What are you doing this winter?

winter-soles-in-motionHow do you feel this winter?  Many people have a feeling of loneliness, depression and overall sadness more during the winter months more than any other time. Research has shown that exercise is an effective but often underused treatment for mild to moderate depression.  Exercise or let’s just call it moving more than usual, releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.  An example is the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.

Any form of exercise can help depression. If this depression is due to injuries over the winter months or being less active, we can help.  At Soles in Motion our belief is that as a community of people wanting to feel good, we can do anything we set out to do.  Yes, we sell products, but we believe in those products and we believe they will help you to move in a healthier direction.  From the proper footwear to an Osteoarthritis Knee Brace we want to help you be happier and healthier.  Because strong social support is important for those with depression, joining a group exercise class may be beneficial. We can recommend groups suited to your activity level whether it is for fun or for the more serious athlete.

Come on in to Soles in Motion and be part of a growing community of “Let’s Get Moving” people.

DANSKO WORK WONDERS™ FOOTWEAR

We have great partnerships with our suppliers and this month we are featuring Dansko. Here’s their story…….

dansko-story_whereitallbegan More than twenty years ago wife and husband team, Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup, discovered their first product in a tiny store in Europe. They realized that a simple pair of clogs would not only change their lives, but that of everyone who might wear them.
dansko-companyToday, Dansko is a 100% employee owned company based in West Grove, Pennsylvania.  The company employs 180 people and has recently opened a new 200,000 square foot Distribution Centre located near their corporate offices.
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Their motto is that every Dansko product must meet the highest standards for comfort, support, durability, fit and performance. From initial sketches to final inspection, hundreds of steps take place before a pair of our shoes will make their way onto your feet.

After reading about this great company, we are excited to bring you Work Wonders™ footwear. We have just received them in store. Come in and try on a pair!

Work Wonders™ footwear are lightweight, slip-resistant shoes which will give you the comfort and support you need to sprint down the halls. Work Wonders™ footwear have wipe-clean uppers and a quick wipe down keeps them spotless.*

* content from WorkWonders.Dansko.com

You deserve it! The Customer Experience!

The-Customer-Experience-soles-in-motionWhen you walk into a store, somewhere in your mind you are looking for something. It may not be in the front of your mind but it is there or why would you be there. The deciding factor will be the experience. Unless, of course, it is the last item left in an advertised one day only sale – sorry can’t help you there.

The ultimate customer experience is when you feel welcome, not pressured, but not ignored.

At Soles in Motion customers come to us for attention, knowledge and specialized service. We are good listeners and want to take time to identify your needs by asking questions and getting to know you. Customers don’t just buy products or services, they buy good feelings and solutions.

Our Soles in Motion Staff love what they do and look for ways to make doing business with us easy. If you are looking for footwear, we measure your feet, both on our educating scan system and with the brannock device. We will also watch your gait (the way you walk) so we can bring out the best footwear suited to your feet. And we love good looking shoes so we strive to dress up your feet to be noticed, whether it is for running, walking, or shopping! You deserve the best service no matter where you go but at Soles in Motion we guarantee it!

I am a diabetic. What foot problems should I be worried about?

There are two main conditions that can affect diabetic feet:

go-seamless-imageFirst, with damage to the nervous system, a person with diabetes may not be able to feel his or her feet properly. Normal sweat secretion and oil production that lubricates the skin of the foot is impaired. These factors together can lead to abnormal pressure on the skin, bones, and joints of the foot during walking and can lead to breakdown of the skin and subsequently sores may develop.

The second issue is that damage to blood vessels and impairment of the immune system can make it difficult to heal these wounds on diabetic feet. Because of the poor blood flow, antibiotics cannot get to the site of the infection easily.

The best treatment for the foot issues is prevention.

  • Control your blood sugar as this is the only way to prevent all of the diabetic complications.
  • Regular Foot Exams: Diabetics should get into the routine of daily foot self-examinations and also after any foot trauma, no matter how minor.
  • Foot Care: Proper foot care for diabetics is very important. Wear seamless socks made of materials that wick moisture away from your feet.
    • Soles in Motion has a foot care nurse that provides diabetic foot care can be a great resource to show you how to properly care for your feet and educate you about ways to prevent serious problems.
  • Proper Footwear: Poorly fitting shoes are a common cause of diabetic foot problems.
    • Diabetics should wear sturdy, comfortable shoes with socks whenever possible to protect your feet.
    • Never walk barefoot, even indoors.
    • Always check the insides of your shoes before putting them on.
    • Diabetic footwear should have a high, wide toe box; removable insoles to be able to insert orthotics if necessary, rocker soles to reduce pressure in the areas of the foot most susceptible to pain (such as the ball-of-the-foot) and firm heel counters for support and stability.
  • Orthotics: For diabetics with flat feet, bunions, corns/calluses or hammertoes you may orthotics to be sure that there is no pressure being placed on certain parts of your feet. By customizing the orthotic to your foot, the insert will provide the best comfort and protection.
  • Soles in Motion also specializes in diabetic socks and footwear designed to fit properly.

