June 16, 2014

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Benefits Of Compression Socks

Compression Socks have been used in the medical field for some time, aiding bedridden and inactive patients in order to prevent deep vein thrombosis (blood clotting). Now, people who are quite active are reaping many benefits from wearing compression socks: particularly athletes, nurses, factory workers, construction workers -- anyone on their feet for long periods of time.  

What Are Compression Socks?

Compression Socks are socks that have a graduated pressure: tightest at the ankle, decreasing in pressure to the top of the sock. They are fitted to individual needs through the large diverse selection we have available.

How Do Compression Socks Work?

They act as a layer of muscle by gently squeezing the vein walls together, allowing the valves to close. The cavities of the veins are reduced and blood flow is restored to a more normal state, which in turn aids in overall circulation. Compression Socks also act the way an ice bath would after a run, which aids in recovery. Many runners trust compression socks and sleeves because they find that they experience an increase in oxygen delivery and a decrease in lactic acid; this prevents cramps and minimizes muscle fatigue. Some studies found runners to have an increase in distance and anaerobic threshold in cycling and jumping performance while using compression socks.

Compression Socks Benefits.

Compression Socks have been found to increase oxygen delivery, decrease lactic acid, prevent cramps, minimize muscle fatigue, increase circulation and blood flow, decrease muscle soreness and perceived fatigue, and they keep you warm. They have even been found to increase blood flow and aid in the uptake of excess fluid in the lymphatic system of the legs during the recovery period after running. Based on a study by Elmarie Terblanche at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, those who ran in compression socks during the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon had significantly less damage. They were found to recover more quickly. Some were even ready to train in only three days. Those wearing compression socks ran 12 minutes faster, on average.

All the while, compression socks keep you looking "cool"- we offer you a wide selection of trendy and colorful options.

Let us help you pick out the right compression socks for your particular needs.  For any questions you may have, hit the blue comment button on the left.  We would love to help.

Compression Socks Benefits:

  • Increased Oxygen delivery
  • Decreased lactic acid
  • Prevent cramps
  • Minimized muscle fatigue
  • Increased circulation and blood flow
  • Decreased muscle soreness and perceived fatigue
  • Possible increased blood flow and lymph removal during the recovery period after running
June 02, 2014

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What is a Stress Fracture and What Do You Do With One?

Anyone who’s watched the Olympics has heard about one athlete or another dealing with a stress fracture. Maybe stress fractures have occurred a little closer to home, too – in yourself or a friend. Stress fractures can be very painful, and it’s important to understand what they are so that proper treatment can be sought.

What’s a stress fracture?

Stress fractures are tiny, microscopic cracks that appear in the bone. Many people aren’t aware that our skeletal systems are constantly repairing themselves, replacing worn out bone cells on a daily basis as we sleep. Stress fractures happen when there’s too much strain on a given bone for the damage to be repaired overnight.

What causes a stress fracture?

By far the most common cause of stress fractures is simple overuse. They’ll often crop up in athletes that are training or otherwise exercising with suddenly greater intensity, duration or frequency than prior levels. Other whole-body issues such as nutrition deficiencies, lack of sleep or even hormonal imbalances can contribute to stress fractures.

What’s the cure for a stress fracture?

The first step in treating a stress fracture is diagnosing it. The pain is felt within the bone and it’s right around the affected area – both while it’s in use (for example, jumping on a leg with a stress fracture) and when it’s pressed on (otherwise known as bone tenderness). It’s alleviated with rest and exacerbated with use. A stress fracture diagnosis can come from an x-ray, but early stress fractures are not always picked up by x-rays. Other, more precise diagnostic tools are bone scans and MRIs.

Once you’ve got a stress fracture diagnosis, the main element of recovery is rest – generally anywhere from one to six weeks with a gradual return to weigh-bearing for a non-serious diagnosis. Over time and with enough rest, the bone will be able to repair itself and normal activity can be resumed. More high-risk stress fracture, such as those in the hips, are treated more aggressively to prevent the micro-fractures from becoming full-blown fractures.

How can Insoles and Beyond help with stress fractures?

The best treatment for stress fractures is prevention. While stress fractures can occur in any bone of the body, they most frequently appear in the lower extremities, which are weight-bearing and subject to high-impact use. One of the ways you can support yourself while you’re recovering from a stress fracture is to wear supportive footwear with plenty of cushioning. This will improve how efficient your biomechanics are, reducing any unnecessary strain, while providing shock absorption to reduce the impact of your stride. Our recommended insoles for work boots have some of our favorite cushioning insoles on the market. If you aren’t sure which is right for you, click the contact button on the left to get in touch! We’re happy to help.

 

None of this information is intended to replace a diagnosis from a licensed professional. If you suspect that you’re dealing with stress fractures, see your doctor as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis. 

May 19, 2014

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What is a Shin Splint and How Do You Treat One?

