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Best Products For Sever's Disease
Best Products For Sever's Disease

What is Sever's disease?

Sever’s disease is a common cause... Read More

What is Sever's disease?

Sever’s disease is a common cause of pain at the back of the heel in children aged 8 to 15 years.

It is similar to Osgood Schlatter disease in that it is an overuse injury, often related to a rapid growth spurt in children. Sever's disease is more likely to affect boys than girls.

Symptoms

  • Pain at the back of the heel
  • It becomes worse with exercise and improves with rest
  • Pain is often less first thing in the morning but worse later on

Treatment involves reducing pain and inflammation, whilst identifying and mitigating causes. Rest is very important, but there are other things you can do to help.

Best products for treating Sever's disease

We recommend the following products:

Hot & Cold Pack

Cold gel pack Sever's disease

Cold therapy is the quickest and simplest way to reduce pain at the back of your heel. A Reusable Cold Gel Pack is ideal. Keep it in the freezer and apply every couple of hours for 10 minutes until your symptoms reduce. Even better is to combine a cold pack with the Compression Wrap.

Cold Therapy Gel

Cold gel pack

If you are at school or work and do not have access to a freezer then apply Cold Gel throughout the day. This is not a complete replacement for cold therapy, however it excellent for reducing pain and inflammation as well as, or if you do not have access to a freezer.

Heel Pads

Heel pads

Wear Gel Heal Pads in both shoes. This raises your heels slightly. As a result, your calf muscles shorten which in turn reduces the strain on the tendon at the back of your heel. You should wear them in both shoes so you don't causes leg length differences and muscle imbalances.

Insoles

Insoles

Sometimes a contributing factor for Sever's disease is overpronation. This is when your foot rolls in or flattens. If this happens then your lower leg rotates inwards, increasing the strain on the muscles and tendons of your lower leg.

Wearing orthotic type insoles helps prevent overpronation. As a result, your foot biomechanics improve which not only aids the healing process, but helps prevent future injury.

Always check with your doctor or physio if you are not sure if a particular treatment method is suitable for you.

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Wrist Supports For Gym Training
Wrist Supports For Gym Training

Choosing the best wrist support for the gym can be... Read More

Choosing the best wrist support for the gym can be challanging with so many different types available. Of course, if you have a significant pain, or do not know what is wrong with your wrist then you should rest and seek professional advice.

Do not train in pain. This is especially true if your injury is acute or traumatic, for example if you fell onto an outstretched arm or suspect a fracture.

Best wrist support for gym training

Selecting the best gym wrist support for you depends on a number of factors including any injuries you may have and the type of exercises you wish to do.

Neoprene Wrist Wrap

Wrist support for gym

The best wrist support for gym training for most people is the Neoprene wrist wrap. It wraps around the wrist and secures with velcro fastening. You can easily vary the amount of support and compression by adjusting the tension in the strap.

It is ideal if you need a extra protection and support for your wrist whilst weight training, or performing bodyweight exercises.

If your wrist pain is chronic, or long term for example wrist tendonitis/tendinopathy, then keeping your tendons warm helps them heal and work better. Neoprene is a rubber based material that retains body heat well.

Reusable Elastic Bandage

Wrist support for gym

Another popular option is the Reusable Elastic Bandage. Simply wrap this around your wrist adjusting the compression to suit. This has an unstretched length of 70cm which means you can wrap it around multiple times.

It provides a very high level of support whilst still allowing you to exercise. However, it is bulkier and not as convenient to apply. The best choice if you want to push heavier weights.

Cohesive Tape

Cohesive tape wrist support for the gym

Cohesive tape is an elastic bandage which sticks to itself, not the skin. Very easy to tear and apply, it probably gives you the maximum level of wrist support possible whilst weight training. Be careful not to apply it too tightly. It is single use only and cannot be reused.

Splint type wrist supports for the gym

If you have a more severe wrist injury and are unable to grip or put weight on your arm, then you should not attempt to train on it. Rest and seeking professional advice is essentail.

However, you may be able to rest 'actively'. For example, you weight training might be out of the questions, but you could comfortably use the exercise bike, treadmill or cross trainer.