Soles in Motion offers no obligation assessments with our two Canadian Certified PedorthistsCall and make an appointment – Education is free!!!

Winterize your feet!

Winterize your feet!Know the difference between “water-resistant, ” “water-repellent,” and “water-proof” fabric when buying winter footwear – your feet will thank you for it!

Water- Resistant fabrics shed water because of their weave or because they have been treated. They will soak through in a heavy rain, however. Water-resistant fabrics will often bead up rainwater, forming drops on the surface.  Water-resistant fabrics will provide protection from limited precipitation, but may not stand up to, say, belly-deep submersion in a mud puddle.  Though water can saturate the fabric with harsh exposure, a water-resistant treatment will prevent moisture from seeping through the fabric.

Water- Repellent fabrics are more effective than water-resistant fabrics. They are either very tightly woven or coated with a finish that causes the water to make little beads when it hits the fabric rather than going through. The finish may wear off over time or come off if drycleaned. A silicone spray may rejuvenate the finish.

Water-Proof fabrics can not be penetrated by water and should keep you dry, even in heavy rains. They may be extremely tightly woven, such as a fine polyester/nylon blend, rubber or plastic or other non-porous material, or coated with a finish that makes them breathable but closed to water. Certain waterproof fabrics contain a breathable membrane woven within the fabric, making them both waterproof and breathable.  Waterproof, breathable fabrics help regulate heat and release moisture, and are recommended for high energy activities to dissipate heat and moisture.

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Gore-Tex® is a thin membrane of microscopic pores that surrounds part of the shoe / boot and prevents external water from entering the shoe / boot while still allowing perspiration from the foot to escape. Gore-Tex® accomplishes this because water vapor from a foot’s perspiration is smaller in size than external water droplets. Just remember that Gore-Tex® is not insulation and will not keep your foot warm in cold temperatures.

3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation is used to help keep you warm when it’s cold outside. The unique microfibers work by trapping air molecules between you and the outside. The more air a material traps in a given space‚ the better it insulates you from the cold outside air. Because the fibers in Thinsulate insulation are finer than the fibers used in most other synthetic or natural insulation‚ they trap more air in less space which makes Thinsulate insulation a better insulator.  Thinsulate is also extremely durable and won’t break down due to getting wet.  Thinsulate is measured in grams per square meter of insulation. You will find boots with Thinsulate insulation that range from 100 gram insulation to 1000 gram insulation. The higher the number, the more Thinsulate is in the boot and the warmer the boot should be.  Thinsulate is moisture resistant and breathable.

Come on in to Soles in Motion, 133 Baker Drive, Suite 101, Dartmouth and see our great selection of winter footwear for all occasions.

[note color=”#FFCC00″]- Written by Bruce Steeves, Soles in Motion Customer Service Representative[/note]

“Back” it up with a Brace!

back-pain1Most people have some type of back issues at one time or another in their lifetime. It 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. Whether a minor injury or severe injury or a medical condition a back brace may assist to reduce pain and increase activity level. 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 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. It is important that you be assessed by a professional who takes all aspects of your health, life style, and body type into consideration.
Soles in Motion also encourages you to come in and talk to us. We are here to help and keep you moving no matter what your abilities!

Jo Fraser “You Are An Ironman”

And As If Today’s Lifestyles Aren’t Busy Enough…

ironmanI have played different types of sports from a young age, and I kept it up throughout my 17 year Military Career. However, it wasn’t until 2006 that I took up Triathlon (swim, bike, run events). Starting off with Sprint distances, then moving up to Olympic Distances and then in 2008 I competed in and completed my first Half Ironman distance (swim 1.9 km, bike 90km & run 21.1km) Triathlon race in the UK. The longer the distance the more commitment of training is required. I focused on the Half Ironman distance for a number of years before taking the plunge in 2013 to move up to the Full Distance Ironman (swim 3.8km, bike 180km & run 42.2 km). Ironman Mont Tremblant!

Ironman it becomes an Addiction.

ironman2It becomes a motivation, a chase, a lot of hard work, determination, time, effort, commitment and a roller coaster of emotions to hear those famous words as you swim, bike and run, walk, crawl your way to cross the finish line at a Full Distance Ironman Race, ‘Jo Fraser! You are an Ironman’ (yes, maybe not very PC, Ironwoman, IronPerson, doesn’t quite have the same ring and meaning to it) those words cause a sudden flow of emotions after several months (6 to be exact) of training, often twice a day, 6 days a week, anywhere from 1 hr to 6 hrs in one day. And of course I am not a Pro-Triathlete this is a hobby, so I fit all this training in and around several jobs and daily living.

