July 07, 2015

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Do Compression Socks Help Treat Edema? | Insoles and Beyond

Are Compression Socks a Practical Solution for Edema?

Many people suffer from edema - especially in their legs.  Compression socks help treat and prevent edema in the legs.

Edema and Its Causes

Edema or swelling occurs when excess fluid leaks into your body tissues. If you have a damaged capillary or increased pressure, it excretes fluid to the surrounding tissue and causes swelling. Leaking tiny blood vessels force the kidneys to get more sodium and water. But this results in more outflow and swelling around the affected tissue. 

Some of the most common causes of edema include the following:

  • Lack of exercise. As regular exercise helps stimulate blood circulation, an inactive lifestyle will sure contribute to the swelling of the body, especially of the legs and feet. 
  • Long period of standing or sitting. Due to gravity, more blood clogs up in the feet and causes poor circulation. Prolonged retention of blood in the area may cause damage to blood vessels and eventually, swelling.
  • Heat.  Heat can also cause edema. When the weather is warm or hot, blood vessels widen causing the feet, ankles, and legs to puff up. 
  • Burns. Swelling is a normal reaction of the skin when exposed to burns or intense heat. Burns often add to the permeability of the blood vessels, resulting to leaked blood and fluids into the neighboring tissues.
  • Pregnancy. Swollen feet, hands, legs, face, and ankles are very common among pregnant women. During pregnancy, their bodies naturally produce more blood and body fluids to protect the babies that are developing inside their wombs.
  • Menstruation, pre-menstruation, and menopause. During this period the hormone levels fluctuate causing fluid to retain around damaged blood veins.
  • Contraceptive pill. These pills contain estrogen that causes fluid retention in the body. 
  • Illness. Many kinds of illness also cause swelling in the body. Among these are kidney disease, heart failure, chronic lung disease, liver disease, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, and thyroid disease.

Compression Socks vs. Edema

Medical professionals often recommend their patients with edema eat a low salt diet, get regular exercise, lose weight, and (you guessed it) wear compression socks.  Compression socks apply graduated pressure to the feet, ankles, and legs pushing excess fluid from the affected area and improving circulation which reduces edema significantly.

Check out our compression socks

 

July 06, 2015

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Are 3/4 Length Insoles Right for You?

Why 3/4 Length Insoles?

The primary reason you would choose a 3/4 length insole over a full length insole is that your shoe does not have enough room to accommodate a full length insole.  Unlike a full length insole, 3/4 length insoles will fit in virtually any shoe.  That said, many people get all the support they need from 3/4 length insoles.  These insoles, like full length insoles, support your arch and many provide metatarsal support as well. 

Benefits of 3/4 Length Insoles.

  1. They provide arch support. 
  2. They fit in practically any shoe - including dress shoes.
  3. They can easily be moved from one pair of shoes to another.
  4. They can prevent and treat pain associated with plantar fasciitis.

Whether it's exercise or work, we demand a lot out of our feet.  Don't wait until foot problems (like plantar fasciitis) occur.  Care for your feet now by using arch supporting insoles.  3/4 length insoles make it easy to care for your feet no matter what kind of shoes you are wearing. 

Exercise and other physical routines may hurt your soles. Do not wait for plantar fasciitis to hamper your healthy lifestyle. Care for your heels and foot arches now. Buy the right shoe inserts and other related products to protect your feet.  Shop our 3/4 length insoles here

June 29, 2015

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Benefits of Using Hiking Boot Insoles | Insoles and Beyond

Do you need hiking boot insoles? 

Is hiking your thing?  Is foot discomfort taking some of the fun out of hiking?  Would you like a little more cushioning and support when hiking?  Hiking boot insoles could be just what you need. 

Benefits of Using Insoles for Hiking Boots

Insoles for hiking boots typically have the following advantages: 

  • They are typically made of more durable materials than the insoles that come in your hiking boots; 
  • They are typically higher volume (which means more cushioning) since hiking boots tend to accommodate a thicker insole; 
  • They reduce the incidence of common injuries like plantar fasciitis; 
  • They provide stability to your gait and reduce excessive pronation and supination; 
  • Many insoles for hiking boots are heat moldable for a perfect fit;
  • They provide arch support which helps take some of the load off your feet - especially if you are backpacking; 
  • Supportive insoles are better for people who have low or collapsed arches. It helps stimulate the arch muscles when they are engaged in sports and stressful activities like hiking.

Hiking boots insoles generally lasts up to a couple of years or more unless you use them daily. Insoles and Beyond carries the trusted brands of hiking boots insoles.

