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  • Plantar Fasciitis Treatment and Prevention

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    One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs from the heel to the middle foot bones. Pain and inflammation occurs when the plantar fascia is strained. Plantar fasciitis is a common running injury, but can also be caused by standing on hard surfaces for a long time, high arches or flat feet, and wearing shoes that don't or lack support.

    If your heel hurts as soon as you get out of bed in the morning or you suffer from lots of pain at night, there are some things you can do for relief. First things first - rest. If you stay on your feet, this stress will make the pain and swelling worse. Put ice on your feet to reduce inflammation and pain.

    When you have to walk around, wear shoes that have lots of support, cushioning and shock absorption. Shoes with great arch support can also help. You can even use shoe inserts to add some extra comfort and protection.

    Compression socks and sleeves can also help ease the pain. The zensah foot sleeve for plantar fasciitisZensah Plantar Fasciitis Sleeve is designed to relieve arch and heel pain and is made from a moisture-wicking fabric with silver ions that keeps your feet cool, dry and free from odor and bacteria. This foot sleeve uses targeted T-band compression to lift and stabilize the plantar fascia. This sleeve is designed to fit comfortably in your shoes, so you can wear it whenever you need. The Zensah Plantar Fasciitis foot sleeve is made for men and women and comes in white or black. Great to wear all day or while exercising.

    Sockwell ankle compression socks for plantar fasciitisAnother option to relieve the pain from plantar fasciitis is the Sockwell Plantar Ease ankle sock for women. Made from cashmerino wool, which is naturally antibacterial and thermo-regulating fabric These soft, stretchy ankle socks provide 20-30 mmHg of compression at the arch of the foot to sooth and minimize pain, while increasing circulation to reduce swelling. These socks are also designed with a seamless toe to prevent irritation and fit comfortably into your normal shoes. These ankle socks provide a more subtle look for plantar fasciitis than a foot sleeve.

    To help speed up the heeling process, try doing a couple of exercises each day to help stretch the plantar fascia and achilles tendon. These stretches are particularly good to do in the morning for flexibility and strength.

    Once you've finally healed, be very careful to avoid plantar fasciitis in the future. Make sure you are always wearing comfortable, well padded shoes - especially when running or walking long distances. You should also stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon regularly, whether or not your are exercising. Also try to avoid walking or working out on hard surfaces as to not cause irritation.

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  • Best Socks For Restaurant Workers

     

    Sockwell Compression SocksIf you work in a restaurant, you are constantly on your feet. When I was a waitress, I remember coming home at the end of the day with tired legs and super sore feet. I tried different shoes (that were acceptable with the dress code) and propped my feet up when I got home, but shift after shift, my legs would still ache. As it turns out, prevention is key.

    Whether you are a waiter, waitress, bartender or chef, you can prevent fatigue at the end of your shift by wearing compression socks. Here are a few options that are perfect for people who spend a lot of time on their feet.

    More often than not, when you work in a restaurant, you have to wear a uniform or have guidelines to follow. If you're in need of a solid black sock, the VIM & VIGR Nylon Knee High is a great choice. It is made with moisture-wicking fabric to help keep your skin dry and cool, which is great if you get sweaty feet running from table to table! This sock provides 15-20mmHg compression to keep your legs energized, prevent swelling and relieve tired, achy legs. Another option is the Allegro Italian Cotton Knee High. This durable sock also provides 15-20mmHg compression and is designed with a super soft ribbed pattern and a reinforced heel and toe to prevent holes from your shoes rubbing. The Allegro Italian Cotton Sock is available in Grey, Black, Beige, Brown and Navy and is made for men and women.

    If you wear long pants (and your socks don't matter), or if you work in a place with a more relaxed dress code, try Sockwell compression socks. They come in tons of great patterns and colors. These socks are really soft and comfortable and make a big difference at the end of the day. Sockwell compression socks provide arch support and are designed with a seamless toe closure to prevent irritation. If you need a sock with more padding, try the Meta Cushion Sock, designed with Metatarsal Relief Technology to ease discomfort under the ball of the foot.

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  • Father’s Day Gift Guide

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    This Father’s Day, give your dad something he will use instead of a gift that will sit on the shelf and collect dust. Here is your guide to finding the best gifts for dads who love the outdoors.

