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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...
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a common and sometimes
devastating condition. I see it quite frequently
in many of my chronic pain patients. In
fact, it contributes to quite a bit of chronic pain, because of the difficulty
it causes in terms of getting a good night's rest, and because it in and of
itself can be rather painful. And there
are diseases associated with chronic pain which can result in so-called
Restless Leg Syndrome is a nighttime condition that has a huge impact on
daytime functioning for those afflicted.
The diagnosis of RLS is mostly arrived at through interviews
with the patient, and basically involves four important features:
is a compelling need to move, usually associated with unpleasant
sensations in the legs, which have been described variously as painful,
electric or "creepy-crawly."
sensations of RLS are worse or exclusively present at rest.
sensations are at least partial...
Over 200,000 knee replacements are done every year in the United States. People receiving new knee joints average 68 years old. A potential problem after this operation is weakness of the thigh muscles (called the quadriceps femoris ). This weakness often persists even with exercise. Loss of strength before surgery is usually caused by aging and arthritis. And if these don't spell trouble, the operation itself affects the muscles even more. Leg weakness can keep a person from getting back to daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, standing up from a low chair, or getting in and out of a car. Exercise is used to build up the muscle after knee surgery, but there is often less strength compared to the other leg. In the case of one 66-year-old man, electrical stimulation was combined with exercise to increase the force of the quadriceps muscles. Electrical stimulation (ES) is used most often by a physical therapist to retrain and build up muscles. ES works by sending an electric c...
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