If you’re accustomed to doing any kind of high-impact activity for any duration of time (running or ballet, for example), you may have dealt with a problem known as shin splints. View full article →
May 05, 2014

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Every Day I’m Compression-ing: The Hows and Whys of Compression for Venous Health


Make an investment in your long-term vein health today with compression stockings for women and/or compression socks for men. Act now, before it's too late! View full article →
April 28, 2014

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Product Spotlight: CEP Compression Calf Sleeves

Have you ever tried a compression calf sleeve? Whether you’re new to the concept or an old pro at using compression legwear, we’ve got the right product for you.  View full article →
March 24, 2014

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Foot Arch Strengthening Exercises

One of the things you can do to support your foot health in addition to wearing arch support inserts is foot arch strengthening exercises. Here are four to get you started.  View full article →
March 12, 2014

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New Product Spotlight: UltraStretch Night Sock, one of our favorite night splints for plantar fasciitis

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering the UltraStretch night sock from Powerstep. And as with every other product we carry, it comes with our customer satisfaction guarantee as well as free domestic shipping and flat-rate international shipping.

Do you suffer from plantar fasciitis pain, heel pain in the morning, Achilles tendonitis, or another overuse injury to the foot? Let me introduce you to your new best friend, the UltraStretch.

The UltraStretch is a sock that is worn at night while sleeping, or during the day while at rest. It’s a simple idea – a sock with a strap that connects the toe to the calf, keeping the foot flexed with a gentle stretch that prevents the shrinking and tightening of the foot muscles and soft tissues that can happen at night. It’s this contraction that leads to common foot pain problems like plantar fasciitis.

One of the things we love about the UltraStretch is the fact that it adjusts to a huge range of leg shapes and sizes. We offer it in two sizes – regular and large – and each of those sizes is easily adjusted to fit the person wearing the sock. It’s a versatile, useful plantar fasciitis sock that many people think is preferable to a rigid or bulky plantar fasciitis night splint and the uncomfortable boots meant to be worn at night. The sock itself is made of a super-soft material that is durable and fits closely without becoming too loose, and the strap has an intuitive adjustment design that makes it extremely easy to use.

Plantar fasciitis is one of the biggest complaints we hear from people who have foot pain. We’re happy to offer specifically designed plantar fasciitis inserts and other arch support inserts for flat feet, high arches, and general foot comfort and balance. The UltraStretch is yet another way that we can help you find plantar fasciitis pain relief – use it as a comfortable night splint for plantar fasciitis and other overuse injuries to relieve pain all day. Give it a try today and see if you wake up to a better tomorrow!

February 24, 2014

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Inserts for Flat Feet Make Your Shoes into Flat Feet Shoes

Lots of people think they have flat feet, whether they have fallen arches, low arches, significant overpronation, or truly flat feet. While it’s not common to have an actual flat foot, the common low arch problem does lend itself to needing some help.

We get a lot of inquiries about insoles and orthotics for flat feet and shoes for flat feet. There are certainly arch support shoes you can find on the market, but the options are limited and not always attractive. What we at Insoles and Beyond aim to do is help you make your favorite shoes into the ideal flat feet shoes for you. You don’t need to toss all of your comfortable or cute shoes and boots just because you have low arches or flat foot pain. Try an arch support insert for flat feet and see if that makes any difference. We offer free shipping to the U.S. and a no-hassle return policy to make it even easier for you to find the right flat foot inserts.

People with low arches or overpronated flat feet can often find pain relief and increased stability from many of the flat feet inserts we offer. Different insoles work better in different kinds of shoes, so finding the right insole for your shoes is not only feasible but easy to do. Whether it’s your favorite close-fitting dress shoes or you have some must-wear work boots to keep you safe on the job, we can help turn your close-toed shoes of any style into shoes for flat feet – just by adding an arch support insole.

Often the best inserts for flat feet are determined by the arch height that the insert offers. Many insoles are made with firm, supportive arches that work well for lots of feet, but we also have heat-molded insoles from Sole that take the shape of your foot, as well as some insoles specifically designed by Sof Sole and currexSole to fit people with lower arches.

It turns out, sometimes the best shoes for flat feet are your own shoes. Let us help you make your own shoes into shoes for flat feet.

February 17, 2014

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Product Spotlight: Powerstep Pinnacle and Pinnacle Maxx

Has your podiatrist or orthopedist recommended that you start wearing replacement insole for overpronation? Or maybe you were told by a doctor that you have a flat foot and you need arch support inserts for it. For these and many other reasons, patients look for Powerstep inserts. Powerstep is one of the most highly recommended arch supports by the medical community, thanks in part to their long-standing reputation for being one of the best orthopedic shoe inserts available. Founded in 1991 by an experienced orthopedist who had studied the custom orthotics he’d been making for patients for years, Powerstep refers to itself as “the gold standard” in arch supports. Since that time, the company has been living up to its mission of providing foot pain relief through supportive insoles.