Here are a few of our most popular insoles for hiking.

 

Sole Softec Ultra Heat Moldable Insoles

 

Sole Softec Ultra Insulated Heat Moldable Insoles

June 28, 2015

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Why Wear Running Shoe Insoles? | Insoles and Beyond

Should You be Wearing Insoles for Runners

Runners, like other athletes and active people, are at risk of sustaining foot injuries.  You can reduce your risk of injury with proper stretching (before and after running), proper running form, proper footwear, and yes, wearing insoles designed for runners.  Insoles can protect runners' feet, bones, joints, tendons, tissues, and ligaments.  A quality insole (or foot bed) is as important as quality running shoes.

Benefits of Insoles for Runners

When you run, your feet act as your body's natural shock absorbers.  Wearing the right insoles is a great way to care for those shock absorbers.  Unfortunately, the foam inserts that come in your running shoes do little to help.  Replace those foam inserts with insoles for running and enjoy the following benefits: 

  • Increased Comfort; 
  • Better Shock Absorption; 
  • Reduced Incidents of Injury; 
  • Antibacterial Materials Reduce Odor; 
  • More Proper Running Form. 

Buying Insoles for Runners

You don’t need to purchase expensive custom-made orthotics.  Insoles and Beyond, carries a large variety of insoles for runners.  Our products come in different styles, designs, sizes, colors, shapes, thickness, brands, and prices.  Apart from offering the best deals on selected items, we also ship orders free of charge for customers in the US. 

Need Ideas?  Try these: 
Sof Sole Fit Insoles
currexSole RunPro Insoles
Sole SofTec Insoles
June 27, 2015

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Guide in Buying Insoles for Dress Shoes | Insoles and Beyond

How to Pick the Perfect Insoles for Your Dress Shoes

Insoles are not only for athletic shoes.  You can wear insoles in your dress shoes to provide support and protect your feet during the 9 to 5 grind.  If you are in the hunt for the perfect insoles for your dress shoes, here are some things to consider: 

  • Arch Support.  You'll want to ensure that the insoles you are putting in your dress shoes have adequate arch support. 
  • Length.  One feature of most dress shoes is that they are low volume - meaning there isn't a whole lot of room to insert a replacement insole.  Insoles for dress shoes come in two lengths: 3/4 length and full length.  While insoles designed for dress shoes typically are made to fit low volume shoes, sometimes a 3/4 length insole will give you more flexibility. 
  • Cushioning.  Dress shoes provide little cushion and unfortunately the have very little room for insoles that provide that cushioning.  Some insoles made for dress shoes have been designed to maximize the amount of cushioning that dress shoes will accommodate. 
  • Metatarsal Support.  Aside from arch support, you may want to consider insoles with metatarsal support.  This support can help with pain in the ball of your foot - often metatarsalgia. 

Take a look at our collection of insoles for dress shoes

http://www.insolesandbeyond.com/collections/insoles-for-dress-shoes-best-insoles-for-dress-shoes-dress-shoe-inserts/products/powerstep-signature-full-length

Powerstep Signature Full Length Leather Insoles

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Powerstep Signature 3/4 Length Insoles

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Medi Footsupport Business Insoles w/ Metatarsal Support

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Medi Footsupport Business Slim Insoles w/ Metatarsal Support

 

 

 

June 24, 2015

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Plantar Fasciitis Socks | Insoles and Beyond

Plantar Fasciitis Socks: Relief When Plantar Fasciitis Strikes

Are you suffering from heel pain?  Chances are you have plantar fasciitis. Often, heel pain is due to plantar fasciitis, which results from inflammation in the tissues that connect the heel bone and toes. This inflammation can cause pain in one or both feet. 

Treatment for plantar fasciitis can take many forms.  From anti-infammatory medications and insoles on one side of the spectrum to surgery on the other.  One of the many ways to treat plantar fasciitis includes plantar fasciitis socks.  These socks are non-invasive, affordable and effective. 

Plantar fasciitis socks tend to take two forms: 

1) A compression garment like the Powerstep PF Sleeve.  These socks work in several ways.  They reduce inflammation by providing better blood flow.  Good blood flow is essential to remove toxins and get healing oxygen to the affected area.  These socks also apply pressure and provide support to the plantar fascia.  Supporting the plantar fasciitis lessens the likelihood of strain on the tissue.