Advanced Ultimate Compression Wrist Brace

Gym wrist support

In this case you should wear a gym wrist support which restricts the range of movement of your wrist and keeps it in a neutral, pain free position such as the Advanced Ultimate Compression Wrist Brace.

This has a removable solid metal spoon to fix your wrist in position as well as an additional wrap around strap for compression. As your injury improves, take the spoon out to allow movement but still retain compression support.

Wrist taping

Another option is to tape your wrist using non stretch zinc oxide tape. The advantages are that you can restrict wrist movement exactly how you want it and apply a high level of support.

The disadvantages are that you probably need some training to apply the tape correctly, the level of support reduces as the tape naturally stretches then it needs to be reapplied.

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Ankle Support For Walking
Ankle Support For Walking

Ankle supports come in a variety of styles and support... Read More

Ankle supports come in a variety of styles and support levels. But what is the best ankle support for walking? Here we explain all you need to know to help you choose the best walking ankle support.

A good walking ankle support should give a moderate to high level of support, especially if you are walking off road. It should also be comfortable to wear for long periods.

When should I wear an ankle support for walking?

There are a number of circumstances or situations when you may need to consider wearing an ankle brace or support. For example, if you have weak or unstable ankles, are recovering from an ankle injury, or have a long term chronic weakness or ligament laxity.

Also, if you are expecting to walk long distances over very rough terrain then wearing a support may help prevent injury, especially when you get tired.

What about ankle taping?

Ankle taping or strapping provides the highest level of support for playing sport or walking. However it taping has the following disadvantages:

  • It is difficult to apply, often needing skill or practice.
  • Taping needs to be reapplied regularly as the tape itself stretches, reducing support.
  • Tape does not last long if you get wet feet.
  • Long term it is expensive

Best ankle supports for walking

A more convenient and cost effective solution is to wear a specially designed ankle brace or support. However, there are a few important things to consider:

    • No walking ankle brace will 100% prevent you from turning your ankle over.
    • You should not use a support as a substitute for proper ankle rehabilitation. It should be part of your rehab program.
    • The more support you have, the less movement you are likely to have. You need to decide which is more important as there is often a trade off.

      I just need a little extra support

      If you are looking for a little extra support or confidence when walking, then a simple Elastic Ankle Support is a good option. It provides low to moderate support through compression. Is breathable and not as bulky for walking as a neoprene ankle support.

      Elastic ankle support for football

      Your ankle is not going to be as sweaty and uncomfortable when walking for long periods. However it doesn't provide a huge level of support when walking.

      Higher support level

      If you have suffered an ankle sprain, broken ankle or similar then you need to prevent lateral (sideways) movement. Once you suffer a sprained ankle you are more prone to it happening again because your proprioception is damaged.

      walking ankle support

      The Advance Compression Ankle Support is a great choice for walking. It has elastic straps which cross over to provide additional adjustable support.

      walking ankle support

      For maximum support the Advanced Ankle Brace With Straps is the daddy of walking ankle supports. Vertical heel straps lock the heel in place whilst the crossover straps wrap around the ankle to give additional support. However, whilst this gives outstanding support, it is more bulky when wearing walking boots.

      But remember, even with the highest level of support possible you are unlikely to completely eliminate the risk of injury. It is especially important you work on proprioception/balance exercises as well as ankle strengthening.

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      10 Ways To Cure Plantar Fasciitis
      10 Ways To Cure Plantar Fasciitis

      The internet is full of magic cures, the latest inventions... Read More

      The internet is full of magic cures, the latest inventions or secret tricks to cure Plantar Fasciitis. Here are 10 tried and tested ways recommended by elite sports injury professionals to help cure Plantar Fasciitis.

      What is Plantar fasciitis?

      Plantar fasciitis is probably the most common cause of pain under the heel. Symptoms come on gradually and are often worse first thing in the morning, but ease a little when the foot is warmed up. Read more on Plantar fasciitis.

      Here are 10 ways to help cure Plantar Fasciitis:

      Rest

      It’s as simple as that and VERY important! If you don’t rest your foot, it is unlikely that it will get better.

