MBT Men’s KISUMU 3S M BROWN Sandals

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Nothing can beat the sandal time in the new MBT Men’s KISUMU 3S M. Utilize this sandal time to the fullest with our secure 3-strap system that gives your feet the support of shoes with the freedom of sandals. Full grain leather straps finished with a microfiber footbed, our signature patented rocker sole and non-marking outsole. Available in Brown.

For more details, check out here: https://www.mbtshop.com.au/men-s-kisumu-3s-m-brown.html

MBT Women’s MANNI 6 W WHITE SNAKE

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Never be a wallflower with the MBT’S Manni lineup. The new model Women’s Manni 6 W is splashed in vibrant, glossy tones and rich in texture. This pair resonates with every crowd. This pair has been crafted with snake embossed full grain leather and patent leather; padded with a cow lining footbed. Equipped with our signature patented rocker sole and a non-marking rubber outsole assured to never disintegrate.Available in shade – White Snake. For more details, check out here: https://goo.gl/iN33kv.

 

Summer Foot Problems

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People have already started to experience hot days in Australia. Summer are prime time for barbecues, beaches, swimming, and plenty of moments to show off your feet, but do not forget that it is also the time when there is a substantial rise in foot problems. Life is all about balance whether it is family time, work time, exercising, overdoing it, pain reliefs, addictions, etc. Every day we have to make choices that influence our calibre of life. In this blog we will culminate some common summer foot problems where balance is important and that people experience particularly in the summer:

  1. Sun exposure – Keep in mind that feet need protection all around the year. In the summer any exposed skin is susceptible to sunburn, and feet are often neglected when it comes to sunscreen use. To avoid painful sunburns, apply sunscreen all over your feet and toes!
  2. Blisters – Friction in new pair of sandals generally results in painful blisters. Pick out comfortable sandals that are less likely to cause them. Always keep them clean and covered without intentionally popping them.
  3. Fungal infections – Walking barefoot reveals the feet to contract various fungal infections from a few moist surfaces like swimming pools and shower or locker rooms. Any time if you are in a public area, always be sure to protect your feet with some sandals.
  4. Heel pain – Wearing unsupportive and flimsy sandals leads to problems like, tendonitis, stress fractures and plantar fasciitis. Find and wear the footwear which has right thickness, supportive soles and more than one foot-strap to minimize stress.
  5. Dry skin – Exposing the feet to the elements of environment all day takes a toll on the feet, especially on the skin. Keep the heels and other areas moisturized to minimize bleeding or infections from dryness.
  6. Going barefoot – Hazards like cuts, bruises, warts, sunburn and pick up infections because the feet are more exposed. Also, since we rely so heavily on shoes for most of our activities we are more at risk to develop plantar fasciitis or heel pain. Shock absorption is reduced and this can cause back pain for people with high arches and poor shock absorption.
  7. Exercising more – Not many, but except too much over time may increase chances of overuse injuries. Too much in a short period of time increases risk of dehydration.

Feet go through quite a tough time in the summer. Squeezed into strappy sandals, barefoot in box-fresh sneakers and lots of long, sweaty walks mean that the toes are in for plenty of abuse over the next few months. Regular pedicures can help, but a care package filled with blister balm, cushiony bandages and quick-clean wipes step in the right direction in no time. Throw in those stink-squashing spray, a new set of coloured laces and instant glue, too, for the ultimate kit.

Article is posted by MBT Physiological Footwear.

Know About Supination

Know About Supination

Supination is a natural part of all walking and running. It is the rolling of the foot to the outside during normal walking or running motions. It is the way the feet propel the body forward: the foot turns or rotates outward as the heel lifts, weighting the forefoot and toes to push-off the ground. This term is usually used in connection with over-supination, which means that the arch of the foot is too high and too much weight is placed on the outside of the foot. Supination is considered natural for some people, but it places extra stress on your foot and leg that can cause problems elsewhere. That’s because the shock wave from your heel strike isn’t absorbed properly and the outside of your foot bears the full force of your step’s impact.

