Blog Entries

Our Environmental Mission


At Orthoquest we work hard to maintain our core values in every decision we make and every product we bring into the store. One of our values is to honour our planet and all living beings by emphasizing a sustainable work environment, business, and community. We are in no means perfect, but we want to share different ways that we strive to maintain our value of honouring the environment in the products we carry, around the office, and ...

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The ABC's of Running


It was 1994 and I was finishing my Undergraduate Degree at the University of Calgary. I spent 2 years in the Faculty of Engineering which really didn’t suit me. I took a semester of electives and ultimately found myself in the English department due to my love of reading and writing. I completed my BA, but secretly knew that I would not have a career in this field. The only thing I was passionate about during my time in Post Secondary ...

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Growing Child, Growing Feet, What are proper shoes for my child?


August 2019- Children slowly transition into wearing shoes as they learn to walk and during these early stages of development shoes are mainly used for protection and tend to be soft and flexible. By the time children reach school-age, they are often wearing shoes for most of their day, switching between an indoor pair and an outdoor pair. To help parents find a proper fit for their child, I recommend following these tips on style, ...

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Foam Rolling & Your Fascia Health


July 2019- When we think about relieving tight muscles, we may think about doing some nice, easy stretches to help us move better. But, we often forget about a very important component to our muscles functional health, our fascia! Fascia is our body's connective tissue. It's like a spider web running head-to-toe, inside-to-out, that is a stabilizing, enclosing, interwoven system of fibrous connective tissue found throughout ...

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A Holistic Look at the Road to Recovery


June 2019- As a Kinesiologist, my specialty over the past 12 years has revolved around teaching people how to recover from injury, improve function and get their life back to normal. Becoming injured is not something that we plan for and usually happens at inconvenient times. There is never a “good time” to get injured. Injuries can range from traumatic incidents such as car accidents, falls, impacts during sports, or can ...

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Along for The Ride - How to reduce your chance of getting injured as a cyclist


May 2019- Cycling has been called the new golf. The sport has risen dramatically in popularity over the past few years and continues to grow. Today participants of all ages are enjoying the physical benefits as well as the joy that comes from exploring new places while on a bike. Combining nature, social engagement and pushing physical abilities has contributed to the increase of this up and coming activity. Whether your goal is to ...

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Top 10 Tools We Offer For Plantar Fasciitis


  Plantar fasciitis. A term used by physicians and other medical professionals to describe the inflammation or irritation of the plantar fascia (a thick tissue that goes from the heel to the toes and supports the arch of your foot– see picture below). Often times this inflammation or irritation can be best described as pain on the heel and/or bottom of ones foot. While it is quite common, the cause of plantar fasciitis can ...

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Top 4 Suitcase Secrets


February 2019- Escaping the cold this winter?  There are many things that could effect your trip, so we want to make sure you are off on the foot! Here are our Top 4 Suitcase Secrets to help you pack for your best trip yet!  1. Wear Compression Socks  We do so much more walking and sitting than we except while on vacation. Make sure your legs stay happy all day long! Compression socks help control swelling, reduce ...

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D & D Fitness Radio Podcast - Episode 054 - Sean MacMillan


June 2019 -  Sean was recently featured on Episode 054 of  D&D Fitness Radio Podcast! Don Saladino and Derek Hansen sit down with Sean to talk about orthotics, choices around footwear, and the foot itself. Take a listen as they pepper Sean with questions about frequency of orthotic use, changing between different shoe types, sports, and even going bare-footed for some activities. They also talk about shoe ...

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How Can I Wear Compression Socks In The Summer?


May 2017 - When you think about what to wear in the summer, you may think about dresses, shorts, and capris to name a few. But, what if you wear compression socks regularly? It may be tempting to take several months off from wearing your compression socks and you might think that it isn’t going to affect your leg health in the long run, however this is false. Any vein specialist will confirm that as the summer heat rises, your ...

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What shoes are good for this (awkward) time of year?!


March 2019 -   "If I wear this skirt with that top, then I can’t possibly wear those shoes”         If you are anything like me, deciding what to wear on your feet can be one of the most difficult decisions to make in the morning. After possibly tearing your room apart to first find an outfit that works with the weather, to then having to match it with a suitable pair of shoes, ...

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Lise's Top 5 Cookbooks


In no particular order, here are Lise's top 5 recommended cookbooks:   The Oh She Glows Cookbook – Angela Liddon This plant-based cookbook is FULL of delicious and wholesome meal ideas. Each recipe is paired with a mouth-watering photo and the nutritional facts to go with it. Angela Liddon, New York Times bestselling, is the founder, recipe developer, photographer, and writer behind ohsheglows.com which has ...

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Top 3 Braces for Winter Sports!


December 2016 - With the winter season just around the corner, it’s time to think about getting ready for all the fun winter sports to come along with the change in weather. While it is impossible to completely protect yourself, there are situations when the body needs external support for security and stability in order to heal following an acute injury, pre/post surgery, or to manage a chronic joint instability or arthritic ...

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How to Stay Active Throughout The Summer


July 2017 - Summer is here! The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and the school year is quickly coming to an end.  Long gone are the days of snow and cold temperatures, it’s time to lace up those runners and dig out the sandals, time to swap Netflix marathons for some fun Okanagan activities! Whether you have managed to stay active throughout the winter or if you are looking to increase your physical ...

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What Is Compression Therapy?


September 2016- Most people think compression socks are just for older people, but compression socks help keep your veins healthy, and many vein problems start when people are young. The concept of compression therapy is the external application of a controlled pressure to an extremity to help increase the efficiency of the venous and lymphatic systems. This is done with an elastic garment that has a specific amount of compression ...

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June 2017 -  ​​Visit Myra Canyon Trestles Spend the afternoon at a Lake Have a picnic  - perhaps a top of Knox Mountain Go camping at one of the many provincial parks or enjoy a night tenting in the backyard Start or maintain a garden Go for a Bike ride Walk along the boardwalk Try a new sport (i.e. Lawn bowling, cricket, slow-pitch) Visit the local farmers market Hike Bear Creek ​  Go ...

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Footwear businesses opt for eco-friendly practices


In an industry where comfort and pain relief will always come first and the cost of quality footwear can be intimidating for some customers, adding eco-friendly practices to the equation can be a challenge. But a growing number of businesses are making it a priority. Click here to read the article

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Do You Have Shoulder Dyskenesis?


Are you or have you experienced shoulder pain and don’t know why? You do not have to have a traumatic injury to your shoulder(s) to experience shoulder pain.  In fact, what you may have is Scapular Dyskinesis, or “an alteration in the normal position or motion of the scapula during coupled scapulohumeral movements.” To keep things less confusing, a scapula is another word for your shoulder blade and dyskinesis is ...

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Custom-Made Foot Orthotics VS Customized Footbeds


February 2017 Do you have custom-made foot orthotics? Or maybe you have customized insoles? How would you know? There are many insole/footbed products available in the market, but it is important to clearly understand what you are purchasing. Many over-the-counter footbed products will use the word “customized”, “heat moldable” or have a machine that tells you the support you need. This terminology can make ...

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Finding Proper Fitting Footwear


May 2017 - Age-related changes impact our feet in several different ways. It is common for feet to get longer, wider, and in some cases even the arch of the foot to collapse. To help maintain good foot health and to continue to enjoy everyday activities, it is essential to wear proper fitting footwear. The first step when shopping for footwear is to have both feet measured. This needs to be completed by someone else, as it is not ...

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