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How To Relieve Sore Feet

Do you often experience sore feet? We’ve been there and know how painful it can be, so what can you do to help combat this pain and what are common causes for sore feet?

These are just some of the frequently asked questions about foot pain and we’re here to help. Read on to learn more on the causes and how to relieve sore feet…

Causes of Sore Feet

There is a lot of foot problems or injuries that cause sore feet such as plantar fasciitis, arthritis, achilles tendonitis, broken feet, bunions and many other foot problems. We have covered some of the mentioned foot problems in previous posts but we will go into small detail about each just to remind you:

  • Plantar Fasciitis – Inflammation of the ligament that connects the heel to the bone called the plantar fascia.
  • Arthritis – Swelling and tenderness of one or more joints (can occur other places besides your feet).
  • Achilles Tendonitis – When the tendon that attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone called the Achilles tendon is damages due to injuries.
  • Bunions – A bony projection on the joint at the base of the big toe. It grows gradually and your toe turn inwards over time.

How To Relieve Sore Feet

So now we have learnt more about how foot pain can be caused, let’s look at solutions. We will first go over general tips and then cover solutions that work best for the mentioned foot problems above for those who might need specific treatments.

General Tips for Foot Pain

Now let’s get into solutions aimed at previously mentioned foot problems:

  • Plantar Fasciitis – Physical therapy to strengthen lower leg muscles, taking anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen and in severe cases where you experience too much pain surgery may be an option too.
  • Arthritis – Ibuprofen and general painkillers to ease pain and inflammation, Changes of diet to be more balanced and healthier, physical therapy and in severe cases there are many surgeries to help combat this.
  • Achilles Tendonitis – Ibuprofen, stretching exercises, changes of diet to include less sugary foods and more foods like fruit and nuts, general rest and avoiding too much physical activity.
  • Bunions – Ibuprofen, using bunion pads along with comfortable shoes and apply ice to affected area to help with inflammation.

Ways to avoid foot pain

We all know the old adage: “prevention is better than a cure”, so what are some measures you can take to make sure foot pain is a thing of the past?
Here are a few tips:

  • Do stretches before exercises
  • Wear the right shoe size
  • Treat all underlying health conditions
  • Good sleep hygiene (7-9 hours a night)
  • Nutrient dense diet
  • Avoid high heels if you have experienced foot problems

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How To Measure The Width Of Your Feet

Why You Should Measure Your Feet

Picture the scenario: you normally wear a size 5 shoe but decided to purchase a pretty pair of shoes in the lower size because it was the last pair available. At first, you may notice a slight discomfort. Yet over time, you experience more prominent aches, pains and conditions that could have otherwise been avoided if it weren’t for the wrong size shoe. This problem is more common than you think – except instead of shoe length, it is attributed to shoe width.

Measuring the width of your feet is often overlooked, and yet is essential to help prevent potentially painful foot conditions from developing. Knowing the exact dimensions of your feet will help to mitigate wearing the wrong size shoes. However with fast fashion available 24/7, it’s all too easy to impulse purchase cheap, non-supportive shoes that cause health problems over longer periods of time and lack the adequate support for your feet.

Uufey shoes are equipped with all the necessary tools to make your feet feel as comfortable as possible. This includes arch support, removable insoles, orthotic footbeds and wide fit sizing. Wide fit sizing is especially important to allow the feet to breathe with an ergonomic shoe shape for full freedom of movement.

An amalgamation of both style and comfort, Uufey shoes are great for anyone suffering from plantar fasciitis, sensitive feet and flat feet. These benefits allow for someone to lead a more proactive and comfortable lifestyle.

How Do I Measure My Foot Width?

If you are suffering from foot problems we always advise that you seek professional shoe fitting and advice to ensure correct fitting footwear. However we appreciate that this is not always possible so here is a way to measure your feet at home to help you get the right size.

We use the ‘DB Shoe’ measurement system to help us gauge the correct size and width for you. Click here to view the guide.

