October 2014 Archive

Win a Gund Teddy Bear worth £40

31 Oct 2014 11:19:00

Simply choose a name for him (or her) and our favourite entry will win the adorable bear.

Gund Teddy Bear

This adorable Gund Teddy Bear measures 61 cm and has beans in his bottom for perfect balance. He (or she) has a soft, squidgy body that’s perfect for cuddling and is suitable for ages one and over. To win this loveable teddy, simply choose a name and send it to competition@cosyfeet.com by 1st December. We will pick our favourite name from the entries. Good luck!

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 December 2014.

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Winners of the Local Cosyfeet Community Award!

31 Oct 2014 11:14:40

We’re pleased to announce that the winners of the Cosyfeet Local Community Award are Shipham Active Living in Somerset.

Enriching the lives of older people

Launched this year, the Cosyfeet Community Award offers a one-off donation of up to £500 to registered charities or not-for-profit organisations and clubs who are working on local projects within the UK that support and enrich the lives of older people.

There are two awards available – one for projects operating within Somerset (where Cosyfeet is based) and one for projects operating outside of the county.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the local award is Shipham Active Living. The group meets fortnightly and offers a varied programme to older people in the community. Activities include cooking for one, exercise classes, card making and willow weaving. The highlight of the meeting is the freshly prepared two-course lunch made by local caterers.

“Active Living provides an opportunity for older people to get out and socialise with others and get involved in the community,” says Roger Knight, the treasurer. “It also allows them to be informed, exercise their minds and bodies and enjoy a nutritional meal. This award will ease the problem of finding affordable speakers and entertainers.”

Members of the Shipham Active Living group enjoying some entertainment
Members of the Shipham Active Living group enjoying some entertainment

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Keep your feet warm this winter

31 Oct 2014 11:09:29

It’s not always easy to keep feet warm in the winter but it may be more important for your health than you think.

Break the curse of cold feet

How often have you been told to keep your feet warm or you’ll catch a cold? Or, on the contrary, that you can’t catch a cold by getting cold. So which advice is based on fact and which is folklore?

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

With this in mind, we’ve come up with some top tips for keeping feet warm and toasty this winter.

Get moving!

Try to get some regular exercise. A brisk walk every day helps blood circulate around your body which, in turn, helps to warm up your feet.

Massage your feet

Massage some foot cream or lotion into your feet. Again, this will help your circulation and make your feet feel warmer.

Watch what you eat

Vitamin K is important as it helps to strengthen the muscles in the heart as well as the blood capillaries. It also improves circulation around your body. Ginger, fish, parsley, spring onions, apricots and celery are all good sources of Vitamin K.

Drink enough water

Did you know that if you are dehydrated your hands and feet get colder? This is because dry skin fails to maintain a good moisture balance and doesn’t retain heat as efficiently.

Make sure your shoes aren’t too tight

The circulatory system is the body’s own unique heating system and the blood pumped around your body provides a form of heat maintenance. If you are wearing shoes that are too tight this can cut off circulation to your feet and leave them feeling cold.

Wear natural socks

Natural wool and cotton socks have more textured fibres and are less tightly bound so they hold more warm air around your feet.

Cosyfeet Bedsocks

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How can exercise help swollen feet?

31 Oct 2014 10:05:19

As we get older our circulation can deteriorate and lead to problems such as swollen feet, muscle cramps, cold hands and feet and tired, aching legs..

As we get older our circulation can deteriorate and lead to problems such as swollen feet, muscle cramps, cold hands and feet and tired, aching legs. Any exercise, even gentle walking, can help improve our circulation as the muscles in our feet and legs help pump blood upwards.

The movement of blood is very important because it carries and delivers things that the body needs to stay well. For example, blood allows oxygen from the air we breathe to be carried from our lungs to other parts of our body. Blood also carries the waste that our body wants to get rid of.

Exercising your feet can help reduce swelling in your feet and ankles, prevent cramps in your leg muscles and help push excess fluid from your feet and legs back to your heart. Try these simple do-anywhere foot exercises:

- Bend and stretch each foot up and down 30 times.
- Rotate your foot one way eight times, and eight times the other way.
- Repeat with the other foot.

Exercises for swollen feet

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What’s so special about Mohair?

30 Oct 2014 09:09:34

Mohair is a silk-like yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat. As well as feeling incredibly comfy against the skin, it is a clever fibre with lots of benefits.

A very clever fibre

Mohair is a silk-like yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat. Many of its characteristics are similar to wool, except that it does not have the microscopic scales that make wool itchy.

As well as feeling incredibly comfy against the skin, Mohair is a very clever fibre with lots of benefits. It’s naturally lightweight, insulating and breathable, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer.

Thanks to its smooth fibres, Mohair doesn’t irritate so it’s perfect for people with sensitive skin and is ideal for the very elderly. It also resists odour by neutralizing bacteria and wicking moisture away from the skin.

Mohair is surprisingly durable. It can be twisted and bent without damage to the fibre and it resists soiling. It is also very elastic; it can be stretched up to 30%, and will spring back to shape. Thanks to this feature, Mohair garments resist wrinkling, stretching or sagging.

Click here to find out more about our new Cape Mohair® Medi Socks and new Mohair Knee Blanket.

A herd of Mohair goats
A herd of Mohair goats

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Free UK delivery on all orders over £30!

29 Oct 2014 08:59:25

We think you deserve a special treat this Halloween, so until midnight on Tuesday 4th November 2014 we are offering free UK delivery on all orders over £30!

