"Flats are better than heels." "All sneakers are created equal." "NEVER wear flip-flops." "It’s better to go barefoot at home." We've all heard these misconceptions before. We're here to set the record straight and help you learn exactly what to look for in every type of shoe in your closet.
Posted 10/3/2016 12:00:00 AM By: : 14,999 views
We've heard about the importance of proper workout footwear from medical professionals, magazines, friends, family and so many other sources. We get it! Running and walking require specially formulated shoes, while cross-trainers are more appropriate for the gym or a fitness class. But what happens to our feet after exercise?
As it turns out, there are some steps we should all be taking to ensure that our feet remain in tip-top shape after a workout. We asked podiatrist Dr. Jackie Sutera and doctor of physical therapy Brian Hoke, both of the Vionic Innovation Lab, for some insight into post-workout foot recovery. Here are their simple (yet indispensable) tips.
Cooldown stretching–here’s what to do after a workout to salvage your soles:
- Massage the soles of your feet by running the arch of your foot over a golf ball or other physical therapy ball on the floor to stretch out the fascia (i.e., the ligament that runs from the heel of your foot to your toes and can become inflamed, causing plantar fasciitis).
- In addition to stretching the feet, loosening your calf muscles is a must, Hoke tells Shape.com. "A common mistake is to allow the arches to fall while stretching the calf muscle. It causes stress that can aggravate foot problems, like heel pain and plantar fasciitis."
Address these common post-workout foot issues:
- Blisters: Pad, bandage and avoid the blister until it heals. If you must, clean a safety pin with alcohol and make a small hole to drain it, being careful not to pull off skin. Then, apply an antibiotic ointment to the area and bandage it.
- Calluses: Lightly buff the affected area with a foot file and then cover with a foot cream that contains salicylic acid, lactic acid or urea.
- Athlete's foot: Dry the feet very well after showering, and use medicated foot powder and topical anti-fungal ointments as directed.
- Heel Pain: Ice feet after working out and wear shoes with arch support even around the house. Don't go barefoot, as hard surfaces like wood or tile will exacerbate the pain.
Looking for a pair of post-recovery sandals? Our favorite Vionic Tide flip-flop is a favorite for a reason: The pronounced arch support and deep heel cup provide just the right amount of support and is proven to help alleviate heel pain.* And with over 20 colors and patterns to choose from, you’re sure to find your perfect pair.
About Vionic Footwear
Developed by Phillip Vasyli, renowned Australian podiatrist and founder of Orthaheel® Technology, all Vionic shoes help restore natural foot function and relieve heel pain, promoting a more active lifestyle. Vionic’s footwear and orthotic inserts are also endorsed by noted integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil. For additional information about Vionic, please visit VionicShoes.com.
*Based on a peer-reviewed clinical study partially funded by Vionic on people experiencing moderate, non-traumatic heel pain.
Posted 9/6/2016 12:00:00 AM By: : 14,510 views
We’ve all heard the song, “The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone. The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone…” And it’s true! The study of biomechanics has proven that everything is interconnected, and when there’s a misalignment in one part of the body, it can travel up your body and affect other areas. What causes this misalignment? Prolonged periods of standing or walking on concrete can cause the foot to over-pronate, resulting in the ankle rolling inwards and the arch collapsing. That’s why it’s so important to wear the best shoes for standing on concrete when you’re constantly walking on hard surfaces.
Posted 8/2/2016 12:00:00 AM By: : 25,307 views
Whether you have a little or a lot of weight you're determined to lose, it's difficult not to get stuck focusing on the big picture. What will you look like when you lose 10, 20, 30 or more pounds? You can probably envision your finish line and know you want to get there, but the "how" you'll get there can sometimes seem insurmountable. Weight loss works best when you take one day at a time. So how can you start making good choices today, and how can you prepare now for a healthier tomorrow?
Posted 8/1/2016 11:00:00 PM By: : 24,941 views
Traveling and exploring are some of the best parts about summer, but walking long distances and standing (hello, airport security lines!) can take a toll on your feet. We spoke with Vionic Innovation Lab experts Dr. Jackie Sutera and Brian Hoke, DPT about how you can preserve the health of your feet while enjoying a jam-packed schedule of summer travel.