Note: If you have narrow feet, we would always advise downsizing when purchasing a pair of Uufey Shoes. This is due to arch pain being more common in those with narrow feet, and wearing a wider fit may only serve to cause more discomfort.

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Q&A With Nurse Debbie

Last month we had a chat with Debbie, Mental Health Nurse also known as BeHealthyWithDebs about all things feet! Talking Feet was live on Instagram TV but the replay is available to watch on our YouTube channel.

The Q&A started off by talking about Uufey and Debbie’s experience with foot pain during both college and in her job as a nurse. This led her to research about solutions such as types of physical therapy to help flat feet and meeting our founder Ify to help find shoes that may ease her pain.

We then discussed in further detail about the different types of foot pain some people can commonly experience, covering a number of foot conditions including bunions, flat feet and plantar fasciitis. In conversation we learnt about flat feet and the causes, before delving into Plantar Fasciitis, a condition where the plantar fascia in the foot becomes inflamed. It is commonly caused by wearing the wrong shoes that are ill-fitting or too narrow, with weight and exercise injuries being other major contributors to the condition. Other solutions for foot pain besides getting the right shoes were also covered, including the importance of fitness and exercise.

Exercise is key for short-term foot pain relief however it is advised to use specific tools that will help provide more sufficient support over time. We demonstrated the benefits of exercising with a spiky ball, and wearing a support sleeve over your heel to help relieve pain while wearing your shoes.

The Q&A video goes into more detail about the subjects mentioned in this blog, visit our YouTube channel or IGTV for the full conversation. 

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How To Find Arch Support Shoes For Flat Feet

How To Find Arch Support Shoes For Flat Feet

When looking for comfortable shoes, arch support is a must as it helps reduce the likelihood of injuries or foot health concerns which may result from sports or work-related activities. Particularly if you suffer from flat feet, it’s important to find out what type of shoes you need to help prevent and manage your foot condition.

What are Flat Feet and How Do They Affect Us?

Flat Feet is a condition in which your arches touch the floor when you stand up straight. It is thought to be genetic, but the condition can also develop later in life. Not everyone experiences trouble with flat feet, however the majority of foot conditions can be exacerbated simply by wearing poorly fitting shoes – which is why it is so important to wear supportive footwear with arch support.

How Do I Fix Flat Feet?

Consulting your podiatrist, wearing the right shoes and certain exercises can help to strengthen and reduce pain for flat feet. Here are 5 top exercises recommended by health experts to improve foot health:

Exercises for flat feet

What Particular Shoes Should I Look For?

This really depends on the activity you do, as different types of shoes cater to different circumstances. Orthopaedic Shoes are recommended by podiatrists and more likely to help reduce injuries, as these types of shoes aim to be the most comfortable and adaptable.

What Shoes With Arch Support Do We Offer?

We offer a range of shoes with arch support for flat feet. Here are a few examples:

If you’re physically active and love hitting the gym, Chemin Trainers will be your new BFF. Featuring a removable insole and mesh lining for breathable comfort, Chemin cushions the feet with optimum ball support, heel support, and excellent shock absorption. These shoes are designed to make walking and running feel smooth while keeping your feet comfy every step of the way.

Working hard in the office? Sarah Zest might be the one for you. Featuring the added benefit of Uufey’s built in orthotic footbed to support and realign your feet, these ankle boots are fully adjustable and provide optimum comfort for flat feet. Don’t forget to engage in frequent desk exercises to improve circulation and avoid potential aches and pains.

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Hopefully this can help you to make an informed decision about finding the right orthopaedic shoes with arch support for flat feet. Whether you have experienced foot pain in the past or currently have a foot condition, we highly advise to check out our range of supportive shoes and see if you can find a pair to suit your needs. Your feet will thank you later!

Please note that Uufey shoes is not a treatment plan or a substitute for professional medical advice. We offer supportive shoes to complement other treatments or surgeries. Depending on the severity of your condition, Uufey shoes can help you prevent foot conditions or aid in your treatment.

