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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...
It's beginning to be that time of year again - the fall is the chance to lace up your walking shoes and take a step in the right direction to stop Alzheimer's . The Alzheimer's Association's Memory Walk® is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research - and it calls on volunteers of all ages to become champions in the fight against Alzheimer's. There are walks in more than 600 communities . A typical Memory Walk is a 2-3 mile walk held on a weekend morning in the fall.
Last year's walk was my first. My friend Mara and I participated in the event in Sugar Land, Texas. That walk held special significance for me - it happened about a month after Mom died. Mara also has a reason to be interested in the walk: her mother suffers from dementia .
On that sunny day, I found myself impressed with the significant number of people who were walking. Some were there because they knew someone with Alzheimer's; others cared about the ...
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.
You should know
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