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9 Tips for healthy and beautiful feet

Posted on November 02, 2014 by Ina Schumann

Our feet are more important to us than we think. They are in charge of our balance, our mobility; and they have even more sensory cells than our face. In a way, our wellbeing relies on our feet, however most of us don’t pay as much attention to them as they deserve.

Often, it is not enough to wear professional, high-quality shoes in order to keep your feet fit after a long working day. To keep them beautiful and healthy, a certain care is necessary. Here we have put together a few tips and tricks about how you can keep your feet fit and healthy without much effort:

Relaxation:

  1. A short footbath (of 37-40 degrees) activates not just your feet but also your nerves and will make your whole body feel better.
  2. Massage them with circular, gentle moves across the main joints of the foot. It would be even better if you got them massaged professionally.
  3. Freeze a bottle of water and – especially after a long, exhausting working day or after the gym – roll it under your feet to cool down.

Stretching, particularly after exhausting days:

  1. Roll a massage ball with your feet.
  2. Grab small items with your toes.
  3. Pick up a cloth with your toes from the floor.
  4. Tear a piece of paper with your toes.
  5. Stand on your toes and rotate your heels at the same time.
  6. Spread your toes apart and move them in together again.

Also, a great way of training your feet is by walking barefoot regularly.

Posted in Feet, Footcare, Health

12 tips on how to ensure the perfect fit: a Suecos® sizing guide

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Ina Schumann

Did you know that 9 in 10 women wear shoes that are too small?

Proper selection of size and fitting are essential. This is why we have put together 12 tips to help you choose your Suecos® size correctly.

 

  1. Use our conversion chart to select the right shoe size according to your region. Start off with the size that you would normally wear. 
  2. If you pick a model that comes with an insole, choose one size bigger. Remember that insoles affect the way a shoe fits: for example our Nordic model comes with an insole and therefore has a smaller fitting than other models. Always get one size bigger if you will need an insole!
  3. If you are in between sizes, we recommend taking the bigger size rather than the smaller size. (For example if yours is EUR 37.5, get EUR 38)
  4. When trying new shoes, make sure to wear the same type of socks that you will usually wear in these shoes.
  5. Consider that your shoes should always be one thumb’s width longer than your longest toe while standing.
  6. When standing, wiggle your toes to check if there is enough space in the shoes.
  7. Avoid buying shoes that are too small. Don’t think that they will change: they won’t expand over time!
  8. Bear in mind that your feet continue growing as you get older, so your size might change.
  9. Normally your feet are at their largest in the evening, so we always recommend trying new shoes towards the end of the day.
  10. All our models have been designed following the standards for professional use in working environments. Therefore the first premise is to provide safety and stability for your feet. To achieve this, the security strap gives great support when worn at the heel. The strap will stretch over time.
  11. If you suffer any foot condition, please let your sales person know and they will indicate the best Suecos® option for you.
  12. Best tip to ensure a perfect fit: TRY THEM ON! Walk for a bit in both shoes. Do you feel the extraordinary comfort?

Read more on how to choose your Suecos® here.

 

Posted in Feet, Health, Shoes, Tips, Tricks

Be safe

Posted on October 01, 2014 by Suecos EN

Imagine a professional runner wearing ballerinas when training – that doesn’t seem right?

As you know, professionals need appropriate footwear, suited for their individual needs and working environment. It is essential for their health and safety at work; and of course staff efficiency. Just as the athlete needs professional running shoes in order to meet his target, staff needs adequate footwear to work effectively.

Socrates once said: "when your feet hurt, you hurt all over" which can impede work. Health problems can be avoided if employers and professionals are consciously aware of the risks and proactively choose safe and comfortable footwear. In the long run it will avoid health issues and therefore reduce sick leave.

Additionally following 7 actions should be taken to reduce feet and back problems and improve your staff’s health and productivity:

  1. Avoid fixed positions and increase the number of body motions. This can be done through job rotation.
  2. The floor can be crucial to reduce accidents and foot pain.
  3. Teach correct postures for dealing with heavy loads.
  4. Advise on adequate shoe maintenance.
  5. Add health signs in the workplace, for example to raise awareness of steps or slippery grounds.
  6. Ensure sufficient natural light.
  7. Flexibility and non-slip properties (both floor and appropriate footwear) reduce accidents at work.

Suecos®’ mission is to bring you the best of both: design and comfort. Our shoes protect staff´s feet from risks they are continuously exposed at daily level. We are aware of your needs such as toe protection and non-slip properties, just to name a few. We want you to feel energized, healthy and safe at work. 

Posted in Feet, Footcare, Health, Products

Medical Apps on prescription?

Posted on June 05, 2014 by Ina Schumann

Health Apps are flooding the market; you might have tried one for personal fitness, diet or an allergy warning for pollen forecast. But what is your experience with Medical Apps?

