January 2019 Archive

Beat Blue Monday... with hugs!

16 Jan 2019 13:20:00

Monday 21st January is Blue Monday, otherwise known as ‘the most depressing day of the year’ – the third Monday in January has gained this nickname thanks to a combination of bad weather, high debt and failed New Year’s resolutions.

Did you know that Blue Monday is actually the same day as National Hug Day? So, there is definitely a way to turn around this Blue Monday lark into positivity. Research shows hugging can relieve stress and keeping warm can keep you well, which is especially good during this winter season.

3 health benefits of hugging:

  • Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which can heal feelings of loneliness.
  • Hugging can lift one’s serotonin levels which can elevate a mood and create happiness.
  • Hugging relaxes muscles to relieve aches and pains.

3 warm Cosyfeet slippers that hug your feet:

  • Elise – Enjoy the comfy cushioned footbed

Elise

This soft, adjustable bootee keeps ankles and feet cosy while the secure, touch-fastening strap adjusts to fit swelling. Colour shown: Wine Floral

  • Anna – Enjoy the wonders of wool

Anna

Luxurious 100% pure wool slipper with genuine sheepskin lining. Touch- fastening strap adjusts to fit swollen feet & ankles. Colour shown: Pebble

  • Dreamy – Enjoy cocooning your feet in warmth

Dreamy

Stay warm in our snuggly, warm-lined bootee, designed to warm and insulate, ensuring feet and ankles stay cosy. Colour shown: Loganberry

Find out more about our Extra-Roomy Slippers range.

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My Weekly - January 2019

8 Jan 2019 15:00:00

Our fitting expert, Liz is in the new issue of My Weekly Magazine advising a comfy shoe for a bunion sufferer.

Our lovely Cosyfeet fitting expert and shop manager, Liz is featured in the new issue of My Weekly Magazine advising a bunion sufferer to try our Markle boot... 

My Weekly

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Enjoy a good story this January

4 Jan 2019 13:20:00

National Storytelling Week (26th January - 2nd February) is an extravaganza of storytelling which takes place in schools, churches, pubs, museums and theatres around the country.

National Storytelling Week (26th January - 2nd February) is an extravaganza of storytelling which takes place in schools, churches, pubs, museums and theatres around the country.

The week is run by the Society for Storytelling which was set up to promote one of the oldest art forms in the world. Storytelling is an age-old form of human communication: a way to tell others of our experiences, dreams, ideas and feelings, whether through the spoken word or in writing. 

Performance storytelling can be a powerful experience, both entertaining and moving. Story is also the traditional medium of communication from generation to generation, a tool for education and therapy. National Storytelling Week was conceived to increase public awareness of the art, practice and value of oral storytelling.

National Storytelling Week

To find out more, visit sfs.org.uk

Click here to enter our competition to win a National Book Token worth £50.

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Easy ways to improve your health

4 Jan 2019 13:20:00

Want to get fitter and healthier this year? We’ve got some simple suggestions to help you stay in tip top condition.

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions we make is to get fitter and healthier. We’ve got some simple suggestions to help you stay in tip top condition this year.

1. Try to get enough sleep

According to recent research, a lie-in could actually do your body some good.

In an experiment at Surrey University, researchers discovered that when volunteers cut back from seven-and-a-half to six-and-a-half hours' sleep a night, genes that are associated with processes like inflammation, immune response and response to stress became more active.

The team also saw increases in the activity of genes associated with diabetes and risk of cancer. The reverse happened when the volunteers added an hour of sleep.

Man and woman sleeping

2. Keep your feet warm

Have you ever been told that you need to keep warm or you’ll catch a cold? And did you just dismiss it as an old wives’ tale?

It’s been said time and time again that you can’t catch a cold by getting cold because they’re caused by viruses but maybe that isn’t the whole truth and there is some fact within the folklore.

According to a study back in 2005, having cold feet can undermine your natural defenses to colds and flu. Getting cold can lower the white blood cells of your immune system thereby opening the door to viruses. The study proved that people are almost 30% more likely to come down with flu when their feet are cold for just 20 minutes during flu season.

Bed Socks

See our collection of warm socks.

3. Get walking

According to a recent report, tens of thousands of lives could be saved each year in the UK if people simply walked more.

The Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support concluded in their “Walking Works" report that walking could transform people's health by decreasing the odds of heart problems and stroke as well as making a difference in conditions such as type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and many cancers.

If you don't walk already and want to find out how to get started, you’ll find lots of tips and advice on the ‘Walking for Health’ website at walkingforhealth.org.uk

Walking in the countryside

See our collection of walking products.