      Taping

      Plantar fasciitis taping

      A simple Plantar Fasciitis Taping technique can instantly relieve symptoms for some people. Tape is applied under the foot to support the tissue, therefore reducing the load on the plantar fascia. We recommend:

      Cold Therapy

      Cold therapy for Plantar fasciitis

      Applying ice or cold therapy could help reduce pain and inflammation and should be applied regularly throughout the day, particularly when painful. It is recommended that you do this for 10 minutes every hour and then reduce to 3 times a day as your symptoms improve. We recommend:

      Comfortable Footwear

      Ensuring that you wear comfortable footwear at all times is essential. Hard or flat shoes may make your symptoms worse, whereas trainers or running shoes are more comfortable and may help your symptoms improve remarkably.

      Avoid Walking Bare Foot

      This increases the strain on the Plantar Fascia under the foot, making the condition worse.

      Wear A Heel Pad

      Heel pads

      If your heel is painful, and you have to be on your feet regularly, wearing a heel pad can help. It takes the pressure of the more painful part of your heel. Great for short term pain relief. However, long term you may benefit from Orthotic type insoles, especially if you overpronate. We recommend:

      Plantar fasciitis stretching exercises

      Plantar fasciitis stretching

      Stretching exercises can be done as soon as pain allows! It is important that you stretch properly, ensuring that the Plantar Fascia and the calf muscles at the back of the leg are being stretched appropriately. Learn more about Plantar fasciitis exercises.

      Foot rolling

      Foot massage balls

      Rolling a ball under the foot is a great and easy way to help massage and stretch the bottom of the Plantar Fascia. Applying cold therapy at the same time, is also an effective way to relieve pain in the foot. We recommend:

      Wear Orthotic Insoles

      If you have flat feet or overpronate, then you may need orthotic insoles to correct the motion of your foot and prevent the pain from returning.

      Plantar fasciitis night splint/sock

      Use a Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint or sock to help prevent the foot tightening overnight and pain in the morning.

      It is important that you look after the plantar fascia and treat it well, in order to recover and cure Plantar Fasciitis. We recommend:

      View all our recommended products for Plantar fasciitis.

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      Best Knee Supports For Walking
      Best Knee Supports For Walking

      With such a large range of knee... Read More

      With such a large range of knee supports on sale, which is the best knee support for walking? Well this really depends on whether you have any specific injury, or whether you just want a bit of extra confidence for weak or unstable knees.

      In general a walking knee support should provide a good level of support, yet still allow enough range of motion so you can walk as you normally would. There is usually a trade off between range of movement and support level. So getting the right knee support for you is important.

      General knee support for walking

      If you do not have a specific injury as such but want that bit of extra support and confidence then the Compression Knee Support is ideal. It is made of elastic material and supports your knee through compression. It is comfortable to walk in and wear for extended periods. It will not restrict your movement and is ideal for easing general knee pain associated with mild arthritis or tendon injuries.

      If you prefer something with a little more support then go for the Elastic knee stabiliser. This has steel springs down the sides to provide additional lateral (sideways) support.

      What about Neoprene knee supports? Neoprene is a rubber based material and is thicker than elastic compression. It retains far more of the body's natural heat. As a result, the joint is kept warmer. Tendons (which join muscle to bone) work much better and hurt less when they are warm. However, the disadvantage of neoprene is that it is probably not as comfortable to wear as elastic over long periods.

      Knee ligament injuries

      If you have sustained a knee ligament injury such as lateral or medial knee ligament sprain then you may want to go for a walking knee support with more joint protection.

      The Advanced Compression Knee Support provides a higher level of support for the joint due to the additional adjustable elastic straps which wrap around the sides.

      For maximum support we recommend the Ultimate Compression Hinged Knee Support. This has all the benefits of elastic compression but with solid metal stays down the sides to restrict unwanted sideways movement. The metal stays are joined with a hinge to allow a good range of movement needed for walking.

      Iliotibial band friction syndrome

      Iliotibial band syndrome (ITB) causes gradual onset pain on the outside of the knee. Symptoms tend to come on at a specific point during a walk and get progressively worse. The ITB strap is worn above the knee and applies pressure to the tendon. As a result, the strain on the tendon reduces, relieving symptoms.