The question that is often asked is ‘why?’ I have stood on the beach at the start of the race and asked myself that same question, and again at certain stages throughout the race, but the feeling you get as the crowds cheers lift you as you are closing in on the finish line, and then as you cross the finish line, those words from the Race MC ‘Jo Fraser, You are an Ironman!’ Does make it all worth while. But for me it is also more than those words, it’s about the challenge, being able to push beyond what I think my body is capable of, and I want to keep challenging, those challenges have become my addiction.
This year I am continuing to feed that addiction by training for my 3rd up and coming Full Distance Ironman Los Cabos.

My Name is Jo Fraser and I am an Ironman and I will continue to challenge my body as long as it lets me.

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Do you have Carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common wrist injury.  It occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (although not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move. The carpal tunnel – a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand houses the median nerve and tendons. Sometimes, swelling from irritated tendons or other causes the median nerve to be compressed. The result may be pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating up the arm. Although painful sensations may indicate other conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common and widely known of the entrapment neuropathies in which the body’s peripheral nerves are compressed or traumatized.  Carpal tunnel syndrome is often the result of trauma or injury to the wrist that cause swelling, such as sprain or fracture, rheumatoid arthritis, repetitive motion or fluid retention during pregnancy.  Keeping the wrist in a rested neutral position especially while sleeping can assist in the recovery of this condition.  There are many types, sizes and styles of wrist braces that will assist in treating carpal tunnel syndrome.   It is important that you be assessed by a professional who takes all aspects of your health, life style and body type into consideration.  Most insurance companies cover bracing products if prescribed by a medical professional.

Soles in Motion encourages you to come in and talk to us.

Who should I see if I need inserts?

 

My doctor said that I might need inserts in my shoes. Who should I see?  The “inserts” that your physician is suggesting are also called Orthotics. Orthotics are custom shoe inserts that can:

  • Correct gait problems
  • Address structural foot fault
  • Provide foot support
  • Relieve pressure on painful areas of the foot
  • Provide motion control

Custom-made orthotics provide individual correction specific for your foot problem. There are different types of orthotics.

  1. Functional orthotics is used to correct problems with a person’s foot mechanics such as:
  • Over pronation (the foot rolls inward)
  • Supination (the arch is too high and the foot rolls outward)
  1. 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, to improve tolerance for the weight bearing tasks of daily life.

There are a range of health care professionals who can provide the service of assessing you and providing for your custom orthotic.  Private Insurance Companies are starting to demand provision by a small select group of which the Canadian Certified Pedorthist is included.  This professional group is specifically trained and educated in clinical lower limb, foot function, gait assessment, orthotic assessment, footwear prescription and modification and technical orthotic manufacturing/lab methodology.

Custom orthotics can be used to treat many different medical conditions such as:

  • Arch pain
  • Plantar fasciilitis
  • Ball of the foot pain
  • Shin splints
  • Bunions
  • Flatfeet

Generally speaking, your feet should NOT hurt. Pain indicates that something is wrong. Consider making a no obligation appointment with one of our Certified Canadian Pedorthist to have a gait and lower leg assessment. The goal of the Pedorthist is to understand your foot problem and come up with a solution that will minimize your pain, maximize your mobility, and provide long term gain.  Soles in Motion have two Canadian Certified Pedorthists on staff – make a no obligation appointment today by calling 902-468-7911.

Looking For The Right Fit! Put Your Soles In Our Hands!

Soles in Motion offers you all the information you need to make the right choice in footwear.  We have one of the largest selections of hard to find widths and depths in shoes for both men and women available in HRM.  Since finding a pair of footwear is the first step in promoting wellness Soles in Motion offers you an educated experience where we measure your feet the old fashion way as well as scan your feet for pressure points, watch your gait, and suggest footwear that will compliment your daily activities.

Here are some interesting facts:

* The size of your feet changes as you grow older so always have your feet measured before buying shoes. The best time to measure your feet is at the end of the day when your feet are largest.

* Most of us have one foot that is larger than the other, so your shoe should be fit to your larger foot.

* Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe but by how the shoe fits your foot.

* Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot * When we fit your shoes, we make sure there is enough space (3/8″ to 1/2″) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up.

* Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.

* Don’t buy shoes that feel too tight and expect them to stretch to fit.

* Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slipping – the shoes should not ride up and down on your heel when you walk.

There are many type of shoes, let Soles in Motion educate you on what is best for you.  We can explain terms like neutral, stability, cushioned, 8 – 12 mm drop, different lasts, strike paths, EVA, Absorb, GORE-TEX® and help you understand what is best for your feet.

Soles in Motion also has two Canadian Certified Pedorthists on staff to explain the benefits of custom orthotics and assess your lower limb function.  We also have two bracing specialists that can guide you through the benefits of proper braces and supports for any medical condition or injury.

Drop in and meet our knowledgeable staff and let the experience begin!