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Benefits of Molded Inserts for Diabetics

Benefits of Molded Inserts for Diabetics

Are you concerned about how diabetes could impact your foot health? To help prevent foot tissue damage, diabetic orthotics play an essential role by supporting healthy blood circulation. At The Shoe Smith, we provide and custom fit diabetic inserts for the long-term health of your legs and your feet. Why Diabetics Should Use Molded Inserts in Shoes Superfeet inserts perform tremendously well for Grade I and Grade II levels of diabetes. For a diabetes level of Grade III or greater, a medical professional’s prescription for custom orthotics should be used to receive the correct support for the customer’s particular situation. Molded inserts help prevent complications, which can include: Calluses, skin breakdown, and ulcerations.Loss of blood circulation in the feet.Possibility of needing an amputation. Fortunately, limb amputations are rare today, having decreased by more than 50% over the recent two decades, thanks to improved foot care such as the care you are seeking right now. Custom molded orthotics are doctor-prescribed inserts, created specially for you, based on a medical examination of your feet as well as your ankles and lower legs. They will support your own foot structure and individual gait. Our selected diabetic insert brands are excellent for keeping the gait stable and the feet protected, averting potentially non-healing conditions. These inserts also absorb shock and reduce pressure. This means they are made to help prevent fatigue and swelling in the feet and lower legs. Top Custom Orthotics for Diabetes Lynco custom orthotics protect and comfort feet that have been diagnosed with neuropathy. The top cover molds to fit the wearer’s feet and gait, adjusting for pressure spots for...

Why The Shoe Smith Loves Socks and Why You Should Love Them Too

Follow the bear to shoe repair, or don’t and look at socks instead. Folks have crossed state lines to see our famous sock wall, right next to our equally famous repair bear.  We carry many brands, including Darn Tough, Sockwell+, Thorlo, and Dr. Comfort.  A work of art in their own right, the humble sock is often overshadowed by the flashy and attention grabbing shoe.  Fear not, lovers of sock, there’s still room for an explosion of creativity on that ankle canvas.  It is often asked, “what do you get for the person who has everything?”  SOCKS!  The answer is socks.  The person who has everything really wants a good pair of socks.  Yeah, you can’t get to where you’re going without a good pair of shoes; but if you want to get the most out of the journey, then a good pair of socks is the icing on the cake. The History of Socks: 5000 BC – Now The sock was born as a crude house shoe of sorts, made from animal skins tied around the ankles.  In the 8th century BC, matted animal hair would be used to make a more sock-like sock, which were known as “piloi”.  By the 2nd century AD, sewing was becoming the thing, and I’m sure wearing a pair of piloi was looking quite dated. Henceforth, socks were rebranded as “udones.”  The 16th century brought with it the literal fashion police who would inspect the stockings of those entering and exiting London, making sure no one was committing any illegal faux pas.  The following centuries would see improvements in the efficiency of manufacture...
Custom Orthotics Beat Over-the-Counter Shoe Inserts. Learn Why.

Custom Orthotics Beat Over-the-Counter Shoe Inserts. Learn Why.

If you’re suffering from foot, leg or back pain, perhaps you have tried retail foot support inserts to ease your discomfort. If you’re like most people we see at The Shoe Smith, over-the-counter inserts bring a bit of relief, but haven’t panned out as a long-term solution. Mass-produced insoles are less expensive and cheaper in quality.  PLUS, they have far less of a useful life! Custom orthotics require a physical exam and digital mapping of your feet. Given this fundamental difference, custom orthotics have several strong advantages over retail inserts. As your doctor or podiatrist may have explained, custom orthotics can address the way you personally experience knee, heel or arch pain, and some lower back issues. They may also be recommended to address specific health conditions. Hip, leg, and foot biomechanics, as well as gait, need expert analysis. Inserts created based on this expertise cannot be one-kind-fits-all.   Special Concerns Certain health conditions and physical needs call for precise support. Athletes seek stability and balance, to promote agility, to prevent falls and hard landings, and to alleviate physical stress. Painful, high arches can factor into conditions such as runner’s knee.The right orthotics can help reduce pain involving arthritis in the foot and toe joints, or metatarsalgia, usually felt at the ball of the foot.Diabetic orthotics and shoes facilitate blood circulation, so they can help avert neuropathy and foot tissue damage.People suffering ankle pain need a stable, supportive foundation to lessen stress on the joints.Custom orthotics are vital support for people who experience the pain and inflammation of plantar fasciitis. Other conditions calling for a personalized response include shin splints,...