2) Night socks like the Powerstep UltraStretch Night Sock.  These socks work by gently stretching the plantar fascia while you sleep allowing it to heal in a stretched position.  Normally, when you sleep, the plantar fascia constricts.  When you wake up in the morning and take those first steps, the plantar fascia suddenly stretches and causes micro tears that are very painful.  These socks reduce and even prevent that from happening. 

Plantar fasciitis can affect children and adults alike because it can result from any of the following conditions. 

  1. Obesity
  2. Pregnancy
  3. Aging
  4. Standing for a long period
  5. Lifting heavy things
  6. Having high arches
  7. Being flat-footed 
  8. Having ill-fitting footwear
  9. Having foot injury or trauma
  10. Running/athletics 

Consider getting some pain relieving plantar fasciitis socks from Insoles and Beyond. 

June 23, 2015

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Best Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis | Insoles and Beyond

Wearing the right shoe inserts (insoles) can treat the common heel pain known as plantar fasciitis. 

Are you experiencing sharp pain in your heel after long walks, after running, or after standing on your feet all day?  Is the pain most acute when you take those first steps in the morning?  Chances are that pain is plantar fasciitis (often described as heel spurs).  No need to panic - this is a common condition.  Also, don't ignore the problem.  Plantar fasciitis can be prevented, treated, and healed.

Here's what you need to know about plantar fasciitis and how to get back to your regular activities. 

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that runs along the bottom of your feet. The plantar fascia connects the heel bone to the toes.  When plantar fascia becomes inflamed (usually due to overuse) the pain typically manifests as sharp pain in the heel - plantar fasciitis. 

Symptoms

Typically, the pain of plantar fasciitis is not present during a particular activity such as running or sports.  The pain usually show up in the hours after the activity ends or when you get up in the morning. 

Causes

Overuse (exercise, running, or jogging) is not the only cause of plantar fasciitis.  It can develop as the result of gaining weight or simply aging. Here are some other causes of plantar fasciitis:  

  • Structure of the feet (a high arch or flat feet)
  • Structure of the legs (uneven length or abnormal posture)
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Standing on hard surfaces
  • Wearing shoes (high-heeled, worn out, poorly cushioned, or shoes with thin soles or weak arch support)
  • Pronation
  • Increased intensity in physical activity

Treatment

One of the most conservative and easiest ways to treat and prevent plantar fasciitis is by wearing insoles.  Here are some of the best insoles for plantar fasciitis

 

 

If plantar fasciitis persists for a long time, see your healthcare provider. 

June 20, 2015

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Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis | Insoles and Beyond

Heel Pain? Try These Orthotics for Plantar Fasciitis

Do you experience sharp pain in your heel?  Chances are you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a common medical condition caused by strain and inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot called the plantar fascia.  Plantar fasciitis is often an overuse sports injury but can also be the result of being overweight or wearing unsupportive footwear. 

Fortunately, there are many orthotics designed to relieve the pain and promote healing for those suffering from plantar fasciitis.  Here are some excellent orthotics for plantar fasciitis: 

1. Heel Cups for Plantar Fasciitis

Heel cups are small, easy to incorporate, orthotics for plantar fasciitis.  Generally, heel cups are designed to cushion and absorb shock thereby relieving the sharp heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis.  To use them, simply slip the heel cup into the back of your shoe. They are usually made of flexible plastic or gel substance, which absorbs shock as you run or walk. 

Heel-That-Pain creates heel cups (called "heel seats") that provide excellent cushioning and reshaping of the fat-pad in the heel to reduce pain.  Heel-That-Pain Heel Seat for Plantar FasciitisAdditionally, Heel-That-Pain's heel seats incorporate a patented fascia bar that provides acupressure for the foot and gives appropriate lift so that the foot is aligned properly and can begin to heal itself naturally.

2. Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis

Insoles for plantar fasciitis help correct bio-mechanical problems and provide arch support (a key to preventing and relieving plantar fasciitis).  Insoles typically come in two varieties: full length and 3/4 length insoles. 

  • Full-Length Insoles. These insoles run the full length of your shoes.  They fit in almost all athletic shoes and are preferred provided your shoes will accommodate them.  Here are some excellent full-length insoles for plantar fasciitis: 





  • 3/4 Length Insoles – These insoles tend to fit easily into casual and dress shoes - shoes that may not accommodate a full length insole.  Here's an example: 

     

    3. Night Splints for Plantar Fasciitis

     

    Night splints treat plantar fasciitis while you are sleeping.  While you sleep, the plantar fascia constricts (tightens).  When you wake up and take your first steps, the plantar fascia is painfully stretched - this is why plantar fasciitis can seem at its worst upon waking.  Night splints/socks gently stretch the plantar fascia overnight allowing the tissues to heal and effectively reduces those first painful steps in the morning that most people with plantar fasciitis experience.  Here are some examples: 

    4. Other Items for Plantar Fasciitis

     

    Looking for high quality orthotics for plantar fasciitis? Browse through our web site for a good selection of insoles, heel cups, and night splints. Visit www.insolesandbeyond.com.