Supination is a natural part of movement. It is normal when it occurs appropriately. It can become harmful when it occurs for too long or at the wrong time, or if the foot can no longer control the outward rolling. This excessive supination is what people mean when they say that someone supinates or is a supinator. Excessive supination is also called underpronation. In excessive supination the foot rolls outward, distributing more weight along the outside of the foot and pushing the anklebone out. This causes excess strain on the ankle muscles and tendons and decreases ankle flex, reducing the foot’s natural ability to absorb shock. The smaller toes must do most of the work during push-off, decreasing efficiency of walking and running.

Excessive supination is the least common foot type. Some of us have had it since childhood. For others, excessive supination is the result of prior injury or overwork to the muscles, ligaments or tendons that stabilize the ankle, such as from a sprained ankle. If you are a “supinator,” you may be at risk for injuries such as Achilles tendinitis, peroneal tendinitis, ankle sprains and iliotibial (IT) band syndrome. As part of a normal stride, your rear-foot should roll inward a bit after your heel hits the ground, cushioning the impact and helping you adapt to uneven surfaces. That’s called pronation. But if your rear-foot doesn’t roll in far enough, or seems to roll outward, that’s supination. When that happens, your foot no longer properly absorbs the shock of each step. Supination, or underpronation, is common among people with high arches or tight Achilles tendons (the stretchy bands of tissue that connect your calf muscles to your heels).

Repetitive injuries are the biggest concerns with supination. If you supinate, you may end up with recurrent Achilles tendonitis, swollen painful knees, or outer thigh pain. If left unchecked, these injuries worsen over time and lead to stress fractures. Supinators also have a tendency to roll and sprain their ankles, since they are placing so much weight and pressure on the outside and rear of the foot. It is a vicious cycle, since sprains weaken the ankle, leading to more sprains. A moderate to serious sprain can keep a person off feet for weeks.

Don’t assume you are a supinator if you have high arches. It is not true that all high-arched individuals over supinate! People with high arches can overpronate, and those with low arches can over supinate. Arch rigidity and past ankle injuries are important factors, and one foot can over supinate while the other doesn’t. Excessive supination may be detected by pronounced wear on the outer side of your shoes, but it’s best to get an accurate assessment.

Supination may just be part of your natural gait. But you can always correct it and avoid the many associated effects—with some simple measures. Your podiatrist can help you determine the next best steps for you. Excessive supination increases your risk of injury by decreasing shock absorption and reduces biomechanical efficiency by making push-off is less efficient. Impact forces to the muscles and joints of the legs, hips and back increase. Overall body alignment suffers. Heel bone, leg, thighbone and hip rotate outwards, resulting in posterior tilting of the pelvis. Ankles are under continual strain, making it harder to stabilize them. This increases risk of ankle sprains, knee problems or ligament damage. In addition to ankle sprains and knee problems, stress fractures, shin splints, back pain and increased metatarsal pronation are commonly associated with excessive supination.

If you supinate too much you need to improve shock absorption and increase ankle stability and strength. Stick with flexible footwear and, if you run, avoid stability or motion control shoes. MBT’s custom made rocker bottom curved insoles support your feet properly in the neutral position to aid in stability and facilitate healthy foot function. The cushioned insoles and dynamic core help improve shock absorption and reduce repetitive impact forces. Supinators should wear shoes that provide extra cushioning to make up for the lack of shock absorption by their feet. Shoes with supportive arches can also be beneficial. Having a professional analyze your gait may be helpful before selecting your next pair of running or walking shoes. If supination becomes bothersome, your doctor may prescribe custom orthotic devices that will help redistribute the weight on your feet and absorb shock more effectively. Always make sure you stretch the muscles in your legs, especially after exercise while your muscles are warm. Focus on the calves, hamstrings and IT band. Exercises that help strengthen the ankles will reduce the risk of injury from supination. Practice balancing on one foot or on an unstable surface, and try moving your ankles in circles or writing the alphabet in the air with your foot.

This article is posted by – MBT Physiological Footwear.