New foot in the sand technology can solve many health problems

Written by Dr. Randy Wysong

A vast array of after-market insoles has been merchandised throughrepparttar years. Most of these consist of a bed of cushioning foam with only hints of accommodation for foot anatomy. Other than extremely expensive orthotic insoles, commercial varieties do little to solverepparttar 149142 far-reaching problems of feet restricted in a quite unnatural device,repparttar 149143 shoe.

A new ergonomically designed insole, based upon “foot-in-the-sand” technology©, has been developed. It isrepparttar 149144 result of several years of research in comparative anatomy, kinesiology (mechanics and anatomy of movement), ergonomics (human engineering for efficient and safe use) and testing inrepparttar 149145 most rigorous and demanding of sports and vocations. See A Personal Note My interest in functional footwear was forced upon me by many years of training in competitive badminton (notrepparttar 149146 recreational type played in backyards), an exceptionally rigorous sport including much jumping and rapid lateral and back and forth movements resulting in tremendous concussive and shear forces onrepparttar 149147 feet. I didrepparttar 149148 majority of my training on cement and overrepparttar 149149 years I discovered I was not made of steel. The first thing to suffer was my feet. The pain after a workout was so bad I had to lie in bed at night with my legs elevated on pillows so my heels were suspended and did not touch anything. Not willing to give uprepparttar 149150 sport, I set about looking for shoes and orthotics that would help. That process was unfruitful and in most cases exacerbatedrepparttar 149151 problem. For example,repparttar 149152 common solution to heel pain is to provide cushioning underrepparttar 149153 heel. That was my first impulse as well, but cushions there simply guaranteed more heel contact,repparttar 149154 very thing my feet were crying out to avoid.

Frustrated with commercial products, I andrepparttar 149155 research staff at Wysong set about developing something that would work not only for me, but for anyone in sports and anyone wanting relief fromrepparttar 149156 incredible poundingrepparttar 149157 feet receive. This isrepparttar 149158 story ofrepparttar 149159 results of over five years of research and development.

The Foot Is A Dynamic Structure The foot is an exceedingly complex mechanical structure. It is comprised of 26 bones (25% of allrepparttar 149160 body's bones!) as well as muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, sesamoids, nerves, lubricating fluids, pads, nails, veins, arteries and lymphatics, all comprising hundreds of interconnecting intricate parts. Modern shoes entombrepparttar 149161 foot into a virtually immobile state – as if it were comprised of one piece – denying its important underlying functional and dynamic design. The foot has no rectangular or perpendicular edges and was not meant to be strapped to a platform. Conventional shoes are created for adornment (pointed shoes even have a sexual history) with only token considerations made forrepparttar 149162 critical needs of a living foot crying out for freedom from bondage and solitary confinement. In fact, 80% of all foot problems occur in women because ofrepparttar 149163 distorting shoes they wear. Overweight individuals are even more prone to foot problems due torepparttar 149164 compounded gravitational forces funneled down torepparttar 149165 foot. (see

Conventional shoes (better termed coffins) lead to a broad host of ailments. Similar torepparttar 149166 binding used to create diminutive feet in Japanese women, modern shoes bind and misshape feet. The misshapen feet of modern adventurers who travel to primitive regions amaze barefooted natives who have naturally wide, toughened, prehensile, toe-spread feet.

The true potential of liberated toes becomes apparent inrepparttar 149167 disabled who have no hand function, yet learn to write and use eating utensils with their toes. In contrast, toes that have spent a lifetime in shoes can barely move. (see Feet are best thought of as analogues torepparttar 149168 prehensile hands, not mere shock absorbing bumpers atrepparttar 149169 end of our legs. The Foot’s Relationship To Health The average adult walks five miles inrepparttar 149170 course of daily activities, and our feet absorb about 1,000 tons of force a day – much of it on hard surfaces. Improper footwear sends “dis-ease” up throughrepparttar 149171 legs and spine, allrepparttar 149172 way torepparttar 149173 cranium. Feet forced out of balance and inhibited from proper movement can result in corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, heel spurs, fascitis, sesamoiditis, tarsal tunnel, calconeal apophysitis, shin splints, torn Achilles tendons, sprains, broken ankles, joint pain and arthritis. Pelvic and hip problems as well as lower back and cervical (neck) disc problems can also result. Improper foot mobility interferes with blood and lymphatic circulation leading to edema, varicose veins, phlebitis, and claudication. Resultant clots can migrate to critical blood vessels inrepparttar 149174 brain and other areas potentially causing stroke, heart attacks and degeneration ofrepparttar 149175 kidneys and other organs with critical microcirculation. This is not to mention fatigue, headaches, and even depression that can have an ultimate cause linked to body imbalance and organic malfunction beginning inrepparttar 149176 feet. Foot pain can lead to decreased exercise and with that increased susceptibility to unhealthy weight gain and a host of other mental, physical and physiological weaknesses. (see

The feet are much too important to simply bind, adorn and hide. The foot is designed to be our connection to Earth. The sensations received byrepparttar 149177 foot onrepparttar 149178 ground create body awareness not unlikerepparttar 149179 input received byrepparttar 149180 senses.

