May 25, 2015

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Poor Arch Supports may be Causing your Foot Pain

Poor arch support can lead to stress and inflammation of the plantar fascia, causing other common foot problems and pain including plantar fasciitis (heel pain). Without properly supported arches your body can fall out of alignment and also cause stress, strain and fatigue to your ankles, knees, hips and lower back
Most common foot pain is caused by wearing shoes with little to no arch support, standing or walking for long periods of time in high heels, or overuse of the feet during work or sports. Being overweight also places additional stress on the feet.

To help prevent and alleviate common foot problems and pain we suggest that you wear shoes with good arch supports, use insoles or products like the STRUTZ Sole Angel or STRUTZ Pro to support your arches, avoid wearing high heels, flip flops and sandals and maintaining a healthy weight.
February 26, 2015

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Walking and Simple Exercises That Can Help Ease Foot Pain

Walking regularly is a great overall exercise that can help you lose weight and it is also great for your feet. When you walk you put your feet through a range of motion that helps to strengthen and stretch your feet with each step that you take. Walking also helps to improve blood circulation, increase muscles tone and generally put us in a healthier mental state.

But, when our feet hurt it’s difficult to do many of the day to day activities we take for granted. Often painful feet are the reason why once active people become inactive. It becomes just too painful to standup and walk around. Getting back on your feet and staying pain free can be as simple as doing a few simple exercises on a regular basis. These exercises can help strengthen your feet, keep them flexible and help your feet stay pain free so you can stay active.

• Raise and curl toes 10 times, holding each position for a count of five.
• Put a rubber band around both big toes and pull your feet away from each other. Count to five. Repeat 10 times.
• Pick up a towel with your toes. Repeat 3-5 times.
• While seated and feet flat on the floor, pump your feet up and down to stretch the calf and shin muscles. Do this for about 2-3 minutes
• Roll your feet on a golf ball or tennis ball for 60-90 seconds
• While seated on a flat surface with your feet out in front of you, place a towel around the ball of your foot. Gently pull the towel toward your chest to stretch your calf muscle and the ligaments in your feet.
November 04, 2014

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'Tis the Season to be Nice to Your Feet

As weather turns colder in autumn and winter we put away our flip-flops and sandals and replace them with warmer footwear in the way of socks, insulated shoes and boots. Since our feet are no longer in public view we tend to pay less attention to our regular foot care. But the contrast of moist, cold weather outside and the dry, warm air inside of our homes and offices can really affect the way our feet look and feel. If you’ve ever experienced dry, cracked, and itchy feet especially in the fall and winter, here are a few simple tips for keeping your feet happy and healthy during the cooler months:
• After bathing or soaking your feet use a pumice stone or loofah sponge to help exfoliate dry skin from the soles and top of your feet.
• Use a good moisturizing foot cream daily.  The cream will act as a moisture barrier to prevent skin from drying out. (guess what—we recommend STRUTZ soothing foot and hand cream)
• Eat a diet or take supplements which contain essential fatty acids (Omega 6 and Omega 3). These essential fatty acids help to improve dry skin by helping skin cells retain moisture. Sources of Omega-6 fatty acids include nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, and dairy. Sources of Omega-3 fatty acids include flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, soybean and tofu. Walnuts, and dark green vegetables, such as kale, collards, and chard are also good sources.
July 31, 2014

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CPMA Seal of Acceptance

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Strutz is honored to have recently been granted the CPMA (Canadian Podiatric Medical Association) Seal of Acceptance for their Cushioned Arch Support products. The Seal of Acceptance evaluates footwear and other external products such as equipment, hosiery and materials.  The CPMA Seal of Approval/Acceptance Program recognizes products that have been found beneficial to promote quality foot health, and helpful when used in a program of daily foot care or with professional treatment.

The Seal is awarded after the Acceptance Committee scientifically evaluates and determines that the products allow normal foot function and promote quality foot health.  This helps podiatrists, their patients and the general public make informed decisions regarding identifying exceptional quality products that are manufactured with the consumer’s safety and comfort in mind.

July 31, 2014

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Anna Runs America Partnership

 

STRUTZ partners with Anna Runs America

We’re happy to announce that we’ve partnered up with Anna Judd and her organization Anna Runs America to help raise awareness for American Veterans. 

Anna has made a commitment to run across America this year and we’re contributing by being an In-Kind Sponsor; we’re donating STRUTZ Pro products to help her keep going.  Anna’s efforts directly benefit Team RWB, an organization we also have a close relationship with.   She is a huge fan of STRUTZ and at times even opts to kick her sneakers to the curb and run solely with her STRUTZ!

Here is an overview of Anna’s mission:

In March of 2014, Anna will be running over 3,100 miles across the country to support Team Red, White and Blue, a non-profit dedicated to bringing together veterans and civilians together for athletic and social events.  Exercise and running have been proven as some of the most effective methods of treating PTSD, anxiety, and depression.  Team RWB is transforming the way that America supports its veterans as they transition from service member to civilian.  They are creating communities of veterans, their families, and American citizens that enjoy authentic interaction through physical and social activities.

As she traverses each state, Anna will be inviting current and former military Veterans, Team RWB members, and the local community to join her on the run as a show of solidarity in this plight to raise awareness for the resources and support that is available to veterans.  In addition, Anna will be meeting with and interviewing Veterans nationwide to learn about their stories through intensive interviews, and will share these personal accounts through multiple social mediums. 

Pretty, amazing right?  We’re so excited to take this journey with Anna and happy to say that our efforts to help American Veterans can continue through this new partnership.

We strongly encourage you to follow Anna online and look for updates from us on all our social media channels.  Also if you’re interested in running with Anna, check out her schedule and see if she’s running in your area.