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Anatomy of an Orthopaedic Shoe

An orthopaedic shoe is a suitable choice if you’re looking for comfortable footwear that provides solid support for your feet. Wearing the right shoe will help to keep your feet in optimum health and reduce your chances of developing painful foot conditions.

Anatomy of an Orthopaedic Shoe

Contoured Foot Bed

A deeper heel on orthopaedic shoes helps to stabilise the heel. This helps to distribute your body weight evenly over your feet, instead of having all the pressure and force of your weight being supported by your toes and the ball of your foot.

This also helps you to walk more naturally, further decreasing your risk of developing foot pain.

Sole

The cushioning in the soles helps with shock absorption, making for a comfortable step without heel pain.

Flexibility allows your shoe to mould to the contours of your feet, for maximum comfort and to ease the pressure on your feet. Flexible soles also allow your feet to flex freely as you’re walking, so too much stress isn’t placed on your arch and heels.

Orthopaedic Shoe

Arch Support

One of the best things about orthopaedic shoes is that they provide excellent arch and heel support, which is great for people who have flat feet or high arches.

You can get shoes with enough curve at the instep which removes any unnecessary gaps between the sole and the arch, providing full support for high arches.

Lots Of Space For Toes

Pointed shoes can cause a lot of grief for your toes and your forefoot. Orthopaedic shoes have a lot of space at the front of the shoe so your toes don’t get squished together, preventing bunions, hammertoe and other foot problems.

Anatomy of Uufey Shoes

What To Pay Attention To When Choosing Your Orthopaedic Shoes

Material

The range of materials available to make orthopaedic shoes and orthotics is diverse enough that newcomers to the orthotics industry feel overwhelmed when they start designing orthotics. The design of the orthopaedic shoe will greatly influence what types of materials that will be used.

For example, a lightweight athlete will have different requirements to a bulky construction worker when it comes to looking for suitable materials that will provide sufficient rigidity and support for these two different people.

Rigid materials help to control foot function while softer materials are used to help absorb shock and relieve any sensitive parts of your feet from excessive pressure.

Good Arch Support And Toe Box

The proper amount of arch support and space for your toes to all fit comfortably in your shoes is an absolute requirement for orthopaedic shoes.

After all, a very common contributing factor to a huge number of foot problems stems from shoes which are too narrow or do not have sufficient arch support.

The purpose of orthopaedic shoes is to assist with proper foot care. Taking care of your arches and your toes helps to reduce your risk of developing various painful foot conditions

Measure Your Foot At The End Of The Day

When measuring your foot, take the measurement at the end of the day. This is because your feet are slightly more swollen at the end of the day after being up and about using your feet all day.

Taking the swollen measurements ensures that even when you are using your shoes in the afternoon or evening, you won’t feel an uncomfortable pinching sensation due to your shoes being just a tad small in the evening.

Conclusion

Maintaining healthy feet is a lot easier when you are wearing shoes that promote foot health. Uufey Shoes are a shining example that not all orthopaedic shoes are dull and unfashionable.

Taking care of your feet will not only help to reduce foot pain, but it can also help with other aches and pains you may experience in your body. What are you waiting for? Go find the best orthopaedic shoes now – your feet will thank you for it.

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20 Facts About Feet You Probably Didn’t Know

Here at Uufey we believe the feet are the unsung heroes of our body. Being one of the most overworked but under-appreciated parts of the body, our feet are often taken granted. Here are some fun — and unusual — facts about feet.

1. Nearly 1/4 of all bones in our bodies are in our feet.

And what’s more – when these bones are out of alignment, the rest of the body is. Your foot posture determines how effectively your weight is distributed, and if unheeded can open the door to pain and discomfort in later life – which is why it’s so important to foster good posture and wear the right size shoes.

2. When standing and walking, the sole of your foot is the only part of your body in touch with the ground.

3. Only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems.

Ill-fitting shoes and lack of proper foot care are normally the cause of most common foot problems.

4. The average person walks approximately 10,000 miles in a lifetime and 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. 

