Foot Health

Articles relating to minimal shoes, barefoot running, barefoot walking, barefoot hiking, and overall health and development of the foot.

  • A Minimalist Miracle? Correct Toes May Treat and Cure Foot Pain Without Surgery

    Posted on April 8, 2014 by Elf Martin

    Do you suffer from foot or ankle pain? Do you wish you could treat your foot ailments naturally, without surgery or expensive drugs? If so, then the folks at Northwest Foot and Ankle may have a solution for you.
    Located just north of the Soft Star workshop in nearby Portland, Oregon... [click title to read more]


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  • Do You Have Pain in the Ball of Your Foot? How to Diagnose and Treat Capsulitis

    Posted on July 30, 2013 by Elf Martin

    When you mention foot injuries, most people think of Achilles tendonitis, stress fractures or the dreaded plantar fasciitis. While these afflictions seem to be the most popular, especially among runners, it is possible that pain in your forefoot could be the result of another common ailment: capsulitis.
    No, it isn't the... [click title to read more]


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  • Should You Worry If Your Child is a Toe Walker?

    Posted on July 10, 2013 by Elf Martin

    Does your child toe walk?
    Toe walking in babies and young children is very common, but prolonged toe walking often concerns parents who fear it may be symptomatic of other developmental problems. While it is recommended to refer to the advice of your doctor, a new study sheds some reassuring light on... [click title to read more]


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  • Should Trail Shoes Be Thicker Than Street Shoes? Maybe Not...

    Posted on May 30, 2013 by Elf Martin

    Do you wear different shoes for walking on streets than you do for walking on trails? Do you find your trail shoes are more rigid and bulky? If so, then you're not alone.
    Common sense says that trails require bigger, sturdier shoes. After all, there's a whole world of twigs and... [click title to read more]


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  • Are High Heels Giving You Hammer Toes? Tips for Prevention and Treatment

    Posted on May 8, 2013 by Elf Martin

    If you're familiar with Soft Star's footwear philosophy then you probably already know we're not fans of shoes that place form over function. We understand that many women wear high heels and tight shoes as fashion choices, but we also see the damaging effects these shoes have on our customers... [click title to read more]


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  • Wikler's Quest for Healthy Children's Feet

    Posted on April 23, 2013 by Elf Martin

    In a recent blog post about Barefoot Pioneers, we recognized some of the people who stood up against popular opinion to show the world the benefits of natural foot function and the dangers of restrictive, inhibiting shoes. One of the pioneers we mentioned, Dr. Simon J. Wikler, seems to be... [click title to read more]


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  • How Fast Do Children's Feet Grow?

    Posted on April 11, 2013 by Elf Martin

    One of the most common concerns we hear from parents is the question of how long a pair of shoes will last before a child outgrows them. Toddler years can be an extremely difficult time for sizing feet since many kids seem to need new shoes every few months. Our... [click title to read more]


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