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With so many Halls of Fame, shouldn't there be some Halls of Shame just for the sake of balance? I would like to start a Hall of Shame called Shoes of Pain. Today, I nominate three types of shoes to the Shoes of Pain, Hall of Shame. I nominate: high-heeled shoes, flip-flops and toning shoes.
The first nominee should be shamed back into the closet, never to come out again. High-heeled shoes absolutely wreck havoc on the entire body from toes to head. Oprah calls the three-inch stiletto's "two hour shoes." I say, "Why torture yourself for two hours per day?" Impressing a man is not worth it. Impressing other women really cannot be worth it. I just do not get it. If Oprah really wanted to help women, she would have absolutely denounced this fashion statement.
High-heeled shoes cause so many problems like bunions , foot arthritis , knee and back pain. The misalignment caused by anything over a one-inched heel places stress on all the parts from toe to head. The popularity of h...
The topic of spasticity has been on my mind since I’ve been experiencing it more lately. Four years ago, I did not understand what was spasticity and what was not. I complained of really tight muscles to my neurologist who suggested that I exercise more. His advice was logical but it didn’t directly solve my problem.
For many months I lived with this excess tightness which no amount of stretching seemed to resolve. Yoga was nice, as was swimming, but I never seemed to achieve that blissful level of release in my muscles which I so desired.
It wasn’t until a year later (or so) that the tightness and stiffness in my legs got to the point where I just had to complain about it in an appointment. During this appointment, I was consulting with the nurse practitioner who prescribed a trial of Baclofen. I started at a low dose as she suggested and gradually increased it every few days ever so much.
Within about a week, I began to fe...
Wearing a wedge insole inside the shoe may help patients with early and mild medial knee osteoarthritis . Medial refers to the inside compartment of the joint -- the side closest to the opposite knee. The Researchers at the Gait Analysis Laboratory, Division of Physical Therapy, Fukui University in Japan made a study of patients wearing a lateral wedged insole inside the shoe. The idea is to shift some of the weight off the medial joint by moving the weight slightly to the inside of the foot. Each patient was fitted with light-emitting diodes from the hip to the thigh. Walking was analyzed using a special computerized system. As the patient walked, a light measuring device and force plates captured walking speed, stride width, and step length. X-rays taken also recorded hip-knee-ankle angles. The same measurements and analysis were made with and without the wedge. Computer analysis of the results showed decreased step length, stride width, and walking speed in patients with OA but withou...
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