5. We have a whopping 8000 nerve endings in our feet.

All those nerve endings mean our soles are prime targets for tickling. Having ticklish feet is a sign of good health, as reduced sensitivity may indicate peripheral neuropathy (numbness in the feet caused by nerve damage).

6. Elvis foot’ or ‘Elvis legs’ is climbing jargon for when a climber’s foot trembles on the rock due to fatigue or panic.

7. During a typical day, your feet absorb the collective load of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

On average, your feet absorb a total force of 26,000 pounds. All the more reason to support your feet properly throughout the day! Click here to get our foot care kit.

8. The skin on the soles of our feet is much thicker than any skin in our body.

9. Did you know that when you’re walking, your toes are in touch with the ground around 75% of the time?

When the big toe makes contact with the ground, it signals to the body you are balanced and as you leave the floor, the big toe helps you spring off the floor. The big toes are the prime movers of your entire feet! The nerve endings in your toes help your feet to maintain balance and bear the weight of your body when you walk – without toes the entire mechanism of foot movement would fall apart.

10. When it comes to flirtation, our feet can reveal our true feelings.

According to research compiled on behalf of shoemakers Jeffery West, a woman who is feeling flirtatious will position their feet out and away from her body. If she’s not feeling the chemistry, she’ll cross her legs or tuck her feet beneath her. Interestingly, the same phenomenon wasn’t observed in men.

11. Did you know our feet can continue to grow as we age?

Even though your feet will generally settle at around age 20, their shape and size will continue to change over the rest of your life. Once you hit 40, your feet grow by as much as half a shoe size every 10 years! The reason for this is because feet flatten and elongate as we get older.

12. Over half of us wear the wrong shoe size.

For men in particular it could be as high as 80 percent! We’ve seen what damage the wrong shoe size can bring, so it’s really important to get your feet measured, and figure out what size works for you – including half sizes, which are often overlooked.

13. According to research from Washington University in St. Louis, humans started wearing shoes as early as 40,000 years ago.

Analysing foot bones from Neanderthals and early humans, Researcher Erik Trinkaus identified a point in human history where the size of toe bones began to shrink. Combining this data with knowledge of how shoes change the way people walk, it was reasoned that smaller toe bones meant people had started wearing shoes.

14. A person weighs more walking than standing.

Walking is dead weight plus push energy, which adds about 30 per cent to standing weight.

15. The Fear of Feet is Podophobia.

16. The first shoes date back to 3,500 BC.

Located in an Armenian cave, this old leather shoe somewhat resembles a modern shoe.

17. The bones of children are softer than those of adults and can be more easily harmed by ill-fitting shoes or socks.

Fast growing feet need to be professionally measured every three months.

18. On average, women experience about four times as many foot-related problems as men.

Heels are generally regarded as the culprit, because of the extreme strain they add to the arch and the unnatural pressure they place on the toe box. Swap the heels for a healthier alternative today.

19. Each foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments.

20. Did you know standing still is far more tiring than walking?

This is because you only use a few muscles when you’re still, whereas walking distributes the burden of movement over many more muscles and increases circulation.

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10 Tips For Plantar Fasciitis Relief: Home Remedies to Treat and Prevent Pain

10 Tips For Plantar Fasciitis Relief: Home Remedies to Treat and Prevent Pain

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is a dull to severe pain in your heel caused by a strain and inflammation of your plantar fascia, aka “foot tissue”. This particular tissue is a ligament attached at one side to the heel bone. At the other side, the tissue fans out to attach at the base of each of your five toes. Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that develops when that tissue becomes inflamed, and often occurs for runners and people who have flat feet, high arches, are overweight, or who are on their feet a lot. When the plantar fascia is excessively stretched, micro-tears can occur, causing this swelling and subsequent pain.

What Can I Do for My Plantar Fasciitis

It can usually take between 6-12 months for your foot to get back to normal. To help speed up the recovery process, you can do these things at home to help  ease the pain:

1. Rest: Switching devices off before 10pm and getting adequate sleep (between 8-10 hours a night) is important to keep weight off your foot until inflammation decreases.

