Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • Why Do My Heels Crack?

    Cracked heels can be an unattractive, painful and embarrassing condition suffered by many people. While having cracked heels may feel like an endless cycle, help is at hand. Most cases can be treated at home and do not require any kind of specialist medication or treatment. Here we explore the question, why do my heels crack?

    Why Do My Heels Crack?

    What Are Cracked Heels?

    With cracked heels, the name says it all. Having cracked heels simply means that the skin on your heels has cracked or split. This can vary in seriousness from a little unsightly extra skin to painful or bleeding cracks, which can sometimes lead to infections of the skin.


    The skin of your heels tends to crack if it becomes too thick or if it doesn’t have enough moisture to retain its suppleness and elasticity. These problems can lead to the skin cracking from simple everyday activities such as walking or running, or a change in circumstances like pregnancy or weight gain.


    Why Do I Have Cracked Heels?

    Dry feet and cracked heels can occur for a variety of reasons. These may include some of the following:

    • Dry, unmoisturised skin or dehydration.
    • Walking barefoot or wearing open shoes such as sandals or flip-flops.
    • Wearing shoes that don’t offer proper support to your feet or that don’t fit properly.
    • Increased pressure on the heel through standing for long periods of time or weight gain.
    • The weather - dry summers or cold winters might increase susceptibility to dry skin.


    What Can I Do About My Cracked Heels?

    At Simply Feet we have a variety of treatments that can help to resolve cracked heels. The best treatment for cracked heels is often to gently reduce the thickness of the skin on your heels and then moisturise to help your heels recover from their cracking. Check out our selection of foot files, moisturising foot creams and moisturising socks for all of the support you need to get your heels back in great shape and feeling smooth.


    1. Foot Files

    Foot files and pumice stones are a gentle way to remove dead skin from your feet, reducing the effects of cracked heels and allowing you to moisturise and care for the live skin below.


    2. Foot Creams

    Hydrating foot creams work to moisturise and add nourishment to the skin of your feet and heels. Foot creams should be applied after exfoliating your heels with a pumice or file to remove excess skin.


    3. Moisturising Socks

    Moisturising gel socks are made with a gel lining which hydrates your skin by releasing nourishing hydrators. Moisturising socks can be worn overnight: simply put them on immediately after applying a foot moisturiser to maximise skin hydration.


    When Should I See a Podiatrist?

    Cracked heels are generally a standalone condition which can be treated at home. However, they can sometimes be a symptom of underlying health conditions such as fungal infections, hormone imbalances, vitamin deficiencies or circulation problems. If you have concerns about your health, or if you think that your cracked heels may be the result of an underlying health condition, we recommend that you seek the help of a medical professional.


    If you’re suffering from cracked heels, don’t suffer in silence. Seek help.

  • Why do my feet itch?

    Itchy feet are commonly a sign of dry skin or athlete’s foot. Both result in sore, red skin and other symptoms such as cracked and peeling skin and flaky, inflamed patches - and they can be incredibly uncomfortable. However, options for treatment vary drastically, so it’s important to diagnose the condition correctly before treating.

    Why do my feet itch?


    Athlete’s Foot

    This is typically caused by perspiration, but everyone - not just sporty people - can get it. Risk factors include wet feet enclosed in non-breathable footwear, which encourages the fungus to grow in a moist dark climate.


    As well as the symptoms described above, sufferers can experience blistering, which is a key indicator of this condition. It is also very common in between the end toes, although it can appear on any part of the foot.


    Athlete’s foot is best avoided by keeping the feet dry. However, if you do get it, treat it with anti-fungal powders and creams. You can find a great range of athletes foot treatments at Simply Feet.


    Always wash your feet well with an anti-bacterial soap and dry them after bathing before using the anti-fungal products. Also change your footwear often, wear rubber flip-flops in leisure centre changing rooms, and see a podiatrist if the problem persists.


    Dry Skin

    Although not contagious or dangerous, dry skin can be painful and lead to infection if the skin bleeds. It can be caused by many factors, including age, poorly fitting shoes, thyroid conditions, skin problems, diabetes and psoriasis. Hot weather conditions can also be a factor, as they dry out the skin and leave it susceptible. Common symptoms include cracked areas on the heels and soles. Treatment is through good-quality creams and ointments. Avoid any lotions which contain skin-drying alcohol.


    A pumice stone is also a good tool to file away dry skin and help rich moisturisers to penetrate, and night-time creams are very useful when covered with socks. Just avoid getting the cream between your toes, as this can lead to bacterial conditions. You’ll find some useful dry skin footcare products online at Simply Feet.