      Patella tendon injuries

      The most common of these are Patella tendinopathy and Osgood Schlatter disease (which affects adolescents). Symptoms cause pain at the front of the knee at the origin or insertion of the patella tendon which joins the patella to the tibia (shin bone).

      The best walking knee support for patella tendon injuries is the Patella tendon strap. This wraps around the knee, applying pressure over the tendon,  just below the patella. As a result forces transmitted through the tendon are changed and symptoms reduced.

      Patellofemoral pain

      Patellofemoral pain (also known as Runner's knee) occurs when your patella (kneecap) rubs against the femur bone underneath.

      The Runners Knee Strap aims to help control the position of your patella and encourage it to track normally. This versatile support also applies pressure to the iliotibial band on the outside of the knee and the patella tendon.

      So whether you are recovering from a specific injury, or just want a little bit more support and confidence when running, we have the right support for you.

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      Ankle Supports For Running
      Ankle Supports For Running

      Ankle supports & braces come in a range... Read More

      Ankle supports & braces come in a range of styles and support levels. But what is the best ankle support for running? Well that depends on how much support you need and whether you have any specific injuries you are recovering from.

      In general an ankle support for running should provide a moderate level of support, yet still allow a good range of motion. If your ankle is too restricted you will not be able to run properly. As a result, this may lead to further injury.

      There is always a trade off between range of movement and support level. So which ankle supports  do we recommend for running?

      Should I wear an ankle brace/support for running?

      There is no harm in wearing ankle supports when you run. There are a variety of circumstances when it is appropriate and can help prevent or recover from injury. For example when returning from injury, or if you have weak or unstable ankles and need that bit of extra confidence.

      However, no ankle support or brace no matter how strong or sturdy will completely prevent you from turning your ankle over or injuring it. If you have suffered an injury then you should only run when you can run pain free and you MUST do balance/proprioception and strengthening exercises as well.

      General running ankle support

      If you have no particular injuries and just want that bit of extra support to give you more confidence then a simple elastic Ankle support is a good ankle support for runners.

      Elastic ankle support for running

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      It is an ankle support runners prefer because it provides compressive support. It  is comfortable to run in and will allow your ankle to breathe. Your foot and ankle will not become sweaty and uncomfortable like it might if you were to wear a neoprene support.

      However, if you want a little bit more support, for example following a sprained ankle then the Advanced Compression Ankle support is the best option. It is made of elastic so has all the benefits of a simple elastic ankle support, but also has additional straps which wrap around your ankle and provide extra sideways support.

      Advanced ankle support running

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      Ankle sprains & instability

      If you have sprained your ankle and suffer from recurrent ankle sprains, or have unstable ankles then you will most likely need something with a bit more lateral (sideways) support.

      If you have suffered an ankle injury then you will have damaged what is called your proprioception. Proprioception is your body’s ability to sense where it is in space. If this is damaged then you are much more prone to further ankle sprains. This is why balance type exercises are an essential part of ankle rehabilitation.

      However, in the meantime whilst you recover you may need some extra support to help prevent injury while you recover.The Advanced Compression Ankle Support with additional support straps  is the one to go for if you want that extra support when you run.If you have particularly unstable ankles or lax ligaments then the Advanced Ankle Brace with Straps is the one to go for.

      It may feel a little more restrictive to run in due to the extra support straps which lock your heel in place. However, it is still comfortable and breathable like the Advanced Compression Ankle Support.

      Overuse ankle injuries

      Overuse or chronic ankle injuries often involve injury to the tendons in the joint. Tendons connect muscle to bone and enable movement. They are more prone to overuse injuries and become inflamed or degenerate over time.

      A simple neoprene ankle support provides moderate compressive support for your ankle, but also retains the body’s natural heat. Tendons work better when kept warm. Heat encourages blood flow which in turn aids the healing process.

      If you want that little bit more support for example if you have weak ankles, or a Peroneal tendon injury then the Neoprene Ankle Support with Straps provides extra lateral support.

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      Ankle Supports For Football
      Ankle Supports For Football

      Ankle supports come in a variety of styles and support... Read More

      Ankle supports come in a variety of styles and support levels. But what is the best ankle support for football? Here we explain what you need to know.

