March 2014 Archive

How can I help my swollen legs?

31 Mar 2014 09:36:51

Swollen legs affect people of all ages for all sorts of reasons. They can be caused by foot and ankle injuries, pregnancy, medical conditions...

Swollen legs affect people of all ages for all sorts of reasons. They can be caused by foot and ankle injuries, pregnancy, medical conditions, the side effects of medication and even by hot weather.

Fluid retention, or oedema, is a common cause of puffiness or swelling. Oedema can occur anywhere in the body but it's most common in the feet and ankles, where it is known as peripheral oedema. Oedema usually clears up when the underlying condition causing the fluid imbalance is diagnosed and treated.

Your GP may recommend some things you can do yourself to reduce fluid retention, including:
- losing weight (if you are overweight)
- taking regular exercise, such as walking, swimming and cycling
- raising your legs three-to-four times a day to improve your circulation
- avoiding standing for long periods of time

Diuretics are a type of medication that may also be prescribed to help reduce fluid build-up. They work by increasing the amount of urine you produce. However, not everyone can use diuretics and in some cases they can make things worse. They are mainly used to treat people who develop oedema as a result of heart failure.

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Who needs extra wide shoes?

28 Mar 2014 09:24:55

A common mistake made by people with wide or swollen feet is to buy bigger shoes just to get the extra width and depth that they need...

Just as bodies can be different sizes and shapes, so too can feet. If most shoes feel narrow or pinch and squeeze your feet, then it’s a definite sign that you need extra wide shoes. Having bunions, swollen feet, arthritis or problem toes means it’s unlikely that ‘normal’ fitting footwear will fit.

A common mistake made by people with wide or swollen feet is to buy bigger shoes just to get the extra width and depth that they need. This, however, can lead to further problems including rubbing, blisters and even falls. If you choose footwear that is extra roomy, you should be able to wear the shoe size you had before experiencing swelling or problems.

Wide feet are often due to genetics inherited from parents. Other reasons include bad shoes and changes in body shape, for example swelling due to pregnancy, medical conditions or the side effects of medication. Wearing high heel shoes, foot injuries and even old age can also result in wide feet and the need for wide fitting shoes.

Luckily, thanks to improved shoe design and production, having wide feet no longer means having to wear ugly shoes. There is lots of attractive, stylish footwear around that is specially designed to fit feet that need a bit of extra room.

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Get out & about during English Tourism Week

27 Mar 2014 11:48:27

English Tourism Week takes place from 29 March to 6 April. The aim is to increase awareness of English tourism, as well as raise standards...

English Tourism Week

The aim of the week, which is organised by VisitEngland, is to increase awareness of English tourism, as well as raise standards and promote training to improve customer service.

It’s also a good excuse to get out and visit some of the local attractions on your doorstep. We’ve made a list of some of the popular destinations close to our Cosyfeet headquarters in Somerset.

Street Shoe Museum

The Shoe Museum in Street exhibits shoes dating from the Roman era to the present day. It also shows the history of the Clark family and its connection with the development of shoemaking in the town. There is a display of machinery used in footwear production and a selection of shop display showcards from the 1930s, 1950s and 1960s.

Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey, which lies in the heart of the town, was once one of the greatest abbeys in the country. The ruins are now a grade I listed building, and a Scheduled Ancient Monument and are open as a visitor attraction.
Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Tor

This iconic landmark offers magnificent views of the Somerset Levels, Dorset, Wiltshire and Wales. Steeped in history and legend, excavations at the top of the Tor have revealed the plans of two superimposed churches of St Michael, of which only a 15th-century tower remains.
Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor also has a grisly past. Abbot Richard Whiting was executed here in 1549 on the orders of Thomas Cromwell, the first Earl of Essex.

Wells Cathedral

This is considered to be one of the most impressive cathedrals in Britain. It survives with all of the original buildings inducing Vicar’s Close, the Chapter House and Cloisters. It’s also home to one of the oldest working clocks in the world.
Wells Cathedral

Wookey Hole Caves

Home of Britain’s most spectacular caves and the infamous Witch of Wookey. You can also wander through the prehistoric valley of the dinosaurs and relax in a magical fairy garden.

