July 2015 Archive

Customer request: Plantar Fasciitis

31 Jul 2015 10:12:37

Customer request: I’ve been told that I’ve got Plantar Fasciitis. Which product would you recommend to relieve the pain?

Customer request: I’ve been told that I’ve got Plantar Fasciitis. It’s agony! Which product would you recommend to relieve the pain?

Liz, Cosyfeet Shop Manager & Fitting Expert, says:

Plantar Fasciitis

We get quite a few customers in our shop who suffer with this painful condition. It happens when the band of tissue running from your arch to your heel is inflamed. If you’re not sure if you have the condition, we’d advise you to consult your doctor. We sell a number of products that can help relieve the pain of Plantar Fasciitis.

If you’re looking for 24-hour relief, I’d recommend our FS6 Compression Foot Sleeve. It uses compression to support your foot and relieve pain. You can wear it under your socks during the day and keep it on at night to help reduce morning heel pain. It does have a lot of compression zones so it feels quite tight on the foot.

We’ve had some great feedback from customers about our Heel That Pain Heel Seats. They use acupressure to relieve pain. They also help the plantar fascia ligament to realign and help prevent reoccurrence.

If you’d prefer something softer underfoot, our NatraCure Plantar Fasciitis Insole is soft and squishy so there’s no painful breaking-in period. It’s ideal for flat shoes and trainers and is designed to give you all-day pain relief.

For ‘quick-fix’ pain relief at the end of the day, both the NatraCure™ Cold Therapy Wrap / Universal Hot / Cold Wrap and the NatraCure™ Hot/Cold Plantar Fascia Relief Sock use cold therapy to treat the pain. They contain special gel packs that you put in the freezer.”

Click here to find out more about our range of products that help relieve Plantar Fasciitis.

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20% off all creams and lotions

29 Jul 2015 10:12:14

For one week only, you can get 20% off any of our sumptuous creams and lotions.

20% off creams and lotions

For one week only, you can get 20% off any of our sumptuous creams and lotions. Why not get your feet looking their best for summer with our ClearZal® Hard Skin Remover. Clinically proven, this intense cream breaks down stubborn hard skin and calluses and allows healthy skin to grow.

If wearing sandals has left you with painful cracked heels, our highly-effective Simply Feet Heel Balm will repair your skin leaving it soft and supple. For an extra treat, try our luxurious Botanical Foot Soak. It's perfect for soothing tired or painful feet after a long day and is a gorgeous-smelling blend of Tea Tree, Lavender and Geranium Oil. We've also got a great range of high-quality Lavender products and Aloe Vera products designed to soothe, heal and revive.

To take advantage of this great offer, simply add any of our creams and lotions to your basket and enter the offer code WDCL20. We will automatically deduct 20% from the total. Offer ends 4th August 2015.

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To redeem this 20% off offer, simply add any item/s from our creams and lotions categories to your basket and enter the offer code WDCL20. This offer is only available on in-stock items and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. This offer expires at 11.59pm on 4th August 2015. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

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July Competition

24 Jul 2015 12:07:56

Tell us your top tip for staying in good health and you could win an Aloe Vera Bundle worth £24.

Win an Aloe Vera Bundle worth £24

Would you like to win an Aloe Vera Bundle worth £24? Simply email your top tip for staying healthy to competition@cosyfeet.com by 1st September 2015. Our favourite entry will win the bundle.

Aloe Vera Bundle

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By submitting an entry to our competition you are consenting to us using your name on our website and in future newsletters. Competition entries must be received by 1st September 2015.

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The science behind Aloe Vera

24 Jul 2015 12:05:13

There are dozens of therapeutic benefits associated with this ‘wonder plant’ but is there any truth behind the claims?

The science behind Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a short, cactus-like shrub that’s often referred to as the wonder plant due to the claims about its health benefits. Some are backed by scientific studies while others are not. So what exactly can Aloe Vera treat and what evidence is there that it works?

Teeth and gums

A study published in ‘General Dentistry’ reported that Aloe Vera in tooth gels is as effective as toothpaste in fighting cavities. The researchers compared the germ-fighting ability of an Aloe Vera tooth gel with two popular toothpastes. They found that the gel was just as effective, and in some cases even better at controlling cavity-causing oral bacteria.

Diabetes-induced foot ulcers

According to a study carried out in India, "gel formed with carbopol 974p (1%) and Aloe Vera promotes significant wound healing and closure in diabetic rats compared with the commercial product and provides a promising product to be used in diabetes-induced foot ulcers".

Antioxidants and antimicrobial properties

Researchers in Spain set out to discover whether the extract of leaf skins and flowers of Aloe Vera have beneficial effects on health. The scientists focused on their possible antioxidant and antimycoplasmic activities. Mycoplasma are a type of bacteria that are unaffected by many common antibiotics. Antimycoplasmic substances destroy these bacteria.

They reported that both Aloe Vera flower and leaf extracts had antioxidant properties. The leaf skin extract also showed antimycoplasmic properties.

