Foot Health

  1. Improving Your Balance as You Age

    Improving Your Balance as You Age

    Balance is quite literally the foundation of your mobility, and for many older people noticing a loss of balance can be scary. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year. A loss of balance may not...
  2. Athlete’s Foot vs. Contact Dermatitis

    Athlete’s Foot vs. Contact Dermatitis

    April happens to be National Foot Health Awareness month, and it also happens to be the time of year when many people dust off their running shoes to enjoy a sunny day outside. Unfortunately, that's also when foot problems often come up. It’s easy to take our feet, the foundational body parts that move us through our day, for granted...
  3. Moving and Shoemaking with Biomechanist Katy Bowman

    Moving and Shoemaking with Biomechanist Katy Bowman

    We just finished our much-anticipated movement retreat with Katy Bowman, and it was a blast! The biomechanist, author and founder of Nutritious Movement came to our workshop on Saturday with 30 participants from across the country. The class consisted of people from all walks of life, including physical therapists, librarians, entrepreneurs and full-time parents (also two expectant mothers) with ages...
  4. These Shoes Are Killing Me! (Repost from Freakonomics)

    These Shoes Are Killing Me! (Repost from Freakonomics)

    We were thrilled this week to come across a recent podcast by Freakonomics that pretty much nailed our philosophy on footwear. The episode explores the history of shoes and how they evolved into modern foot casings with heavy padding, tight toe boxes and motion control technology. It also asks how these modern features affect the ways our feet operate, and...
  5. What Causes Foot Calluses and Corns? Tips for Prevention and Treatment

    What Causes Foot Calluses and Corns? Tips for Prevention and Treatment

    We’ve all dealt with pesky patches of thick skin on our feet--but what causes them to form? And what are they actually made of? Calluses and corns on the feet are caused over time by repeated friction on one area of the skin. This friction and pressure causes the outer layer of skin to die in this location, and then...
  6. Comfortable Summer Shoes to Suit Your Style

    Comfortable Summer Shoes to Suit Your Style

    Summer is finally here! And that means we have visions of gorgeous hikes, bountiful farmers markets, breezy beach days, relaxing vacations and warm strolls dancing in our heads. Whatever sunny adventures lie ahead for you this year, one thing is for certain: you’ll need some comfortable summer shoes to take you where you want to go! At Softstar, comfort has...
  7. Best Weightlifting Shoes? A Seasoned Pro Recommends Minimal Footwear

    Best Weightlifting Shoes? A Seasoned Pro Recommends Minimal Footwear

    John Margolis first began weightlifting as a teenager and has had his finger on the pulse of the professional weightlifting world for decades. He is a co-founder and head coach at the Concordia-International Weightlifting Club, a training site dedicated to Olympic-style weightlifting based in Montreal, Quebec. He is also active in Master’s level world weightlifting competitions and has held many...

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