What exactly is plantar fasciitis?
There’s a flat ligament linking your heel bone to your toes. Specifically, this ligament supports the arch in your foot. Over time, the tissue in this ligament may become strained, weakened or irritated in some way. Discomfort develops because the weakened ligament is no longer supporting your foot the way it should be – this is plantar fasciitis.
Many people who suffer from plantar fasciitis visit our store in the hopes of finding comfortable footwear. While plantar fasciitis can occur for any number of reasons, one element is common among those who have it: pain. Shopping for and finding comfortable footwear can quickly become a hassle. One of the most important features to look for when shopping to alleviate plantar fasciitis is arch support. Finding the perfect type of arch support is a game changer.
Ziera is a fantastic brand to look at when shopping for shoes to help alleviate the pain caused by plantar fasciitis. This company stems from New Zealand, and has found success creating shoes with incredible arch support. Ziera’s innovative designs even allow the wearer to replace the footbed with her own custom orthotic. Even better: Ziera works hard to create footwear you actually want to wear. Ziera designs unique styles from boots to sandals.
Below are 3 of our best-selling Ziera styles:
It’s important to find out what features and benefits you’re spending money on when buying footwear. Knowing how and why a specific shoe will work for you is something all consumers should be aware of. Our men’s footwear buyer, Samantha Leta, gives you the scoop on why removable footbeds might be just right for you.
- “Removable footbeds allow you to put your own insole inside.”
Do you have custom orthotics? Or simply prefer your Powerstep inserts over most shoe supports? Removable footbeds make room for these kind of adjustments. Brands that feature removable footbeds in most styles include: Ziera, Finn Comfort, Wolky, San Antonio Shoemakers (SAS), as well as some Munro American product. When in doubt, especially while shopping online, look at the product features. 9 times out of 10 if the item has a removable footbed that information will be listed in the product features section.
- “Some removable footbeds provide dual-width capabilities.”
Ever fallen in love with a shoe, but found out the company does not make it in the width you need? If the inside of a shoe is finished properly, removing the footbed can provide extra width without losing out on comfort for those who need it.
- “Removable insoles make it possible to put in replacements.”
Sometimes the footbeds of shoes wear out before the outsoles do. This may happen for several reasons. Frequent wear runs down the footbed fabric, may cause unwanted odors and can decrease cushion and support. Some brands, Finn Comfort for instance, have footbeds that can be completely removed and replaced. Some companies will even manufacture a new insole for you.
“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances”
How It All Began
When a hose burst at Avner Talmon’s Olive Oil Press in Israel, it’s safe to say his first reaction was not one of excitement. See, the pipe that burst was filled with a substance called olive residue. In the video found on the Olea Essence website, Talmon describes the experience as “frightening” because olive residue is toxic to the environment. Due to the break in the hose, Talmon found himself covered in the harmful residue.
After cleaning himself off, Talmon realized something: his skin felt softer and cleaner than ever before. This accident-turned-inspiration brought about the next endeavor for the olive oil creator; a line of eco-friendly, all-natural, olive-infused skin care.
Talmon’s team discovered a way to purify the olive residue, or blackwater, that is typically thrown away during the olive oil production. Before Talmon there simply wasn’t a safe way to use the residue so it was disposed of, damaging the environment in the process. Olea Essence Skin Care is revolutionary in its use of the entire olive, saving the environment AND our skin all in one fantastic line of products.
Across the world, as Talmon’s business flourished, Dan Ungar, Owner of Mar-Lou Shoes, left on his trip to Israel. He ventured abroad for two weeks and brought back memories, stories and experiences, rich in culture, that will last a lifetime. One of Dan’s treasured stories was of a visit to an olive oil factory . . . It’s funny how two worlds so far apart end up colliding.
A New Adventure
Dan was so impressed by the experience at Avner Talmon’s factory, and the quality of Olea Essence Skin Care, that he brought samples back with him. Naturally, the staff at Mar-Lou was curious about this new product, and we all tried it for ourselves. What we found is that Olea Essence not only softens skin; it smells fresh and natural. No harsh chemicals, nothing to add “scent”. Olea Essence is pure, clean skin care.
After careful consideration, and with the cooperation of Avner Talmon and his wonderful staff at Olea Essence, Dan is putting four Olea Essence products on the shelves at Mar-Lou Shoes. We are the first retailer in the U.S. to carry Olea Essence Skin Care in our stores, and it’s an honor to present this beneficial skin care line to our customers (and let’s face it, this stuff is THAT awesome, to ourselves).
How It Works
For those who may be skeptical, here is my personal testimonial. I scrubbed my hands with the Olea Essence Olive Wash and Exfoliate for Face and Body (yes, you actually can use it on your face, it’s that gentle), and afterwards I rubbed a DROP of Olea Essence Rich Hand Cream on the tops of my hands. The Olive Wash and Exfoliate made my palms soft enough I did not feel the need to put the Hand Cream on them.
FUN FACT: you have pores everywhere on your body EXCEPT the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. For this reason applying lotion to your palms sometimes makes them feel greasy because the lotion doesn’t get absorbed as easily; it simply sits on the surface of your skin.
I exfoliated and applied the hand cream at 11 a.m. My hands stayed considerably softer than usual until 3 p.m. (I washed my hands three times during this time period and did dishes once using Dawn Dish Soap). That’s four hours, three hand washings and one dish session later, and my skin felt fantastic.
