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How to find your natural footprint

Photo caption: The Julie sandal from Vionic Shoes is available in Canada through retailers or online at

(NC) When the average person takes from 5,000 to 8,000 steps per day, bad footwear can really take a toll. Bunions, heel-spurs and shin splints are among a host of foot and back ailments that can result from sky-high heels and flimsy flats. Over time, our feet have developed self-preservation strategies and overcompensated, or they have adapted by altering our natural footprint.

The long-term damage of poor footwear choices must be addressed and while it cannot be reversed (without surgery), it can be managed with shoes that have proper support. In the past, support always came with the sacrifice of style but things are changing. A brand called Vionic (with its Orthaheel Technology) recently launched their inaugural collection for spring/summer 2014 in Canada, giving cause for optimism on the style front, with a strong attention to significant support.

“It's the inside that counts,” says Dr. Phil Vasyli, a podiatrist and the creator of Vionic shoes. “The foundation of each shoe or sandal features an innovative, biomechanical foot bed, stability from a deep heel cup and overall relief from a firm yet flexible rubber EVA midsole. The addition of contemporary styling to the spring/summer collection has taken these shoes to a whole new level.”

Bringing together science and style, these attractive shoes are aligning glamorous details with the ultimate in adjustability, versatility and walkability. They can be found in shoe stores across the country, or online at

“We proudly encourage shoe lovers to embrace their natural footprint,” Vasyli points out. “Our primary goal is to provide both men and women with affordable access to orthotic support that relieves pain, promotes comfort, and looks flat out fabulous.”


Take Steps to Beat the Pain

(NC) Take a look at these tips to prevent back pain from Vionic, a leader in stylish and supportive shoes:

• Make a habit out of stretching your back, legs and neck twice a day: mornings and evenings. Even a simple stretch can make a big difference

• Stretch your shins before walking. Over 15% of all running injuries are a result of shin splints each year – this can be avoided

• Make sure you wear shoes with the proper support – especially in arches heels and ankles

• Don't go barefoot at home – wear slippers or sandals with support

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