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  1. Footwear Matters: Dr. Comfort’s Diverse Footwear Range

    Written by: Mallory Lor, C. Ped

    Footwear Matters: Dr. Comfort’s Diverse Footwear Range

    In the span of our lifetime, an astonishing 200 million steps await us. Recognizing the pivotal role of proper footwear in this journey, Dr. Comfort stands as a beacon of understanding when it comes to the significance of your feet in your overall well-being. The ripple effect of foot discomfort can reverberate throughout your entire body. Our mission is clear: to craft a diverse array of shoes tailored to cater to an array of foot types. Our goal is to provide not only comfort but also the essential support and structural integrity your feet require.

    It's imperative to acknowledge that wearing ill-fitting shoes can exacerbate existing problems. This realization underscores one of the core principles guiding Dr. Comfort's philosophy. We have meticulously curated a range of options, offering both full and half sizes, supplemented by three distinct widths: medium, wide, and extra wide. We understand that a one-size-fits-all approach does not do justice to the intricacies of human feet.

    Diversity is not solely confined to sizes at Dr. Comfort; it extends into our diverse footwear collection tailored for every facet of life. Among them, our Lycra style shoes—Brian, Annie, Douglas, Carter, Betty, and more—are designed to accommodate various scenarios. These shoes exhibit a unique ability to stretch without exerting undue pressure or causing irritation, even in the presence of bunions or instances of swelling. Furthermore, the breathable and lightweight nature of Lycra material complements the overall experience.

    For those seeking an active lifestyle replete with stability, our stability outsole shoes are poised to impress. Meet the likes of Gordon, Grace, Jack, Diane, Roger, and Ruth. These models incorporate a dual density outsole, a dedicated feature to enhance stability and support during walks. The carefully designed outsole includes an outward flare, contributing an extra layer of balance. Beyond function, these shoes effortlessly marry style with purpose.

    Alternatively, if you're inclined toward lighter footwear, our collection has a range of appealing options. Embark on a journey with Meghan, Katy, Chris, or Jason. Their breathability and barely-there feel will make you forget you're wearing shoes at all. Bid farewell to post-walk fatigue; these models epitomize why "Comfort" is enshrined in our brand's name.

    Not sure of what shoe style is best for your needs? Use our Shoe Finder to get recommendations based on your foot condition.

    Dr. Comfort's commitment goes beyond mere sizes; it extends to addressing your individual needs. Whether you seek the perfect fit or a shoe tailored to your unique requirements, rest assured that Dr. Comfort has a solution. Our experienced designers and staff stand ready to assist, ensuring that your feet are catered to with the utmost care and expertise. Your journey to unrivaled foot comfort begins here.

    The contents of this blog were independently prepared and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.

  2. American Diabetes Alert Day

    Written by Mallory Lor, C.Ped

    American Diabetes Alert Day is observed on the fourth Tuesday of March every year. This day is dedicated to spreading awareness about diabetes and its associated risks.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 37 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 88 million people have prediabetes, a condition that puts them at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This makes American Diabetes Alert Day an important event, as it helps people understand the importance of preventing diabetes and managing the disease if they have already been diagnosed.

    The theme for this year's American Diabetes Alert Day is "Take the Test. Know Your Score." The American Diabetes Association (ADA) encourages people to take the Diabetes Risk Test, which is available on their website. The Diabetes Risk Test is an excellent tool for people to assess their risk of developing diabetes. It is a simple and easy test that can be completed in less than a minute. However, it is important to note that the test is not a diagnostic tool, and people who receive a high-risk score should consult a healthcare professional for further evaluation.  You can find the Risk Test here.

    There are several preventive measures people can take to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. These include:

    • Maintaining a healthy weight
    • Engaging in regular physical activity
    • Following a healthy diet
    • Avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption

    People with prediabetes can also take steps to prevent the onset of diabetes, such as participating in a diabetes prevention program and making lifestyle changes.

    For people with diabetes or even prediabetes, therapeutic shoes are specially designed footwear that provide additional support and cushioning. Diabetes can cause nerve damage and poor blood flow to the feet, leading to foot ulcers and other complications. Therapeutic shoes can help prevent these complications by reducing pressure on the feet, providing adequate support, and protecting the feet from injuries. They also have extra depth and a wider toe box to accommodate any deformities or swelling. By wearing therapeutic shoes, people with diabetes can reduce their risk of foot injuries and ulcers, leading to better overall foot health and quality of life. Whether you have diabetes, prediabetes or perhaps don’t have diabetes at all, Dr. Comfort’s therapeutic shoes are a great choice to keep your feet comfortable.

    To find a Footwear Professional in your area click here.

    The contents of this blog were independently prepared and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.