      A good ankle support for football should give a moderate to high level of support. This is because the game involves a lot of quick changes of direction and sideways or lateral stress on the ankle.

      Should I wear an ankle support/brace for football?

      There are a number of circumstances or situations when you may need to consider wearing an ankle support. For example, if you have weak or unstable ankles, are recovering from an ankle injury, or have a long term chronic injury that you are managing.

      What about ankle taping?

      Often professional players have access to ankle strapping and taping. Taping gives the greatest initial support, but soon becomes loose, hence it needs to be regularly re-applied. It is also expensive. A good ankle support or brace is a more convenient and longer lasting solution.

      However, there are a few important things to consider:

        • No ankle brace will 100% prevent you from turning your ankle over.
        • You should not use a support as a substitute for proper ankle rehabilitation. It should be part of your rehab program.
        • The more support you have, the less movement you are likely to have. There is often a trade off and you need to decide which is more important.

          I need a little extra support

          If you are looking for a little extra support or confidence when playing, then a simple elastic Ankle Support is a good option. It provides low to moderate support through compression. Is breathable and not as bulky as a neoprene ankle support.

          Elastic ankle support for football

          Elastic ankle support - view product

          Your foot and ankle is not going to be as sweaty and uncomfortable and it is likely to fit under shin pads and in football boots.

          Higher support level

          If you have suffered an ankle sprain, broken ankle or similar and want that extra support to prevent lateral (sideways) movement then our Football Ankle Support is a good option.

          It laces up securely and has extra steel spring supports down the sides to help prevent lateral movement. The brace itself is cut short around the midfoot compared to other laced ankle braces. This is to ensure it fits comfortably in your football boots.

          Football ankle brace support

          Football anke support - view product

          But remember, even with the highest level of support possible you are unlikely to completely eliminate the risk of injury. It is especially important you work on proprioception/balance exercises as well as ankle strengthening.

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          Which ankle support is best for me?
          Which ankle support is best for me?

          Ankle supports and braces vary greatly in design and choosing... Read More

          Ankle supports and braces vary greatly in design and choosing the right one for you depends on a number of factors including type of injury and/or sporting activity.

          Weak or unstable ankles

          If you have weak or wobbly ankles and just want a little extra support then a stabilising ankle brace with additional side supports or straps help prevent your ankle from turning over. A key benefit is in aiding proprioception. No ankle brace will completely prevent your ankle from spraining. Therefore it is important to work through ankle rehabilitation exercises as well.

          For mild to moderate support the Neoprene ankle support with straps is ideal. If you have ligament laxity and need even more support then the Advanced ankle brace with straps is the one to choose.

          Ankle braces for specific injuries

          Ankle sprain

          All ankle sprains should be treated with the PRICE principles of protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation. So in the early stages and immediately following a sprained ankle an elastic type ankle support is best. Compression helps reduce selling and provides a low level of support.

          Later as you begin to walk about and run on your injured ankle then an ankle brace with more lateral (sideways) support is better. Although no ankle support can completely prevent injury, wearing a stabilising brace helps give you a better sense of proprioception whilst you recover. It is important you do proprioception exercises to improve ankle strength long term.

          Achilles tendonitis

          Achilles tendonitis or more accurately achilles tendinopathy is inflammation/degeneration of the achilles tendon. A specialist Achilles tendon brace applies compression around the tendon. As a result, strain on the tendon is reduced.

          Other ankle tendon injuries

          Other injuries affecting the tendons around the ankle joint include Peroneal tendonitis, tibialis anterior tendonitis. These are often chronic, overuse injuries. Wearing a neoprene ankle support helps retain body heat, protect the joint and aid the healing process. Tendons work better when they are warm.

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          Knee Supports For Running
          Knee Supports For Running

          Knee supports for runners come in a range of styles... Read More

          Knee supports for runners come in a range of styles and support levels. But what is the best knee support for running? Well that depends on how much support you need and whether you have any specific injuries you are recovering from, or wish to prevent.

          In general a knee support for running should provide a moderate level of support, yet still allow a good range of motion at the knee. There is always a trade off between range of movement and support level. So what do we recommend?

