Knee Pain – Is it changing your lifestyle?

Let’s talk knees! Do you have knee pain, aching, stiffness and soreness after long periods of inactivity; mild to severe pain after overuse or ascending or descending stairs? These are common symptoms of Osteoarthritis (OA).

Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis affecting one in ten Canadian adults. It can affect any joint but commonly occurs in weight-bearing joints such as the knee. The cartilage (firm, rubbery material) that covers the ends of the bones in normal joints acts as a shock absorber. Over time, the cartilage may wear away in some areas decreasing its ability to cushion the bone. As this happens tendons and ligaments stretch, causing pain. As the condition worsens the bones may rub against each other.

Osteoarthritis can be caused by many factors including heredity, obesity, injury or joint overuse.

Unloading Knee Braces – Non-Invasive Options

A safe, non-invasive viable option is an Osteoarthritis Unloader knee brace specifically designed to treat OA. It stabilizes the joint, reduces pain and helps to build stronger muscles allowing patients to return to the activities they love whether that is everyday living or sports. OA braces relieve pain by redistributing the weight bearing load on the painful or affected compartment of the joint to the healthier or unaffected compartment. Increased function studies have shown that wearing an OA brace can increase daily functions and decrease pain. Patients diagnosed with OA who wear a knee brace will generally feel better in the morning, be more active during the day, and rest more comfortably at night. Braces cannot cure osteoarthritis and may not be right for everyone, however, it is a viable and successful solution for many people.There are many different types of OA braces designed for all activity levels. One of the programs offered at Soles in Motion is the 30 Day Free Trial OA Program so you have the opportunity to feel its success without incurring any costs.

No matter what your ability, I believe that with the proper treatment plan, you can reduce your pain and achieve your goals. Education is key in making an informed decision. Keep your joints moving.

Skiing and Snowboarding season is here!


These popular winter sports are a great way to stay active.  Although the incidence of injury in both skiing and snowboarding is relatively similar, on the body where these injuries occur are considerably different. Skiers tend to injure the lower extremity – most commonly the knee – while snowboarders are more likely to injure their backs and upper extremity – specifically areas such as the wrist.

The most common knee injuries in skiing are the MCL (medial collateral ligament) and ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).  They occur for different reasons based on the skier’s skill level, the most common being when the knee tilts inwards and the lower leg is forced forwards. This often happens during a fall or when catching an edge.  Preventing knee injuries when skiing is multifactorial. With the pediatric and youth skier, appropriate strength is required before jumping into ski boots. This also is true for the adult skier. Areas of specific focus should be in the hip stabilizers, knee stabilizers, hamstrings and lower back.  Knee braces are designed to prevent injury during skiing and provide support and stability after an injury to keep you on the slopes.  There are several different kinds of knee braces for ligament protection – light weight, designed to fit with ski boots, provide the highest level of twisting and lateral movement.

The most common snowboard injury is the wrist.  The upper body is used to help generate turning forces on the board. In the event of a loss of balance and a subsequent fall, the instinctive reaction of a snowboarder is to outstretch a hand to try and break their fall. This mechanism is commonly known as an ‘FOOSH’ ( Fall Onto an Out Stretched Hand).  There are wrist braces designed to provide maximum protection for the wrist while allowing a range of motion to match your needs.  Made of carbon fiber, they are incredibly strong and are designed for high impact sports.

Soles in Motion services and products are an excellent solution for everyone who wants to be healthier, more active and in less pain.  Whether you want to ski, skate or do your daily chores.  Our team works together to implement the best solution for you.  Soles in Motion also offers a 30-day free trial program on our Osteoarthritis hip and knee braces to make sure they are going to work for you before you commit to purchase.  We are dedicated to making sure our products work.

Are your Feet tired of hurting!

are-your-feet-tired-of-hurtingThere can be many reasons why your feet hurt – improper footwear, not enough support in the right places, not enough cushioning, medical condition or an injury.  It is hard to know where to start.  The best option is to see a Canadian Certified Pedorthist for an assessment.  Assessments determine what the problem is and what solution would be best for you.  You may require custom orthotics, off the shelf insoles or proper footwear.  Be educated!  Listen to your feet!

Custom-made orthotics provide individual correction specific for your foot problem. There are different types of orthotics. Functional orthotics are used to correct problems with a person’s foot mechanics such as overpronation (the foot rolls inward) or supination (the arch is too high and the foot rolls outward) Accommodative orthotics are designed to fit and protect the foot generally from where it functions via cushioning and specific unloading and to relieve pain and pressure in the foot. They improve tolerance for the weight bearing tasks of daily life and typically used with diabetic patients.

Generally speaking, your feet should NOT hurt. Pain indicates that something is wrong. Come in and see us at Soles in Motion and experience how we come up with the right solution for your individual needs.

Submitted by Jen Estabrooks, Co-owner, General Manager, Soles in Motion, 121 Ilsley Avenue soon to be moving to 133 Baker Drive, Dartmouth 902-468-7911 (

Happy Walking!