    Works Cited

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022). National Diabetes Statistics Report. Retrieved from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/data/statistics-report/index.html. Accessed 3/20/2023.

  3. American Heart Month

    Written by Brian Lane, C.Ped

    American Hearth Month

    Take care of your heart and it will take care of you! This month we are focusing on cardiovascular health. Living a heart-healthy lifestyle and making simple life choices that aren’t always easy.

    One simple lifestyle choice to lower the risk of heart related complications is moving more. Many types of activities can help your heart. They are simple to do like taking a brisk walk, dancing, or riding a bike.  All these choices are improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. But they aren’t easy to implement. It requires you to make the first move. Are you ready?

    Let’s think about what you need to get started today. Number 1: Desire or motivation. Think about who you are doing this for and it may just be for yourself. Number 2: The right gear. A lot of times, the activity you enjoy might just start with the right shoes (more on that below). Number 3: The first step.  As Lao Tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Let’s do this!

    Motivated? Check

    Activity in mind? Check

    Shoes? Doh!

    Here are some suggestions: Vigorous walking, running or maybe some pickleball (women—Diane and Grace or men—Gordon and Jack); indoor walking, bike riding or need for light weight footwear (women—Katy and Meghan or men—Chris and Jason); hiking or unstable terrain (women—Vigor and men—Ranger); the need to accommodate for swelling or foot deformities (women—Annie and men—Brian).

    It is that simple to get started with improving your heart health. We can help you take the first steps at Dr. Comfort.

     

    The contents of this blog were independently prepared and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.

  4. New Year’s Resolutions

    Written by Erick Janisse, CO, CPed
    Dr. Comfort® Education Department

    New Year's Resolutions

    Surely, you’ve made some New Year’s resolutions in the past.  There’s also a good chance they didn’t work. Right?  As someone living with diabetes, of course you know that eating healthily, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising are all good things for you - no one needs to tell you that (again).  So why is it so hard to stick with New Year’s resolutions to do those things?

    According to a recent article from Psychology Today, recognizing that there is something about you that you’d like (or need) to change is only part of the process. It's not enough just to acknowledge this. You actually have to decide that the pros of changing your lifestyle outweigh the cons of continuing on as you have been.

    This same article describes five basic stages that one must go through to effect lasting change.  They are:

    1. Precontemplation: You don’t necessarily think there is a problem, but those close to may be concerned.
    2. Contemplation: You ponder and weigh the pros and cons of a proposed change.
    3. Preparation: You engage and take the necessary steps to get ready to enact the change.
    4. Action: You change your behavior.
    5. Maintenance: You work out ways to stick to your change long-term.

    One of the main reasons so-called “New Year’s” resolutions fail is that there is pressure to begin on a specific date on the calendar and not necessarily when the “resolver” is ready to begin the process in earnest. What are the chances you’ll really be truly prepared for Step 4 exactly on January first? There's a fairly good chance that many people who swore a New Year's resolution did it because they felt pressure to do so, not because they were actually ready.  And that is a big reason why they failed.

    So, rather than committing to declare your New Year’s resolution precisely on January first, make the resolution when you are prepared to begin.  Maybe it’s a few days late…maybe it’s February.  But make sure you are prepared and in the right mindset to begin.  You'll feel like you’ve got more willpower, and your resolutions will be more likely to stick.

    With that being said, don’t wait too long.  This is your health we’re talking about. And why not let Dr. Comfort be part of your plan for 2023?  Undertaking any sort of exercise or activity program requires just the right footwear.  Comfortable, supportive and cushioned are what you’re looking for.  Think the Grace, Refresh, Meghan or Spirit for women and the Gordon, Performance, Jack or Endurance for men.

    You can do this! We can help!

    The contents of this blog were independently prepared and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.

  5. August – National Wellness Month

    Written by Erick Janisse, CO, CPed
    Dr. Comfort® Education Department

    National Wellness Month

    Sometimes…especially lately…it seems we’re doing all we can just to get through the day; just to survive.  But wouldn’t you like to thrive instead? Taking a little time each day to focus on your overall wellness can shift you from just surviving over to thriving – and enjoying life to the fullest.

    “Wellness” isn’t just a euphemism for “Exercise and lose weight, you couch potato!”  Not at all.  Wellness is primarily being in good physical health as well as being in a state of good mental health.  The two are intricately linked and trouble with one often causes trouble in the other. By the same token, improving one, often helps the other. There has been much research published that supports the fact that the better you feel physically, the better you’ll feel mentally – and the happier you’ll be.

