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I was looking forward to a field trip to hang out with a friend who lives in another city on this weekend. I had a whole list of fun things that we could do, such as hitting the museums and shopping at a few unique stores. When I emailed her to confirm our outing, she replied that she was going “to be a big, fat whiney baby” and cancel the trip. She was suffering from a sore foot and her doctor diagnosed it as “insertional Achilles tendinitis.” Then later in the week, I ended up taking lunch over to another friend who just had surgery on her plantar fasciitis, which is a thin ligament that connects the heel to the front of the foot. She previously had treatment done on the other foot for this same condition.
Both of these female friends have reached middle age and are in various stages of the menopausal transition. So that begs the question – are our tendons at increased risk for injury as we age? A new study suggests that they might be.
Rheumatoid arthritis gets blamed for a lot of my aches and pains and although I know that it plays a huge part in this recent round of foot pain, I have decided to give RA a break from the constant blame and instead put the blame of my foot pain on my SHOES.
Last December, I received a pair of minimalist shoes for Christmas and began an experiment with the chronic pain in my feet. Basically the experiment was to get my feet out of supportive shoes as much as possible and build up some strength and muscle in my feet and ankles to see if it reduced the pain in my feet. I started off by wearing my Vibram Five Fingers when I worked out. Then I slowly transitioned to not wearing shoes at all when I worked out. When the weather warmed up in April, I began wearing my Vibram Five Fingers on my daily walks. Soon, I was walking half the walk in VFF and half of the walk barefoot. I LOVED It!!!
Since I am off work for several m...
The list of tips for sore feet is not complete without mentioning the butt muscles. This group of muscles may be the laziest in the entire body. When the butt muscles become weak, the entire leg is affected, including the feet. Everything starts to turn inward. The thigh bone rotates inward causing "knock-knees." The ankles turn inward to the point that the arch of the foot can become plastered to the ground. This misalignment of the leg leads to a chain reaction of chronic pain.
Anyone with back, hip, knee, ankle, or foot pain should remember to strengthen the butt muscles. The easiest and most practical way to improve strength in the buttocks is to stand on one leg. Go ahead and try it (if needed, hold onto a chair for safety). Your beltline should remain parallel to the ground and your body should remain upright. If that was difficult, try it again only this time focus on tightening the butt cheek on the same side you are standing on. Once the butt muscles engage, the leg be...
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