Feature Product: Correct Toes

CorrectToesCorrect toes are designed to improve foot function and as a result help to correct a myriad of foot and ankle problems, removing the need for expensive surgery or pharmaceutical drugs. They may reduce your chance of developing osteoarthritis and are a cost-effective approach to better foot health.

What are Correct Toes?

FootShape-NaturalinShoesA long-held conventional podiatric view is that the feet are inherently misshapen, and they need to be corrected through the use of orthotics or foot surgery. Where these methods fail, pain is to be managed by anti-inflammatory drugs.

Dr. Ray McClanahan, inventor of Correct Toes, is a podiatric physician and avid athlete who challenges this viewpoint. He discovered, through extensive literature research and years of clinical practice, that the best way to treat most foot problems is by allowing the foot to function exactly as nature intended. He teaches his patients about the foot’s innate ability to walk and run with a perfect gait and demonstrates to them how most shoes on the market damage the foot shape, thereby compromising gait. In turn he shows them how returning the feet to their natural shape eliminates existing foot problems and prevents new ones from arising.

This is done using a Correct Toes spacer, which spreads the toes to their natural and correct position. Using Correct Toes improves proprioception, which then allows the brain to better promote balance and optimal muscle function. Finally, Dr. Ray educates his patients on choosing appropriate shoes that provide a flat surface and sufficient room for the toes to spread, thus allowing the gait to occur as nature intended. His clinical experience has shown again and again that returning the foot to its natural state treats most foot problems, and by extension, many musculoskeletal problems.

Positive outcomes achieved with the use of Correct Toes:

1. Correction of: bunions, hallux limitus and rigidus, tailor’s bunions, corns, ingrown nails, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, neuromas, capsulitis, lower leg pain, and runner’s knee. No surgery or medications required!
2. Better balance in athletes, Parkinson’s patients, and the elderly.
3. Decreased injury rates in athletes, as Correct Toes allow the body to make better use of natural physiological adaptations that are hampered by current footwear available to athletes.
4. Improved performance in athletes (especially walkers and runners) by promoting a foot position that scientific studies have shown to have a 4 to 5% performance edge.
5. Improved strength and flexibility of the toes. This enhances proprioception, and subsequently the brain signals the body to move forward more naturally.
6. Less osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative arthritis), which currently plagues a majority of senior citizens, as well as a high percentage of the younger population.

Stop into your Foot Solutions location today to learn more about Correct Toes.

Feature Product: Sterishoe

Sterishoe SportMeet Sterishoe, the ultimate solution for footwear disinfection. Sterishoe kills 99.9% of microbes living in your shoes through a low-dose, controlled amount of ultraviolet light. This ensures your shoes aren’t causing your feet to develop issues such as Athlete’s foot or toenail fungus.

Product Benefit Summary:
Sterishoe high heels

  • Disinfects interior of shoes without harmful chemicals or irritants. Uses UV light to disinfect.
  • Disinfection of shoe will remove shoe odor, as there are less odour causing bacteria present in your footwear
  • After treatment shoes will be clean and cozy-warm
  • UVC light is a powerful germicide
  • Kills 99.9% of microbes living in your shoes including toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, bacteria and viruses.
  • Device is equipped with an auto shut off. Will turn off after 45 minute shoe treatment. Plug in Sterishoe in the evening and forget about it until the morning
  • 1 year guarantee on product. Bulb life is 2 years of regular usage and replacement bulbs are readily available
  • Check their web site for scientific product and efficacy studies. Click here.
  • Product comes with 3 layers of safety features to prevent any possible personal exposure to UVC light.
  • UVC light is the wavelength of light that gives us suntans and sunburns. This device uses a safe, low-dose, controlled amount of UVC within the shoe only, for the prescribed amount of time it takes to ensure disinfection.

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Foot Pain: Don’t Leave it to Luck

Through better weight distribution and better joint and spine alignment, custom inserts can improve your balance, increase your stamina and let you do more of what you want to do.
Through better weight distribution and better joint and spine alignment, custom inserts can improve your balance, increase your stamina and let you do more of what you want to do.
Even though it’s St. Patrick’s Day… and you’re Irish… and you’ve got a pocket full of shamrocks, it would probably be wise to not leave the health and comfort of your feet to luck.

Grabbing a package of inserts off a drugstore rack (or one of those glitzy kiosks) seems simple and in some cases it may help, but too many times we see clients entering our stores discouraged by the results.

It’s not that quality off-the-shelf inserts, like the ones you’ll find at our Foot Solutions locations, aren’t able to provide pain relief; in fact, our thoroughly trained staff may recommend them after a careful foot and gait assessment. However, for select individuals, ready-made inserts simply can’t provide all the customized support you require to ease foot, back and joint pain, improve your posture and reduce fatigue.

