Finding the Right Shoe to Alleviate Symptoms from Common Foot Problems

Guest post by Clarissa Rivera of Taos Footwear 

Each day we rely on our feet to carry us around with little thought until they cause us pain or discomfort. Our feet contain 42 muscles, 26 bones, 33 joints, and around 50 ligaments that hold everything together and help us move.

With so many parts, it is hardly surprising that it doesn’t take much for something to go wrong. In fact, there are many different types of foot problems. Understanding what they are and how they’re caused will aid us to choose shoes, like comfortable sandals or supportive sneakers, that can correct or help treat common conditions.

Common Foot Complaints and Treatments

Foot pain can occur in the ball, heel, toes, or ankles. Each condition has slightly different causes and requires various treatments to relieve the pain. Below is a list of common foot ailments and their likely causes, along with suggested treatments.

Hammer Toes, Claw Toes, and Mallet Toes

Although they may sound similar, each of these conditions has slightly different causes and treatments.

A hammer toe causes the second, third, or fourth toe to cross, point at an odd angle, or bend at the middle. Often caused by badly fitting shoes, this condition can be corrected with a proper fit that leaves room for toes, inserts, and foot pads. If left too long however, toes can become fixed in this position, leading to intense pain that can only be corrected with surgery.

Claw toes occur is when all but the big toe curls up from the first joint, where toes connect with the foot, and down from the middle joint. Wearing tight shoes can cause this condition, which often results in calluses and corns forming on top of the middle joints. Nerve damage from diabetes and other conditions can also cause claw toes.

Mallet toes usually affect the longest toe on the foot – either our big toe or second toe. The last toe-joint bulges, causing it to take on a mallet shape. Foot injuries and arthritis can cause this condition and it should be treated by regularly rubbing calluses with pumice stones to reduce their size. Those affected should also wear shoes with enough room for the toes and place a pad over the toe or under the tips.

Each of these conditions can also be helped by special exercises that strengthen and stretch feet and toe muscles.

Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, and Stone Bruises  

Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs can sometimes be confused, as both cause pain in the heel. Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation or irritation in the foot tissue that connects the heel to the ball of the foot. Heel spurs, on the other hand, are the result of a calcium build up on the heel bone that can extend as much as half an inch, sometimes causing pain similar to that of plantar fasciitis.

Heel spurs are associated with poorly fitting or severely worn shoes, excess weight, and running regularly on hard surfaces. Plantar fasciitis is related to a wider range of factors. It can be brought on by increasing age that brings on a reduction in the heel’s protective fat pad, diabetes, spending most of the day on one’s feet, and flat feet or high arches.

The pain from both heel spurs and plantar fasciitis can be alleviated by wearing shoes that adequately support feet and cushion heels.

Stone bruises are deep bruises that feel as though you are walking on a small stone that can often feel like either of the above two conditions. Well-fitting shoes that have shock absorbing soles can alleviate pain while the bruise heals.

Bunions, Corns, and Calluses

Bunions form on the edge of the big toe and can cause intense pain, or simply cause the big toe to point inwards without any other symptoms. Well-fitted shoes with plenty of space for toes should be worn to avoid rubbing and generating unnecessary pain.

Corns and calluses are caused by shoes that don’t fit properly, put pressure on the feet, and rub on the toes, heels, or sides of the foot. Wearing shoes that fit properly should stop corns and calluses from developing.

If you have corns already, treat them by soaking feet in warm water for ten minutes or more. Then, file the affected area with a pumice stone to reduce thickened skin and relieve pressure when wearing shoes. Padding can also be used to protect affected areas from further damage.

Feet are often overlooked in the daily care and maintenance of our bodies. Taking a little time each day to look after our feet often prevents painful conditions (such as those noted above) from developing.

What’s up their (leg) sleeve?

Orthosleeve from Justin Blair & Co.

We are the exclusive Midwest distributor of Orthosleeve, an innovative line of medical and performance products.

Their award-winning, innovative compression sleeves use medical-grade, patented Compression Zone Technology® to relieve leg pain and discomfort—without restricting movement and activity.

We carry their entire line of compression sleeves for leg, knee, wrist, elbow and patella, including these top-selling compression products:

QS4 Thigh Compression Sleeve relieves pain from quad strains, weak hamstrings, leg fatigue and Illiotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS). Available in Black, sizes Small to X-Large.

FS6+ Foot and Calf Sleeve relieves leg pain and discomfort from shin splints, plantar fasciitis, restless leg syndrome, DVT and leg cramps. Available in Beige, Black, Pink, White and Yellow, sizes Small to X-Large.

