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The Foot and Ankle Clinic of Montana has joined the J Wedge team.

Are you in the Great Falls area? You can now purchase a J Wedge locally at their clinic. Welcome to the family; we're excited to work with you!

Interested in becoming a J Wedge distributor? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call at 855.491.9021.
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Running makes you sweat. Running outside under the blazing sun makes you sweat even more. Take a cue from Bobby Boucher and stay hydrated with plenty of water. If you're going on a long run, supplement this with a sports drink or electrolyte gels. About two hours pre-run, aim for at least eight ounces of water. Some studies suggest that you should create a hydration plan, but you can also try drinking only when you become thirsty during a run. Either way, make it your goal to stay hydrated for optimal performance.

2. Sunscreen is your friend.

Too often runners race out the door without slathering on the SPF. Big mistake. Even a short run outdoors can cause irreparable skin damage. Make it a priority to apply sunscreen, liberally, before leaving the house. We like Neutrogena Wet-Skin; it's humidity, sweat, and water resistant It's also light enough that your pores don't feel clogged after putting it on your face. If you're going to be running for more than a couple of hours, you'll need to reapply sunscreen at some point.

3. Avoid mid-afternoon runs.

The sun is at its highest between noon and 5pm every day. Thus its rays are most damaging and it will be hottest during this time frame. Scheduling your runs earlier in the morning or later at night will help prevent skin damage and heat exhaustion. If you absolutely must run during the afternoon, consider hitting the treadmill or find a nicely shaded route. Arboretums are a great option.

4. No cotton.

Let's just make it a general rule that cotton is not the fabric for runners during any season. Cotton retains moisture and ultimately causes chafing and blisters. No, thanks! Technical clothing wicks away moisture throughout your run. We like the Nike Dri-Fit line, but there are several alternatives. Furthermore, you should dress accordingly. A hat and sunglasses will help protect your scalp and eyes from the sun.

We often discuss how drastically plantar fasciitis affects runners in particular, but heel pain isn't limited to one sport. Athletes in the tennis, football, baseball, basektball, soccer, and dance industries are also plagued by plantar fasciitis. Some of the more famous cases include:

1. Kobe Bryant

Bryant's heel pain was diagnosed as plantar fasciitis in 2004. The problem has since been treated.

2. Albert Pujols

Pujols dealt with this pesky problem throughout most of last season. When asked about the pain from those first few steps in the morning, he claimed he would rather wet the bed than get up.


3. Eli Manning

Manning's plantar fasciitis manifested in the 2009 season. He stated that his case was less severe, with the pain only in his heel and not his entire foot.

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This issue isn't limited to famous athletes. A myraid of factors can cause one to develop plantar fasciitis.

Preceded only by lung and bronchial cancer, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Though younger people can develop colorectal cancer, approximately 90 percent of new cases occur in adults over the age of 50. Furthermore, 95 percent of colorectal cancer related deaths occur in this same age group. The American Cancer Society urges screening, especially for those over 50, to lessen the risk of developing a more severe case of colorectal cancer.

We're excited to announce that J Wedge is participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this year! For each blue J Wedge sold during March, we'll donate $2 to the American Cancer Society. You can also visit us on Facebook and Twitter for colorectal cancer facts, statistics, preventative information, and more.