Posted 7/5/2016 12:00:00 AM By: : 17,346 views
Finding time for fitness can itself feel as exhausting as a workout. You know that you could fit it in if it weren't for the lack of time, sleep or motivation; the never-ending household chores, grocery shopping or work deadlines; or the demands of the kids' schedules, spending time with your significant other or even just relaxing time just for yourself.
If this cycle sounds familiar, rest assured in the knowledge that not only are you not alone, but there are effective ways to get moving no matter how jam-packed your calendar. We're here to help you find time to fit in fitness and healthy living wherever you are throughout the day for the next 30 days. We’ve partnered with Vionic® with Orthaheel® Technology footwear to bring you the 30-Day #Find30: Home.Work.Play. Challenge! By joining the challenge, you will receive a foolproof plan to help you squeeze 30 minutes of daily fitness into your home, work or play time for the next 30 consecutive days.
Posted 7/1/2016 12:00:00 AM By: : 8,163 views
Losing weight is difficult—and once you do, keeping those pounds off can be even harder. No need to be discouraged, after all, it’s not impossible. Take it from someone who works with patients trying to achieve this very goal every day.
Posted 6/20/2016 12:00:00 AM By: : 39,465 views
Losing weight and keeping it off can be a challenge at any time of the year, but in the summer months it can be particularly trying when travel and social events quickly fill up the calendar and you can't even begin to think about wearing a bathing suit. With the right tools in place, though, you can stay on track without sacrificing the fun.
Posted 6/15/2016 12:00:00 AM By: : 16,159 views
As flip-flop season ramps up, it's important to keep in mind that not all of them are created equal, according to Vionic Innovation Lab expert and NYC podiatrist Dr. Jackie Sutera. Find out why flat flip-flops can be hazardous to your foot health and steps you can take to alleviate the risks.
Posted 6/2/2016 12:00:00 AM By: : 45,454 views
We could all use a little more Zen in our lives, right? A little more time to relax and peacefully zone out? A second to forget the to-do list? A moment to just be?
Yeah, that sounds pretty glorious. These days, weeks are full of rushing from one appointment or meeting to another while also trying to check your email, text back your friend about weekend plans and respond to all the social media dings going off. Not very Zen at all. And don't even get me started on the piles of laundry, the grocery store run you've been putting off and organizing the house—it never ends!
Posted 5/17/2016 12:00:00 AM By: : 3 comments 24,431 views
We wrapped up April’s Foot Health Month with answers to all your burning questions. We had an overwhelming response to our Q&A with Vionic Innovation Lab member Dr. Jackie Sutera! Here are answers to some of the top questions asked.
Posted 5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM By: : 54,721 views
These days, it seems like everyone is digging coconut.
There's coconut water, coconut milk, shredded coconut, coconut aminos and even coconut manna to try. Not to mention, coconut oil seems to pop up in just about every smoothie recipe you can find.
Posted 4/7/2016 12:00:00 AM By: : 4 comments 9,442 views
Heel pain can stop you in your tracks. And, if left untreated, it can severely limit your ability to lead the active life you want. We’ve consulted the experienced podiatrists in the Vionic Innovation Lab who suggested these six ways to easily treat heel pain.
Posted 4/4/2016 12:00:00 AM By: : 31,200 views
Signs of spring are all around: the grass is greener, the trees are budding and flowers are blooming. Isn't it time you, too, came out of winter hibernation and re-engaged in warm-weather activities? Lucky for you, our new challenge will help you get ready to tackle that spring sandal weather. We’ve partnered with Vionic® with Orthaheel Technology footwear to bring you The 30-Day #Find30: Spring Shape-Up Challenge! By joining the challenge, you will receive a foolproof plan to help you squeeze 30 minutes of daily fitness into your schedule for the next 30 days.
Posted 4/1/2016 12:00:00 AM By: : 8,187 views