    Remember to consult your GP if your dry feet appear to get worse, as this could be a sign of an allergy or underlying condition that should be treated separately.

  • YES! There are fashionable orthopedic shoes available

    It is now finally possible to find high-quality stylish women’s shoes that look great but also support and protect your feet. Orthopedic womens shoes have not traditionally emphasised appearance, preferring instead to emphasise their support features and medical function. This is an essential aspect of overall foot health and should not be ignored, but it doesn’t have to be at the expense of style.

    Why not browse our selection of snug, supportive, and stylish shoes, including orthopedic flats, orthopedic court shoes, orthopedic sandals and more?

    Orthopedic flats

    Our range of Orthopedic flats are ultra-comfortable and offer exceptional support. All styles are catered for, ranging from elegant ballet flats to practical pull-on designs or sporty finishes. Don’t let an existing foot condition slow you down. Slip into beautiful orthopaedic flats and watch your activity level soar.

    We love these great metallic classic loafers from Van Dal Fern Shoes now reduced to £40.00!

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    Orthopedic Court Shoes

    Court shoes are professional, timeless and always appropriate. Ensure that you are comfortable all day for any event — from breakfast to boardroom.  Our range of higher heels are firmly supported, and try adding insoles for extra comfort. Stylish patent leather courts are a perfect choice for any professional setting and from £70, a great investment for your work wardrobe.

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    Orthopedic Boots

    Boots are an essential as the winter approaches, who doesn't need a stylish and comfortable boot that provide comfort all day long. Available in a range of materials and finishes, including leather and synthetic, boots can be heeled, flat, formal or casual, depending on your taste and needs, with no compromise on style. Whether dressed up or down, our range of orthopedic boots have approachability, class and broad appeal, but standard examples are often uncomfortable or wear down in an uneven way. Orthopedic boots ensure that your feet are adequately cushioned and supported, leaving you to focus on the rest of your day.

     These stylish ankle boots from Vionic available from £70 will provide comfort and style as the leaves begin to fall this autumn...

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    Orthopedic Slippers

    Dreaming of a cosy night in front of the fire? Slippers can often be overlooked in orthopedic design, but not any more. This range of practical, feminine and extra comfortable shoes can keep you snug and stylish as the dark nights roll in. A personal favorite from the team here at Simply Feet are these extra snug Vionic Cosy Juniper Slippers available from £60!

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  • What is the best foot cream for cracked heels?

    Cracked heels can be more than a nuisance. If the sensitive skin on the feet and heels becomes too dry, it could split. This will produce painful cracks, known as fissures. Not only can they be extremely painful, but these cracks may even bleed and can also cause serious infections.


    So how do heels become cracked in the first place? Generally, it is due to insufficient moisture in the skin. This, in turn, happens for a variety of reasons, including cold winter weather, dehydration, poor nutrition, not moisturising your feet with good oil-based lotions, having baths or showers that are too hot and scrubbing feet dry, amongst others. Having diabetes or obesity can also be risk factors for the condition, with the former due to uncontrolled blood sugars that can cause dry skin and the latter because of the increased weight placed on the heel. Dermatological conditions such as psoriasis and eczema can also contribute to cracked heels.

    When the skin is too dry, fissures can happen quite easily, as the skin is not flexible enough to expand. The good news is that there are a number of cracked heel treatment options available to help alleviate some of the pain and lack of moisture associated with this condition.

    Firstly, there are a number of cracked heel creams or balms that can be applied to moisten the skin. These are best used after filing or exfoliating the feet. Simply Feet’s Akileine Hydra-Defense, Gehwol Med Salve, Dermatonics Heel Balm, Flexitol Heel Balm, CCS Heel Balm 75g and Simply Feet 25% Heel Balm are examples of lotions and salves that can be massaged into the feet to help add much-needed moisture to the skin.

    Simply Feet also has a range of foot files, from rasps to pumice stones, all of which help to treat the foot before moisturising. These include an Akileine Pumice Stone, Pedicure Foot Rasp, Bio Sana Pedifile, Diamond Deb Type Foot Dresser, Pumice Stone, Mineral Foot Rasp, Simply Feet Biodegradable Rasp, Heavy-Duty Foot File White and a generic Rasp.

    Moisturising socks are also available as a good cracked heel treatment alternative: GelX Gel Pamper Socks (pair), GelX Microfibre 5 Toe Booties, GelX Gel Pamper Vented Heel Sleeve (Pair) and GelX Microfibre Booties.

