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Sizeless, lightweight, lace-free shoes may be the future of footwear

June 21, 2016

Footwear has changed significantly in the past decade, but it feels like there’s no fundamental difference. Sure, we got better technology, more flexible and sturdier shoes, we got air and all those cool things, but it’s still pretty much the same thing, with the same basic design

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Are Crocs bad for your feet? Some podiatrists say yes

June 7, 2016

The rubbery clogs, known as Crocs, may be easy to slip on, but they aren’t great for your feet, according to some podiatrists.

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Minimalist footwear, shortened stride affect loads differently during running

June 7, 2016

Running in minimalist footwear and running with a shorter stride length are both associated with reduced knee loads, but the two approaches differ in their effects on loading at the ankle, according to research from the University of Calgary in Canada. In 14 healthy young adult men, investigators assessed the effect on joint loading of using minimalist versus control foot­wear or using a stride 10 percent shorter than the runner’s preferred stride length.

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Excess weight affects foot loading, peak pressure even in young kids    

June 6, 2016

Weight loss may improve function By Katie Bell Overweight and obese children present with higher overall foot loading and a disproportional impact on the midfoot and longitudinal arch, with those as young as 1 or 2 years of age affected, according to research from Germany that may have implications for abnormal foot loading prevention in children. Lead author Steffen Müller, PhD, research associate at the University Outpatient Clinic, Sports Medicine & Sports Orthopaedics, at the University of Potsdam in Germany, remarked, “In our data we cannot really see a well-adapted gait strategy for these children [for foot loading] since no real compensation is visible. Therefore, it could be speculated that the obese children are not capable [of adapting] their gait sufficiently to extra weight, leading to higher and disproportional foot loading.” The study included 7575 children aged 1 to 12 years and examined foot-loading characteristics during gait

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Look out below: injury risk on the trampoline

June 5, 2016

Trampoline use, both in backyards and in large recreational parks, is up. So are injuries incurred on the equipment, including fractures with potentially serious long-term sequelae. Some groups advise a ban on home use, but other experts disagree, citing the equipment’s benefits for motor learning and active play.  By P.K.

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Coral Bone Supplements

June 2, 2016

Coral, a leading brand of coral minerals, now offers Coral Complex3 and Daily D, two supplements to help support healthy bones. Daily D provides 500 IU (1250% DV) of the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D3. In addition, it provides 100 mg of coral calcium per capsule

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Cloudflyer Footwear

June 2, 2016

The Cloudflyer from Swiss footwear company On features a low-profile outsole, a wide platform, and an active wedge in the medial heel and lateral forefoot to give pronation guidance without static features such as posting and dual-density foam. A star lacing system helps alleviate pressure points across the forefoot

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Jellyfeet Foot Covers

June 2, 2016

Jellyfeet occlusive foot covers are reusable, multiuse products that offer protection, aid in treatment, and enhance moisturization. They serve as a barrier between the skin and dirt or other harmful agents on the ground.

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Quell Nerve Stimulation

June 2, 2016

Quell utilizes NeuroMetrix’s patented, wearable intensive nerve stimulation (WINS) technology to provide drug-free, widespread relief from chronic pain.

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Apex Spring Shoes and Boots

June 2, 2016

New from Apex is the 2016 Spring Collection of shoes and boots, designed with a fresh focus on style. Spring boots include the Black A4000M and Brown A4100M, which include an ankle strap for adjustability, bungee lace detailing, 5/16″ removable depth, a full grain leather upper, a polyurethane outsole, and a padded tongue and collar. Also available are classic lace boat shoes and classic strap boat shoes; both feature 5/16″ removable depth in two layers, full grain leather uppers, and nonslip rubber outsole

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