    This doesn’t mean you have to set lofty (and often unattainable) goals like completing an Iron Man triathlon to commemorate your seventieth birthday.  Wellness means starting slowly - and doing things you find enjoyable.  Make it a point to take a walk three or four times a week.  Or, heck, every day!  It can be a walk around the block, a stroll in the park or a few laps at the track at the middle school. Doing it with a friend not only makes it more fun, but it helps to hold each of you accountable.  And don’t forget all of the comfy and supportive walking shoes that you can get from Dr. Comfort®.  For women, the Refresh, Spirit, Grace and Diane are great choices.  For the gentlemen, the Gordon, Endurance, Performance and Winner are just some of our excellent walking shoes styles.

    Take up an interesting new hobby.  Maybe you want to learn to cross-country ski or go snow-shoeing this winter.  Take horsemanship or even riding lessons (horses are good for the soul, too!).  Head out into the wilderness for some mild hiking and birdwatching.  Learn to play the drums – that’s a great cardio workout and super fun. There are all kinds of things out there that are good for your mind and body.

    Sign up for a cooking class and learn some delicious new healthy recipes that you can share with your friends and family.  Check your community centers.  Our local grocery store even has healthy cooking classes!

    Finally, if you’re trying to lose weight, don’t fret if you’re not losing weight as quickly as you’d like to - or even at all.  Research has shown that even just trying to lose weight (in earnest) leads to significantly better health!

    The contents of this blog were independently prepared and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.

  6. Global Running Day – June 1st

    Written by Brian Lane, C.Ped

    Global Running Day

    Run?! No, I only run when someone chases me. The only running I know is the one in my stockings. I thought they said “rum.”  Just don’t do it.  I don’t even want to drive that far.

    I know, I know.  Running is one of those exercises that you either love or hate. But when I say “run,” it doesn’t mean you should be training for a marathon. Running for just 10 minutes a day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower your resting heart rate, and helps to release endorphins for better sleep. Not to mention, it can be done almost anywhere at anytime with limited equipment.

    Just like any new exercise, checking with your doctor is an important first step. The next step is ordering the right shoes. Dr. Comfort® has a great line of running shoes with a stability outsole.  The outsole has a dual density rearfoot to help overpronation and a flared outsole. What that means is the shoe provides more stability and prevents walking on the inside of the foot. The styles with this feature great for running are the Gordon, Grace, Jack and Diane. The breathable upper materials will also ensure your run is comfortable and dry.

    In addition, compression garments, like our Dr. Comfort® calf sleeve or other mild to moderate compression wear, can help for quicker recovery and re-oxygenation of blood. Proper shoes and compression will ensure your feet are ready to take you on that journey to cardiovascular health!

    If you read our other blog on walking, we said “Walking is the first step to living a healthy lifestyle.”  Well, to rephrase what Neil Armstrong said, walking is the small step for health but running is that giant leap for your well-being!   Happy running!

    For more information about compression wear, read our Compression Wear F.A.Q

    The contents of this blog were independently prepared and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.

  7. Celebrate National Walking Day

    Written by: Erick Janisse

    Celebrate National Walking Day

    The first Wednesday in April is celebrated as National Walking Day. As humans, walking is how most of us get around; but as exercise it provides great health benefits, too! According to a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School, walking for 2.5 hours a week – that’s just over 20 minutes a day! – can reduce your risk of heart disease by as much as 30%.  Walking has also been shown to decrease the risk of developing diabetes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and even helps to keep you mentally sharp.  Dr. Thomas Frieden, who served as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under President Obama, has stated that walking is “the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.”

    The Mayo Clinic - in an article titled “Walking: Trim your waistline, improve your health” - says that the faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the health benefits.  They also recommend that you alternate periods of brisk walking with leisurely walking. This is known as interval training and has several benefits, like improving cardiovascular fitness and burning more calories than regular walking. Another advantage is that interval training can be done in less time than regular walking.

    Of course, you should check with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine, but once you decide to get started there are a few things to consider. You’ll need to plan your routine.  Start slowly so that you don’t get discouraged and make a schedule that is practical and easy to adhere to. Having the right equipment is definitely an important consideration.  When it comes to walking equipment, obviously you think of shoes, right?  Dr. Comfort offers many great styles to get you started on your new fitness journey. Some women’s shoes that are specially designed for walking are the Grace, Diane, Refresh, Victory and Spirit.  For men, think about the Performance, Winner, Gordon, Jack and Endurance. These shoes are all quite supportive yet offer excellent shock absorption and cushioning, making for an overall comfortable walking experience.

    Walking is the first step to living a healthy lifestyle.  Walking feels great, you can do it with a friend, it’s fun and, best of all, it’s free!

    The contents of this blog were independently prepared, and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.

