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 middle joint of the toe is bent. The end part of the toe bends down into a claw-like deformity. At first, you may be able to move and straighten the toe. Over time, you will no longer be able to move the toe.
A corn often forms on the top of the toe. A callus is found on the sole of the foot.
Walking or wearing shoes can be painful.
Signs and tests
A physical examination of the foot confirms that you have hammer toe. The health care provider may find decreased and painful movement in the toes.
Flip-flops are popping up everywhere: at weddings, at work, at parties, and at home. What once was an article of clothing only seen at the beach or pool, now this flimsy footwear is a mainstay of closets across America. Ask someone why he/she wears flips and the laundry list of reasons is long. "They're comfortable," "They're cool," "They're fun," and "They're less confining"; this list of reasoning is reshaping our shoe choices and fashion sense. However, this list of reasoning is not very sensible in terms of health. Many parts of the body suffer from flip-flop related problems, problems that can be avoided. Here is a list of good reasons to avoid flip-flops.
1. No Support : Flip-flops are the least supportive of all shoes. Most flips are as flat as a board while the foot itself has many curves and arches. Why do people try to make a foot conform to something flat? Curves and arches need to be supported or else they tend to collapse. Flat feet , bu...
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