Soles in Motion believes in giving back & building a community of happy, healthy Raving Fans!

Soles in Motion is a locally owned small business in its 10th year.  We believe small businesses keep people in town which benefits the community as a whole.  As a small business that believes in helping people lead an active lifestyle, we sponsor events and programs to encourage everyone to be active and involved.  Soles in Motion wants our customers to know how we’re making our community a better place and we find causes we’re passionate about.

Sole-Sisters-2016-Marathon_200.jpgSoles in Motion is the Presenting Sponsor of Sole Sisters Women’s Race Series.  Sole Sisters celebrates the strength of female runners and the lifelong friendships developed on and off the running roads with three events: June’s 5K run/walk, June’s Li’l Sisters Races and October’s 5K, Quarter & Half Marathon.  Sole Sisters supports Girls Gone Gazelle Run Club.  These races help make Girls Gone Gazelle an empowering program for girls in our community!

maritime-race-weekend_logoSoles in Motion is a sponsor of the Maritime Race Weekend.  Maritime Race Weekend Association is a not-for-profit society committed to raising money to support local not-for-profit groups. Maritime Race Weekend encourages and motivates everyone in our community to get more active. The race takes place on September 16th& 17th.

the_lung_association_nova_scotia_runway_runAlways dreamed of walking down the runway!  Well Soles in Motion is an Executive Class Sponsor of the Nova Scotia Lung Association Runway Run.  Hit the runway with us at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport on September 10, 2016 to help make Nova Scotia a healthier place to live and breathe!

shoes-at_St.-Andrew-United-ChurchAs part of our commitment to helping others, we encourage our customers to bring in their gently worn shoes and donate them to Dr. Colin Van Zoost’s organization, Walk in our Shoes, at St. Andrew’s United Church every Sunday.  He and other volunteers fit the homeless in the Halifax area with footwear and give foot care services.  Soles in Motion has been doing this for over 5 years and is committed to help people less fortunate in our area.

Internationally, Soles in Motion has found a way to help those less fortunate by donating braces, footwear and other products through one of our favourite customers who travels to health care centres located in small towns throughout South Africa to help those in need.

soles-in-motion-Canada-Cuba-GoodwillWe were also very pleased to play a small part in the Canada Cuba Goodwill Tour when we were given the opportunity to donate new footwear to the young Cuban baseball team that came to visit Halifax Regional Municipality.  It is so important for our young people recognize how fortunate we are to be Canadians.

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Everyone needs Accessories!

At Soles in Motion, we have a variety of accessories which may not be what you are thinking!

body_glideEver heard of BodyGlide – well it is a necessary accessory for anyone who gets chaffing from running, cycling, walking, working – you name it. Body Glide is an anti-chaffing, blister prevention product that is easy to use, very effect, hypoallergenic and safe for daily use. The product is invisible, non-greasy and stays right where you apply it. It does not block your pores and allows perspiration to escape which is vital to regulating yor body temperature. The ingredients are plant-derived combined with custom blended natural waxes.

soles-in-motion_travel_rollersAnother active accessory is our Travel Rollers which is a firm density roller with a solid core and an inner storage compartment. Great for releasing tension, iproving mobility and toning your body. Like the name says it travels easily in your luggage or backpack.

spikey_ball soles in motionSpiky Massage Ball – it’s small but mighty! It’s a simple massage tool which can help stimulate the blood circulation and massage the muscles and relieve tension. It is great for massaging your feet especially for those of you that have plantar fasciitis.

Nathan-lock-lacesSore back? Tired of trying to reach down and tie your laces. We have lock laces that makes it life easier. They hug your foot and provide comfort and support.

Soles in Motion has lots of accessories to help complete your healthy, active lifestyle – socks and more socks – technical running, walking, diabetic, copper and more.

Come on in and see what we’re all about!

Some Fun Shoe Facts!

Soles in Motion loves healthy feet and great shoes! Just for the fun of it I thought I’d share some fun facts:

ruby_slippersThe most expensive shoes: Ruby Slippers from House of Harry Winston: $3.000.000. This Ruby Slippers is the most expensive and as well as spectacular and splendid slippers in the world. This slippers is the achievement of Ronald Winston, the designer of the House of Harry Winston. The beauty of design coming from 4,600 rubies of 1,350 carats. This shoes has adorned the feet of Judy Garland.To read more

just-marriedSuperstition says that to dream of losing a shoe predicts an illness. This may originate from an old rural superstition from the UK that advises to burn a smelly old shoe in the home to avoid infection in the house. Dusty shoes indicate an unexpected journey and shinny shoes mean happiness in love.In the Western world, tossing old boots in the wake of departing ships was thought to insure a sailor’s safe return home. This tradition is carried out in modern times by tying shoes to the car bumpers after a wedding. This action is said to:1, assure a happy home life; 2, keep a husband from wandering; 3, and all the roads a family takes will always lead back to the home.Read more wedding traditions on

Shoe dreams deal with walking certain paths in our lives. If you are wearing tight Shoes, the road you are traveling is hard, and much sorrow is involved. Comfortable Shoes indicate you are in a good place in your life and success is around the corner. Guess where to go in comfortable shoes! Come on in and check out our summer collection!

