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5 Step Foot Massage

Posted by Billy Kanter on Apr 12, 2016 8:55:11 AM

Knowing how to receive a foot massage doesn’t take much. However, knowing how to give a good foot massage takes a little bit of skill. While we all probably prefer to receive the massage, as they say, “you have to give to get.”

Here are 5 easy steps for giving the best foot massage –

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Topics: General, Foot Care

Traditional Chinese Remedies for Foot Pain and Strain

Posted by Billy Kanter on Apr 4, 2016 12:26:56 PM

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, fasciitis is understood to result from kidney and liver deficiencies. The kidney controls the bones, while the liver controls the tendons and the ligaments. The kidney is regarded as the most important reservoir of the body’s essential energy, and is required to nourish the bones and the whole body. The Kidney Meridian starts from the small toe, proceeds through the arch of the foot, and then flows upwards throughout the rest of the body. Alternatively, the liver stores blood, which nourishes tendons and ligaments. If the liver is deficient, it may result in muscle cramps.

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Topics: Foot Care

Diabetic Neuropathy – A Beginners Guide

Posted by Billy Kanter on Mar 29, 2016 2:05:34 PM

While many of my blog posts address tips, tricks and advice in regards to some foot condition, at times, I feel it is very important to review and have an understanding of the issues themselves. One of the most common symptoms of diabetes is diabetic neuropathy.

What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is nerve damage that may be caused by a number of different medical conditions. Individuals with chronic high blood sugar have a greater risk of developing diabetic neuropathy. According to several studies, between 60 and 70 percent of people with diabetes have some degree of neuropathy. Damaged blood vessels, nerve inflammation, carpal tunnel syndrome and other mechanical injuries to the nerves can also help to cause this condition.

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Topics: Diabetes Awareness, Diabetic Health, Foot Care, Diabetic Footwear

Eat for your Feet

Posted by Billy Kanter on Mar 25, 2016 1:18:10 PM

Eating for your feet sounds like an odd concept. It even sounds weird to say. Nonetheless, it is important to know how your diet can directly affect the health of your feet. In addition to the normal foot-care routine and very comfortable shoes (shameless plug), a healthy diet can do wonders to keep your feet happy and healthy. Take a look at these foods for building healthy skin, durable muscles and ligaments, and strong bones in your feet.

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Topics: Diabetic Health, Foot Care

5 Exercises for Hammer Toes

Posted by Billy Kanter on Feb 23, 2016 6:00:00 AM

For those of you who are unfamiliar, a hammertoe is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, and/or fifth toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, which can eventually lead to foot complications. Which is why it’s super important to have accommodating and properly fitting shoes to accommodate for a hammertoe condition. The best shoe brand for people suffering from hammertoes is of course…drumroll…Anodyne! There goes my shameless plug quota.

Nonetheless, aside from wearing properly fitting shoes, it’s also very important to exercise your hammertoes. Exercising your hammertoes is important because hammertoes usually start out as mild deformities and get progressively worse over time. In the earlier stages, hammertoes are flexible and the symptoms can often be managed with noninvasive measures. But if left untreated, hammertoes can become more rigid and will not respond to non-surgical treatment.

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Topics: Foot Care

3 Tips to Prevent Foot Odor

Posted by Billy Kanter on Feb 19, 2016 7:00:00 AM

I may be generalizing, but I think it’s safe to say, all of us deal with foot odor…to some extent. Some of us more than others. And we all have that one friend, sibling, mom, dad, son or daughter whose feet just absolutely stink! Rather than just accept that foot odor is a part of life, let’s proactively manage it.

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Topics: Foot Care

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Their Feet

Posted by Billy Kanter on Jan 19, 2016 9:30:26 AM

Let’s face it. most of us are hard on our feet. On average, we take close to 10,000 steps a day. Nonetheless, even though we take all of those steps, generally we don’t go out of our way to properly care for our feet. A large part of that is due to a lack of knowledge about our feet, which is why I put together five important facts that everyone should know about our feet.

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Topics: Foot Care

Three Easy Ways to Help with Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Billy Kanter on Jan 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Being active is an important part of our everyday lives. Whether it be walking, running, swimming, biking, etc., it’s important to get some exercise. However, the development of Plantar Fasciitis can get in the way of your daily activities and routines. If you experience pain from your feet to your back, then you will want to find supportive materials and actions that allow you to keep moving. Here are a couple tips to stay on top of any potential plantar fasciitis related issues.

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Topics: Foot Care

Footwear Tips for Winter

Posted by Billy Kanter on Dec 30, 2015 8:57:13 AM

Hello Everyone,

My name is Billy Kanter, and I am excited to share with you all sorts of tips and facts about caring for your feet. Being a Certified Pedorthist, I hope I can share some knowledge with all of you. This week we are going to focus on caring for your feet in the cold winter months. Whether you're slogging through deep snow and sub-zero temperatures in the north, or contending with dampness, chill, and muddy conditions in the south, it's important to take care of your feet all winter long. You'll want them to be healthy and ready for action when spring finally arrives. Below are a couple tips I live by for keeping your feet right, while still staying active during winter.

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Topics: Foot Care

Don’t Let Diabetes Knock You Off Your Feet

Posted by Will Knight on Dec 14, 2015 2:48:14 PM

According to the latest numbers from the CDC, over 29 million Americans are living with Diabetes, and over a quarter of them don’t know it. When you have diabetes, you not only have to check your blood sugar and insulin levels. You also have to check your feet.

The combination of diabetes and high blood sugar can result in neuropathy, a loss of sensation, typically in the hands and feet. Which, in turn, can lead to situations in which the diabetic is unable to feel cuts, abrasions, calluses, and injuries to their feet. Especially for a diabetic, since they heal very slowly (due to poor circulation and a weakened immune system), unattended sores and calluses can fester, become infected and lead to amputations.

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Topics: Diabetic Health, Foot Care, Diabetic Footwear