The Route: http://annarunsamerica.com/the-route

Learn More: www.annarunsamerica.com

Like Anna Runs America on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnaRunsAmerica

July 31, 2014

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We’re launching a new project!: THE STRUTZ CHALLENGE

THE STRUTZ CHALLENGE

Do you have flat feet, fallen arches, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, ball of foot pain, or general aches in your feet, knees, hips and/or lower back?

Have you recently purchased an insole or shoe insert from the foot care aisle that you’re unhappy with?

Are you willing to try something new?

Are you active on social media?

If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, then STRUTZ wants to hear from you.

We’re on the hunt for people that have had bad luck in the foot care department.  We’re willing to offer you your first pair of STRUTZ for free if you’re willing to Take the Challenge!  We want to spread the word and get more people back on their feet and moving.  The challenge will consist of you testing STRUTZ for 15 days.  You’ll share your experience with your friends on social media and also with us!

If you’re interested, send us an email at info@lovemystrutz.com.  We’ll contact you with all the details.

We want you to see for yourself why more people every day are saying “Love My STRUTZ”!!

July 31, 2014

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Train like a Football Pro

 

It’s the week of the big game.  You see cervesa (AKA beer) and nachos in your future.  You’ve told yourself that starting Monday morning your real New Year’s resolution will kick in and you’ll hit the gym.  Don’t worry, we totally get it.

We’re going to help you stick to your plan! We’ve designed a football inspired circuit workout just for you.

New to circuit workouts?  Listen up.

Circuit workouts are awesome.  They’re great if you’re short on time, but are still looking for a tough, effective workout.  They don’t necessarily require you to 1. Leave your home or 2. Use equipment.  The best part? They help with weight loss, muscle gain and overall strength.  Circuit training is all about performing multiple exercises on multiple body parts in a row with little rest in between.

STRUTZ Super Bowl Circuit Challenge

What you’ll need: A sturdy box, chair or bench.  A shoe, a book, something the height of a small cone (get creative)…or a small cone if you happen to have one!  A stop watch.  Determination.

There are 4 stations:

STATION 1 

 

Box Jumps*

Push Ups

Lunges

Standard Crunches

STATION 2 

 

Cone Jumps*

Dips

Squats

Leg raises

STATION 3 

 

High Knees

Push Ups

Lunges

Planks

STATION 4 

 

Butt Kicks*

Dips

Squats

Bicycle crunches

 

*This is a box jump.  This is a cone jump. These are butt kicks.

The goal:  Set your stop watch so that you give yourself 1 minute to perform each exercise at each station.  Each station is a 4 minutes long, the total circuit is 16 minutes.  To be performed 2x with 1 minute and a half rest in between.

Do as many reps as you can within the 60 seconds on your first round.  On your second round try to do the same amount of reps or come within 5.

This work out is definitely challenging, but it’s very customizable.  Do as many reps as you can, but please listen to your body!   This is perfect to do a few times a week when you can’t get to the gym.  Plus each week you can try to beat your own record as you continue to grow stronger.

Don’t forget to wear your STRUTZ. Here’s to a happier, healthier you in 2014.

 

Sources:

FitDay, Circuit Training Basics and Benefits: http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/body-building/circuit-training-basics-and-benefits.html#b

YST Exercises Youtube Channel, Cone Jumps Lateral: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az6SB_3XYQg

Strength Project, How to do a Box Jump: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRC_rvmjKVoX
July 31, 2014

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Hydrate!

“Hydrate! In cold weather and warm. We use water to sweat, lubricate joints, tendons, and ligaments, and to carry blood efficiently to major organs.” —Dr. Alex Ratelle

July 31, 2014

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ATTN: BEWARE! COUNTERFEIT STRUTZ BEING SOLD!

Hi Friends – BEWARE! COUNTERFEIT – NOT FROM STRUTZ, INC.

Unfortunately, we’ve run into some Strutz counterfeits in the recent weeks. We wanted to give you all a heads up!

We have been made aware that counterfeits of our products using our exact design and even our trademarks are being offered for sale in the U.S. and online. Please be aware that these counterfeits are of a lesser quality and typically are being sold for minimal cost. The best way to avoid purchasing these fake products is to buy directly from us here at www.lovemystrutz.com or through an authorized dealer.

THE ONLY AUTHORIZED DEALERS ON AMAZON ARE AS FOLLOWS:
When you search for Strutz on Amazon the product must be Listed By: Strutz. Once you click on the product it must say “Sold by: Strutz” or “Sold by: FootSmart”. All other products listed are not ours.

These are not official Strutz products – so please keep your eyes and ears open for us and yourselves. Also please keep in mind that these products are not at all a representation of the quality of product we offer our customers.

We are taking firm action and working as quickly as possible to resolve this issue. We will keep you all updated.

If you have any questions or concerns please emails us at: info@lovemystrutz.com

Thanks for your continued support.

The Strutz Team

July 31, 2014

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Recovery Food for Thought

If you exercise regularly, you need to fuel your body properly in order to rebuild your muscles and get ready for another day’s workout. After exercise you should consume foods with protein and carbohydrates as your post-workout meal. It’s a good idea to eat a recovery meal 30 to 45 minutes after exercising. Some experts believe that waiting too long after a workout to refuel can cause muscles to weaken and atrophy. Sports drinks and protein bars are an easy and convenient way to get your muscles on the road to recovery. Great recovery meals can also consist of fresh food options that are easy to prepare. Try fresh fruit like bananas, apples, oranges and berries. Also, foods like egg whites, whole wheat toast, peanut butter, honey, salmon and pasta, just to name a few, will help jump start your recovery. And don’t forget to rehydrate by drinking enough water. These simple food choices and proper hydration after exercise can help you recover from your workout and get you ready to do perform better the following day.