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Cosyfeet Competition - January 2019

4 Jan 2019 09:00:00

Win a National Book Token worth £50! Simply tell us your favourite positive winter memory in the form below and our favourite entry will be featured in our February newsletter and win the prize.

To tie in with National Storytelling Week (26th January - 2nd February), we’re offering you the chance to win a National Book Token worth £50. To enter, simply tell us your favourite positive winter memory in 100 words or less via the form below. The entry that we like most will win the prize. We will also feature your memory in our February newsletter. Terms and conditions apply.* Good luck!

National Storytelling Week

Fill out my online form.

Click here to find out more about National Storytelling Week.

*Terms and Conditions
To be in with the chance of winning a National Book Token worth £50, tell us about your favourite memory via the form above by 11.59pm on Saturday 2nd February 2019. Our favourite entry will win the prize. One prize available. Prize will be sent as an e-Gift Card via email. One entry per person. The winner will be contacted by email. Prize cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative. Prize can only be sent to a UK address. We reserve the right to withdraw this competition at any time.

0 Comments | Posted in Newsletter Articles, Competitions by Elsie Brockway

Causes & Treatment for Foot Pain Problems

2 Jan 2019 10:17:00

We use our feet constantly and naturally there are common foot problems that occur. This guide looks at the causes and problems of the main ones.

There are lots of common foot pain problems

Feet are prone to taking their fair share of punishment through walking and wearing tight-fitting shoes, so naturally, they can suffer from pain and other issues.

There are lots of different causes and treatments, so, if you suffer from foot pain or want greater comfort, this easy-to-follow guide we’ve created will help you to find out what the problem is while also informing you about what might help.

What are the different foot pain problems and treatments?

Poor footwear, diabetes, and ageing are some of the chief contributors to foot problems as Mark S. Davies, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the London Foot and Ankle Centre, tells us.

“In the foot, any inflammatory or degenerative process affecting joints or tendons can be the source of a great deal of pain and the commonest afflictions are those of arthritis and tendonitis. Pain can also arise from inflamed nerves and Morton’s neuroma, which is a compression of the nerve between the third and fourth toes, can be particularly troublesome. Toenails can also be a significant source of misery.”

Here we’ve listed some common issues people suffer from and what causes them.

Bunions

Causes: Wearing tight or narrow shoes can cause bunions to form as they put pressure on the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTP), which is the joint between the bone of the foot and big toe.

Lady suffering from bunions

Bunions (known medically as hallux valgus) are a bony deformity that sees a bump form on the large toe joint and this can cause it to turn slightly inward. As well as the formation of the bump you may notice pain and swelling over your big toe joint, hard and sore skin and changes to the shape of your foot.

Mark S. Davies from the London Foot and Ankle Centre tells us a bit more about the condition.

“There are many causes of foot pain. One of the most common foot problems we encounter is as a result of bunions. This is a deformity of the big toe exacerbated by tight shoes. Having said this any deformity if pronounced can be a source of pain and this includes, in particular, the lesser toes.”

Potential treatments for bunions

There are a number of treatments available for bunions and non-surgical treatments are usually tried first.

Our comfortable wide fitting shoes offer extra wide, deep and roomy footwear so that people suffering from bunions do not have to go through the pain of putting on shoes when going out.

Here at Cosyfeet we also have a variety of bunion relief accessories to help you or a loved one enjoy some respite from the pain that it can cause. These include gel bunion covers, gel bunion and metatarsal pads and gel bunion relief sleeves.

For severe cases, surgery can be considered, and the type of surgery will depend on the level of deformity, age, and the severity of the symptoms.

Athlete's foot

Causes: The fungus thrives in warm, damp areas like showers, pools and gyms. Can be caught walking in these areas barefooted or wearing shoes that are warm and damp.

Athletes foot is a common problem

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin and is often found between the toes, although the infection can spread and cause discomfort, itching, blistering, cracking and pain to other parts of the foot.

Potential treatments for athlete's foot

Antifungal treatments such as sprays, powders and lotions can be applied to your feet and are available in pharmacists.

Petra Kravos, the founder & editor of Be Healthy Now, says feet issues like athlete's foot are common, but that there are lots of treatments available.

“Feet issues are very common today although people don't like to talk about them as they are an embarrassing problem. Bunions, fungal infections, cracked heels and ingrown nails are all issues many people face.

“Wash your feet regularly and dry them thoroughly - that's very important as any wetness becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.