2. Ice: This is an easy way to treat inflammation, and there are a few ways you can use it. To make an ice pack, wrap a towel around a plastic bag filled with crushed ice or around a package of frozen corn or peas. Put it on your heel 3 to 4 times a day for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.

3. Pain relievers: Did you know the herbs in your kitchen can help to reduce inflammation? Natural painkillers such as turmeric, ginger and lavender can ease the pain of plantar fasciitis. Certain nutrients have also been proposed to help build strong tendons and ligaments by being building blocks for proteins and the immune system. These include magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), and fish oils with omega-3 fatty acids.

4. Stretching and exercise: Stretch your calves, Achilles tendon, and the bottom of your foot. Do exercises that make your lower leg and foot muscles stronger. This can help stabilise your ankle, ease pain, and keep plantar fasciitis from coming back.

5. Athletic tape: Tape can support your foot and keep you from moving it in a way that makes plantar fasciitis worse.

6. Shoe inserts: Also called insoles, arch supports, or orthotics, they can give you extra cushion and added support. You can get them over-the-counter (OTC) or have them custom made. Typically, your results will be just as good, and cheaper, with OTC inserts. When you choose one, firmer is better — and make sure it has good arch support.

7. Spikey Ball: For optimum pain relief, the Plantar Fascia Massage Ball facilitates a deep tissue massage by rolling away those deep muscle knots. Its ergonomic design helps increase blood circulation in the heel and arch area, soothing sore muscles and relieving foot pain.

It is recommended to use the spikey ball when you wake up first thing in the morning. Swivel round and place the ball on the floor under your affected heel and roll the ball under your heel and from your toes to your heel, for 1-2 minutes to get a stretch of the plantar fascia. Then stand onto the ball and roll it under your body weight for 1-2 minutes before getting on with your day. Do the same after getting up from a chair and before going to bed at night.

8. Weight Loss: Losing excess weight can really help reduce the stresses on the plantar fascia. Exercises that improve heart rate such as cycling, swimming and pilates can help with both prevention and management of plantar fasciitis.

9. Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy is extremely important to treat plantar fasciitis. Exercises to stretch any tight heel cords (which must be with a straight knee), as well as work on your core-stability, and assessment of your walking and running patterns are really essential in the treatment of plantar fasciitis to get you back to walking and running pain-free.

10. Plantar fasciitis foot arch support sleeves provide fast relief of pain and provide instant arch support that will help with heel pain. They also feature gradual compression, compressing the plantar fascia ligament and relieving pain. The orthotics feature Shock Guard Technology for immediate and all-day relief from plantar fasciitis and the full-length insole cushions protect the entire foot.

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The Importance of Wearing the Right Shoe Size

When it comes to shoes, it’s important to wear the right shoe size and choose footwear that supports you. Opting for ill-fitted or poorly-designed shoes can cause long term consequences to your feet over time and worsen existing foot conditions. Prevention is better than a cure, and it’s surprisingly simple to keep your feet in tip top condition to avoid running into uncomfortable problems in the future. Read on to learn about the importance of wearing the right shoe size.

It’s more common than you think

According to a 2018 study, only about 28 to 37% of people are actually wearing shoes of the right length and width.

The study found that the wrong size shoes correlated with increased foot pain and foot conditions, including corns, hammer toe, and calluses. It was also discovered that people with diabetes tended to wear shoes that were too narrow.

Shoes that are too tight often lead to pain and deformity over time. Wearing the wrong size shoe can cause problems, but the shape of the shoe may also be unsuitable depending on the contour. If you already have a foot problem of any kind (for example, an ulcer or deformity), shoes with a smooth shape may add pressure on the sensitive areas of your foot and worsen the condition.

Ingrown Toenails From Not Wearing The Right Shoe Size

Often caused by pressure from tight shoes or poorly-fitted shoes, ingrown toenails are painfully common. Ingrown toenails occur from extra pressure on your toe, which leads to the toenail growing into your skin. If left untreated, ingrown toenails may cause the skin around your nail to become infected.