We’ve seen many feet in our day; and, from our experience, no two feet are exactly the same. In fact, your left and right foot most often aren’t even the same length or width. This is why we caution you put your trust in insert displays that advertise “custom” inserts (which, amazingly enough, some do!), as they’re making a promise they just can’t keep.

At Foot Solutions we can.

We offer true custom-fitted, custom-crafted inserts (foot orthotics), made for your feet alone. And since we’re in charge of the process from carefully measuring your feet to creating top quality inserts in our own labs, to making sure they fit perfectly, we guarantee your satisfaction on those custom-fitted, custom-crafted inserts 100%*. This means you can stop relying on luck and rely on us to give you all the support you need.

*For guarantee details please ask any Foot Solutions team member.

Top 10 Stocking Stuffers

When it comes to feet, stocking stuffers that excite the senses as much as the feet are hard to come by. Below you’ll find our top 10 stocking stuffers for tender tootsies.

1. Foot Rubz

FootRubzThe Foot Rubz Massage Ball is designed to stimulate acupressure points in your feet, hands and body, to help relieve soreness and pain. You can roll it under your feet, in your hands or over any sore or tired muscle to relax or eliminate tension. You control the depth of massage with applied pressure to ensure the utmost relief of muscle soreness. Small enough to fit in the palm of the hand, this easy-to-use Massage Ball is great for use anytime, anywhere.

2. Socks

TekoSocksOur newest brand, Teko, isn’t only committed to making the best socks ON the planet, they also strive to make the best socks FOR the planet! Made from 100% post-consumer plastics and organic Merino wool from Argentinian farms that take conservation seriously, these socks are designed to be durable to keep you from having to replace them too frequently. The production facilities are powered by wind energy and carbon offsets are purchased whenever staff needs to travel. Available in a multitude of colours these socks are sure to please even the most environmentally conscious consumer.

3. Nail Polish

Fiore_Rx-_Pink_Peppermint_Pie-_brush_out_angled_SmallNail fungus infection (onychomycosis) is a serious health and cosmetic concern made worse by the growing popularity of nail polish for fingers and toes. No one understands that trend more than podiatrists and dermatologists, who have long advocated the idea of developing an over-the-counter nail polish specifically formulated to protect against nail fungus. Available in several fashion forward colours, as well as matte for men, these polishes are designed to dazzle and protect.

4. Foot Files

StepNSmoothThe Step-N-Smooth foot file can help gently file dry, cracked soles without the hassle of traditional handheld foot files and pumice stones. Designed for placement on the shower floor, this foot file easily exfoliates feet and safely removes corns and calluses. Have trouble bending? The Step-n-Smooth Shower Foot File is ideal for individuals who have difficulty bending or for anyone who wants soft, smooth feet with less hassle.

5. Foot Creams

Dry skin, cracked heels, tired legs, sore feet, sweaty feet, smelly feet? Our creams from Gehwol and FootLogix are designed to help pamper the feet and legs with natural oils such as lanolin in combination with aloe vera and urea. When applied these creams help to restore the skin’s elasticity, suppleness and smoothness. All creams are designed to strengthen and revitalise the feet, are dermatologically tested and suitable for diabetics. Give the gift of smooth, supple skin.

6. FootLogix Flip Flop

FlipFlopsFootLogixA gift that can be combined with item #3, this package combines a pair of one size fits all flip flops with 2 FootLogix creams to make your feet’s skin feel gentler than a baby’s bum at a special introductory price.

7. Shoe Horns

Our metal shoe horns are designed for durability and will help prevent your shoes’ heel counters from breaking down, if used appropriately. Looking for something more festive? The elegance of our Rosewood shoe horns is only surpassed by their ability to help you slip your shoes on from a distance.

8. Anti-fungal Pen

ProPenAntiFungalAntiFungal Application on the go! The dry-oil pen applicator delivers a no-mess, no-spill, targeted treatment for fungal nails. It contains 25% Undecylenic Acid, the maximum strength available without a prescription and conveniently fits in a pocket, purse or athletic bag. An alternative to brush-on nail products and ideal for anyone on the go!

9. Shoe Laces

Colours, colours, colours. Pink, neon green, red, orange, yellow… Need to make your running shoes more exciting? Have a loved one who likes to stand out in a crowd? Laces are the perfect gift to bring out your true colours.

10. Gift Certificate

GiftCertificateNot sure what to give? Gift certificates are available in any denomination and make the perfect stocking stuffer of endless possibilities. Eligible at our 2 locations in Vancouver or West Vancouver, your loved one is sure to find comfort in our selection of shoes, orthotics, arch supports and socks. Purchase them online here: buy.