“If, despite your best efforts, you still get feet issues and even pain, the treatment will depend on the type of issue you are facing. For example, for recurring fungal infections and Athlete’s foot use anti-bacterial essential oils such as tea tree and oregano oil. Use them twice a day but dilute them with olive oil before applying directly onto the skin or toe.

“For painful, cracked skin, a moisturising shea butter could do the trick but make sure you exfoliate and file the dry skin first. Raw honey and calendula cream are also great for skin healing.

“It's really important you take care of your feet and keep them healthy, otherwise this could have a negative impact on your health as you would be less active when you suffer from feet issues and pains.”

Ingrown toenails

Causes: Wearing poor-fitting shoes, not trimming your toenails properly or having a history of ingrown toenails are all the main causes of this condition.

An ingrowing toenail

An ingrown toenail is a very common issue and is where the nail grows into your toe, causing quite a bit of pain and discomfort.

You can get an ingrown toenail on any toe, but usually, it affects your big toe. Ingrown toenails can become infected and tell-tale signs of this include pus coming out of it and feeling hot and shivery.

Potential treatments for ingrowing toenails

Petra advises, “Cut your toenails properly to avoid ingrown nails - that means cutting straight across and not cutting on a curve.”

Check out our selection of nail care products that will help you to manage your nails. Our professional nail clippers and nail file can help ensure your nails are kept in a good condition and our gel toe caps can help people who are suffering from an ingrown toenail.

Other treatments you can try at home to help ease the pain include soaking your foot in warm water three or four times a day and wearing wide fitting shoes or sandals.

Corns and blisters

Causes (blisters): Often appear after walking and running, especially if the feet have become sweaty and you are wearing shoes that are tight.

Causes (corns):  Can be caused by bunions, hammer toe, or ill-fitting shoes.

Blisters often form when wearing tight-fitting shoes

Blisters are some of the most common problems that occur with feet and the majority of people will suffer from them during their life. Blisters are essentially fluid-filled pockets and are not a serious concern, but it is best not to burst them and to let them heal on their own.

Corns are patches of thickened skin that usually appear on the bottom of your feet or toes and form to protect the skin to stop blisters developing. While corns are painless, to begin with, they can become painful over time and will need to be treated.

Potential treatments for corns and blisters

For corns and blisters, there are lots of products that can help you such as the gel toe pads and gel looped toe separators, which both create a spongy cushion protecting your corns and blisters.

For blisters that have popped it is advised that you wash the area with warm, soapy water and to apply an antibiotic ointment to the area.

Corns and calluses are best treated by using thick cushioned socks over thin ones (read our helpful guide about choosing socks here), wearing women’s or men’s wider fit shoes and moisturise your feet to help keep your skin soft.

Peripheral neuropathy

Causes: High blood sugar (glucose) can injure nerves throughout the body

Peripheral neuropathy causes numbness in feet

Peripheral neuropathy is the most common type of diabetic neuropathy and is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes. It most often damages nerves in your legs and feet, followed by the hands and arms. Some of the symptoms range from pain and numbness, tingling, sharp pains or cramps, muscle weakness and loss of reflexes.

Potential treatments for Peripheral neuropathy

Medical professionals say that maintaining a good, healthy lifestyle and keeping your blood sugar level under control can help you treat your diabetic neuropathy.

A person with diabetes should go for regular foot examinations and have their toenails professionally trimmed. If there are any foot wounds, then you should seek medical attention.

Common foot pain problems

Common foot pain problems that people suffer from are:

  • Bunions
  • Athlete's foot
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Corns and blisters
  • Peripheral neuropathy

Other foot treatment options

Whilst we have touched upon the different foot treatments that are available to you for specific issues, The London Foot and Ankle Centre’s Mark S. Davies has provided further general foot-care tips:

“They can modify their footwear with appropriate shoes and/or inner soles and often physiotherapy can be very helpful in settling many foot conditions, particularly following injury or surgery. Although many of the exercises that can be performed are readily available on YouTube, one-to-one physiotherapy is the preferred route after having had an established diagnosis made.

“Feet are often under-rated and only truly appreciated when they start to malfunction. Looking after your feet is of paramount importance for maintaining independence throughout life and good quality footwear is a simple way of maintaining a functioning foot. If a patient has significant foot pain, he or she should seek appropriate advice from a medical practitioner, such as a foot and ankle surgeon, to advise on their options.”

If you are suffering from foot pain problems, then take a look at the footwear from Cosyfeet as we boast styles that have extra roomy fitting for women and men.

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