What I Discovered About Heel And Foot Pain Could Save You Hundreds Of $$$ And A Lot Of Pain!

Written by Jimmie Newell

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That same evening I played golf in my weekly golf league, and was talking to one of my team mates aboutrepparttar orthotics, only to discover that he was well aware of this affliction and in fact had been suffering from it for a couple of years! what I also discovered was that he wore orthitics in his shoes, that he had only paid $24.00 for. We compared his to mine, and found that withrepparttar 146528 exception ofrepparttar 146529 material they were made of, and a small variation in size, they were identical.

Later that evening I got onrepparttar 146530 Internet and researchedrepparttar 146531 symptoms, causes, treatments and long term prognosis for plantar fasciitis. Treatments range from stretching exercises to surgery, with over 90% of persons afflicted being helped substantially with stretching exercises and orthotics. I also found that there was little difference in recovery using "custom orthotics" vs. "offrepparttar 146532 shelf" products. Treatment using these methods lasts 2 to 30 months, withrepparttar 146533 average patient being helped in about 9 months.

The next day I returned torepparttar 146534 chain store and demanded a refund,repparttar 146535 same technician who had helped merepparttar 146536 day before andrepparttar 146537 store manager, went into a prolonged explanation that they were aware ofrepparttar 146538 competing brand which they said were made of inferior materials, which would break down very quickly, and they were not available in as wide an array of sizes. Again we compromised and I ended up with a refund of $197.00.

Later that day I went online to DrLeonards.com searched for Phase 4 orthotics, and bought enough for all of my pairs of shoes for $14.95 a pair! Of course you don't need a pair for each pair of shoes, you can switch them from pair to pair.

I wore these devices for about 12 - 18 months and then stopped wearing them more than 2 years ago,repparttar 146539 heel pain that I had experienced has not returned, I now dorepparttar 146540 recommended foot exercises before a long walk, or just at random when I think of it, and I know I can always go back torepparttar 146541 orthotics if I need to. In that length of timerepparttar 146542 "offrepparttar 146543 shelf" orthotics performed just as well asrepparttar 146544 1 pair of "custom" orthotics that I was using and showed no sign of deterioration.

Note: This is a description of what worked for me, and may not work for you. If you sufferrepparttar 146545 described symptoms, you should consult your Dr. and follow his or her advise.

Resources for more information:



Foot Health

Heel That Pain

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons American Academy of Family Physicians

To Your Health,

Jim Newell

Jimmie Newell is the webmaster for http://www.ToYourHealth101.com, a health & wellness website, featuring editorials, tips, information and links addressing many of the health issues of today.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) in the Diet

Written by Brian D. Johnston

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The United Stated Recommended Dietary Allowance (USRDA), as with most nutritionists, has not agreed uponrepparttar recommended daily allowance for EFAs. It has been suggested that about 4-5% of calories inrepparttar 146527 form of Linoleic Acid and Alpha-Linolenic Acid is sufficient to prevent deficiency symptoms. Although we often consume sufficient Omega-6 fatty acids, Omega-3 fatty acids may be limited in most diets. Nutritionists have been recommending an increase in seafood consumption to make up for this deficiency. Here are some examples of EFA content in seafood per 100g/3.5 oz serving:

Atlantic mackerel 2.6 g

sardines (canned) 1.0 g

flounder 0.2 g

Pacific herring 1.8 g

brook trout 0.6 g

scallops 0.2 g

bluefin tuna 1.6 g

catfish 0.5 g

swordfish 0.2 g

albacore tuna 1.5 g

pollock 0.5 g

sole 0.1 g

chinook salmon 1.5 g

Alaska king crab 0.3 g

clams (trace)

Atlantic salmon 1.4 g

Atlantic cod 0.3 g

bluefish 1.2 g

shrimp 0.3 g

It is also becoming common practice forrepparttar 146528 health conscious to supplement their diets with EFA oils, including flax, hemp, primrose, and safflower. When buying oils make certain ofrepparttar 146529 following:

-The bottle/container must not allow excess light to penetraterepparttar 146530 oil; this produces free radicals that acceleraterepparttar 146531 reaction with oxygen several hundred times faster, resulting in rancidity. The more unsaturatedrepparttar 146532 fat,repparttar 146533 more likely it will become rancid, unless adding an antioxidant, e.g., vitamin E.

-The bottle/container must be air tight to avoidrepparttar 146534 break down of EFAs, to avoid rancidity.

-Keep EFAs in a cool location and avoid cooking with them since heat destroys EFAs. The package/bottle should be shelf-dated andrepparttar 146535 method of manufacturing listed onrepparttar 146536 label.

-Avoid supplementingrepparttar 146537 diet with EFA’s that contain only omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids since they both compete forrepparttar 146538 same enzymes inrepparttar 146539 body and this may result in deficiency ofrepparttar 146540 other.

Brian D. Johnston is the Director of Education and President of the I.A.R.T. fitness certification and education institute. He has written over 12 books and is a contributing author to the Merck Medical Manual. An international lecturer, Mr. Johnston wears many hats in the fitness and health industries, and can be reached at info@ExerciseCertification.com. Visit his site at www.ExerciseCertification.com for more free articles.

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