DS6 Decompression Foot Sleeve relieves pain resulting from Plantar Fasciitis, heel spurs, swollen feet and torn ligaments.  Available in White, sizes Small to X-Large.

See our full selection of Orthosleeve compression sleeves. 

For leg pain relief and injury prevention that allows you to stay active, Orthosleeve is the #1 choice.

Contact your Territory Manager or orders@justinblair.biz to select the perfect Orthosleeve products for your customers’ needs and place your order. 

Questions? Call us at (800) 566-0664 or email us at orders@justinblair.biz 

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Featured shoe and foot care products at the Chicago/Michigan shows

Justin Blair at Chicago Shoe Market 2018

What’s trending in shoe care and foot care?

We had a great turnout at the recent Chicago Shoe Market and Michigan Shoe Market Show. Justin Blair sales manager Dan Beal highlights below several products that were popular with customers.

Ralyn Shoe Care Center

The highly-noticeable Ralyn Shoe Care display attracts customers’ attention and keeps them coming back for more. Can be personalized with seasonal shoe care products—or a product mix that is unique to the store.

Rescue Wipes

The new, innovative Rescue Wipes clean and shine boots, shoes, sandals, and handbags with just a few wipes. No-mess and can be easily carried in a purse or briefcase.

Omni Massage Rollers

The Omni Massage Rollers (regular and mini size) are always popular and the POP countertop display is a great add-on item for shoe stores.

Orthosleeve FS6 Countertop Display

The top-selling FS6 Plantar Fasciitis Sock is a product that every shoe store can sell as they are asked about this topic daily. Plus, it’s a great product that really works! The  counter display make for easy selection and purchasing at point-of-purchase. Also available in a floor display.

Thank you to everyone that stopped by our booth…see you next time!

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RECAP: 2018 Justin Blair Summer Sales Meetings

The 2018 Justin Blair Summer Sales Meetings wrapped up earlier this month and we enjoyed meeting with representatives from Thermoskin, Soul Insole and Apex, as well as several others.

Our goal is always to stay on the leading edge of shoe and foot care, so we are thrilled to announce several new products that will soon be available. Thermoskin POP display from Justin Blair

Thermoskin POP Display

This compact, point-of-purchase counter display from Thermoskin features three best-selling products: Arthritic Gloves, Thermal Circulation Slippers and Sport Knee Stabilizer. Single-product displays are also available. Buy online or contact your Territory Manager to learn more and see a sample.

Soul Insole Shoe Bubble from Justin Blair

Soul Insole Shoe Bubble Orthotic

The Soul Insole Shoe Bubble is a micro-size orthotic support that adds maximum comfort to any shoe, while relieving pain with soft memory gel. Washable and reusable with no odor (antibacterial/antimicrobial).

 

Apex Petal footwear from Justin Balir

New Footwear and Orthotics from Apex

Petals, Apex’s new leather and canvas line of footwear, will be available in early September.

Their newest innovation, the A-Wave Foot Orthotics, is available in three densities (Flex, Firm & X-Firm) and will also be available in September.

 

Justin Blair Buyer's GuideUpdated Justin Blair Buyer’s Guide

We are also finalizing our latest edition of the Buyer’s Guide, which details all of the products we offer. Stay tuned for the release in the coming months. 

If you don’t have a copy of the current Buyer’s Guide, please contact our Customer Service department at (800) 566-0664 or info@justinblair.biz to be added to our mailing list. 

Doing business, made easy…

As always, we appreciate your comments and feedback to make working with us easier—that’s why we call it “Doing business, made easy!”

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NEW! All-natural wipes for shoes, boots and handbags by BootRescue

BootRescue Wipes

We are now stocking BootRescue Wipes—the only all-natural range of wipes for shoes, boots and handbags.

Designed by a Canadian shoe lover who was frustrated by bad weather ruining her shoes and accessories, BootRescue Wipes remove unsightly and damaging dirt, salt stains, oil and surface stains from shoes, boots and handbags. 

We are stocking BootRescue, ShoeRescue, SneakerRescue, SandalRescue and HandbagRescue wipes, each one individually formulated for the type of shoe or accessory. Available in box and pouch options. Perfect for increasing accessorial sales.

All products are in stock and available for immediate shipment. Download our BootRescue brochure to view the full collection and place your order.

Stock up now for fall and winter weather season! 