Depression, learning and memory

A study published in ‘Nutritional Neuroscience’ found that Aloe Vera reduces depression and improves memory in mice. Further studies are needed to find out whether humans might also receive the same benefits.

Wounds from second degree burns

A team of plastic surgeons compared Aloe Vera gel to 1% silver sulphadiazine cream for the treatment of second degree burn wounds.

They reported that the burn wounds among the patients treated with Aloe Vera healed remarkably earlier compared to those treated with 1% silver sulfadiazine (SSD).

The researchers added that those in the Aloe Vera group experienced significantly more and earlier pain relief than those in the SSD group.

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Is sitting the new smoking?

24 Jul 2015 12:01:46

We all know that we need to be more active but there’s increasing evidence that we need to spend less time sitting down as well.

Is sitting the new smoking?

According to recent research, sitting for too long is bad for your health, even if you exercise regularly. Studies have linked excessive sitting with type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer and even premature death.

The link between illness and sitting first emerged in the 1950s, when researchers found London bus drivers were twice as likely to have heart attacks as their bus conductor colleagues.

Prolonged sitting is thought to slow the metabolism, which affects the body's ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat. It may even cause weaker muscles and bones.

Many people in the UK spend more than seven hours a day sitting or lying, and this typically increases with age. This includes watching TV, reading, sitting at a desk or driving but excludes sleeping.

One of the largest pieces of research – involving almost 800,000 people – found that, compared with those who sat the least, people who sat the longest had a:

  • 112% increase in risk of diabetes
  • 147% increase in cardiovascular events
  • 90% increase in death caused by cardiovascular events
  • 49% increase in death from any cause

What can we do to lessen the risks?

Experts advise breaking up long periods of sitting time with short bouts of activity for just one to two minutes. They recommend an “active break” from sitting every 30 minutes. This advice applies to everyone, even people who exercise regularly, because too much sitting is recognised as an independent risk factor for ill health.

Other tips to reduce your sitting time:

  • stand on the train or bus
  • use the stairs or walk up escalators
  • set a reminder to get up every 30 minutes
  • alternate working while seated with standing
  • stand or walk around while on the phone
  • take a walk break every time you take a tea break
  • walk to a co-worker's desk instead of emailing or calling
  • avoid long periods sat in front of a TV or computer
  • stand up and move during TV advert breaks

Standing Up

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No more BBQ blues

24 Jul 2015 09:13:52

The PDSA, our chosen charity of the year, are asking owners to keep an eye on their pets after a puppy nearly died after eating a BBQ skewer.

Keep an eye on your pets if you’re having a BBQ this summer. This is the advice that the PDSA, our chosen charity of the year, are giving after a Bull Mastiff puppy from Newcastle nearly died after eating a BBQ skewer.

Owner Julie Chamberlain first became concerned when her seven-month-old Bull Mastiff cross, Kuma, went off his food and started being sick. She rushed him to Gateshead PDSA Pet Hospital, where an ultrasound scan showed unusual fluid in his abdomen. With x-rays not clearing up the mystery of Kuma’s distress the next step was for vets to carry out exploratory surgery.

PDSA Vet Nurse, Rebecca Johnston, said: “Everyone was stunned when we found out what was causing the problem:

“Kuma had a large abscess in his abdomen. We then found the culprit - a 10cm wooden kebab skewer. It had clearly been there for a while, as it had punctured through his intestine to move into his abdominal cavity. This had caused a major infection - Kuma is very lucky to be alive!”

Kuma received round-the-clock intensive care at Gateshead Pet Hospital for a couple of days, but thankfully he was soon back on four paws – and free from tummy ache. Julie and her family were desperately worried, as they realised how serious his condition was:

“We thought we would lose him. The kids were devastated and I was heartbroken. When the vet said it was a kebab skewer I was totally shocked, as I’m incredibly careful with Kuma due to his tendency to eat everything in sight. I have no idea where he got it from. I’m just so grateful to PDSA for everything they’ve done, the care and attention Kuma received was second to none.”

Kuma has a history of gobbling things he shouldn’t – he tried to eat his own harness once and has also chewed and eaten half a remote control.

Julie added: “Kuma is adorable but it’s like having a naughty toddler – I have to keep an eye on him every hour of every day. He sleeps in my room with the door closed so he doesn’t get into mischief at night and wears a muzzle outside the house, simply to prevent him eating anything he comes across. I’ve now started working with a dog trainer to help with Kuma’s behaviour, and to teach him what he can and can’t eat!”

With barbecue season approaching, PDSA vets have put together a handy guide to keep pets safe and sound this summer.

