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The list of tips for sore feet is not complete without mentioning the butt muscles. This group of muscles may be the laziest in the entire body. When the butt muscles become weak, the entire leg is affected, including the feet. Everything starts to turn inward. The thigh bone rotates inward causing "knock-knees." The ankles turn inward to the point that the arch of the foot can become plastered to the ground. This misalignment of the leg leads to a chain reaction of chronic pain.
Anyone with back, hip, knee, ankle, or foot pain should remember to strengthen the butt muscles. The easiest and most practical way to improve strength in the buttocks is to stand on one leg. Go ahead and try it (if needed, hold onto a chair for safety). Your beltline should remain parallel to the ground and your body should remain upright. If that was difficult, try it again only this time focus on tightening the butt cheek on the same side you are standing on. Once the butt muscles engage, the leg be...
Pain - foot
Apply ice to reduce pain and swelling. Do this just after an activity that aggravates your pain.
Elevate your painful foot as much as possible.
Reduce activity until the problem improves.
Wear foot pads in areas of friction or pressure. This will prevent rubbing and irritation.
Take over-the-counter pain medicine, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Try this for 2 to 3 weeks (unless you have a history of an ulcer, liver disease, or other condition that does not allow you to take one of these drugs).
For plantar warts, try an over-the-counter wart removal preparation.
For calluses, soak in warm water and then rub them down with a pumice stone. Do NOT cut or burn corns or calluses.
For foot pain caused by a stress fracture, an extended rest period is often necessary. Crutches may be used for a week or so to take the pressure off, if your foot is particularly painful.
For foot pain due to plant...
Medical errors are a fact of life. Doctors do everything they can to reduce errors whenever possible. In the world of orthopedics leg length discrepancy after total hip replacement (THR) is one of the more common types of error. Dr. Clark and his associates from the University of Iowa Hospitals report on this problem. Patients who are unhappy with the results of their THR often have a leg length discrepancy. This is an unexpected and uncomfortable result. Sometimes there is pain involved because of nerve damage. Problems can occur with walking and balance. Severe neurologic symptoms are possible. What can be done to prevent this from happening? Dr. Clark advises orthopedic surgeons to do three things. First assess the patient for leg differences carefully before surgery. Ask the patient if the legs feel equal. Do they use a shoe lift? Ask about the history of any conditions that can have an effect on leg length. Second, check for muscle tightness and measure for length differences. These...
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