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...
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...
Many patients express fear of developing chronic knee pain due to repeated physical exercise, in particular running. There is often a fear expressed that that shock to the knee when that foot hits the pavement is slowly and inevitably destroying the cartilage, sentencing the athlete in question to a lifetime of chronic arthritic pain.
Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of degenerative joint disease of the knee, a potentially major source of chronic pain. And many obese people try to lose weight through aerobic exercise, which often involves running or walking; so are these overweight people actually doing damage to themselves during their exercise sessions?
A study published in the February, 2007 issue of “Arthritis Care and Research” examined the effects of physical activity over time in older adults—many of whom were obese—and found that perhaps all the worry about exercise and knee arthritis is not justified.
Subjects in the study were followed with knee x-rays...
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