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Doctor says you can soak away pain from those Achy feet!
by Jeffrey Bowman, D.P.M.
Doctor says you can soak away pain from those Achy feet! Epsom salt—actually magnesium sulfate—is one of the most versatile household products, with uses ranging from creating at-home spa treatments to soothing aching muscles

Trading in the sandals and flip-flops for cold weather shoes may mean achy feet for some; however, a long-used home remedy of soaking in Epsom salt can help your feet feel better, look better, and even smell better.

Epsom salt—actually magnesium sulfate—is one of the most versatile household products, with uses ranging from creating at-home spa treatments to soothing aching muscles to helping start or improve gardens, to nurturing your health.
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FALL prevention is relative in any season
by Dennis Shavelson, DPM
FALL prevention is relative in any season Falls can never be totally prevented but a multifactor approach seems to be the best way to prevent both a first fall and future falls.

Thirty-three percent of adults over 65 fall each year. That rate grows every decade after that. In 2000, medical costs related to falls totaled $19 billion and that number is projected to rise to $54 billion by 2020.
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Can our feet tell a story?
by Debbie Burklund
Can our feet tell a story?
If you’re looking for an alternative to pain medication, reflexology may be an option.

Reflexology feels like a blissful foot massage, but also delivers sneak-attack therapy to the rest of you.

You can think of it as an alternative to acupuncture without all those pesky needles.

Reflexology is an ancient alternative medical practice used throughout history with archeological evidence dating back to use in Egypt 2330 BC and is offered in spas as well as in the complementary alternative medicine departments in some of our nation’s finest hospitals.
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Don’t let cracked heels ruin your sandal time
by Tamara Dulin, R.Ph.
Don’t let cracked heels ruin your sandal time Calluses may be caused by ill-fitting shoes, excessive weight, going bare-foot or wearing opened-back shoes, or merely from constant pressure from repeated use!

At this time last year, I shared some information about unsightly toenails. And with sandal-wearing season upon us, I want to focus again on the feet. This time I will address the back of the feet, or the heels. Do you have dry or callused heels? Are there cracks around the rim of your heels? Because of constant use and, usually, lack of attention and care, the heel area of the foot can commonly become an area of concern.
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Barefoot’n… did our ancestors have the right technique?
by Dennis Shavelson, DPM
Barefoot’n… did our ancestors have the right technique? There is no original research finding that running shoes do anything to reduce or prevent injuries. They are not the medical invention that their marketing claims them to be.

Exercise and healthy function plays an important role in our holistic lives and wellbeing. Unfortunately, in spite of acculturating to longer and potentially more productive lifetimes that require activity to reduce stress and maintain fitness, we find ourselves suffering from ever more impactive foot and postural deformity, pain, and overuse syndromes as well as performance and quality of life issues that must be addressed.
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Plantar Fasciitis, the Root of Most Heel Pain
by Dennis Shavelson, DPM
Plantar Fasciitis, the Root of Most Heel Pain The key to understanding plantar fasciitis is that it develops because the plantar fascia, for many of us, is the weakest link in the postural chain.

Heel pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint of patients presenting to podiatrists throughout the country, and plantar fasciitis (PF) is the most common cause for heel pain for which professional care is sought.

For every professional case, there are hundreds of cases that are cured short of a consultation.


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