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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...
Definition Alternative Names Causes of foot pain Information Question: What causes foot pain? Answer: Many things can cause foot pain . Wearing shoes that don't fit right is one of the most common reasons people (especially women) get foot problems such as calluses and bunions . With age, feet often grow wider. Also, being overweight can increase your chances of having foot problems or injuries. Go shopping for shoes in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest due to swelling . Heels on shoes shouldn't be higher than 1 inch. Shoes with a wide toe box can also lead to less problems to your feet. See also: Ankle pain Heel pain
Alternative Names Pain - ankle; Sprain - ankle; Ankle sprain Home Care To treat an ankle sprain: Rest your ankle for several days. Try NOT to put much weight on your ankle. Put on an ACE bandage. You also can buy a brace that supports your ankle. Use crutches or a cane to help take the weight off a sore or unsteady ankle. Keep your foot raised above the level of your heart. When you are sitting or sleeping, place two pillows under your ankle. Ice the area right away. Apply ice for 10-15 minutes every hour for the first day. Then, apply ice every 3-4 hours for 2 more days. Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain and swelling. As the swelling and pain improve, you will need to keep extra stress off your ankle for up to 10 days for a milder sprain and 2 to 5 weeks for a more severe sprain. The injury may take a few weeks to many months to fully heal. Once the pain and swelling are mostly gone, the injured ankle will still be a little weaker and less stable than the uninjured ankle. You will need to ...
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