Preparation Can Make Hiking More Fun and Pain Free

There’s nothing more exhilarating than hiking on a crisp autumn day with fallen leaves crackling beneath your feet. But if you’re not prepared before you head out, your day of enjoying the changing colors of the leaves could result in the changing colors of your feet...

Vibram Settles FiveFingers Multimillion Dollar Lawsuit

Were you one of the 70 million Americans who bought a pair of those unconventional “barefoot running” shoes by Vibram® that look like a foot with five toes? If so, you may be able to get some money back on your purchase. Vibram, the company that manufactures the...

Are You at Risk of Osteoporosis?

Did you know about 52 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis and low bone mass? According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is responsible for 2 million broken bones each year that equate to about $19 billion in related costs. And experts...

Good Nutrition for Healthy Bones, Joints and Muscles

Your musculoskeletal system is comprised of your bones, joints and muscles. It’s this system that enables you to move and maintain an active lifestyle. But, we often take our mobility – and musculoskeletal system – for granted until something happens to significantly...

Benefits of Walking the Dog

This week I saw a neighbor pushing a small dog in a dog stroller. I thought, “Doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose of walking the dog?” Today is National Walking the Dog Day. Why we need a special day to celebrate walking the dog, I don’t know. I mean, it’s not like...

10 Tips to Combat Cabin Fever

Are you getting cabin fever from all of this snow and cold? I know I am. I can’t wait for spring – only 33 more days until the official start. If a trip to Florida isn’t in your budget any time soon, here are 10 suggestions to help you survive cabin fever until the...

Understanding Pain

At the WalkEZStore, we talk about pain a lot – pain in your feet, ankles, knees, legs and lower back. While we’ve talked about the causes of various types of pain and specific treatments, we haven’t really talked much about what pain actually is. Pain is a universal...

Measure Your Feet for Proper Shoe Fit

Did you know that Thursday (Jan. 23) was Measure Your Feet Day? No?? Well, I didn’t know it either. And, yes, it really is a recognized holiday. Although no one seems to know how it originated. But why not have a holiday recognizing the importance of measuring your...

Reduce Your Stress

We all experience stress from time to time. Job, money and health issues as well as family responsibilities rank as the top causes of stress in our lives, according to the American Psychological Association. Stress can be so overwhelming that it actually causes...

Overcoming 5 Common Weight Loss Pitfalls

Did you set a goal to lose weight this year? How’s it going? Are you still working at it or have you given up? If you’ve given up, don’t beat yourself up about it. A lot of dieters get derailed. While every diet and dieter is different, there are some common pitfalls...

Customers Rave about ezWalker® Custom Orthotics

George Allen spent almost 30 years with constant foot pain until he started wearing the WalkEZStore’s ezWalker® Performance Custom Orthotics. Now he says it’s like he has new feet. He’s not the only WalkEZStore customer who has found pain relief through the use of...

Relieve Your Tired, Aching Feet for the Holidays

After a long day of Christmas shopping or working and ringing up everyone else’s purchases, your feet can feel really tired and sore. Any time you spend long time periods standing, walking or running, you’re putting excess pressure on your feet which can result in...

Tips on Cutting Down Your Christmas Tree

For some people, an artificial Christmas tree just won’t do. They want a REAL Christmas tree. While some people may head to the nearest tree lot to pick out their tree, traditionalists believe “lot trees” won’t do either. After all, the majority of the trees on lots...

8 Ways to Pump Up Your Energy

With the holidays rapidly approaching and our schedules likely getting busier, you may feel your energy slumping more often. So what can you do to beat the mid-afternoon doldrums? And keep yourself from falling asleep at your child’s holiday program? Here are 8 tips...

Give Thanks for Your Feet

Ok, you may be asking yourself, “My feet? Why should I be thankful for them?”Well, whether you realize it or not, your feet play a vital role in your daily life. They fulfill the important task of supporting your entire body as you stand, walk or run. How do they do...

Don’t Let Posterior Tibial Tendonitis Cause Flat Feet

Do you have pain along the inside of your foot and ankle? Does the pain get worse with high-intensity or high-impact activities like running, tennis or basketball? Do you have trouble walking or standing for a long time? You may have posterior tibial tendonitis. The...

Relieve Pain – Get a Massage

There’s nothing like pampering yourself with a day at the spa by having a relaxing massage. Massage can reduce stress and anxieties, improve sleep, alleviate PMS symptoms, and boost your immunity. However one of the greatest benefits of massage is its ability to...

Fireworks Safety Tips

Today we celebrate Independence Day which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Since Congress authorized the first fireworks display in 1777 to celebrate the 4th of July, Americans have reveled in celebrating the day with grand...

10,000 Step Walking Program: How You Can Benefit

The goal of walking 10,000 steps a day was popularized in Japan about 40 years ago. Think about it. The Japanese tend to be healthier than Americans. Besides eating a healthier diet of primarily fish, rice and vegetables, the Japanese walk more in their daily lives....