Contact your Territory Manager or orders@justinblair.biz to place your order today. Questions? Call us at (800) 566-0664 or email orders@justinblair.biz 

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See us at the Michigan Shoe Market Show on August 26 & 27

Stop by and see us at the Michigan Shoe Market Show in Livonia, MI on Sunday & Monday, August 26–27, 2018.

We will have samples of the latest shoe care products from Ralyn, therapeutic, massage, and pain relief products from Orthosleeve, Pedifix and Biofreeze, as well as a new addition to our line: German handmade insoles from Pedag USA. We will also have samples of our Apex footwear collection and related shoe accessories.

Dan Beal will be in Room 301, ready to answer all of your questions and help with product selection and ordering.

Most orders ship within 48 hours from our Chicago warehouse. Don’t miss our 10% OFF Day of Show Special!

Justin Blair Territory Manager Dan BealMichigan Shoe Market Show
August 26–27, 2018
Room 301
Embassy Suites Hotel/Livonia
19525 Victor Parkway
Livonia, MI 48125
Show Hours:       
Sunday, Aug. 26: 9 am – 6 pm
Monday, Aug. 27: 9 am – 5 pm

All orders placed at the show receive a 10% discount

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See us at the Chicago Shoe Market on August 22 & 23

Justin Blair at Chicago Shoe Market 2018

Stop by and see us at the Chicago Shoe Market in Chicago on Wednesday and Thursday, August 22–23.

We will have samples of the latest shoe care products from Ralyn, therapeutic, massage, and pain relief products from Orthosleeve, Pedifix and Biofreeze, as well as a new addition to our line: German handmade insoles from Pedag USA. We will also have samples of our Apex footwear collection and related shoe accessories.

Dan Beal will be in Room 310, ready to answer all of your questions and help with product selection and ordering.

Most orders ship within 48 hours from our Chicago warehouse. Don’t miss our 10% OFF Day of Show Special!

Justin Blair Territory Manager Dan BealChicago Shoe Market
August 22-23, 2018

Room 310

Embassy Suites Chicago-Downtown
600 N State Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Show Hours:
Wednesday, Aug. 22: 9 am – 6 pm
Thursday, Aug. 23: 9 am – 4 pm

All orders placed at the show receive a 10% discount

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Our summer shoe repair Meet & Greets are scheduled

It’s sandal and dress shoe season…is your shop ready?

Stop by our warehouse for one of our summer Meet and Greets, where you can meet our staff, learn more about our products, and most importantly, SHOP.

Our warehouse is stocked full of shoe repair and shoe care supplies from our own brand Ralyn Shoe Care, as well as many other high-quality and trusted brands.

We have a large selection of everything you need: cleaners and shampoos, leather and rubber soles, shoe creams and dyes, dowels, abrasives, brushes (including personalized options), shoe laces, needles and thread, and much more. Plus, the largest selection of shoe polish in the Midwest!

We are also offering demos of Shoe Systems Plus Supreme Machines Shoe Repair & O&P Lab equipment in our showroom.

Bring your shopping list and stock your shelves for the summer!

RSVP for our July or August Meet and Greet on our Facebook page. 

Email or call us with any questions or special requests before you stop by.

See you there!

SPECIAL OFFER: Quantity discounts on orthopedic pillows

Tri-Core Cervical Pillow

This month only, we are offering major quantity discounts on Tri-Core Cervical Pillows by Core Products: BUY 5, GET 1 FREE or BUY 9, GET 3 FREE. 

These best-selling and highly-requested orthopedic pillows help alleviate neck pain and correctly align the spine, while supporting the neck in its natural position. The unique shape delivers orthopedic benefits and support for both back sleeping and side sleeping Made in USA and latex-free.

Contact your Territory Manager or order online. This special offer is only valid through June 30, so place your order today.

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Stock up for spring at our next Shoe Repair Meet and Greet

Missed our shoe repair Open House? We are hosting monthly Meet and Greets at our warehouse, where you can meet our experienced staff, learn more about our products—and shop, of course.

See our newly-expanded selection of shoe repair and shoe care supplies from our own brand Ralyn Shoe Care, as well as many other high-quality and trusted brands.

Shop for cleaners and shampoos, leather and rubber soles, shoe creams and dyes, dowels, abrasives, brushes (including personalized options), shoe laces, needles and thread, and much more—including the largest selection of shoe polish in the Midwest!

We also have demos of Shoe Systems Plus Supreme Machines Shoe Repair & O&P Lab equipment in our showroom.

Bring your shopping list and stock your shelves for the spring sandal and athletic shoe season.

RSVP for one of our May and June Meet and Greets on our Facebook page. 

Email or call us with any questions or special requests before you stop by.

See you there!