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Can wide fitting shoes still be stylish?

26 Mar 2014 09:28:34

Wide fitting shoes can often mean old fashioned styles but Cosyfeet are proving that this isn’t the case by embracing the latest footwear colours and trends...

Wide fitting shoes can often mean old fashioned styles but Cosyfeet are proving that this isn’t the case by embracing the latest footwear colours and trends, whilst still maintaining an extra roomy fitting.

As their shoe designer Nick Brown comments: “Many of our customers suffer from very swollen feet but they still want to look stylish. They don’t want to wear footwear that looks medical, ugly or bulky. Our biggest challenge is to design quality, comfortable footwear that is fashionable and aesthetically pleasing whilst not compromising on the width and depth.”

Along with the rest of the footwear industry, Cosyfeet were already looking at the emerging colour trends for spring and summer 2014 around the middle of last year. They worked closely with their tanners to ensure that the leathers they chose for their footwear were on trend for this year.

At London Fashion Week, back in September 2013, the industry unveiled next season’s colours with a rainbow spectrum of shades from bold, brilliant blues to vivid reds and greens.

Cosyfeet’s colour pallet for this spring and summer has picked up on the trend for vivid brights. As a result, they’ve got some exciting new styles in an assortment of dazzling blue, vivid green and vibrant pomegranate.

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Receive 15% off when you spend over £70

26 Mar 2014 08:59:46

This week we're offering a massive 15% off your order when you spend over £70. Choose from stylish shoes and sandals in leather and fabric...

Save 15% on orders over £70

This week we're offering a massive 15% off your order when you spend over £70. Now that spring has officially sprung, why not take a look at our NEW footwear range. Choose from stylish shoes and sandals in leather and fabric plus we've added some fabulous colours to some of our bestselling styles.

As always, we've got a great range of socks, hosiery and foot comfort products to keep feet comfy plus a range of Keep Active products for when you're out and about this spring. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, simply spend over £70 and enter code WDSP15 when prompted. 15% will be automatically deducted from your order. Offer ends 1st April 2014. Terms apply*

*Terms and Conditions
To redeem this 15% off offer, simply add any item/s to your basket worth £70 or more and enter the code WDSP15 when prompted. This offer only applies to in-stock, full price, non-sale items. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. This offer expires at 11.59pm on 1st April 2014. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

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Don’t let swollen feet hold you back this summer

24 Mar 2014 09:26:38

After the wettest winter in a hundred years, scientists are predicting that 2014 will be the hottest summer on record...

After the wettest winter in a hundred years, scientists are predicting that 2014 will be the hottest summer on record. If your feet tend to swell in the heat, investing in a pair of wide fitting sandals could help you stay comfy and cool when the temperatures start to climb.

Swelling of the legs and feet is called peripheral oedema and is very common. When the swelling is heat-related, it’s referred to as heat oedema. But what causes our feet to swell more during the summer months?

When we encounter warm or hot weather, it’s a natural reaction for the blood vessels to widen. This widening of the blood vessels leads to swelling, which is a mechanism our bodies use to help us cool down. This swelling, however natural, can be very uncomfortable or even painful, particularly if you are already prone to suffering from swollen feet and legs.

Sandals with a flexible fastening can be helpful if feet swell in the heat as they can be adjusted to fit as the day goes on. Adjustable fabric sandals made from cotton can also help keep swollen feet cool and comfortable.

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Cosyfeet’s charity of the year

21 Mar 2014 09:45:29

This year we're raising money to help PDSA continue its life-saving work treating sick and injured pets in need. We've been finding out a bit more about the history of the charity.

The history of the PDSA

PDSA is the UK's leading veterinary charity, it 2013 they carried out more than 2.3 million free veterinary treatments.