Get back to what you do best!

Most people have some type of back problem at one time or another in their lifetime.  Back problems can occur anywhere from the neck to the tailbone and can be a result of wear and tear, overuse or injury.  Injuries frequently occur when you use your back muscles in activities that you do not do very often such as lifting heavy objects, yard work, painting, etc.  Overuse injuries are most often from improper movement or posture.  Minor injuries also occur from tripping, falling a short distance or excessive twisting of the spine.  Severe back injuries may result from vehicle accidents, falls from significant heights, direct blows, a high-energy fall onto the buttocks, or a penetrating injury such as a stab wound.  Common medical conditions/deformities such as ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, kyphosis affect your daily activities, restrict movement and cause different levels of pain. There are many thoughts on the effect of a back brace.  Some facts on back braces are:

  • Back braces remind the wearer to avoid undesirable movements
  • Back braces help to achieve proper posture
  • Back braces stabilize the pelvis and spine

A very common myth is that wearing a back brace weakens the abdominal muscles and causes poor body mechanics.  Back braces are designed to help the wearer achieve proper posture and increase awareness of the position of the pelvis and spine.  This constantly reminds individuals of their body positions, making it easier to avoid undesirable postures while in the healing or strengthening process.  By increasing the intra-abdominal pressure, a back support acts much like the stays and support rings of a barrel.  If the support rings are tightened a stabilizing effect is achieved.  A properly designed spinal support stabilizes the spine and acts in the same way.  There are many types of back braces. It is important that the correct brace is selected for the condition or injury but as well, it is as important that the brace fit the shape of the individual.  When the patient cannot avoid certain activities, such as work, then the use of a brace is an important part of the treatment process.  It is important that you be assessed by a professional who takes all aspects of your health, lifestyle, and body type into consideration.  Most insurance companies cover braces if prescribed by a medical professional.

Soles in Motion also encourages you to come in and talk to us, let us assess your gait and the footwear you are wearing, these too may be contributing to your pain.  We are here to help and keep you moving no matter what your abilities!

Submitted by:
Jen Estabrooks,
Co-owner, General Manager,
Soles in Motion,
133 Baker Drive, Dartmouth 902-468-7911 (

Be Smart – Choose Summer Footwear……


spring-shoes-soles-in-motionHow many of you take time to choose the right footwear to walk, run, work in but come summer put on a flip flop that is flat, thin and consists of very little material?  Can’t wait to get those feet out of your good healthy shoes and feel the summer heat!

Healthy feet are vital for feeling good and being able to stay active, whether your day consists of your work routine or other activities. Neglecting your feet can lead to unnecessary pain and other foot problems later.

The right type of footwear, with the right foot and the right shape, are essential to keeping your feet healthy and happy.

Things to look for in healthy, stylish summer sandals and shoes are cushioning, arch support or removable insoles for those with orthotics, well-constructed and adjustable straps.

Summer styles even flip flops need to be good for your feet.

Soles in Motion specializes in choosing summer sandals and footwear that keep your feet healthy, happy and styling!  We have over 100 styles to choose from. Your feet are worth it.  Make lying around in the sun this summer your choice, not because your feet are hurting too bad to move around!

It’s a scientific fact – Spring is the best season!


Spring marks the end of winter and the transition to summer. The Earth’s axis is angled between its closest and furthest position from the Sun, when temperatures are the most extreme. You can finally ditch the winter layers. 

Spring is the best season!YOU FEEL HAPPIER!

Exposure to sunlight increases the hormone

serotonin in your brain, which makes you feel happy. There are more hours in the day – more time to get out and move, get things done. 


Exposure to sunlight decreases the chemical melatonin in your body during the day and increases it at night, which helps you sleep better. 


Spring brings growth back to plants and trees. A successful spring leaf growth ensures a cool canopy to relax under during the hot summer.  It’s amazing what a little sunlight, moisture and warm soil can do for plants and grass. Plants convert sunlight into energy and produce the pigment chlorophyll, which turns them green. And it’s not just nice to look at—a study found that people who saw green before a challenge came up with more creative solutions. Spring’s green plant life will hopefully do the same!


FLOWERS BLOOMColorful flowers bloom in the spring, signaling to the bees that they are ready for pollination. And science has proven that looking at buttercups can make you happy. Not sure dandelions do the same!  A study found that people in yellow rooms at cocktail parties were more lively and talkative. Spring’s yellow flowers could also lift your mood. 


Increasing temperatures means that snow and ice will no longer plague your getting out and about.  Open your windows to allow the breeze to refresh your home.


Nothing will make you feel better than coming into Soles in Motion and watching our spring collection grow – it is arriving daily!  Colors and styles to make your feet happy and make you want to shake off the winter blahs and get moving!   See you soon!!!