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...
Now that you are seated comfortably with improved posture , how do you get up? The sit-to-stand maneuver is critical for performing activities of daily living like toileting and getting out of bed. Besides, sitting all day is not good for the body. However, muscle weakness and pain can create a serious roadblock to arising from a seated position. With some simple strategies, you might be able to stand up more comfortably.
1. Create an Adequate Base of Support : Two legs are better than one leg, three legs are better than two legs, and four legs... well, you get the picture. With an adequate base of support, this stable platform can be the launching point for you to maneuver from a seated position to a standing position. While seated, look at both feet and make sure to place them at shoulders width apart. If the legs are too close together, then the two become one and more unstable. Two legs may not be enough for some people. Sometimes, a hand placed ...
When you consider how many of us have problems with our feet, you might expect to find lots of resources full of good advice. Then, when you reflect that peripheral neuropathy is one of the most serious complication of diabetes, you could hope to find a book that could help you to keep the legs you stand on.
Until now I have looked in vain for such a book. But I just read it.
Dr. Mark Hinkes, a podiatrist and amputation prevention specialist, wrote Keep the Legs You Stand On and sent me a copy . This big book -- 537 pages -- is the definitive guide for those of us with diabetes who want to keep both of our legs.
The publisher is Nightengale Press . and the book lists for $22.95. However, Amazon offers it for about $16 or $17. It came out March 1, and the ISBN-13 is 978-1933449715.
As the chief of podiatry services and director of podiatric medical education at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Hinkes has seen far too ...
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