There are no tricks this year. We think you deserve a special treat this Halloween, so until midnight on Tuesday 4th November 2014 we are offering free UK delivery on all orders over £30! This offer is available for a limited time only. Simply enter the code WDHALFP when prompted at the checkout.

So why not take advantage of this fantastic offer from Cosyfeet! We've got a fabulous range of extra roomy footwear, ultra comfy socks and hosiery plus our Keep Active collection full of specially selected products designed to help you stay mobile and healthy this autumn. Terms apply*

*Terms and Conditions

To take advantage of this free UK delivery offer (UK standard) worth £4.75, simply add any product/s (excluding sale items) from Cosyfeet.com worth £30 or more to your basket and enter the code WDHALFP when prompted. If the order value is over £30 (excluding delivery) you'll receive free UK delivery. Offer is only eligible on full-price, in-stock items. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. This offer expires at 11.59pm on 4th November 2014. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

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Why did Cosyfeet start making wide fitting footwear?

29 Oct 2014 08:07:40

It may be hard to believe but 30 years ago off-the-shelf wide fitting footwear for swollen feet simply wasn’t available...

It may be hard to believe but 30 years ago off-the-shelf wide fitting footwear for swollen feet simply wasn’t available. People with swollen feet had to either pay for expensive tailor-made shoes or rely on NHS prescribed footwear which was often bulky, heavy and unattractive.

In 1983, the founders of Cosyfeet recognised this gap in the market. They started as a ‘man-in-a-van’ operation which visited nursing homes around the Bristol area selling slippers and other useful products. They noticed that some residents were cutting large chunks out of their slippers just to make room for swelling while others were wearing slippers that were far too big for them just to get the width they needed.

It wasn’t long after that the Eliza bootee and Helen slipper were born. As well as offering a much wider and deeper fitting, they had the advantage of touch-fastening straps which could be adjusted to fit a range of swelling from minor to very swollen. Since then Cosyfeet has developed its range to include shoes, boots and sandals as well as socks and hosiery for swollen feet.

Louise shoe from Cosyfeet

Footwear for swollen feet has come a long way since the 1980’s

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The best fabrics for fitting wide or swollen feet

27 Oct 2014 09:35:09

Not all fabrics are created equal and some are better than others when you’re choosing comfortable wide shoes...

Not all fabrics are created equal and some are better than others when you’re choosing comfortable wide shoes. Suede and soft leathers are an ideal choice as they tend to mould to your feet. Leather also has the added benefit of being ‘breathable’ and can help keep feet feeling fresh.

Elastane is another very usual fabric for fitting wide or swollen feet. Elastane, or Spandex as it’s otherwise known, is a synthetic fabric that is known for its exceptional elasticity. In fact the name Spandex is actually an anagram of the word ‘expands.’ It is strong and very durable and can also be treated to make it stain and water-resistant which is obviously important for footwear.

The benefit of using Elastane in footwear is that the fabric gently moulds to the foot and will stretch to fit any swelling or irregularities. It is also very soft so it won’t put pressure on painful joints, bunions or problem toes. Cosyfeet offers a wide choice of Elastane shoes and boots for men and women.

Elastane ‘Pixie’ boot from Cosyfeet

Elastane ‘Pixie’ boot from Cosyfeet

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Galloway Gazette - 23rd October 2014

24 Oct 2014 08:41:41

A knitting circle in Whithorn, southwest Scotland, is the proud winner of this year’s Cosyfeet Community Award. Priory Knit Wits have won £500...

Award-winning Knit Wits: http://www.gallowaygazette.co.uk/what-s-on/what-s-on/award-winning-knit-wits-1-3581802

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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

23 Oct 2014 15:19:19

Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the band of tissue that stretches from your heel to your middle foot becomes inflamed. So what causes it and how can you treat it?

Plantar Fasciitis: causes, symptoms and treatment

Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and occurs when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. This is the flat band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toe. It supports the arch in your foot and is important in helping you walk.

The major symptom of Plantar Fasciitis is pain and stiffness in the bottom of the heel. Some people experience it as a dull pain while others may feel a sharp pain or a burning on the bottom of the foot.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

What causes it?

There are a number of factors that can play a part:

If you are overweight you are more at risk of developing Plantar Fasciitis. This is due to the increased pressure on your plantar fascia ligaments. Women who are pregnant may experience Plantar Fasciitis, particularly during late pregnancy.

If you are a long distance runner you may be more likely to develop plantar fascia problems. You are also at risk if you have a very active job such as a postman or a waiter.

If you have foot problems, such as very high arches or very flat feet, you are also at risk of developing Plantar Fasciitis.

How to treat Plantar Fasciitis

Rest your foot as much as possible

Avoid running, excess walking or standing. Gentle walking is fine. Your doctor, podiatrist or physiotherapist should be able to prescribe exercises to help treat Plantar Fasciitis.

Choose sensible shoes

Shoes with cushioned heels and a good arch support are recommended. You should also avoid walking barefoot on hard surfaces.

Heel pads and arch supports

You can buy various pads and shoe inserts to cushion the heel and support the arch of your foot such as Vionic Full-length insoles, Vionic ¾-length insoles or the Orthaheel.

Pain relief

Painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen will often ease the pain. An ice pack held to the foot for 15 -20 minutes may also help. Alternatively, the NatraCure Plantar Fasciitis Relief Sock uses cold gel packs to help relieve pain. The sock also has a strap that allows you to customise the amount of arch support and fascia relief that you need.

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