With so many Halls of Fame, shouldn't there be some Halls of Shame just for the sake of balance? I would like to start a Hall of Shame called Shoes of Pain. Today, I nominate three types of shoes to the Shoes of Pain, Hall of Shame. I nominate: high-heeled shoes, flip-flops and toning shoes.
The first nominee should be shamed back into the closet, never to come out again. High-heeled shoes absolutely wreck havoc on the entire body from toes to head. Oprah calls the three-inch stiletto's "two hour shoes." I say, "Why torture yourself for two hours per day?" Impressing a man is not worth it. Impressing other women really cannot be worth it. I just do not get it. If Oprah really wanted to help women, she would have absolutely denounced this fashion statement.
High-heeled shoes cause so many problems like bunions , foot arthritis , knee and back pain. The misalignment caused by anything over a one-inched heel places stress on all the parts from toe to head. The popularity of h...
Spondylolisthesis (spaun-di-lo-lie-thee-sis) is a mouthful and is a common cause of low back pain (although it can exist anywhere in the spine, the lumbar spine is the most common area affected). The spinal column is a series of building blocks called vertebral bodies stacked on top of one another. Sometimes these blocks do not line up perfectly. This slight separation in the spinal column is called a spondylolisthesis .
"Doc says I have a spondy-something-or-other. Don't ask me what it is; all I know is that it hurts". Steve tries to explain his low back condition to his friend. But, he finds that he cannot explain what he does not understand. Steve has had back pain for a number of years. Every year the pain gets worse and has now become constant. His doctor sent him for x-rays recently. The x-rays showed a spondylolisthesis with disc degeneration at L5/S1. Steve could not understand his doctor's explanation of the condition. So, now he has pain and has confusion.
Most of us know that foot health is very important in diabetes care! David Mendosa has written about the seriousness of foot ulcers and Joan has written about caring for your tender tootsies . Last week, Diabetesmine addressed the issue of myth vs reality .
I spent some time talking with a friend, who is also a podiatrist; about what she thought was the right answer for caring for diabetic feet. According to APMA , American Podiatric Medical Association, diabetes and proper foot care amount to huge pay off:
More than 65,000 lower limbs are amputated annually due to complications due to diabetes.
After an amputation, the chance for another amputation within three to five years is as high as 50 percent.
Including a podiatrist in your diabetes care can reduce the risk of lower limb amputation up to 85 percent.
Care by today’s podiatrist can lower the risk of hospitalization by 24 percent for those with diabetes.
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