort for Style?

Sandals and summer just go together. With so many styles to choose from – flats, gladiators, espadrilles, and high heels, sandals look cute with a variety of summer fashions, including tees and shorts, lacy tank tops and Capri pants, floaty sundresses, summer...

Don’t Let Plantar Warts Spoil Your Summer

It’s a beautiful summer morning. You’re walking through the cool, dew-covered grass in your bare feet, enjoying the simple pleasures of summer. Suddenly, you scrape your foot against a rock in the grass. You inspect your foot and notice a small scratch on the ball of...