Flip Flops and Sandals

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Summer is upon us, and that means warm weather, sun shine, shorts, t-shirts and sandals.

Many people love the feeling of walking around in a pair of open toed shoes when it is warm out. If you wear the right kind of sandals then you can have a great summer and be able to do all of the activities that you want to. But if you choose the wrong kind of sandals, then you can compromise your entire summer.

Flip flops are the worst kind of sandals. They have no support in them. They cause you to walk differently. You have to clench your toes to keep the flip flops on. Continue reading Flip Flops and Sandals

Hot to Avoid Knee Pain

nordic walkingKnee pain affects millions of people. If your knees hurt, it can be very hard to exercise. Let alone trying to get around to perform regular daily activities. If you can strengthen up your knees, you can increase your mobility and activity levels. If you suffer from knee pain, it is possible to calm it down, and even stop the progression of the pain. If you can start taking care of your knees now, then in 5 to 10 years you will at least maintain your knees, if not reduce the pain.

Here is a slide show that shows some easy ways to strengthen up, and loosen up, your knees.


Managing Knee Pain and Arthritis through Exercise

Our knees have been overused and abused since the day we were born. Every step that you take, every time you stand up and sit down, you are using your knees.

When your knees feel good it is easy to take them for granted. But when they flair up and are in pain, you will not take them or any of their motions for granted. Continue reading Managing Knee Pain and Arthritis through Exercise

Exercises for Knee Pain and Arthritis

Knee pain and arthritis is very common. Our knees are used and overused throughout the day. Every time we stand up, sit down, walk, run, bike, drive, etc, we are using our knees and putting stress on our knees. Whether you sit all day or are on your feet all day, life is tough on your knees.

In a study published in 2006 in the Journal of Rheumatology (Nov, v 33(11):227-9), it was found that the prevalence of knee arthritis among adults in the United States was high. 37.4% of adults had knee osteoarthritis, while 12.1% had painful knee osteoarthritis. Continue reading Exercises for Knee Pain and Arthritis

Flip Flops = Hip Pain = Low Back Pain = You Pain

A while ago I wrote this article on flip flops and why they were bad for you, and I thought it was time to revisit the topic, since it’s summer and beach season once more.

Every year I see more and more people wearing flip flops. And most of these people have either low back pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain or foot pain. Flip-flops alter the way that you walk, making it more difficult to walk for long periods. True, they are very comfortable, almost as comfortable as being in bare feet. But they are not equal to being in bare feet. I feel that you would be better off in bare feet or wearing barefoot running shoes. At least then, you would not be impeding the way that you walk. Continue reading Flip Flops = Hip Pain = Low Back Pain = You Pain

How to Travel with Pain

If you have low back, hip, shoulder, or neck pain, how can you travel without making your problem worse? Everyday I treat patients with this problem. The period before vacation can be a stressful time. Most people end up running around trying to get everything in order. You may need to make sure the pets are taken care of, all of the laundry needs to be washed, you need to get caught up at, and even get ahead of, work. This can lead to increased hours at a desk, more hours lifting loads of laundry, cleaning, driving around town running more errands. All of this leads to increased stress on your body which can lead to flairing up existing issues or creating new aches and pains. Either way, how do you travel when you are in pain? Continue reading How to Travel with Pain