Comfortable Shoes with Style Make Great Gifts for Her

Many folks who are past middle age, who stand for extended periods or who are overweight suffer the agony of the feet. The source of this discomfort often is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the ligament that connects the heel and toes.

The condition is just as likely to affect women as men. Fortunately, shoes designed to help combat the effects of plantar fasciitis can provide easy relief. Dash any thoughts of traditional orthopedic shoes…our lady’s styles are fashionable enough to make a unique gift for Mother’s Day or any occasion.

These fun and flirty flip flops realign the feet to a neutral position. Recipient of the prestigious American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Acceptance, the sandals are built with a podiatrist-designed, shock-absorbing EVA midsole that provides arch support while aligning the feet naturally. The orthotic footbeds provide optimal comfort and support when the sandals are worn for at least a few hours per day over the course of two weeks. Available in raspberry or black.

For a dressier look, these lightweight faux jeweled sandals offer the same podiatrist-designed features and sport a flexible, man-made upper decorated with an array of differently sized faux gems. Choose bronze or black.

The Lady’s Plantar Fasciitis Wedge features a modern 2”-high wedge heel. Covered in soft microfiber, the footbed’s deep heel cups help align the feet properly. With each step, the built-in metatarsal raise provides arch support for more even weight distribution and eases pressure on the ball of the foot with a contoured forefoot. The durable, flexible soft synthetic uppers secure the foot to ensure comfort while the durable rubber outsoles’ non-slip pattern ensures reliable footing. In tan or black.

Looking for a unique gift for her that will combine the easy comfort of a pair of slippers with relief from the pain of plantar fasciitis? The lady’s closed-back, indoor/outdoor slippers feature cotton corduroy uppers trimmed and lined with soft polyester terry. Flexible, lightweight rubber outsoles are molded with a slip-resistant pattern and provide enough protection and support that she can even wear these slippers out for a trip to the store. Available in camel or black.

Simple Exercises Help Reduce Discomfort of Plantar Fasciitis

Recently, we told you about our selection of stylish footwear that can help alleviate the pain of plantar fasciitis.

To maximPlantar Fasciitis Sneakersize the benefit, your switch to these podiatrist-designed shoes is best accompanied by exercises that stretch the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot, connecting the heel and toes. When this ligament becomes strained and inflamed, foot pain results. This discomfort can be especially acute first thing in the morning or after sitting for extended periods.

A few simple exercises can help reduce the pain of plantar fasciitis or prevent it from occurring in the first place:

  • Calf stretches in bed – Before rising from bed, use a towel or belt looped around the ball of your foot with the ends held in each hand. Keeping your leg straight, flex the foot and hold for 30 seconds. Make sure you feel a gentle stretch in your lower leg. Repeat five times on each leg.
  • Foot stretches – To stretch the plantar fascia itself, use your hand to pull your toes up until you feel the stretch between the ball of your foot and your heel. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat.
  • Standing calf stretches – Place your hands against a wall or table, standing 2-3 feet away, with feet slightly apart. Slide one leg back and press your heel to the floor. Hold for about 30 seconds, then bend your knees slightly for a deeper stretch and hold again. Repeat 3 times on each leg.
  • Massage – Put a tennis ball on the floor and roll your foot over it, pressing down firmly but gently. Doing this for a few minutes at a time a few times a day will help loosen the ligament.
  • Cold massage – To reduce inflammation of the plantar fascia, freeze a full water bottle. Roll your foot over the frozen bottle for 10 minutes, combining a good massage with the inflammation-reducing power of ice.

Once you’ve maintained this routine for several days, you may be ready for The Plantar Fasciitis Relief Rocker. Used by professional athletes, this is the stretching device that relieves the pain and discomfort of plantar fasciitis and helps prevent it from reoccurring. Simply standing on the unit with one foot and rocking backward gently stretches the plantar fascia. This device can also be used to stretch Achilles tendons, ankles, calves, and hamstrings and would make a unique gift for anyone who spends a lot of time of their feet.

Kick the Pain of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar-Fasciitis-Flip-FlopAnyone who has heard the song “Dem Bones” knows the ankle bone’s connected to the shin bone and the shin bone’s connected to the knee bone.

And anyone who suffers from plantar fasciitis is painfully aware that the heel bone’s connected to the toe bones. The plantar fascia is the ligament that connects the heel and toes and when it becomes strained, irritated, swollen or inflamed, stiffness and pain usually result. Plantar fasciitis is common in people past middle age, and in anyone who is on their feet for long periods of time, is overweight, or wears ill-fitting or worn-out shoes.

There are a variety of ways to treat the condition, including surgery, steroid injections and orthopedic boots. Many plantar fasciitis sufferers, however, can get relief by switching to shoes designed to help alleviate symptoms.

We feature a large selection of podiatrist-designed footwear for both men and women to help combat the effects of plantar fasciitis. These are not your grandmother’s orthopedic shoes, either. In a range of styles from athletic shoes to sandals to dress shoes, our lady’s styles are fashionable enough to make a unique gift for someone who needs optimal comfort in footwear.

For gentlemen, our special shoe selection also includes athletic shoes, as well as slides, slip-ons, slippers and sandals. Or, find relief with any shoe with The Pain Relieving Plantar Fasciitis Socks. These socks will make a welcome and unusual gift for the guy who spends a lot of time on his feet, with their reinforced bands that provide arch support and pain-relieving steady compression.

Many afflicted with plantar fasciitis find the best treatment is a combination of cold therapy combined with a positioning of the foot called dorsiflexion. The Cold Therapy Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint helps to reduce the inflammation by providing cold with a removable ice pack, while holding the foot in a neutral position. An included wedge slips under the forefoot to provide toe lift for increased stretch.

Foot comfort plays a huge role in how well you feel overall. Don’t spend your days with foot pain when the unique gift of day-long comfort is yours at Hammacher.com.