Are they really getting patients more involved? We are talking about mobile apps that support patients on medical matters – for example to detect possible illnesses at early stages, to help people live a health-improving lifestyle or to facilitate a chronic disease patient’s life. This includes diagnosis apps or for instance apps for diabetes patients which record data like blood sugar levels or blood pressure, and monitor personal diet and physical exercise which can later be shared with the doctor. These apps also remind patients in a preventative way to check their blood sugar levels and take medicine.

Following a survey of 1500 physicians in the United States, 37% have already prescribed a mobile medical app to their patients. In addition, in the UK the NHS already tries to get patients more involved by encouraging apps – and this use also results in reduced visits to doctors. However the majority of doctors remain unconvinced and would not prescribe apps because of lack of regulatory oversight and non-existing longitudinal data of apps' effectiveness. They are also aware of the likely overwhelming amount of data patients would submit. However, tendencies clearly show that more and more patients are “self-tracking” and would like to access their patient files electronically. Almost half of the over 60 year olds regularly use the internet, of which one in three record blood pressure and weight (38%), one in six people log physical exercise (15%)  and one out of 10 document their symptoms (9%). Patients seem to be ready to use medical apps but until now they come with risks. Authoritative regulations and controls are not yet in place and most apps do not comply with approved standards for medical devices such as the CE mark. Further, issues regarding liability and remuneration impede online communication between patients and doctors.  

Nevertheless, a lot of apps are useful especially when they relate to prevention aspects - for example regarding vaccination. Though it is recommended to be aware of data security and to be sure which data is shared with whom. Evaluations and recommendations by independent third parties who assess the range of benefits and restrictions of each app should help choosing the right app for you. In the end it’s all about you: be involved and active regarding your health – all the better if an app can help you in doing so!

Sources : 

http://www.prlog.org/12286663-quantiamd-poll-finds-physicians-are-split-on-use-of-medical-apps-and-42-believe-more-regulation.html

http://www.ibusiness.de/aktuell/db/278848jg.html

Posted in Health

Culinary ideas for the Easter holidays

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Ina Schumann

Are you getting ready for the Easter holidays? For some of us this might also involve doing handicrafts with the kids and decorating our home, getting ready for egg rolling or a relaxing few days away – but after all enjoying good food!  

How about celebrating Easter in style hosting an Easter brunch with family and friends? Here are 21 great recipe ideas for healthy juices, fantastic cakes and tarts, casseroles and inspiration for creative dishes with lamb, bacon or even fish.

For those who are looking for ideas for festive menus you will definitely find some inspiration here. Or have a look at Jamie Oliver’s Easter treats recipes.

When it’s getting hot in professional kitchens it’s crucial to wear safe, closed-in chef shoes that remain skid-proof on wet and oily surfaces. The areas around toes and heel should be reinforced to avoid injury.

Happy Easter holidays! 

Posted in Food, Health, Shoes

5 tips for your health

Posted on April 07, 2014 by Suecos EN



In today’s everyday life our health does not always get the attention it deserves. Every year in April on World Health Day the World Health Organization (WHO) calls attention to consciously live a healthier life.

Inspired by World Health Day, we put together 5 points how to stay healthy:

1. You are what you eat. Most of us know that we should stick to a healthy and balanced diet with lots of fruit and veg with a reduced intake of red meat, milk or wheat products. Especially in the cold months nutrition rich in vitamins is vital to strengthen our immune system. But do you make sure your diet contains antioxidants? Antioxidants absorb free radicals which are reputed to cause cancer, cardiovascular diseases, varicose veins, dementia and even eye problems. Superfoods – like avocado, mango, chia seeds or raw cocoa just to mention a few – are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as essential amino acids and with daily intake have an extremely positive impact on our health. They help to prevent chronic diseases, cardiovascular problems, indigestion and cancer and moreover boost brain performance.

2. No pain, no gain? Exercise reduces stress physically and psychologically. Regular physical activity keeps our body and soul fit and becomes even more important in later age. Physically active people have a lower risk of getting diabetes, heart and brain benefit from improved blood quality, e.g. lower cholesterol. It prevents the build up of dangerous plaques in the arterial system which lowers the risk of a heart attack or stroke. An increasing lack of exercise is also related to rising numbers of mental-health problems like depression. It is never too late to start! If you are physically active and even exhaust yourself a little you can truly relax afterwards. 

3. A good sleep keeps us healthy and makes us clever. Whoever sleeps less than 7 hours a day is 3 times more likely to get a cold than other people. With long term sleep problems comes the increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems. We need sleep to regenerate and to stay healthy and dynamic. During deep sleep a growth hormone is released that stimulates healing processes and the regeneration of the cells in our body so that our skin and organs can be renewed. Our brain links new connections between neurons, assimilates motoric skills like playing piano or cycling and memorizes the impressions of the day. While sleeping we also release the hormone leptin so that our body won’t perceive hunger during the night – so sleep even keeps us slim!

