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...
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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