    Now that the weather is warm, it’s time for the annual camping trip. This year, surprise your dad with a brand new tent! There are tons of features to consider when tent-shopping, but the most important things are to make sure it’s weatherproof and durable. Make sure to get a rainfly for your tent. Depending on the tent, you can find a see-through rainfly so you can still see the stars. During the day, go for a hike to celebrate the weekend. Get him a new pair of waterproof hiking boots with extra padding to keep him comfortable and dry. Find a scenic overview and snap a picture to remember your Father’s Day adventure.

    No camping trip is complete without grilling. Get your dad some awesome grill tools and accessories to make him feel like the professional he is. This grilling kit comes complete with everything your dad needs for his infamous mouthwatering entrees. For a quick snack, grab a couple of protein bars for the camping trip to give you the extra pick-me-up when you need it most.

    For a fun, everyday gadget, the Timex Ironman GPS Watch is great for dads who love running, hiking and working out. This high-tech watch records your speed, pace and distance with a GPS. You can even save up to 10 workouts and track your progress. The Timex Ironman Watch is water resistant and is designed with an Indiglo Night-Light to work in the dark.

    When you’re packing for vacation, there are a lot of things to remember, but make sure you don’t forget to pack compression socks. Your dad will love wearing these Sockwell compression socks while camping, traveling or exercising. They help to keep your legs energized all day, reduce recovery time after a tough work out and help to reduce swelling and leg fatigue from sitting or standing for long periods of time. The Sockwell Shadowbox compression socks featured above are made in the U.S.A. with extremely soft, Merino Wool to provide moisture management and natural thermoregulation. These antibacterial, blister-proof socks are great for sports, outdoor activities and to wear when you’re on your feet a lot.

    Whether your dad spends a lot of time outside working on the lawn, playing sports or camping, everyone can use suntan lotion and bug spray. Nothing puts a damper on a vacation like sunburn and bug bites. When you’re out in the hot sun, make sure to stay hydrated. Get your dad a BPA-free water bottle to keep him cool and refreshed. Make sure you get one that’s dishwasher safe, durable and also leak proof. No one likes a soggy backpack! You can even get one with a filter to reduce bacteria like salmonella and E.coli.

    Document your vacation without missing a moment with a GoPro. This clever hands free device records pictures and videos. GoPros are extremely popular with athletes for this reason. The GoPro features a touch display and built-in WIFI and Bluetooth to easily share your footage on social media from the GoPro App. It is waterproof and durable, designed to survive dirt sand and water. This is great for dads who never want to miss a moment.

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  • Best Socks for Teachers

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    My family is full of teachers whether blood or honorary and the one complaint I hear most often (aside from grading papers) is - "My feet and legs hurt!" After a long day of standing and teaching who can blame them? Many teachers spend a good majority of the day on their feet. In my mom's case she happens to be an English professor. Her field, of course, requires lengthy discussions of literature which for added effect sound better standing up, or if you are Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society standing on your desk reading Walt Whitman's O Captain! My Captain! Long story short, your feet and legs are tired after all is said and done. Standing for hours puts a huge amount of stress on your circulatory system - it has to fight gravity to get blood from your feet to your heart for fresh oxygen. This causes cramping, heavy legs and even varicose and spider veins.

    The good thing about these problems is they are easily fixed, especially with BrightLife Go's compression line. BrightLife Go offers professional and comfortable compression socks in different lengths and styles. Either way it is possible to be stylish and comfortable while teaching! My favorite styles from this collection are:

    Top and Derby Compression Socks
    These fun, geometric shaped socks come in 3 great color schemes and are designed for men and women. Perfect for a long day on your feet.

    Top and Derby compression socks in Coral of the Story

    GoGo Diamond Knit Knee High Socks
    Available in a variety of colors from deep blacks to rich blues with a fun diamond knit to create the perfect socks for any outfit!

    Sigvaris Soft Opaque Thigh Highs
    Available in a variety of colors and are super soft.

    Sockwell Men's Argyle Compression Socks
    Available in a variety of colors. A professional man's sock with the health benefits of graduated compression and arch support.

    MARVY Striped Compression Socks
    Last but not least, these striped compression socks come in three colors to add some style to any outfit. Comfortable, cute and a must-have for every fashionista.

    MARVY striped compression socks

    Want to see more styles on how you can wear our compression socks and hosiery? Visit our Pinterest page for more outfits.

    Confused about compression socks? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more.

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