  • Arch support inserts and how they can help

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    Support for the arches of your feet may be needed if you have flat, weak, fallen or high arches. This helps to ensure your feet are properly supported whilst reducing shock and maintaining even distribution of pressure.


    What Is an Arch Support?

    Arch supports help you to restore normal foot function. Surprisingly, many aches and pains in the knee, heel or even lower back can be caused by unnatural foot function. By using arch support inserts, foot and ankle bones can be realigned to restore normal function, improving weight distribution and absorbing shock when walking. This can reduce aches and pains whilst limiting occurrences of corns and bunions.


    Who Can Benefit from an Arch Support?

    If you experience pain in the foot or leg, you may find arch support inserts can help address a walking imbalance which causes such discomfort. Anyone who suffers from knee, heel or shin pain or has flat feet may find great relief from using arch supports.


    Why Might I Need an Arch Support?

    If you suffer from over-pronation, where foot bone imbalances cause unnatural foot motion, this may affect the feet, knees, hips or back. Arch supports can help to restore natural balance and structural changes in the feet.


    Can Arch Supports Be Worn All Day?

    Arch supports are useful for those who spend hours walking or standing, whilst overweight people may also find arch supports reduce pressure on their feet. Pain during exercise can also be alleviated by using arch support inserts. Even if you wear supports all day, you don't need to worry about becoming dependent on them, as they simply maximise foot function.


    Can I Use Arch Supports Straight Away?

    Use arch support inserts gradually to get your feet used to them. Wear them for 3-4 hours in the first two days and then 6-8 hours thereafter. You can wear them all day during the second week. Replace arch support insoles every 12 to 18 months.


    Which Foot Problems Can Arch Supports Help?

    Arch supports can reduce pain in the toe, shin, knee, heel, arch and top of foot and alleviate problems such as ankle sprains, flat feet, corns, bunions, poor posture and foot imbalance. Other conditions such as Achilles Tendonitis, Metatarsalgia, Sesamoiditis, Neuroma, Tendonitis and Pronation also benefit from arch support.


    Can Arch Supports Limit Sports Injuries and Over-Pronation?

    Several studies have highlighted how orthotics and arch support inserts can prevent sports injuries whilst helping to control over pronation.


    Are Arch Supports Only Available with a Doctor's Prescription?

    No,you don't need a doctor's prescription to get arch supports. Simply purchase them from a reputable supplier such as Simply Feet.

  • Treating blisters on bottom of feet

    Blisters can be very problematic, particularly for those who are on their feet for long periods each day. We’re taking a closer look at the causes, treatment and prevention options for uncomfortable blisters on the bottom of your feet....


     What Is a Blister?

    A blister is a fluid-filled sore which can develop as a result of repetitive friction on the skin. If a blister bursts and becomes open, it will be very painful and can take some time to heal.

    Causes of Blisters

    One of the most common reasons for a blister to develop is through wearing ill-fitting shoes, which leads to repeated rubbing and friction. They can also occur as a result of prolonged exercise, such as running or walking a long distance.

    How Are Blisters Treated?

    Blisters can take a number of days to heal, especially if they are on the foot and, as such, subject to continued rubbing and irritation. The most effective blister treatment is prevention of further friction to the affected area. Applying a specialist blister plaster can provide immediate relief from pain and will prevent further damage to the area, allowing it time to heal. A range of blister treatment options is available from Simply Feet.

    Preventing Blisters

    The best option is to prevent blisters from developing in the first instance. There are several measures which can be taken to help prevent blisters.

    Cushioned Insoles - These minimise peak pressure points and friction on the sole of the foot.

    COMPEED® Blister Plasters - These can be used to protect feet from friction and repeated rubbing in the most vulnerable areas of the foot.

    Biomechanical Assessment - If you are particularly prone to developing blisters, it can be beneficial to visit a podiatrist or other sports-medicine professional. They can undertake a gait assessment and offer advice regarding the best footwear for your feet. They may also recommend insoles or another type of orthotic insert which can alter your biomechanics and reduce blisters and other painful foot conditions.

    Socks - Wearing the right socks is surprisingly important when it comes to preventing blisters. It can help to wear two pairs of thin socks rather than one thicker pair when exercising.