4. Have a break! These days we hear more and more of people who suffer burnouts or depression – even in top management positions. A healthy proportion of stress can actually be beneficial for our wellbeing and development. However our body needs to recover just as it does after strenuous physical exercise. Regeneration phases are very important in the prevention of burnouts, both physical and mental. That can mean to consciously pause for a moment or switch off your mobile during breaks. Regeneration can also be physical exercise, laughing with colleagues or spending quality time with your loved ones.

5. Do you pay attention to what you absorb through your skin? For good reason we protect our skin against UV light but do we also think of possible chemicals which we can absorb through contact with the skin, such as azo dyes, nanoparticles and biocides? Many cosmetic products contain chemicals which affect our hormones or nanoparticles which our body absorbs through the skin. Long term implications are often unclear. Industry uses azo dyes in textiles for brilliant and long lasting colours for years, some of which have been identified as cancer causing. Nowadays it is impossible not to be exposed to chemicals but you can consciously avoid them by checking your clothing for certifications like the CE mark, renounce fabric softeners and prefer natural or organic cosmetics. By the way, all our shoes are tested and certified by the German test laboratory TÜV Rheinland and conform to the legal and recommended requirements for shoes including the CE mark!

 

 

Posted in Footcare, Health, Healthy

3 Tips & Tricks to keep your feet healthy during the cold winter

Posted on December 03, 2013 by Suecos EN

Oh Christmas, Lovely Christmas...

For a big amount of people, one of the loveliest times of the year is considered to be the Christmas holidays. But beside from all of the wonderful things Christmas brings, we also know that the expense of buying gifts, the stressful last minute shopping, the mammoth food shops and the bunch of other stuff that comes along with the preparation for the very Christmas day can result in something that appears as familiar to many as the Christmas holidays does itself. Yes, we are talking about the well-known Christmas-stress and the all of the walking and standing that comes along with it.
Many people have probably pulled out their boots and sneakers already, into which they are able shove back their feet in during the cold and wet weather that comes along with the Christmas holidays. The health and appearance of the feet are therefore often forgotten, even though podiatrists claim that it is in high degree of importance to stay vigilant about foot care during the winter time since the cold climate, combined with the running you feel required to do, easily contribute to massive foot-, and health problems overall.
Here at Suecos we already know how important it is to stay away from these health problems but also how very easy it actually is, and a big step on the way is to invest in a pair of comfortable indoor shoes in which you can give your feet a rest after the cold walk they were put through in your winter shoes.
Below we have listed three very simple tips & tricks for you to think of now just before the arrival of the Christmas.
As we all know, it is always good to be prepared before the actual Christmas stress itself takes over.

1. INVEST IN SOME GOOD SHOES!
It is of high importance to own proper footwear for the winter. Spring will come to us sooner than we think, but until then we have to think of to keep our feet in a warm, dry and comfortable place. Keeping your feet healthy during the cold winter times will later on help you to have these fresh and representative summer feet you wish to have when the time for sandals comes.




2. 
INVEST IN SOCKS AND INSOLES MADE FOR COLDER CLIMATE!
Thick and breathable socks and insoles that also wick away moisture are to recommend, because when
your feet continue to sweat in colder temperatures, socks and insoles must promote air circulation and remove perspiration.


3
. MAINTAIN THE FOOT CARE REGIME DURING THE WINTER AS WELL!
We know that your feet are very likely to spend a lot of time hidden in your shoes since they honestly don’t have much to do outside in the cold weather. This is the reason why you have to be very careful with maintaining the foot care regime during the winter as well. Keep a careful watch at your feet while washing them to make sure that you don’t suffer from any early signs of foot problems!

But maybe most important
– Take your time to sit down and breathe during the stress that might come to hit you.
Nothing will be as good as you expect it to be if you yourself dont feel good,
so always take care of yourself and your health before you try to take care of everything else that comes along with the Christmas.


We at Suecos® wish you a Merry Christmas!

With an extra thought of our winter feet during lovely December month, Suecos® will have a special Christmas-offer only for you and your feet! Once you buy a pair of Skoll shoes to help your feet to keep healthy, you will not only get the shoes themselves but on the purchase you will also get a pair of insoles included in the price as you normally would have paid only for the shoes! A small Christmas gift from us at Suecos, for you!

Visit Skoll Collection HERE!

Posted in Christmas, December, Feet, Footcare, Health, Inspiration, Products, Sales, Shoes, Tips, Tricks, Winter, Wintershoes