The charity was founded in 1917 by Maria Dickin CBE, an animal welfare pioneer. On Saturday 17 November 1917, she opened her first 'People's Dispensary for Sick Animals of the Poor'. Outside the cellar in the Whitechapel district of London, a notice read:

Bring your sick animals.
Do not let them suffer.
All animals treated.
All treatment free.

Who was Maria Dickin?

Maria Dickin was born in London in 1870. She was the daughter of a Free Church minister and the eldest of eight children. She was described as bright, confident and independent-minded.

Maria Dickin - animal welfare pioneer

After marrying at the age of 28 and in need of fulfilment, Maria launched herself into social work. Visiting the poor of London's East End she was horrified by the poverty but it was the sight of animals suffering in silence that she found unbearable. In the streets she found dogs and cats, raw with mange and often dragging broken limbs. Goats and rabbits huddled sick and injured in back yards while horses and donkeys were often worked lame and crippled by heavy loads.

During the First World War, Maria Dickin worked to improve the dreadful state of animal health in the Whitechapel area of London. She wanted to open a clinic where East Enders living in poverty could receive free treatment for their sick and injured animals.

Despite the scepticism of the establishment, she opened her free 'dispensary' in a Whitechapel basement on Saturday 17 November 1917. It was an immediate success and she was soon forced to find larger premises.

Within six years she had designed and equipped her first horse-drawn clinic and soon a fleet of mobile dispensaries was established.

One of the first PDSA clinics

The good work continues

The charity Maria Dickin built has gone from strength to strength. PDSA continues to ensure that the sick and injured pets of those unable to afford private veterinary fees have somewhere to go to for help and free treatment.

A PDSA vet

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Free delivery on orders over £30

19 Mar 2014 09:06:58

Take advantage of our 'FREE delivery over £30' offer this week and make a loved one feel extra special on Mothering Sunday.

Mothers Day

Take advantage of our 'FREE delivery over £30' offer this week and make a loved one feel extra special on Mothering Sunday (30th March 2014).

Choose from snuggly slippers and stylish shoes or get ready for spring with our fabulous collection of fabric shoes and sandals. Or why not make their day with one of our gorgeous, pampering lavender products. Enter the offer code: WDMSFP when prompted to receive FREE UK delivery. Terms apply - see below.

Terms and Conditions

To redeem our FREE delivery offer (UK Standard) on all orders over £30, simply add any item/s worth £30 or more to your basket and enter the offer code WDMSFP when prompted. This offer expires at 11.59pm on 25th March 2014. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time. Offer only available on in-stock items.

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Choice Magazine - 14th March 2014

14 Mar 2014 14:44:19

Lavender is said to soothe headaches and aid sleep. Now a new study has shown it to relax dental patients...

Do You Dread The Dentist?: http://www.choicemag.co.uk/category/health/do_you_dread_the_dentist_

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Forget OAPs – meet the IAPs!

13 Mar 2014 17:03:38

British retirees have become a nation of IAPs – or Internet Aged Pensioners – thanks to their grasp of modern technology, a study has found.

Pensioners are more internet savvy than ever before

Researchers have found that more than half of adults aged sixty and over are comfortable with downloading new apps, are happy to back up their PC with security software and think nothing of synching their iPhones, or uploading pictures on Facebook.

The survey also found that half of pensioners now have tablet devices and 47% have smart phones.

The in-depth study by McCarthy & Stone also found 78% of the 600 over 60s polled said they use the internet to do their banking online and 72% read news online. Other activities online include buying clothes, bidding on auction sites, finding recipes and watching catch up TV.

IAP's

Ali Crossley, Executive Director of McCarthy & Stone said: “There is a perception retirees are less in touch when it comes to technology, but that really isn’t the case anymore. The image of Granny struggling to send a text is a thing of the past, with millions of pensioners logging on to Facebook and Twitter accounts daily.”

She added: “With so many services, information and social media online the Internet is a fantastic tool for retirees – and a real godsend for anyone who may sometimes struggle to get out and about.”

Source: The Mature Times

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