  8. FOOTWEAR MATTERS

    Written by: Brian Lane

    Because Footwear Matters

    In our lifetime we will walk over 200 million steps. Of course, footwear matters!  At Dr. Comfort, we know how important your feet are to your overall health. When your feet hurt, you can hurt all over. Creating various types of shoes to address different feet is our job. We want your feet to experience comfort while getting the support and structure you need!

    Wearing shoes not made for your feet can make problems worse. That is one of the reasons why Dr. Comfort offers full and half sizes with 3 available widths. It would be difficult to accommodate everyone’s foot by just one width or full sizes. Our sizes vary from a medium to an extra wide and we offer half sizes to ensure maximum fit!

    Dr. Comfort also offers a variety of different footwear for all walks of life! Many of our Lycra style shoes (Brian, Annie, Douglas, Carter…) have the ability to stretch without causing pressure or irritation to a bunion or during times of swelling. In addition, the Lycra material makes these shoes very breathable and lightweight.

    Are you staying active and need stability? Then let me introduce you to our stability outsole shoes---Gordon, Grace, Jack, Diane, Roger and Ruth. These styles have a dual density outsole for increased stability and support while walking. The durable outsole has an outflare for additional balance and these shoes style to go with their function!

    Another option is finding a shoe that is lighter in weight. We have several styles to offer! Try the Meghan, Katy, Chris or Jason as these shoes look good and feel great! They offer breathability and you will forget you have these shoes on your feet! Goodbye fatigue at the end of a long walk, these shoes are one of the reasons why “Comfort” is in our name!

    Whether you need the right size or need a shoe for your specific needs, Dr. Comfort has you covered!  The experience of designers and staff can help to fulfill your needs for your feet.

    The contents of this blog were independently prepared, and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.

  9. Go Exploring with Marco and Amelia

    Written by: Jeanne Bellezzo

    Marco & Amelia - Escape the Orderinary

    Ready for adventure? Our latest athletic shoes – named for famed explorers Marco Polo and Amelia Earhart – can take you there in stylish, supportive comfort.

    More like sandals than shoes, Marco (for men) and Amelia (for women) feature ventilated leather and mesh uppers that mold to your foot for added comfort while letting air in to keep feet cool and dry. The EVA and rubber outsole enhance stability without sacrificing comfort, so you can feel confident exploring new terrain; an external shankpiece assists with normal ambulation to help keep you steady.

    “Like their namesakes, Marco and Amelia are ready to go exploring,” says Brian Lane, Director of Education at Dr. Comfort®. “They combine strength and durability with support and comfort for diabetes-related foot conditions, arthritis and plantar fasciitis, so you can focus on your journey instead of your feet.”

    The newest additions to the full line of Dr. Comfort® athletic shoes have a soft micro-suede lining that reduces the risk of skin breakdown, and adjustable quick-tie/lace closures to slip them on and off easily. Choose from on-trend colors including black, gray, green or camo for men and black, gray/green and burgundy for women.

    Whether you’re walking around town or along trails, take Marco and Amelia with you.

    The contents of this blog were independently prepared, and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.

  10. Double Depth Shoes - Gordon and Grace X

    Written by: Jeanne Bellezzo

    Double Depth Shoes - Gordon & Grace X

    Your Favorite Athletic Shoes Now Have Double Depth

    You asked for them, and they’re here! Our popular Gordon and Grace athletic shoes – the ones you count on for any adventure – are now available with double depth. With Gordon X  (for men) and Grace X  (for women), your favorite activities will feel even better with a roomier fit that gives your feet more space.

    These new cross-functional shoes have the same sleek, modern design as the popular originals, but with the added benefit of a full-length, heel-to-toe filler that you can easily remove for added depth.

    “That extra interior space is great for people with diabetes, poor circulation, foot ulcers, peripheral neuropathy, edema and conditions like hammertoes and bunions that can make wearing standard-depth shoes uncomfortable,” says Brian Lane, Director of Education at Dr. Comfort®. “Plus, the double depth easily accommodates orthotics, custom inserts and thicker socks.”

    Along with added depth, Gordon X and Grace X combine style and performance with stability and protection. The firm heel counter and dual-density midsole and footbed provide extra medial and lateral stability, while the anti-abrasion sole helps prevent slipping, so you can move with confidence. A protective toe box helps guard against stubbed toes, and reduced seam lines minimize skin irritation.

    Lightweight and fashion-forward, Gordon X and Grace X feature 3D mesh exteriors, micro-suede interiors, and are available in three widths. A lace-up closure makes them easy to put on, take off and adjust for comfort.

    Whether you’re walking, running errands or just going about your day, give Gordon X and Grace X a try to help keep your feet supported, comfortable and on trend.

     

    The contents of this blog were independently prepared, and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.

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