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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.
Rheumatoid arthritis gets blamed for a lot of my aches and pains and although I know that it plays a huge part in this recent round of foot pain, I have decided to give RA a break from the constant blame and instead put the blame of my foot pain on my SHOES.
Last December, I received a pair of minimalist shoes for Christmas and began an experiment with the chronic pain in my feet. Basically the experiment was to get my feet out of supportive shoes as much as possible and build up some strength and muscle in my feet and ankles to see if it reduced the pain in my feet. I started off by wearing my Vibram Five Fingers when I worked out. Then I slowly transitioned to not wearing shoes at all when I worked out. When the weather warmed up in April, I began wearing my Vibram Five Fingers on my daily walks. Soon, I was walking half the walk in VFF and half of the walk barefoot. I LOVED It!!!
Since I am off work for several m...
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