How can I prevent blisters on my feet?

29 November 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ
I rritating and troublesome, blisters are not a joy for anyone. If you are a runner, work on your feet all day, or walk a lot,  it is never fun to have a blister develop. So why do these painful bumps develop and how can they be prevented?  How do you best care for blisters properly before they are extremely painful and debilitating?  It's important to always be treating your feet with the best care, so we want to address this painful issue to help with understanding why blisters occur and actions to take to prevent these painful blisters on my feet.
 

Why do blisters occur?

Blisters are mainly caused by friction, usually your shoes or socks rubbing against your skin. Anything that intensifies rubbing can start a blister, including a faster pace walking, hiking, or running; poor-fitting shoes; poorly fastened footwear (not doing up laces correctly); and the fabric and texture of your sock. Friction can also be intensified by heat and moisture making your feet swell inside those socks and shoes. (1)

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Are you fearful of falling?

06 November 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

As we age, sometimes mobility decreases due several reasons. Falling down can happen to the best of us and might just seem like and embarrassing inconvenience. However, injuries directly resulting from a fall in the elderly are the leading cause of hospitalisation and one of the top three causes of injury-related death (NZ ACC 2012). One in three people aged 65 and over are falling each year.  How can we delay this from happening, gain more control and stability in our feet, and prevent falls?

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Bethlehem Child Helped with Formthotics Orthotics / Insoles

17 October 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ
  Christen lives in Beit Jala, a small town in Palestine close to  Bethlehem , and 10 km south of Jerusalem. She is 7 years old, and has a condition that has meant that for most of her life she has had to wear orthopaedic-style black shoes and boots….definitely not the footwear young girls like to wear!!
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How to Get Into Running

11 September 2017 - posted by Jeremy & Jo Duggan

I love to run, but this was not always the case. It is great for physical and mental health as well as being a great social outlet. A while back I was only able to run 500 metres before I had to walk to catch my breath, but in a few months I was running my first half marathon (and running the entire distance without stopping to walk!).

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Running your First 5K: The Recipe for Success

12 May 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

A 5K race - that's 3.1 miles - may sound daunting. But with the right preparation, you can conquer this course in 5-10 weeks of training. 

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Wearing Formthotics gives great relief to my feet at work

16 February 2016 - posted by Formthotics HQ

SARAH THARP

Zoo Keeper, St. Louis Zoo, Missouri

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Falls prevention and sloppy slippers

31 July 2014 - posted by Lisa Whiteman

If you are over 65 years old, you have a one in three chance of falling this year. For people aged 80 and over, the risk increases to one in two (ACC, 2012). Read on to find out more about falls, how to prevent falls and what Resonance Podiatry© is doing to help.

By Anita Kay and Lisa Whiteman, Resonance Podiatry©, Podiatry and Gait labs, New Zealand

Falling over happens to the best of us and might just seem like an embarrassing inconvenience! However, injuries directly resulting from a fall are the leading cause of hospitalisation, and one of the top three causes of injury-related death, in New Zealand (ACC, 2012). Also the fear of having a fall can be debilitating and lead to severe restrictions in activity and social interaction.

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Buying the best shoes for your feet

08 August 2011 - posted by Formthotics HQ

If you have just been fitted with orthotics or have been having some pain or discomfort in your your feet or legs you should keep the following in mind when shopping for new shoes. Take your orthotics with you when you go shopping. 

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Orthotics to treat corns and calluses

07 July 2011 - posted by Formthotics HQ
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One of the most common foot problems are calluses and corns. These are not always painful, though they are often annoying and unsightly. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to treat, however it is a little trickier to stop them from developing in the first place. 

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