Ingrown toenails are most commonly found on the big toe, but may also occur on other toes. To prevent this issue, ensure that you have properly fitting shoes and avoid cutting nails too short or rounded at the edges.

The Importance of Wearing the Right Shoe Size

Decreased Quality of Life From Wearing Poorly-Fitted Shoes

If your shoes are hurting your feet on a regular basis, this is bound to affect the quality of your day-to-day life. It is more common in women as in the fashion industry, ladies shoes are often not designed to be as functional or comfortable as men’s shoes. At Uufey we believe comfort shouldn’t have to compromise style, and our range of comfortable shoes for tired feet reflect this ethos.

Shoe Size Changes Over Time

Most people often think of foot size as being fixed – once you stop growing or reach a certain age in life, your feet no longer change in size. But the truth is that your feet adapt to different changes over the course of a lifetime.

  • As you get older, tendons relax with age and widen the size of your feet.
  • Certain medical conditions and medications cause water retention, which can cause foot swelling and wider feet.
  • During pregnancy, feet are affected by hormones that often result in increased foot swelling and shoe size.

Signs Your Shoes Are the Wrong Size

If you experience any pain or discomfort when walking, this is usually a clear sign that your shoes are the wrong size. However sometimes it is less obvious. If you can relate any of the following issues, it may be time to check your shoe size:

  • Bruising on your toenail:
  • Toenail loss or damage
  • Blisters
  • Calluses
  • Skin irritation around your toenails

How Can I Measure My Shoe Size?

You can visit your shoe store for a proper measurement and professional advice. Although there is no definitive guideline, some experts recommend that you measure your feet at least once or twice a year, or any time you buy new shoes.

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Choosing The Right Footwear

Selecting The Right Shoes

Choosing the right footwear may not strike you as that important. However, overlooking the impact of ill-fitted often results in making choices that can impact our foot condition and may lead to many painful foot problems over time.

Whether you are considering buying or wearing footwear for fashion, aesthetics, or function, there are some simple points to consider before your final selection. Your first pointer should be shoes that fit and reduces pain and chances of injury. This also requires having the self-discipline of not buying shoes based solely on their appearance (as tempting as it may be).

Here are a few tips to consider on choosing the right shoes:

  1. Buy shoes closest to the shape of your feet.
  2. Avoid narrow toe shoes that force your toes to squeeze.
  3. Pay attention to the width and the length of the shoes.
  4. Pick barefoot shoes where possible, or if this is impossible then opt for low block heel shoes over high pointed heels.
  5. Trust your comfort level on how you feel in your shoes. You are always the real judge of the fitting when choosing the right footwear.
  6. Opt for shoes with breathable material. 
  7. Select shoes with a wide and deep toe box.
  8. Never buy shoes in the hope that it would stretch or expand to fit in.
  9. Most people have one foot slightly bigger than the other, so choose a shoe size that fits the bigger foot comfortably. 
  10. Your feet are slightly smaller in the morning. Test new shoes in the afternoon or evenings where possible for choosing the right size.
  11. In choosing the right shoes, allow about half an inch from your longest toe to the end of your shoe to allow your toes enough space to wiggle yet not too much that your heel falls out of your shoes when you walk.
  12. Buy shoes you love that are pleasing to your eyes. You want to be happy with your investment.

 

Choosing the right footwear

Comfort is our top priority at Uufey Shoes. Three Zone Comfort is infused into each and every one of our shoes during the production process, offering you:

Stability: reduces muscle strain and helps you to maintain balance.

Arch Support: shock-absorbing arch supports are ideal for preventing and treating heal pain and plantar fasciitis.

Cushioning: extra support for ultimate comfort and durability.

 

Shop our range of comfortable women’s shoes today.

 

The information provided is for general information purposes only, unless specified otherwise. All information is provided in good faith and with research. We do not give health advice. Health information is provided for general educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional health advice. Always seek professional advise or speak to your physician about any concerns and health related issues

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