          General running knee support

          If you have no particular injuries and just want that bit of extra support or confidence then the Compression Knee Support is ideal. It is made of elastic material and supports your knee through compression.

           

          Elastic knee support for runners

           

          Compression Knee Support

          It is comfortable to run in and will not restrict your movement significantly. Ideal for easing general knee pain associated with mild arthritis or tendon injuries.

          Wraparound Neoprene Knee Support

          If you prefer something with a little more support, or perform better when your knee is kept warm, then go for the Neoprene Knee Support. Neoprene is thicker than elastic compression and retains far more of the body's natural heat. As a result, the joint is kept warmer. Tendons (join muscle to bone) work much better and hurt less when they are warm.

          Heavy runners knee support

          The best knee support for runners that are a bit heavier and not particularly speed merchants but do need that little bit of extra support.

          Advanced Compression Knee Support

          The Advanced Compression Knee Support provides a higher level of support for the joint due to the additional adjustable  elastic straps which wrap around the sides.

          Iliotibial band friction syndrome

          This is inflammation of the iliotibial band on the outside of your knee. It is a very common running injury.

           

          itb strap

          Iliotibial Band Strap

          The iliotibial band strap is an excellent knee support for runners with ITB syndrome. It is worn above the knee and applies pressure to the tendon. As a result, the strain on the tendon reduces, relieving symptoms.

          Patella tendon injuries

          The most common of these are Patella tendinopathy and Osgood Schlatter disease. They are injuries resulting in pain at the front of the knee. The patella tendon joins the patella to the front of your tibia (shin bone).

          Patella tendon strap running knee support

          Patella tendon strap

          The best running knee support for patella tendon injuries is a Patella tendon strap. This wraps around the knee, applying pressure over the tendon,  just below the patella.

          Patellofemoral pain

          Patellofemoral pain (also known as Runner's knee) occurs when your patella (kneecap) rubs against the femur bone underneath. The patella sits in a groove and moves up and down over the front of the femur. If it is out of alignment for any reason then this results in irritation and damage to the cartilage underneath.

           

           

          Runner's Knee Strap

          The Runners Knee Strap aims to help control the position of your patella and encourage it to track normally. This versatile support also applies pressure to the iliotibial band on the outside of the knee and the patella tendon.

          So whether you are recovering from a specific injury, or just want a little bit more support and confidence when running, we have the right support for you. Read Less
          Ready to get back in the swing?
          Ready to get back in the swing?

          ‘It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that... Read More

          ‘It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing.’

          You know the tune. But although we’re  still restricted by lock down rules, tennis courts and golf clubs are now open!

          Anyone for tennis?

          We may not be able to get our Wimbledon fix this year, but that’s no excuse not to court a little tennis action. Here’s a reminder why this sport is a lock down winner:

          Tennis is an ace way to improve health and fitness. The game keeps you constantly on the move, burning calories, building muscle, improving flexibility and increasing bone strength. Swinging to hit the ball lets you work your whole body too.

          Family fun:  On the whole, we’re still being advised that it’s safer to stay within our family group. Luckily, tennis is perfect for families.  If you can hold a racket you can play!  Not only can it improve hand-eye coordination in children, but tennis also teaches them valuable life lessons, sportsmanship and teamwork.

          Whether you’re 3 or 93, tennis suits all ages and fitness levels.

          Golf: A hole-lotta-fun-in-one.

          Lock down restrictions certainly have seemed to connect people with the outdoors and nature but now golf courses have reopened, you might enjoy a different kind of birdie? A walk in the fresh air goes a ‘fairway’ to lift the spirits so why not combine it with a little healthy competition?

          Benefits: Golfers ‘drive’ up the miles without even noticing which offers great cardiovascular benefits to the heart and lungs. Swinging a golf club up to 30 times and beyond strengthens your core and helps build muscle. It’s great for weight loss too, a full 18 round hole involves 5-6 miles of walking which, helped by the swinging of your golf club, equates to an average of 800-900 calories expended!

          Low Impact If you feel your joints aren’t at their best, golf is perfect as a "low-impact" sport. This makes the game ideal for older players who like to remain both active and competitive.

