Healthy Footnotes

Feb 29, 2016

STRETCHES FOR AFTER YOU TAKE OFF YOUR HEELS!

Are you a high heel addict? Or even an occasional-abuser? If so, you'll need to take extra special care of our feet to keep them feeling good and free from muscle cramping and shortening, according to Brian Hoke, sports physical therapist and Vionic Innovation Lab member. In today's Glamour.com article, Hoke points out that we take "roughly 50,000 steps per day," which, in heels, can be painful and harmful. He offers four stretches to help alleviate foot pain after a day (or night) in your favorite stilettos. To read them all, visit Glamour.com. If you simply can't kick your heel habit, there are healthy options. Vionic offers wedges, heels and heeled boots that provide the style you crave with the...
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Feb 29, 2016

ARE PEDICURES HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH?

Today, YouBeauty.com explored the topic of pedicures and whether they stand to benefit or harm your foot health. Vionic Innovation Lab member Trevor Prior, a podiatric surgeon, weighed in on with his expert opinion and helpful tips to keeping your pedicure safe, sterile and enjoyable. "Check that they have appropriate qualifications/training and ask what method of sterilization they use for their equipment," he says. "An autoclave (this is high pressure steam sterilization) is the best, although there should be at least chemical sterilization or the use of disposable instruments. One option is to buy your own equipment and take it with you." If you're a pedicure addict but hate smudging your polish after a trip to the salon, try Vionic's Gracie slippers. and...
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May 04, 2015

TECH TALK FROM THE INNOVATION TEAM

Ever wonder how Orthaheel Technology was developed? Or, how it was so discretely developed into our new ballet flats? We interviewed our Medical Director, Terry Mitchell, and our Technical Designer, Tony Hendrix, with some questions about just that. Q: We’re here in the Innovation Lab at Vionic Headquarters, what sort of innovating do you do in this hi-tech environment? A: Terry: (Points to the tabletop machinery on the lab counter.) Currently, the laser scanner is used for developing new contours and checking pre-production footbeds to be sure the contour is 100% accurate. In other words, it’s used for quality control, making sure the contour fits within the new shoe design as it’s supposed to and still provides the support you expect. Tony and Terry...
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Feb 24, 2015

Guest Stylist Peg Moline

Peg Moline has been involved in health and fitness journalism for 30 years. As the founding editor in chief of Fit Pregnancy magazine, she has been giving trusted advice to pregnant women and new mothers for more than 20 years. A competitive sweep rower and outrigger canoe paddler, Moline also practices yoga and loves to camp and hike with her daughters, Maggie and Lily.  How did you become a Health and Fitness Editor? In the 1980s, the aerobics and running boom was in full bloom – right around that time I started my career as a reporter for The Tahoe World, in Tahoe City, CA. They needed someone to cover feature stories such as Jazzercise, yoga and the annual Polar Bear...
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Sep 08, 2014

#VionicWorkFavs for life-saving nurses!

You may have noticed our #VionicWorkFavs campaign. We want to empower you to feel your best on the job by making sure Vionic offers the style and support you need. Taking her #VionicWorkFavs out of the office and into the hospital, Annou, a Critical-Care Nurse at UCSF, is life-saving in our supportive walking shoes. She reports that she's worn them every day since she first put them on her feet. And we quote, her "dogs aren't barking!" at the end of the day. (Critical care nursing is that specialty within nursing that deals specifically with human responses to life-threatening problems.) Now that she has experienced the support offered by Orthaheel Technology, she's going to pick up a few pairs of...
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