Barbecue safety tips for pets:

  • Skip the scraps - eating barbecue scraps can upset your pet’s stomach – undercooked, unfamiliar or fatty food can cause vomiting and diarrhoea.
  • Bin it – make sure any leftover food and rubbish is properly thrown away in a lidded dustbin. PDSA vets see many pets that have eaten corn-on-the-cob-cores, which can cause a serious blockage, or kebab skewers which can perforate internal organs. These have to be surgically removed.
  • Keep fuel out of reach - lighter fluid contains hydrocarbons (derived from crude oil), which can prove fatal if ingested. So keep it well out of reach.
  • Keep away from flames – playing around a barbecue can lead to severe burns, so pets should be kept well away from flames and burning embers.
  • Watch what you drink – make sure that glasses and drinks are not within reach of thirsty pets. Alcohol is particularly hazardous for pets and glass bottles or cups can be easily knocked over and smash – so plastic cups are a much better option.
  • Slap on the sun cream – pets can suffer from sunburn and heatstroke just like humans, so if you’re enjoying the sun ensure your four-legged friends have access to shade and plenty of fresh water. Special pet sun creams can be used on pets with white fur or exposed skin, take extra care with white ears and noses.
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Yours Magazine - 22nd July 2015

22 Jul 2015 13:37:15

What our tester says…As someone with lots of problems with my feet, including hammer toes and bunions, I really needed comfortable shoes...

We review Cosyfeet's cool but comfortable summer sandals: https://www.yours.co.uk/2015/07/we-review-cosyfeets-cool-but-comfortable-summer-sandals

We review Cosyfeet's cool but comfortable summer sandals

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Buy one, get one free on PORON® Insoles

21 Jul 2015 16:47:28

For one week only, if you buy any pair of men's or women's PORON® Shock-absorbing Insoles you'll get another pair FREE.

Improve your back, leg and foot comfort with our PORON® Shock-absorbing Insoles. Made from a special, shock-absorbent material it's like having millions of tiny springs under your feet. Not only will you find walking more comfortable but they can also help prevent the symptoms of 'step-shock' such as tired feet, an aching back and even headaches!

For one week only, if you buy any pair of men's or women's PORON® Shock-absorbing Insoles you'll get another pair FREE. Simply add any two pairs to your basket and enter the offer code WDP2F1 when prompted. The cost of one pair will be automatically deducted from your order.

Please click here to view our PORON® Shock-absorbing Insoles.

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To redeem this 'buy one, get one free' offer, simply add any two PORON® Shock-absorbing Insoles to your basket and enter the code WDP2F1 when prompted. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. This offer expires at 11.59pm on 28th July 2015. Offer only applies to the following product codes: WP, MP. Offer only applies to in-stock items. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

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Swimming may lower people’s risks of falls

17 Jul 2015 09:30:22

Every year in the UK a third of people over 65 will fall. According to a new study, swimming may lower the risk of older adults falling.

Every year in the UK a third of people over 65 will fall. This rises to almost half in people aged 80 and above. Falls can cause broken bones, head trauma and other severe injuries while less serious falls can lower people's mobility and lead to other problems.

According to a new study, swimming may lower the risk of older adults falling. Researchers in Australia looked at 1,700 men aged 70 and above, and compared the types of exercise they did with their likelihood of experiencing a fall over a four-year period. There were nearly 2,700 falls during the study.

Men in the study who swam were 33% less likely to fall compared with all men in the study. In contrast, the men who did other forms of exercise — including golfing, working out on treadmills or stationary bikes - were no less likely to fall, the researchers found.

"Unlike land-based sports, swimmers are required to create their own base of support and at the same time, to produce a coordinated movement of both upper and lower extremities," said study author Dafna Merom, an associate professor of physical activity and health at the University of Western Sydney in Australia.

The researchers also found that the swimmers did better on a test of "postural sway," compared with the average of all men in the study. In this test of standing balance, a person is asked to stand as still as possible for 30 seconds, and researchers measure how much his or her body moves, at the waist level, from the centre position.

Although the study included only men, it is likely that swimming also lowers women's risk of falls, Merom said. "I would expect it will work even better for women, given that women generally have less muscle strength than men.”

Swimming may lower people’s risks of falls

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3 for 2 on all packs of hosiery!

15 Jul 2015 10:27:36

For one week only, we're offering you a fantastic '3 for 2' on all our packs of hosiery! Order any 3 packs of hosiery and you get the cheapest pack absolutely FREE!

For one week only, we’re offering you a fantastic ‘3 for 2’ on all our packs of hosiery! Order any 3 packs of hosiery and you get the cheapest pack absolutely FREE! So as well as stocking up on your favourite styles you can take the opportunity to try something different!

Ideal for warmer weather, our Softhold® Premium Ankle Highs benefit from our unique Softhold® top which holds them firmly in place without digging in or restricting your circulation. Or why not try our Softhold® Light Support Knee Highs. They give you a gentle, graduated massage action that’s clinically proven to improve circulation and reduce leg fatigue. We also have an exclusive range of Extra Roomy Hosiery which is ideal if you suffer with swollen legs and ankles in the heat.

To take advantage of this great offer, simply add at least 3 packs of hosiery to your basket and enter the offer code WDH3F2 when prompted. Offer ends 21st July 2015.

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To redeem this '3 for 2' offer, simply add at least 3 packs of any hosiery to your basket and enter the code WDH3F2 when prompted. Cheapest pack free. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. If you are returning items for a refund, all items must be returned to qualify. This offer expires at 11.59pm on Tuesday 21st July 2015. Offer only applies to products in our hosiery category. Offer only applies to in-stock items. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

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