Why Hikers Love The Shoes Smith

Now is the time for adventurers to go exploring.  As the humid summer weather breaks into crisp autumn, the time for hiking spans many months here in the Windham, CT area. There are plenty of places to hike: The Nipmunk Trail, Joshua’s Trust properties with trails, Mansfield Hollow State Park, or Sprague Land Preserve, just to name a few.  Whether a hike for you involves an hour long excursion, or days worth of trekking and camping, both are made better with the right pair of hiking footwear. Not the right pair of hiking footwear. Conveniently located right along the Airline Trail, The Shoe Smith offers plenty of hiking footwear and accessories.  We carry Oboz, Keen, Merrell, and Hoka.  We can also repair your worn out or damaged soles. The Shoe Smith is conveniently located right along the Airline Trail. Hiking Boots vs Hiking Shoes vs Hiking Sandles? Hiking footwear, now in more colors than just earth tone. This footwear ranges from tough and rugged, to comparatively light and versatile.  In a boot, you would expect more stiffness, ankle support, and protection from the elements.  They could be used for backpacking or rough terrain, and may be more desirable in colder weather.  Their downside is that they are heavier. Hiking shoes are the footwear crossovers that try to provide the best of both worlds: light frame, while retaining the durability and traction you would expect from a hiking boot.  Like boots, they can also be waterproof and have stiffer soles then your average shoe.  Stiffness might seem counter to lightness, but is welcome to the foot when having to walk...

Why Runners Love The Shoe Smith

There are many types of runners and many types of running shoes.  They range from a runner who runs like it’s their job (and sometimes it is); and there are runners who aren’t known so much for their running, but maybe if New Year’s resolutions ever come true will be. So, You’re A Full Time Runner If you are an avid runner you might know everything there is to know about foot health, and the latest and greatest in sneaker breakthroughs.  What you may not know, is that Willimantic’s The Shoe Smith carries many types of running shoes (Hoka, Brooks and New Balance).  Yes, that Shoe Smith with the “Feet Hurt?” sign by the Frog Bridge.  The place that not only repairs your shoes, but also carries the latest and greatest in footwear.  Had it ever occurred to you as you glanced up at that sign with the giant foot, that the very thing your feet might be hurting for is a new pair of running shoes from The (aforementioned) Shoe Smith?! So, You’re Not Already Running 8 Days a Week? If there was ever a time to start running, NOW is that time.  Aside from the 6 Ways Running Improves Your Health it also lets you be a part of what’s going on in your town.  Maybe you want to get into running?  Need a goal?  The Boom Box Mile is on July 4th 2019.  If that is too soon for you, or maybe too short, then you will have plenty of time to get ready for the Willimantic Frogtobergest Half Marathon and Full Marathon (13 and 26 Miles) on October...
Orthotics: What Are They and How They Can Help

Orthotics: What Are They and How They Can Help

If you’re suffering from foot, leg or back pain, you may need to see a medical professional but perhaps right orthotics could help manage – or maybe even fix – the pain. Whether your pain comes for arthritis, diabetes or another condition, orthotics can be a good choice. This article looks at what orthotics are, how they can help and the right types of shoes to go with them. Orthotics are specially made foot supports that can help with heel and arch pain, knee pain and lower back issues. General supports are available over the counter but specially made ones are designed to fit your feet more effectively. Orthotics are more than just a heel pad or shoe insert you can buy at most athletic stores. They’re highly customized shoe or heel inserts made for your feet. They are often one part of a treatment regimen – doctors often recommend orthotics in conjunction with these treatments, such as physical therapy. Types of Orthotics There are orthotics available for a range of foot, leg and back complaints. Here are the main types. Custom orthotics – After a consultation with a doctor or podiatrist, you may go through the process of having custom orthotics made. These are rigid and designed specifically for your feet. Most of the time, they’re used in more advanced cases to help force the foot back into the correct position. Heat-moulded orthotics – These can be less expensive than full custom orthotics but will still suit your feet and individual complaints. These typically feel like rubber even though they’re made of plastic. Insoles – These are an...

November is National Diabetes Month

Did you know that Peripheral Neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes? If you have chronically high blood sugar levels, you’re at risk for developing damage to your nerves, also known as peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy can creep up over time and is a serious condition that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Learn more about condition, the signs and symptoms, and what you need to do for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nerves – those nerves coming away from your spinal cord. Your peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain and central nervous system to the rest of your body. But when the peripheral nerves are damaged or diseased, the communication between your brain and the other parts of your body is interrupted. This can cause muscle movement impairment, abnormal sensations in the arms and legs, and pain. When you have uncontrolled diabetes, prolonged exposure to high blood sugar can damage delicate nerve fibers. While it’s not entirely clear why this occurs, high blood sugar weakens the walls of your small blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to your nerves. High blood sugar also interferes with the nerves’ ability to send signals. Some symptoms you may experience with peripheral neuropathy include: Tingling or a feeling of “pins and needles” in your feet. Burning, stabbing or shooting pains in your feet. Sensitivity to touch. Even bed covers touching your feet may hurt. The feeling that you have on socks or gloves when you don’t. Very cold or hot feet or hands. Or trouble feeling heat or cold in your hands or...