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Facing pain, feet first

Photo caption: The Selena leopard print sandal is available in Canada from Vionic Shoes

(NC) Regular physical activity is an essential part of leading a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages. No matter whether you're training for a marathon, taking the stairs, or chasing your kids in the park, staying active is vital to enjoying our everyday lives.

People who lead active lifestyles, especially those who are aging, are prone to foot and back pain as well as other common problems that cause discomfort, inflammation or injury. Foot, leg and lumbar pain can be debilitating and in many cases, the culprit is poor footwear. Whether you wear stilettos or sneakers, shoes that don't have proper support will eventually lead to some kind of pain over the long term.

“Most of us suffer from common problems, such as over pronation and plantar fasciitis, much of which can be traced back to leg or foot alignment and improper footwear,” says Dr. Phil Vasyli, a podiatrist and creator of shoe brand Vionic. “I knew there had to be something universal that we could build into footwear would help relieve back, neck and leg pain.”

Hailing from Down Under, Vasyli fused his knowledge of Australian surfboards with his patients' needs to develop a specialized foot bed, now called Vionic with Orthaheel Technology. “This advancement targets key areas with support and adjustability to help reduce over-pronation and other common problems,” he explained. “We've taken this to the next level with a stylish and trendy appearance on the outside and invisible, supportive contours on the inside. These attractive shoes provide quintessential comfort through ongoing relief, support and stability.”

Making smart, long-term footwear choices and taking good care of your feet is integral to maintaining a happy, active lifestyle. Best of all, style doesn't have to suffer as a result, because cute, comfortable sandals for spring are just what the doctor ordered.

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