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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...
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.
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