Are You Having a Flip-Flop Foot Fiasco?

From the pool to the office to an evening out on the town, flip-flops have become a summer staple. But wearing flip-flops for an extended period of time can cause you long-term orthopedic problems like plantar fasciitis.   Plantar fasciitis is a common, chronic...

5 Benefits of Drinking Water

Now that the days are getting warmer, it’s important to make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Not only does water help to keep you hydrated, the cells in your body need water to absorb nutrients and expel waste products.   While you can get water in...

4 Causes of Back Pain

Do you experience nagging back pain? A survey by the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center found that 80% of adults are troubled by periodic back pain and over half suffer severe pain that limits their daily activities for a week or more. Since treatments for back...

WalkEZStore at the WTHR Health and Fitness Expo

Do you want to live a healthier, more active and more fulfilling life? Then come to the WTHR Health and Fitness Expo on April 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Exposition Hall. This Health and Fitness Expo will help Hoosiers...

6 Reasons for Hiring a Personal Trainer

So did you make a resolution to exercise more this year? How’s that been going? Perhaps it’s time to consider working with a personal trainer. A fitness professional can create an individualized program designed to help you reach your health and fitness goals. They...

WalkEZStore to Be at the Flower and Patio Show

Are you tired of winter? Are you ready for spring? Then come to the Indianapolis Flower and Patio Show where you can check out over 40 extravagant showcase and exhibitor gardens. Plus, you can see the latest in hot tubs, swimming pools, water features, decks, outdoor...

How to Prevent and Treat Bunions

So you found a cute pair of heels – on sale. But they’re a tad bit too tight. And the store doesn’t have the shoes in a bigger size. Oh well, you think, I’ll get them any way. They’ll stretch. But did you know that you can develop bunions from wearing shoes that are...

10 Injury Prevention Tips for Marathon Runners

If you have been following the Olympic Games, today is when the women’s marathon will be run. However, the current women’s world record holder Paul Radcliffe won’t be participating in this event due to a foot injury caused by osteoarthritis. Running can be hard on...

Gymnasts: Protect Your Feet

Today marks the beginning of the gymnastics competition at the 2012 Olympics in London. As TV viewers, we marvel at the jumps, twists, and dance moves gymnasts perform, as well as their sheer strength and flexibility. But it is these same maneuvers that place these...

12 Shopping Tips for Children’s Shoes

In a few weeks, most kids will be going back to school. Besides buying their school supplies, you’ll likely be purchasing new shoes for them to wear to school and gym class, too.   If your kids are like most kids, they probably don’t like to go shopping for shoes....

Even Olympic Athletes Suffer from Foot Pain

On Friday, July 27, the 2012 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, will begin in London, England. Over 10,000 athletes from 204 countries are expected to participate in the 26 sports with a total of 39 disciplines. The first ancient...

Don’t Let Foot Pain Ruin Your Vacation

Summer is a popular time to take a vacation. Some people want nothing more than to lounge around the pool or lie on the beach the whole time they’re away. Other people pack their vacation time with a constant stream of historical sites, museums and other places of...

Nordic Walking Offers Health Benefits and Fun

Nordic walking has become a hot new trend in aerobic fitness. Nordic walking was first practiced in Finland as an off-season ski-training activity, but soon it caught on in the rest of the world as a new way to exercise. Nordic walking combines fitness walking with...

Common Children’s Foot Problems

Are you aware that a lot of the biomechanical deficiencies of the feet are inherited? If you have problems with your feet, then you should look at your children’s feet – because not all children are born with perfect feet. Do your children have feet that look like...

Is It Time to Change Your Running Shoes?

Now that the weather is getting warmer, chances are you’ve probably started running again. But are you still wearing last year’s running shoes? If so, it’s time to check your shoes for wear and tear. Over time, with use, your running shoes can lose cushioning, shock...

Weed Out Foot Pain While Doing Yard or Garden Work

It’s spring! Depending on where you live, the trees and shrubs may be budding; the flowers may be blooming; and the grass may be growing greener and higher. Usually that means it’s time to start doing yard and garden work – mowing the lawn; putting down fertilizer;...

Extend the Life of Your Shoes with Proper Care

It’s officially spring! Do you know what that means? It’s time for spring cleaning. Not only is it a good time to clean your house, it’s a great time to clean out your closet and assess the condition of your shoes. By taking care of your shoes, you can protect your...

Shin Splints: Are Not What You Think

Are you a runner or a dancer? Are you in the military? Do you have a throbbing, aching pain in the shins of your legs? If so, you may have shin splints. Shin splints – also called tibial stress syndrome – are a common lower leg complaint, especially among runners,...

Chi Walking: Engaging the Body and the Mind

Now that the weather is turning nicer, you may be walking outside more. Walking is a great way to get and stay fit. But perhaps you’re ready to try something different. If you’d like to experience a mental, as well as physical, workout, you may want to try Chi...