  • Stylish Orthopaedic running shoes for women

    Running is a pleasurable and beneficial activity, however, it can also place significant pressure on the body. Here at Simply Feet we understand this, so we stock running shoes in only the very best cutting-edge designs.shutterstock_136301591.jpg

    We know that to promote healthy feet women’s orthopaedic running shoes must not only offer a correct fit; they must do much more. As well as supporting the feet appropriately, they must be flexible enough to allow the feet to move unhindered. They should be comfortable and cushioned and, of course, look great. Those who suffer with gait issues, such as under- or over-pronation, where the feet roll in or outwards with each step, can also see huge benefits from wearing orthopaedic running shoes.

    Creating women’s orthopaedic running shoes which meet all of the above criteria is something achieved by only a minority of manufacturers. Simply Feet carry out rigorous inspections on all of our women’s trainers, ensuring we stock only those meeting the very highest of standards, such as ASICS and other leaders in their field.

    ASICS orthopaedic running shoes are now considered some of the most advanced on the market today. Having heavily invested in a top research facility based in Japan, ASICS have been able to combine the expertise of athletes, coaches, researchers and scientists to create sporting footwear and apparel which is not only aesthetically pleasing but is also functional and supportive.

    Rest assured that every orthopaedic running shoe in our women’s range has been designed to promote stability, support and comfort, whether that is for long-distance runners, occasional runners or for those who have problems with pronation.

    Given our large range of designs and styles, Simply Feet are confident that every customer will find the ideal pair of running shoes, offering the correct level of comfort and individual support. So take a look through our selection today.

    Some of the most popular in our ASICS Orthopaedic running shoes range include:

    1. Asics GT-2000 3 D Women's Trainers

     2.Asics GT2000-3 Women's Trainers

     3. Asics Gel-Nimbus 17 Women's Trainers

     4. Asics Gel-Kayano 21 Women's Trainers - White

     5. Asics Gel-Phoenix 6 Women's Trainers

     Shop the full range of Womens Running Shoes at Simply Feet!

  • What are the Best Shoes for Diabetics?

    People with diabetes may be at risk of poor circulation or, at worst, an absence of sensation - neuropathy - in the feet. What are the best shoes for diabetics’ is common question. Those that suffer from these complications of diabetes may not be aware of whether their shoes fit correctly or not, so choosing the right shoes that are a good fit and allow weight to be evenly distributed is therefore vitally important.

    Shoes for Diabetics

    Buying Tips

    It is essential to get feet properly measured from time to time, as feet can be subject to change. Shopping later in the day is also a recommendation because feet generally swell throughout the day, particularly if you suffer from kidney problems. Having shoes fitted with the socks that you intend to wear with them is also advised for those with diabetes, as you will be better able to tell whether they are a good fit. Also, the distance between the longest toe and the front of your shoe should be half a thumb’s width to allow for swelling and other changes to the feet.


    What are the best shoes for diabetics?

    Shoes for those with diabetes should be made of soft leather to allow for stretching. They should also have a cushioned as opposed to a thin sole to provide better shock absorption. The back of the shoe should not give way to one side or the other; otherwise the shoes will not be providing the required level of support. Shoes with laces are better than the slip-on variety, as they are more supportive. The Dr Comfort range is designed as diabetic shoe. To provide ultimate comfort, the shoes are equipped with a number of protective and supportive benefits.


    It is also advisable for those with diabetes to visit a podiatrist on a regular basis to check for complications with the feet. If you are already suffering from foot complications or are at a higher risk, it is appropriate to visit a podiatrist more frequently. As well as advising on the fit of shoes, a podiatrist will also be able to recommend the shape, material and types of shoes you wear.


    Specialist Footwear

    There are various types of specialist shoes and footwear available commercially or, in some cases, via prescription. If you are buying these shoes, such as ones with extra depth or extra width, over the internet, it is important that they fit properly. It is therefore advisable to wear the shoes for short periods in the home to check for any signs of rubbing or ill-fitting. That way there might still be the option of returning them if it transpires that they are not suitable after all.


    As well as shoes that are extra deep or extra wide or prescription shoes that allow healing to take place, for example, there are also orthoses available for those with special footwear requirements. These are cushioned insoles that use either gel or foam to help spread out and relieve pressure across the foot.

    We have a great range of shoes for diabetics available at Simply Feet. Shop them now.

  • Choosing the Best Shoes for Flat Feet

    Flat feet do not cause a problem for many individuals, but some people find that they can. Typical complaints include pain in the feet or legs and sometimes in the hips and lower back. Flat feet that roll inwards can also cause shoes to become worn too quickly - sometimes leading to injuries. Choosing the best shoes for flat feet is important in order to avoid accidents and maximise comfort.