          However you choose to whack a ball this summer, golf and tennis are great ways to escape the from the hassles and stresses of the world, which, let’s face it, have been somewhat challenging of late…

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          Why do I get blisters and how do I prevent them?
          Why do I get blisters and how do I prevent them?

          We get asked this question A LOT and there are... Read More

          We get asked this question A LOT and there are many factors that can contribute to causing the dreaded blister.  

          Many people suffer from blisters when running and hiking.  Firstly let's take a look at what blisters actually are. Blisters are small pockets of body fluid that form in the upper layer of the skin.  They are friction burns caused by continued rubbing and chafing from footwear.

          To prevent blisters it is important to diagnose why your footwear is rubbing against the skin.  If you can reduce the rubbing then you can reduce the chance of a blister forming.

          There can be several factors that contribute to rubbing and the most common are heat, moisture and fit.  Here's how we recommend you counteract these factors to increase your chances of remaining blister free:

          Heat

          It is important to remember that when running or hiking longer distances in hot temperatures your foot size can swell to as much as a half or full size bigger than your usual size.  Therefore you need to make allowances for this change in either the fit of your shoe or the thickness of your socks. 

          It is usually recommended when having your shoes fitted to allow 7-10mm in the front of your shoes when your heel is right at the back as this will give your feet enough space to expand.  You could also look at socks which can help regulate foot temperature by the material used or the breathability in the design.  If you can help keep the feet cool they are likely to swell less during the day.  If you are covering many miles in one day during an event you can even change socks after the first half to keep your feet feeling fresh.

          Moisture

          Whether your feet become wet through sweat or water ingress your feet start slipping about inside the shoe and they become more prone to develop hot spots which lead to blisters.  It is important to ensure that your feet stay dry so look for a sock that wicks moisture away from the skin and avoid completely soaking your shoes in water especially if they aren't waterproof.  Damp skin blisters more easily than dry skin so it is worth taking a spare pair of socks with you in case of emergencies.  If you suffer from hot feet anyway try looking for socks that are breathable and moisture wicking to help keep the feet cool and dry.

          Fit

          The sock and the shoe need to fit and work together to effectively reduce friction on the skin.  If you have space inside the shoe and you are wearing a thin sock the feet will move around inside the shoe which increases friction and blisters will result.  Alternatively if you have a well fitting shoe and a thick sock this will cause the shoes to be too tight and friction on the foot will increase, again resulting in blisters.

          When making your sock selection there are many options to choose from: light single layers, mid-weight double layers, mid-weight padded single layer, heavyweight double layer and thick padded single layer options.  You need to make your selection based on the fit of your shoes and decide whether you have the space for padding or if a double layer will be sufficient.

          Here at 1000 Mile you may have noticed that we have quite a wide range of socks to choose from and it can be confusing when making your selection.  There isn't just one sock that will suit everyone so we've a range of wicking socks, padded socks, double layer and single layer options.  We've tried hard to cover all the bases so we can cater for all our customers.  Once you have assessed exactly what you are looking for feel free to CONTACT US and we'll be happy to show you some options to fit your criteria.  

          If you are suffering from blisters let us know and we'll try to diagnose the issue and help you find a solution.

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          Advanced Kinesiology Tape arrives
          Advanced Kinesiology Tape arrives

          We've researched into what you are looking for in Kinesiology... Read More

          We've researched into what you are looking for in Kinesiology Tape - consistent stretch, longer lasting, shower resistant, less bulk, smoother edges and better adhesive. We have fulfilled ALL of these  requirements and the outcome is - The Advanced Kinesiology Tape.    

          So what makes this tape Advanced?

          Consistent stretch - our Advanced Tape gives you the same amount of stretch each time you use it, not too much and not too little.

          Improved elastic memory - the tape keeps its tension for the whole time it's on.

          Easy to apply - keeps its length when removed from backing paper

          Superb adhesive (SN/cm), water resistant and fast drying - stays on for up to 7 days, including shower immersions and once wet dries out super-fast.

          Ultra-light and Ultra-thin - you hardly know it there and with the lowest profile/smoother edges possible means it is less likely to rub or snag on clothing.  

          Hypoallergenic glue - 70g/m2 +/- in the perfect adhesive pattern

          All of this in just one place - it must be Advanced.

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