The Pedifix Toe Separator Comb

Pedifix Toe CushionsPedifix’s toe seprator combs are designed to help relieve multiple inter-toe irritations. The device helps to gently separate the toes to prevent friction, as well as relieve pressure on nails, corns and blisters. When worn right side up the device relieves pressure on the tips of the toes, yet compacts well to provide ample toe freedom when worn inside footwear. Turn it over to reduce pressure on the top of hammer toes, helping to reduce painful pressure on corns. It may also be used when treating a foot fungus infection.

The Lowa Focus Leather Lined Trekking Shoe

Lowa Trekking ShoeThe Lowa Focus leather lined shoe is the latest, lightweight innovation for trekking highlands and hills. With its minimum weight and maximum stability, this nimble trekker provides excellent knee and back support for carrying a mid-weight pound pack. The leather lining makes this shoe the perfect companion in warmer climates.

The uppers are made of abrasion-resistant suede leather, cordura, and microfibre. This allows for freedom of movement, while protecting and stabilizing the ankle. The shoes lininig is made up of ultra-comfy, glove leather that offers natural temperature regulation, allowing sweat to be wicked away from the foot. The smoothly operated lacing loop system holds your foot comfortably and securely. A removable footbed allows for personalized comfort through custom foot orthotic devices or ready-made arch supports. It comes with an ultra-cushioned PU-midsole and the new LOWA ‘Trac® Lite’ outsole, which features a self-cleaning tread design with increased surface area to provide excellent grip on rocky, uneven terrain. Why not join one of the “Fresh Air Life” walking/hiking programs?

Keeping count to boost motivation

Need a little help pushing yourself to walk farther as you gain strength? A pedometer could be the perfect answer.

Tractivity PedometerThese small devices, which can hang from a belt, fit into a pocket, or attach to the laces of your shoe count the number of steps you take and often the distance you cover. They track your progress and encourage you to see if you can beat yesterday”s “record.”

But finding the right pedometer takes some thought. Questions you might want to ask include are:

  • Is it easy to use? The more features a pedometer has the longer it will take you to program it. So opt for one you’ll find simple to use.
  • Is it accurate? Most pedometers are reasonably accurate but it’s a good idea to check the manufacturer’s instructions to see what you have to do to make it as accurate as possible.
  • Is it easy to read? Check to see if the display is easy to read in different kinds of light.
  • Is it comfortable? Look for a pedometer that works well with the kinds of clothes you typically wear when you walk.
  • One more thing to consider… If you’re a fan of technology and the latest gadgets, you should know that there are pedometer applications for your smart phone or other mobile devices.

You can find more about using a pedometer to help you reach your goals at
www.mayoclinic.com/health/walking/SM00056_D/NSECTIONGROUP=2 .

Time to Get Up and Go

Now is the prefect time to go outside and play. The sun is shining, the trees and flowers are in bloom and whatever outdoor activity you love is calling to you.

Custom Foot Orthotic Insert But whether you’re up for a walk or a run, a hike up a mountain or a brisk game of tennis, if your footwear isn’t giving you the support you need, you could end up achy, tired and disappointed.

The truth is, if your feet aren’t well supported they can throw your whole body out of balance and put unnatural strains on your knees, hips and back. And the next thing you know you’re hurting and missing all the fun.

Fortunately there’s a great answer: custom arch supports from Foot Solutions.

Carefully fitted and expertly crafted in our own laboratories, Foot Solutions orthotics give you truly personalized comfort and support. In fact, they’re so well made Foot Solutions actually guarantees you’ll be satisfied.

To learn more about Foot Solutions custom inserts and their guarantee, visit www.footsolutions.com/arch-supports. Then get up and go to your Foot Solutions store for all the comfort and support you need to make the most of this beautiful time of the year.

Drew Shoes: Bethany & Jacob

When it comes to technology, even shoes evolve over time.

Drew BethanyOur recent additions of the Drew Bethany and Jacob shoes feature the on-the-fly Boa lacing system. The lacing system adds to the back of the shoe an adjustable reel that controls ultra-thin strands of strategically placed, airplane-grade steel wires. A quick twist of the reel tightens the tiny strands and provides a unique fit that is unattainable in other comfort footwear. A simple pull on the reel releases the laces, making it easy to slip in and out of the footwear. However, the footwear maintains the support appreciated from lace-up footwear. It’s the only therapeutic footwear offering the Boa technology to date.

