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  • Tackle Fall Sports Safely

    09/10 - IPFH

    Fall sports are great fun, but they can also cause injuries. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has some great safety tips to help avoid football, soccer and other fall sports injuries--and IPFH offers specific ways to protect your feet from common foot conditions, such as blisters, associated with autumn activities.

  • Phillies’ Brown Deals with Achilles Tendinitis, Bursitis

    09/5 - IPFH

    Phillies' left fielder Domonic Brown is the latest high-profile athlete to be derailed by achilles tendinitis and bursitis. Brown is trying to tolerate the pain and avoid cortisone injections or anti-inflammatory medications. IPFH Executive Director Robert (Bob) Thompson comments, "Unfortunately, both conditions are common, not only among athletes, but also in people who simply enjoy being active. One step everyone can take to help lessen the risk and help manage these conditions is following our integrated approach to selecting padded socks and shoes that fit properly."

  • Move It and Lose It: Every Brisk Minute Counts

    09/3 - IPFH

    Even very brief episodes--less than the currently recommended minimum of 10 minutes--of intense physical activity can have a positive effect on weight, according to new research. The study of more than 4,000 men and women ages 18-64 found that each daily minute of higher-intensity activity lowered the odds of obesity -- 5 percent for women, and 2 percent for men.


    IPFH Executive Director Robert (Bob) Thompson, CPed, commented: "Hopefully, this study will encourage reluctant exercisers and busy people to rethink how they can work physical activity into their day to fight weight gain and shed pounds. But they'll also need to consider their foot health, since other research shows foot problems interfere with mobility. If you want to try higher-intensity activity, get your feet in tip-top shape, then get moving!"

  • Study Shows Pregnant Women Need to Move More

    08/29 - IPFH

    Pregnant women need to exercise more--and staying active throughout the day limits excess weight gain better than a single 30-minute session, according to Iowa State University researchers. What's more, small bouts of exercise throughout the day are also important to the future health of the baby: if a woman gains too much weight during pregnancy, the baby may be predisposed to childhood obesity.


    Commenting on the study, IPFH Executive Director Robert (Bob) Thompson, CPed, said: "Two problems that often interfere with physical activity during pregnancy are foot pain and swollen feet. Both can be helped with properly fitted footwear, especially since pregnancy often changes a woman's shoe size. Following our integrated approach will help reduce foot pain, making it easier to stay active."

  • Plantar Fasciitis Knocks Top Athletes Off Their Feet

    08/26 - IPFH

    Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols, Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates and NBA stars Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls.are just some of the world-class athletes who understand first hand the pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Calf stretching and certain types of shoes and/or orthotics can help ease the pain, according to the article. But an additional strategy is to wear padded socks appropriate for your shoes and activity. Learn more about plantar fasciitis and its treatment here.

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