Knowing what is available is sometimes half the battle when it comes to feeling better. The other half of the battle is avoiding the many gimmicks and scams that prey on people with chronic pain. Occasionally, you might run across something that really works for you, but doesn't work for your neighbor. Eventually, some items collect in the closet and accumulate a thick layer of dust. Because no one wants a closet full of unwanted items, it pays to be smart consumer and do some research. One reliable source of good products that are well selected is FootSmart.com . In fact, I keep a copy of this catalog in my office to show folks some possible solutions for pain relief.
Here is a list of recommended products that my tester (my mother) and I have put together. We give them the thumbs up when it comes to pain relief.
1. Merrel Q-Form Encore Breeze : My mom lives in these shoes. With foot pain and back pain, she has found these indispensable for daily use. She says that th...
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...
In the previous post, we discussed different types of surgeries which are used in patients with rheumatoid arthritis . This week I’d like to talk more about surgeries involving soft-tissue, specifically synovectomy, tendon repair, and carpal tunnel release.
What is a Synovectomy?
The synonium is a membrane surrounded a joint, usually only one or two cell layers thick, which produces synovial fluid to help lubricate the joint. In rheumatoid arthritis, the synovium becomes inflamed and may grow excessively, producing too much synovial fluid containing an enzyme that can eat away at the cartilage on the joint surface. Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are used to control the abnormal growth of synovium.
If DMARDs do not work, a patient’s rheumatologist may suggest steroid injections into a joint or a needle aspiration of excess synovial fluid. If these strategies do not work, then the patient may be referred to an orth...
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