The shoes also feature:

  • The Plus Fitting System > Two Removable Inserts for Added and Double Depth
  • A Drilex® Lining with AEGIS Microbe Shield™ for Odor and Stain Control
  • A Lightweight Rubber Outsole with EVA Wedge Midsole
  • A Removable, Dual-density Footbed with Added Heel Cushion pad, Arch Support and Medial Heel Stabilizer
  • Microfiber and Mesh Uppers
  • A Firm Heel Counter
  • A tempered Steel Shank
  • A Soft, Foam-Padded Tongue and Collar
  • Plenty of space to accommodates Prescribed Orthotics

What are your thoughts on the new Boa lacing system?

Gift Guide

Looking for that special gift? Gift certificates from Foot Solutions offer the perfect combination of choice and comfort. From now until December 22nd, buy a gift certificate valued at $50.00 or more and receive a free “Foot Rubz” massage ball with your purchase. Pass it along with your gift voucher or keep it for yourself to soothe those hard-working feet of yours.

Stocking Stuffers

Foot Rubz: Our Foot Rubz massage ball makes feet and hands feel great in minutes! Roll this unique ball under your feet, in your hands, or over any sore and tired muscles. 160 nubs provide soothing stimulation that will immediately begin to relax and eliminate tension. You control the depth of massage with applied pressure to ensure the utmost relief of muscle soreness. Small enough to fit in handbag, sports bag, briefcase or desk drawer, this easy-to-use massage ball is great for use anywhere, anytime.

Peformance Socks

Feetures! Socks: Experience the sock that made Feetures! famous. This multi-sport sock features soft cushioning for extra protection and increased comfort. Perfect for a morning run, an afternoon tennis game or an evening walk – or wear them anywhere. After all, this is the most versatile Feetures! option. The Crew hits at the calf and has a graduated top to keep socks up. Also available in black.

Balance Walking

Are you looking to get active in the New Year? Nordic Walking is the perfect sport to include in your weekly fitness routine. It is easy on the joints, increases calorie burn, without you having to walk any faster, and is easy to stick to. Learn more and join a complimentary info session at our monthly meetup.

Shower Files

Step-n-Smooth file: This foot file is a unique, long-lasting mat that rests on your shower floor. Its non-skid backing holds it securely in place and also helps to prevent you from slipping. The PediFix Pedi-Quick Step-N-Smooth Shower Foot File is great for daily callous and corn maintenance and the perfect gift for anyone who can’t easily reach their feet.

Laurentian Chief Slippers

(Made in Canada)

Slippers: Ever wanted to own a piece of Canada? Well, our new line of slippers from Eugene Cloutier are the truest Canadian product we’ve carried to date. They are hand-stitched in Quebec from Canadian moose hide and other high quality natural materials. Guaranteed to keep your feet warm this winter. Available in Men’s & Ladies designs.

Due North Ice Grips: Be prepared. Walk, run and hike with confidence on snow and ice with Due North All-Purpose Ice Cleats. Preferred by the Canadian Military and the Canadian Postal Service, these shoe grips increase traction and help to prevent slips and falls on snow and ice, reducing the risk of possible pulled muscles, fractures and back problems caused by a quick slip or fall. They are designed for anyone who wants greater stability on ice and snow.

Diabetic Socks

Our Doctor Specified line of diabetic socks incorporates features such as hand-linked seamless toes, extra-deep heel wells, and a proprietary MedDry® moisture management system. Keeps your feet dry, which helps to reduce chafing and provides additional padding for sensitive skin.

Gift Baskets

Stop in to pick up our discounted gift baskets, including stocking stuffers, slippers and more:

  1. Activity Basket: Includes a Tractivity sensor (pedometer), a set of Balance Walking poles, Yoga performance socks and laces in your choice of colour
  2. Zen Package: Includes the bestselling book by author Joseph Eliezer (Simply Spirit), fuzzy slippers from Laurentian Chief (Canadian made), a Foot Rubz massage ball, Yoga socks and our double-pack performance socks.
  3. Warm and Fuzzy Package: Includes a foot file, your choice of Footlogix seaweed scrub or foot soak, Laurentian Chief slippers, an organic Manuka honey foot cream, a pair of Cold Feet socks (Infracare) and a shoe horn.
  4. Just like NEWbuck package: For the person who has everything. Help them keep their nubuck footwear clean with the nubuck package. Includes Nubuck Freshener, Nubuck Cleaner and Nubuck stone.
  5. The Extended Warranty Package: Footwear needs to be cleaned on a regular basis to keep it looking new, as well as to extend its lifetime. If left untreated, leather will dry and crack over time. Keep your footwear longer with this package. Includes leather cleaner, black shoe polish and a set of laces.
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