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    How the Right Shoes Can Help

    People with flat feet need reliable arch support in order to promote good posture and distribute their weight to the correct parts of the feet during movement. The balls of the feet and the heels normally take most of the weight each time a step is taken, but people with flat feet may find that the whole foot taking the weight causes stress to the hip joints or knees.


    In addition to good arch support, shoes for flat feet may also need orthotic device inserts to correct over-pronation, which is what happens when the foot turns inwards with every step. Over-pronation can result in excessive stress to the hips and knees, causing pain after exercising.


    Choosing the Best Shoes for Flat Feet

    When you are choosing shoes for flat feet, you need to check the support offered by each pair. Try bending the shoe, and if it bends in the middle, that is probably an indication that it will not support the instep sufficiently. More rigid shoes offer greater support than very flexible ones, especially for fallen arches. You also need good heel support, so feel whether the heel is stiff enough to support your foot and prevent rolling.


    Although stiffer shoes do not initially appear to be more comfortable than flexible ones, for people with flat feet who need good support they do provide a higher level of comfort. Many shoes also contain plenty of padding, which adds to the comfort factor.


    Shopping Around

    Try shoes from various manufacturers as well, as the support and fit can vary immensely. The toe area of the shoe should be flexible, but not where the arches are. The outer soles should be stiff and keep your foot in the correct position if it has a tendency to roll inwards. Stiff and rigid well-made shoes will also last better than more soft and flexible options and will be much more comfortable to wear for long periods. The Vionic range of footwear which has built in orthotic support and is designed specifically for flat feet.


    In addition to your everyday shoes, you will need extra support in your walking or running shoes, so these should be selected with equal care. In the summer, sandals are cool and comfortable, but remember that your feet will still need support, so choose flip-flops or sandals that have a contoured sole design with good arch support to correct over-pronation and help you to walk normally. Remember that sandals and flip-flops do not provide sufficient support over long periods.


    If you have flat feet, choosing your shoes carefully can ensure that you are much more comfortable and less likely to suffer any injuries or long-term health problems as a result of the condition.

  • How the Correct Footwear can Help with Lower Back Pain

    Back pain, and in particular lower back pain, is one of the commonest reasons for visiting the doctor. Over the course of their lives, up to 50% of the UK population will suffer from this ailment. It can be nagging or intense and short-lived or prolonged, but either way, it’s no fun. How the correct footwear can help with lower back pain is well documented. The wrong footwear is a major contributor to lower back pain.

    What Causes Lower Back Pain?

    There are a myriad of reasons why we suffer from lower back pain. Some evolutionary scientists argue that our upright position is to blame. While this might be a factor, there are also plenty of other reasons why we experience lower back pain. We might have pulled a muscle from playing sports or lifting wrongly. Stress and anxiety might cause our muscles and joints to work inefficiently. A poor diet and not enough exercise might mean our weight is excessive and our muscles untrained. Posture and motion also play a role, amplified by the shoes that we wear.

    Shoes Can Exacerbate or Ease Lower Back Pain

    The correct alignment of the body begins at the feet. With our two feet placed flat on the ground and spaced according to our hips, our muscles work efficiently to spread our weight up through to our back and shoulders. However, we live in an environment full of different terrains and surfaces. It’s not practical or advisable to walk around barefoot. When we put on our shoes, this naturally changes our alignment. Some shoes support this efficient posture, but unfortunately most don’t. The Vionic range of footwear are designed with a built in orthotic support to give your feet extra extra protection.
    The most obvious footwear culprit is the high heel. High-heeled shoes throw the whole body out of alignment, place an extraordinary amount of pressure on the feet, knees, hips and lower back and can cause bunions and corns. On the other hand, flip-flops and sandals are also not ideal. The flat, non-cushioned sole and lack of support can lead to fallen arches and lower back pain.
    Shoes which support the arch of the foot, fit well but not too tightly around the foot and allow full movement of the foot and heel can support the correct alignment of the body. For those already suffering from lower back pain, specialised or tailored footwear might be a good option to consider.

    Should I Consider Specialised Footwear?

    Purchasing footwear tailored to our specific structural needs is certainly a positive step. However, this route can be expensive, and you will need to visit a specialist. In most cases, people suffering from lower back pain can find relief by investing in good footwear from a specialist shoe supplier.
    Shoppers should look for shoes with good arch support. Furthermore, a good shoe with the appropriate level of support can be used with inserts or orthotics, and back pain sufferers can choose inserts or insoles specially designed to provide extra support.
    A good shoe need not be expensive and in many cases can provide some immediate relief. It’s also a good way to avoid lower back pain problems developing in the future.

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