In the past I’ve used Body Shop brand Body Butter, and I’m an avid user of Suave Body Lotion, but I’ve found I prefer the long-lasting effects of the Olea Essence Hand Cream. An additional bonus to Olea Essence is the eco-friendly, all-natural makeup of the products. If you’re not prone to buying skin care with heavily perfumed or flowery scents, Olea Essence is perfect for you. The scent is refreshing and light, defying the typical, strong burning-your-nose-hairs-off scent of other lotions.
Still not sure how you feel about Olea Essence? Stop into the store to try it for yourself! We’ve got samples we’re more than happy to share. You’ve even got a chance to win a free Olea Essence product right at Mar-Lou. It’s as easy as taking a photo of you using the product at our store, uploading it to your Instagram account (or letting us upload it to ours) and hashtagging #marloushoes #oleaessence to get entered into our drawing. The contest runs from now until February 22, 2016.
Olea Essence is a brand new venture for us at Mar-Lou Shoes, and we’re thrilled to bring it forward to our customers. Thank goodness for happy accidents.
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When was the last time you assessed your foot health? It may sound strange, but really think about it. Do your feet ache on a daily or weekly basis? Do you have plantar fasciitis or find yourself constantly getting blisters?
According to the results of a survey taken in 2014 by the American Podiatric Medical Association “. . . 1,000 US adults ages 18 and older . . . say they have experienced foot pain (77 percent)” (apma.org). This statistic is astounding. Even more astounding is the fact that only 1/3 of the 77% seek help from a podiatrist (apma.org).
Think these findings don’t apply to you? You may not have foot pain, bunions, plantar fasciitis or any number of other painful foot ailments yet, but you could someday.
Picture yourself 10, 20, 30 years from now, walking around with bunions or any other number of painful foot problems. What if your doctor told you this pain could’ve likely been avoided had you been wearing better shoes all those years? Dr. Taryn Rose, interviewed on Good Morning America, has done research on the topic of foot ailments, and this is what she found:
“She has traced many foot problems, including calluses, back to bad shoes. Women account for 90 percent of foot surgeries in the United States, with foot ailments ranging from bunions and hammertoes to neuroma, the swelling of the nerves in the ball of the foot. Women in their 40s and 50s often find that they have pain and large deformities from wearing ill-fitting shoes, Rose said” (abcnews.go.com).
… “from ill-fitting shoes”. SERIOUSLY?! This one of the most easily fixable problems: it starts with getting properly fitted. It takes no time at all to go to a shoe store, remove your shoe, and get fitted!
Getting fitted is only the first step. Step two is equally as important: investing in quality footwear. Being a poor college student, I am aware the word “investment” often causes panic, especially when the term is used in relation to buying shoes. There are so many other things I could do with $200 than buying a nice pair of shoes!
Okay. Let’s weigh our options. Say you buy 3 pairs of $200 shoes in a year. $600 for shoes in one year seems like a lofty investment, right? Well, let’s say you forego paying the $600 and buy 10 pairs of $30 shoes. Woah! That’s a way better deal right? You may think so, but the average cost of bunion surgery in the U.S. is between $3500-$5000 (buniondoctor.net). All of a sudden the $600 you paid to invest in quality shoes that kept your feet healthy and pain-free doesn’t seem so horrible. Plus, the added bonus of buying quality footwear means it’s going to last you a lot longer than a pair of shoes that’s cheaper but crafted poorly.
Don’t mistake this rant as me berating anyone whose never been properly fitted or bought a great pair of quality shoes. I am the QUEEN of bargain shopping, especially when it comes to shoes. The first time I was properly fitted was about a month ago and, honestly, if I wasn’t working at a shoe store I wouldn’t have realized the importance of it.
When I sit down and think about all the money I’ve “saved” buying cheap, less-than-comfy shoes over the years, it makes me wonder why I, and so many other women, settle when it comes to footwear. We’d never buy pants that don’t fit right or feel uncomfortable after a few hours of wear. Why doesn’t our footwear have the same buying-criteria our clothes do?
Our feet work hard for us, so let’s start working harder to keep them healthy. There are thousands upon thousands of adorable AND comfortable options for footwear. I challenge all of us to start treating our tootsies with more respect. Your feet will thank you!
Are Your Shoes Killing Your Feet? (2015). Retrieved October 5, 2015, from http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=126809
Day, B. (2014, May 19). New Survey Reveals Majority of Americans Suffer from Foot Pain | Press Release | Media Room | APMA. Retrieved October 5, 2015, from http://www.apma.org/Media/PRdetail.cfm?ItemNumber=13075
How Much Does Bunion Surgery Cost? (2014, July 7). Retrieved October 5, 2015, from http://www.buniondoctor.net/how-much-does-bunion-surgery-cost/
A deformation of the big toe joint. Often, the big toe will drift over to the smaller toes.
A deformation of the small toe joint of the foot.
This condition is found in the four smaller toes. The middle toe joint pops up and the tip of the toe is now in contact with the ground.. It is common for a callus to form on the joint bump due to friction.
Several layers of hardened skin that may go as deep as the bone. A corn found between the toes is called a soft corn.
Small tears or strains which occur in the arch ligament.
Bony protrusions from the front of the heel occurring were the arch ligament attaches to the foot.
A disease of the nerves that may cause sensation or muscle loss, or nerve malfunction.
A sore that can lead to the breakdown of tissue and becomes infected.
A minimal amount of the side of the foot comes in contact with the ground. This type of foot can put additional stress at the heel and ball of the foot.
Most or the entire bottom of the foot comes in contact with the ground.
An extreme collapse of the ligaments and tendons due to a degenerative disorder.
While weight bearing, this excessive condition is an abnormal roll to the inside of the foot causing the toes to point out.
When the foot rolls to the outside of the foot while weight bearing. Excessive supination causes the toes to point inwards.