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These Shoes (And Inserts!) Were Made For Walking

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My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. We had a GREAT time there - who wouldn't, it's the happiest place on earth! We spent 1 full day at Disneyland and 1 full day at Disney's California Adventure. Disneyland is classic Disney - Dumbo, princesses, Mickey, Goofy and the gang. The rides at that park are suitable for the entire family, with some just for kids. Disney's California Adventure is a newer park that incorporates Pixar with Hollywood/ LA theme. This park has rides geared more towards adults and teenagers such as roller coasters and thrill rides.  We even stayed on Disney property which was a big hit because we got access to the parks an hour earlier than the general public.


After our Disney adventure we ventured to Universal Studios Hollywood. This theme park is especially neat because it is a real working studio where hit movies are filmed! An interesting aspect of Universal is it's incredible special effects. If you've ever seen The Mummy, Jaws, Transformers, or Jurassic Park you've seen how incredible and realistic Universal makes their movies. Well now imagine being IN the movie experiencing these effects in real life. That is what this park offers - a real life experience of special effects from your favorite blockbusters. So all in all we spent 3 full filed days walking from adventure to adventure in 3 amazing parks. 

With all this walking foot pain could have been a big problem. However, we came prepared and didn't give pain a chance! As a foot care expert, I always pack helpful podiatry products to make my travels more enjoyable, especially if I'm going to be walking a lot. Here's a list of the foot care items I pack to make for happy feet, even after days of walking: 

Shoes - this should be an obvious item. Don't pack heels, dress shoes, or sandals for walking! Shoes should be supportive and well fitted. If you try to twist the shoe, the middle (arch area) should remain firm and not twist. If your shoe contours and twists, it allows your foot to do the same thing and is not providing you the necessary support to walk around for long hours. 

Orthotics - shoes are only half of the equation. You need supportive inserts to help with all day comfort. Inserts will be able to support your arch and offload pressure areas such as your heel. Custom inserts, called orthotics, are the best because they change the way you walk by realigning your body. 

Power Step Inserts - if you don't have custom inserts, Powerstep medical grade inserts are the next best thing. Their patented design delivers medical grade comfort and support with a layers of luxurious padding. The heel cup cradles and offloads your heel. It's all topped off an anti-microbial, anti-fungal layer to protect against infections. 

Socks - obviously never ever wear shoes without socks. Doing so can create painful blisters and leave your feet more prone to fungal infections. We recommend socks, like Aetrex with naturally occurring anti-fungal properties in them such as copper. The copper naturally repels moisture and sweat to leave your feet nice and dry.

The highly trained professionals at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates can help you walk down the hall, in a marathon, or around an amusement park. Call 309-661-9975 to speak with someone who can help. Or, stop by our office to get a shoe fitting and check out the amazing selection of shoes and sandals we offer.

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