For athletes,repparttar 149181 demands onrepparttar 149182 feet are greatly amplified. Many have their careers cut short by foot injury and degenerative foot diseases. The causes are many, but notrepparttar 149183 least of which is improper shoe and insole design. All athletes sooner or later have foot problems. Given a natural surface to play a sport on (like sand, if that were possible), and using conditioned bare feet, these problems would rarely occur.

Health should berepparttar 149184 primary consideration in footwear, not a little cushioning here and there and a lot of fashion and style. A product that needs to primarily address function should not become simply an opportunity for marketing. (see

How Feet Are Designed To Work The proper position ofrepparttar 149185 foot is up onrepparttar 149186 ball. Propulsion and landing should only incidentally (if at all) employ heel contact. The heel is to movement whatrepparttar 149187 buttocks are to standing. You’re on your heels while standing but not moving, and on your buttocks if you’re sitting and not moving. Unfortunately,repparttar 149188 platformed box design of shoes encourages heel contact with motion, thus decreasing reaction time and speed and settingrepparttar 149189 stage for injury. (see The natural movement ofrepparttar 149190 foot is a complex, resilient, flexing and rolling motion – notrepparttar 149191 two dimensional heel-foot thumping forced upon it by modern footwear. The natural foot roll employsrepparttar 149192 same principle used by a parachutist when landing. By folding and rollingrepparttar 149193 chance of injury is dramatically decreased. So too shouldrepparttar 149194 foot roll at each landing. That is, in fact, what it is anatomically designed to do. The motion I speak of isrepparttar 149195 natural rolling from light heel contact or no heel contact, torepparttar 149196 lateral (outer) arch, torepparttar 149197 ball, then torepparttar 149198 toes. (see

You are Closer to Being Vitamin C Deficient Than You Think

Written by Dr. Randy Wysong

Okay, so you think you are doing pretty well with your diet. You prepare most of your meals at home, don’t eat much junk food and aren’t a fast food eater only rarely. You think vitamins are pretty much nonsense—particularly since you are eating so well—and besides, you feel pretty healthy.

Well let me rain on that parade a little.

Consider this. In order for nutritional researchers to determinerepparttar required levels of nutrients, diets must be designed of known nutrient content with a specific deficiency inrepparttar 149141 nutrient being studied. Then varying doses ofrepparttar 149142 nutrient can be added torepparttar 149143 diet to determine at what level symptoms of deficiency disappear. Inrepparttar 149144 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a vitamin C-depleted real meal menu is described. The diet consists ofrepparttar 149145 following choices: Breakfast: Apple Juice, Applesauce, Raisin Bran, Shredded Wheat, Unprocessed bran, Hominy grits, Cream of Wheat, Eggs (scrambled or hard poached), Cheddar cheese, French toast, Syrup, Yogurt (plain or strawberry), Bran muffin, Glazed doughnut, Mini bagel, Cream cheese, White toast or bread, Wheat toast, Margarine, butter, Honey, Peanut butter, Sugar substitutes, Low-fat cream cheese, Coffee (regular or decaffeinated), Tea (regular or decaffeinated), Cream, White milk (whole, 2%, or skim), Chocolate milk, Buttermilk.

Lunch: Chicken noodle soup, Cream of chicken soup, Croutons, Escalloped chicken, Pork chops, Brown gravy, Garlic herb pizza, Grilled cheese sandwich, Tuna chunks, Yogurt (plain, vanilla or blueberry), Rice royale, Black beans, Rice, Pretzels, Applesauce, Diet Jell-O™, Cookies (chocolate chip or sugar), Ice cream (vanilla or chocolate), Bread (white or wheat), Saltines, Margarine, Butter, Sour cream, Peanut butter, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Sugar substitute, Relish, Coffee (regular or decaffeinated), Tea (regular, decaffeinated or iced), Cream

Dinner: Chicken and rice soup, Cottage cheese, Croutons, Fried shrimp, Roast beef, Brown gravy, Macaroni and cheese, Cheeseburger, Chicken salad, Yogurt (plain or peach), Pinto beans, Rice, Diet Jell-O™, Vanilla ice cream, Angel food cake, Bread (white or wheat), Margarine, Butter, Peanut butter, Coffee (regular or decaffeinated), Cream, Tea (regular, decaffeinated or iced) Evening Snacks: Peanut butter crackers, Graham crackers, Chocolate chip cookie, Popcorn, Ginger ale, Diet cola If you review these choices you should note something familiar. They arerepparttar 149146 very foods thatrepparttar 149147 majority of people now consume! By eating these foods a person will restrict vitamin C intake to less than 5 mg per day. The bare minimum RDA (Recommended Daily Alolowance) so far established for vitamin C is 90 mg per day for men and 75 mg per day for women -- and this is highly contested as being far too low. There is a huge body of research now demonstrating that humans need several hundred milligrams (some believe more than a thousand) per day to achieve optimal health.

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