Seniors: Increase Quality of Life with Proper Shoe Fit

Are you one of the 87% of older adults who suffer from foot pain? If so, then check your shoe size. At least a third of older individuals who have foot pain are wearing shoes that are either one size too big or too small. By wearing properly fitted shoes, you’ll not...

How to Relieve Your Aching Flat Feet

For the past few posts, we’ve been talking about overpronation, which causes the arches of your feet to flatten as you walk. If you suffer from flat feet or overpronation, you probably experience pain in your arches and the soles of your feet. Also, overpronation can...

What Is a Navicular Drop Test?

Do you suspect you’re knock-kneed? That is you overpronate (your ankles tilt inward too much) when you walk, causing your arches to flatten? Or, do you think you’re bow-legged? In other words, you oversupinate (your ankles tilt outward too much) when you walk,...

Increase Your Sports Performance with Custom Orthotics

Do you play sports? Football? Baseball? Tennis? If so, according to Podiatrist Steve Rosenberg, a solid, balanced foundation from the feet up is essential for optimal performance in your sport of choice. If your feet don’t maintain their proper position when you...

Uggs Are Ugly to Your Feet

Sheepskin-lined boots, like Uggs and the various knock-offs, may keep your feet toasty in the winter, but they actually harm your feet.  When Uggs were first introduced, they were a favorite among surfers. But in the mid-2000s, celebrities, like Britney Spears and...

Do You Have Flat Feet or Fallen Arches?

How do you know? Have you noticed when walking with wet feet across concrete or sand that your foot’s impression doesn’t appear to have an arch? Or have you had a doctor, podiatrist or certified pedorthist tell you have flat feet?  Your foot actually has three arches...

WalkEzStore.com at Indianapolis Home Show

Come to the Indianapolis Home Show, January 20-29, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and check out the WalkEzStore.com. We’ll be located at booth #338 in the West Pavilion. Show Hours:  Friday, Jan. 20 – 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00...

Even Santa Gets Sore Feet!

The WalkEzStore recently received this testimonial: Dear Kathy,  Each year, my feet and body take a beating during the days leading up to Christmas Eve.  I spend a considerable amount of time standing at my workbench, making toys for all the good little boys and...

Tips for Buying Women’s Dress and Winter Boots

The temperature is getting colder and soon winter will be here. And that means you need to buy boots for the season. Dress and winter boots come in so many styles that shopping for the right pair can seem like a daunting task. While you may want to look fashionable,...

Metatarsalgia Pain: Like Walking on Pebbles

Does your job require you to stand and/or walk extensively? Are you pregnant or overweight? Are you a runner or athlete that repetitively puts pressure on your forefoot? Are you a woman who wears high heels constantly? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions,...

Preventing Foot Pain during Pregnancy

You’ve found out that you’re expecting. Congratulations! But now you’re wondering what to expect while you’re expecting. One of the least anticipated problems that prospective mothers experience is foot pain. However, it’s a common discomfort during pregnancy, usually...

Is Foot Pain at “Fault” in Your Tennis Game?

Tennis can be hard on your feet and ankles since it requires a lot of running, side-to-side motion, sudden stops, changes in direction, and quick pivots. These movements, as well as the different court surfaces, can place a considerable amount of stress on your feet...

How to Properly Fit Your Shoes for the Best Comfort

Shoes are meant to support and protect your feet while preventing injury. But to accomplish this, they must fit well. Poorly fitted shoes can cause discomfort and foot problems like calluses, corns, bunions, and hammertoes. This guide will help you determine how to...

Pampered Feet = Pretty Feet this Summer

Your feet take a lot of punishment all day long. Consequently, they can end up looking dry and cracked. If you’re wearing sandals or going barefoot this summer, you want your feet to look their best. By following the tips below, you can rejuvenate your tired feet,...

Plantar Fasciitis: Avoid a Flip-Flop Fiasco this Summer

Now that the temperature has reached 90+ degrees, many people, especially teens and young adults, are sporting flip-flops. While flip-flops are certainly cooler and more comfortable to wear in the summer, they can cause a common, chronic inflammatory foot condition...

Heel Pain? Get Help!

The plantar fascia is the part of the foot that acts like a shock absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch in your foot. Plantar meaning the bottom side, and fascia is the name of the tissue in this area. Fascia is not muscle, not bone, not cartilage, not ligament, not tendon, it is a tissue all it’s own. This fascia tissue is made up of billions of tiny fibers similar to the fibers in a piece of elastic or Lycra. If the tension on that bowstring (fascia tissue) becomes too great, minute tears can occur creating pain and inflammation. The result is foot pain. Foot pain is no fun.

Are You at Risk for FOOT PAIN?

The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the earth in a lifetime. That is an enormous amount of wear and tear on the 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles that make up the foot.