Ask Grady’s! Questions of the Month – September

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We now feature a Questions of the Month section in our newsletter where you can submit your questions and a member of our team will answer. We received some great questions from last month’s newsletter so we decided to share them with all of you!

If you have a question for next month’s newsletter simply reply to our newsletter with the subject “Ask Grady’s”.

Question 1

Dear Grady’s,
I wear a great pair of Finn Comfort Oxford-type shoes with custom-made orthotics and yet I still suffer with cramping in my feet and calves during the night. Any suggestions? ~Karin

Hi Karin – Thanks for your question. Night time cramping isn’t often associated with footwear, however, if there was a correlation I would suspect shoes that aren’t offering adequate support. This isn’t likely the case for you since there is a lot of support built into Finn Comforts and most custom orthotics.

If the leg cramping was occurring during the day, while you’re walking, this can be associated with the heel height of footwear. More often this occurs when a woman has worn a high heel type dress shoe (1.5″ and greater) for many years then tries to switch to a shoe or sandal that is flat with no rise (Birkenstock for example). In this case the calf muscle has often become tight and shorter after many years and is resistant to stretching back to normal. Sometimes the woman feels like she’s “falling backwards” when trying to wear the flat footwear!

I found a good article online from the Mayo Clinic that may interest you about nocturnal leg cramps. Here’s the link

I hope this information helps – all the best,

Question 2

Hello – I’m wondering how often I should bring in my Birks for resealing? ~ Julie

Hi Julie – When you buy your Birkenstocks from Grady’s we reseal your cork for free for the life of your sandals. We recommend bringing them in about every 6 months or when the exposed cork looks like it has lost its shine. If you aren’t sure if your sandals need sealing, drop by our store and our staff will be happy to take a look and let you know if they need it yet or not.

Some people wonder what resealing is. It’s a fresh layer of glue that we apply to the exposed cork around the heels and toes of your Birkenstock sandals. The sealant forms a barrier that helps keep the cork from drying and cracking. Birkenstock sandals are sealed from the factory but over time they will start to dry thus necessitating the resealing.

If your cork has dried to a point of splitting it is possible to glue the split with contact cement before resealing, however, it’s best to be preventative and bring them in before this happens.

Thanks for sending in your question Julie,

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