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I'm a little vain. I admit it freely. If you believe in astrology, this flaw is not really my fault. As a Libra; I am naturally drawn to the decadent, pretty little things in life. I like to eat good food, drink good wine, and look nice while doing it. If there is a party, you can bet I'll be there, and I'll be decked out in my finest.
At times, my vanity trumps my pragmatism. Before my rheumatoid arthritis began, I regularly wore all kinds of "impractical" shoes or skipped bringing the warm coat along because it just didn't go with what I was wearing. Cliché and maybe even silly, some would argue, but true nonetheless.
Stricken as I was after my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis about all the grave implications of RA, my vanity was hit pretty hard, too. I reluctantly surrendered to all that was sensible and practical. Instead of three-inch heels that would have hurt my feet anyway, I put on lackluster...
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Wearing a wedge insole inside the shoe may help patients with early and mild medial knee osteoarthritis . Medial refers to the inside compartment of the joint -- the side closest to the opposite knee. The Researchers at the Gait Analysis Laboratory, Division of Physical Therapy, Fukui University in Japan made a study of patients wearing a lateral wedged insole inside the shoe. The idea is to shift some of the weight off the medial joint by moving the weight slightly to the inside of the foot. Each patient was fitted with light-emitting diodes from the hip to the thigh. Walking was analyzed using a special computerized system. As the patient walked, a light measuring device and force plates captured walking speed, stride width, and step length. X-rays taken also recorded hip-knee-ankle angles. The same measurements and analysis were made with and without the wedge. Computer analysis of the results showed decreased step length, stride width, and walking speed in patients with OA but withou...
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