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Many women, it seems, have a love affair with shoes. Not me. In fact, I don't know if shoes even rate as my friends. It has been years since I have looked longingly at a pair of shoes. Rather than looking at them for their beauty and style, I now see them for the pain they will afflict on my feet. Even now, when my body is feeling better than it has in a long time, my feet feel the pain that comes from combining rheumatoid arthritis with a pair of shoes.
Although not necessarily my friends, I have found a few pairs of shoes that have become companions that I can rely on. These simple pairs of shoes can be worn knowing that the pain won't be as extreme as with other shoes. I found my first pair in 2008 after my husband found me crying at the computer. I was sure I was destined for a life of "grandma" shoes. His search found something different. He found a shoe store in the Chicago area that specializes in or...
Starting a little less than a year ago, I would walk my father’s miniature Schnauzer, Austin, as well as my terrier mix, Noel. Each dog weighed about 20 pounds, walked rapidly while following their nose, and did not have strong obedience training (which means that they pulled while on the leash). While they loved the walks, I ended up paying the ultimate price last spring with lower back pain.
So I was very interested in a Houston Chronicle column by Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz entitled, “Back Hurt? Check Your Attitude.” The good doctors noted that people who are older than 30 years of age tend to have had or will have lower back pain due to improper posture while driving and working on computers. However, they suggest that your attitude can affect the status of your back. “What you think will happen next – healthy recovery or chronic pain – dramatically affects what will happen. The more optimistic and can-do your mind-s...
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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