We are pleased to offer the Powerstep Pinnacle, as well as the Powerstep Pinnacle Maxx. These are two of the most highly recommended replacement insoles on the market, and either the Pinnacle or the Pinnacle Maxx will work for a range of foot shapes and shoe types. If you have flat feet, you overpronate, or you simply want to make your shoes more comfortable, here's what the Pinnacle and the Pinnacle Maxx can do for you.

The Pinnacle is Powerstep’s most popular insole. It features a contoured shell that stabilizes the heel and supports the arch, covered in two layers of padding for comfort. In the heel cup, a slight lift (called a "post") secures the heel into correct posture, which addresses the issues of pronation and flat-footedness. The anti-bacterial top layer reduces heat and friction in the shoe, making it not only a supportive environment that provides efficiency and stability, but a comfortable one as well.

The Pinnacle Maxx shares many features with the Pinnacle, but it is set apart by its supreme cushioning. The cushioning in the Pinnacle Maxx is the most plush cushioning available from Powerstep, making it also one of the best insoles for foot pain caused by bunions, neuropathy, and even heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.

The Pinnacle series comes highly recommended to correct pronation and to support flat feet. These insoles are among the best insoles for overpronation and they’re also some of the best insoles for flat feet. If you suffer from either (or both) of these two issues and you are looking for a new pair of insoles to try, consider the Pinnacle and the Pinnacle Maxx from Powerstep.

February 09, 2014

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Interview with Track Coach Liz Wort

I recently had the chance to chat with renowned athlete and track&field coach Liz Wort, a collegiate star-turned-coach at Duke University who is now coaching track and field at TCU. Liz tried a pair of our new currexSole RunPro insoles for runners (and everyone else), and we wanted to know what she thought about the insoles, about coaching, and about being a runner. Enjoy this interview!

 

Insoles and Beyond: Have you ever used insoles in your running shoes before trying the RunPro? What first drew you to using inserts for your running shoes?

Liz Wort: Never used insoles but have always needed structured shoes because I overpronate and have flat feet.  I wear Nike shoes now because that is the shoe company we are sponsored by at TCU and the Nike training shoes don't provide as much support.  The Nike shoes with the insole have been a good option!  I also like the insole with my Asics shoes, which is what I am wearing now.

 

IAB: What do you think of the RunPro insoles? 

Liz: Very comfortable!!  Not overly supportive but a very nice supplement to the support already in my shoe.

 

IAB: What are some of the biggest benefits of the RunPros?  

Liz: Just enough cushioning to support your foot, but not too much.  Sometimes insoles or orthotics can hurt your foot because they offer too much correction and these do not do that. 

 

IAB: CurrexSole says the secret to its RunPro insoles is the Dynamic Arch Technology (DAT), which is designed to keep the foot in the optimal position. How did the DAT affect your stride, stability, and/or efficiency? 

Liz: I believe the DAT in the RunPro helped support the inner arch of my foot, which I tend to roll in on.  By keeping it supported, that allows my shin and knee to fall into a comfortable stride that doesn't put strain anywhere.

 

IAB: The RunPro comes in three different arch heights. What do you think is the importance of having the arch height option when selecting insoles? 

Liz: Everyone has a different foot and a different stride, and I know that I personally need different support than someone who has a foot with more natural arch (I have very flat feet) or someone who doesn't pronate as much (I am a big overpronator). 

 

IAB: Would you recommend the RunPro line to your students and colleagues?

Liz: Yes!  I think it can offer excellent supplemental support to the right kind of shoe/person.

  

IAB: What are some of your favorite moments (or achievements) as an athlete? as a coach? 

Liz: As an athlete:  competing in the Olympic Trials and NCAA Championships (in track and cross country, especially my senior cross country season when our Duke team placed 3rd at NCAA's and won back-to-back ACC and NCAA Regional Championships--that was fun!!), as well as the Penn Relays.  As a coach: watching Duke teams win Penn Relays titles and coaching an athlete to a 10k NCAA individual track & field title. 

 

IAB: Why do you run? 

Liz: I love to get outside and breathe the fresh air and it helps me get some of my energy out!  It clears my mind and gives me some "me" time for my day or if I'm running with friends it is a fun social experience!  I also love to explore new places and you can see some awesome things via running that you can't see any other way!

 

IAB: What are your coaching aspirations? 

Liz: I always want to develop each athlete I coach to their fullest athletic potential – help them grow as a person, learn how to overcome failure, set high goals and do the hard work required to chase their dreams.  In terms of outcome results, I always aim to have as many athletes as possible scoring points at the conference meet or becoming NCAA All-Americans.

 

 

Thanks, Liz! All the best to you and your team!

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