    June 19, 2015

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    Compression Sleeves For Legs | Insoles and Beyond

    Compression Sleeves: Will They Work for Your Legs?

    You've seen runners using compression sleeves for their legs.  But compression sleeves are not for athletes alone.  Anyone can use them to protect or improve health.  For years, people have used compression socks and sleeves to combat the effects of diabetes, edema, and other circulatory issues. 

    Studies show that wearing compression socks or sleeves can provide the following benefits: 

    • Improved blood flow.  Good blood flow is important for maintaining a healthy body. We produce lactic acid, a body waste, during strenuous activity. Without proper blood circulation, that toxin remains in the muscles causing soreness and pain. Due to gravity, blood pools in the lower limbs during long periods of sitting or standing. This can cause swelling and be harmful to the veins. However, applying graduated pressure on the legs enhances blood circulation with compression socks or sleeves forces blood back to the heart where it can become oxygenated and transmit that oxygen to the rest of the body.
    • Lessened fatigue. When you stand for a long time, it adds strain to the veins of the legs. Research shows that athletes who use compression socks feel less leg pain. Wearing the sleeves helps the legs to recover faster after a hard workout.  
    • Protect your legs. The socks can protect your legs from dirt and insects. It will collect the dust, and cover your lower limbs from bugs’ bites. If you want to run outdoor, the garment will protect your legs from humid and the sun’s heat. They help prevent varicose and spider veins. 
    • Increase leg stamina. When you have healthy legs, you can endure long periods of running, standing, or other activities. 
    • Give warmth.  Among the ways to keep your legs healthy is to keep them warm. The elderly often need heat to lessen the pain of arthritis during cold season. Compression socks can ease this discomfort. They also help reduce swelling on the ankles. 

    Take a look at some of these: 

    Athletic Compression Socks

    Calf Compression Sleeves
    CEP Compression
    June 17, 2015

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    Plantar Fasciitis Shoe Inserts | Insoles and Beyond

    Plantar Fasciitis: Causes, Treatments, and Insoles.

    Plantar fasciitis (often diagnosed as heel spurs) is one of the most common causes of pain to both recreational and serious runners and other athletes. It affects not only novice runners but also the pros. Many runners ignore the pain and seek treatment only after the problem becomes severe. The best step is to treat the problem early on, so it will not worsen and limit you from running or going about your usual activities.

     

    The causes of plantar fasciitis are not always due to trauma or direct injury but rather they are usually the result of neglect. Here are the most common causes: 

    • Overtraining; 
    • Biomechanical Flaws (Flat or High-Arched Feet); 
    • Wearing Old/Worn Running Shoes; 
    • Running on Hard Surfaces (Asphalt or Concrete); 
    • Tight Achilles Tendons or Calf Muscles; 
    • Excessive Pronation; and
    • Wearing High Heels.

    Treatments and Prevention

    Plantar fasciitis is one of the most bothersome running injuries due to its stubborn nature.  It may take months or even years to heal.  That's why it is important to catch and treat it early on. With early detection and proper treatment, plantar fasciitis doesn't have to linger. Try the following actions at the first sign of soreness in the arch or the heel.

    • Rest Your Feet - Refrain from running and limit the time you spend on your feet.  Instead, try biking, swimming, yoga.
    • Roll Ice on Your Feet - Roll something cold or frozen such as water bottle on your foot arch for 20 minutes every evening to heal the affected tissues.
    • Stretch Your Calf - Make it a habit to stretch your calf throughout the day.  Try to stretch 10 times a day for 30 to 60 seconds at a time. 
    • Wear Shoes - Avoid going barefoot. Put on rigid shoes that bend only at the toes. You can test the shoes by turning them upside down, grabbing both ends, and bending them. The ones that fold in the middle may have caused your pain.  
    • Try Insoles - Wear the right plantar fasciitis shoe inserts to help reduce the pain and prevent the injury from worsening, too. 

    Here are some good options to help you treat and prevent plantar fasciitis: 

    Heel-That-Pain. 

    medi footsupport Heel Spur Pro.

    Powerstep UltraStretch Night Sock.

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