Orthotics Help to Stabilize Foot Deformities

Orthotics can help to counteract discomfort caused by a variety of foot conditions, including deformities, which can cause an imbalance in general mobility and result in pain in the heels, ankle joints, legs and all the way up to the lower back. These foot support devices are usually custom fitted to the specific contours of […]

Posted on March 21, 2018

How To Protect Your Feet in Summer

Summertime fun means spending more time outdoors. Sometimes we overdo it – especially our feet. Think about all the abuse that our feet take in the summer. Going barefoot. Wearing sandals with little support. Extra outdoor activities like hiking and climbing. Wearing damp and sweaty shoes day after day. These unaccustomed combinations can lead to […]

Posted on August 8, 2017

Going Barefoot? Your Feet Need Protection

Do you love the feel of your bare feet in sand, on a soft rug or a smooth, grassy field? It can be a real pleasure but there are some activities that absolutely require foot protection. Biking. Never ride a motorcycle or bicycle without adequate protection for your feet. There is no shield between your […]

Posted on May 18, 2017

Protect Your Feet at Work with the Right Boots and Shoes for Safety

Workers in certain industries and occupations need special footwear to protect their feet from injury. For example, safety shoes such as those with steel toes can protect the feet from risks like falling objects that can crush the feet. Just as hard hats and safety goggles and other protective equipment are required at many construction […]

Posted on March 29, 2017

Choosing the Proper Running Shoe for Your Feet

Although winter is still holding on here in Chicago, dedicated runners still hit the streets or gyms to keep up their exercise routines. With a doctor’s permission, running has terrific health benefits including preventing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and even certain cancers, and can help you cope with stress, depression and anxiety. Running […]

Posted on February 22, 2017

Are Heel Spurs the Cause of My Heel Pain?

Heel pain can be somewhat annoying or very debilitating. The pain can be sharp and can first surface when you get up out of bed in the morning, or when you stand up after sitting for a long time. The pain can hang around for a long time or can flare up when running, jogging […]

Posted on February 8, 2017

Flat Shoes Can Cause Foot Problems for Women

We’ve written before about the problems associated with wearing high heels for long periods (see our blog on the risks of wearing high heels). But switching from high heels to just any type of flat shoe may not be the right solution. Some types of flats potentially can cause foot health problems. Flat Shoes May […]

Posted on January 18, 2017

Is It Time To Give your Flip Flops a Good Cleaning?

It’s mid-summer, school is on the horizon and you’re still trudging around in your flip flops. Take a look at your favorite pair – they’re probably looking pretty scruffy right about now. Between trips to the lake, walking along the beach, protecting your feet at the pool and washing your car, you wear them anywhere […]

Posted on August 3, 2016

Flip Flops Are Not the Best Footwear for Children

Now that summer has unofficially started with Memorial Day past, we all look forward to wearing light clothes and sandals. If you’re like most parents, you know that your children love to wear the barest possible footwear – flip flops! These inexpensive sandals seem perfect for this time of year but take a few moments […]

Posted on June 1, 2016

Protect Your Feet During Winter Sports To Avoid Injuries

Are you a winter adventurer? Do activities like cross country and downhill skiing, sledding and ice skating lure you out of doors in the cold weather? Preparation is essential to enjoying winter sports safely. Poorly-fitting equipment or inadequate physical preparation can turn fun in the snow to days or weeks recovering from an injury. Prevent […]

Posted on January 22, 2016

Seniors Must Pay Special Attention to Foot Care

Many of today’s seniors are defying aging by staying active long into their “golden years.” Staying active means taking good care of your body, especially legs and feet. After all, those same two feet that you were born with will take you about 115,000 miles in your lifetime – enough to loop around the world […]

Posted on September 17, 2015

Keep Babies Barefoot as Long as Possible

Have you seen those tiny shoes for infants that look like miniature ballet slippers, or Converse sneakers to match Dad’s? It’s tempting to grab them – but don’t do it! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies need shoes only when they begin to walk. And shoes don’t help them learn to walk faster […]

Posted on September 4, 2015

Start Your Child’s School Year Right with Well Made, Comfortable Shoes

It still feels like summer but soon those bright yellow school buses will start filling our Chicago streets. A new school year is exciting for children and comes with its own traditions like choosing a new backpack – and shopping for shoes. Shop Smart for Comfort and Protection Your child may beg you for shoes […]

Posted on August 13, 2015

Beware the Risks of Wearing High Heels

High heels are high fashion and many women enjoy wearing them. But long-term high heel wearing can cause foot problems like corns and calluses and ingrown toenails, and even tendon damage that may be irreversible. Your Whole Body is Affected by Wearing High Heels While wearing high heels, your body weight shifts to the ball […]

Posted on August 6, 2015

Put Safety First when Visiting a Nail Salon

What better way to pamper yourself than to visit a nail salon or spa for a relaxing pedicure? Summer’s barefoot look calls for pretty and polished toes looking their best. The Chicago area boasts dozens of nail salons but some may be somewhat careless in cleanliness or may not use properly sterilized equipment. Stavros O. […]

Posted on July 22, 2015

Protect Your Feet During Summer Travel

If you are planning a summer vacation trip outside the Chicago metropolitan area, you are not alone. Last Memorial Day weekend saw 37 million Americans hit the road or the runways, the highest level in 10 years (AAA). And the rest of the summer promises to equal those levels. You will probably remember to pack […]

Posted on July 1, 2015

Athletic Shoes Helping Charity

Even though he knew he’d end up paying a $10,500 fine, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall figured it was worth it. Wearing lime green shoes at the October 10th game violated NFL policy for not matching the team’s white color, but he says starting the conversation about Mental Health Awareness Week was important to […]

Posted on November 20, 2013

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