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

Written by Jimmie Newell

The first symptom of heel or foot pain that I remember experiencing was, sharp pains inrepparttar heel region of both feet, most acute immediately after getting out of bed inrepparttar 146528 morning, sometimes this pain was so bad that I had to hobble of grab on to things to help support me getting torepparttar 146529 bathroom. I would come to discover, that this is possiblyrepparttar 146530 most typical and common symptom of "plantar fasciitis".

This condition got progressively worse, if I walked 2-3 miles, walked 18 holes of golf, worked a trade shows (6-8 hours on my feet) or even did work aroundrepparttar 146531 house that required me to be on my feet for a long time, it would sometimes take untilrepparttar 146532 middle ofrepparttar 146533 next day for me to recover enough to feel comfortable and pain free. I attributed this to getting older (about 50 atrepparttar 146534 time) andrepparttar 146535 possible onset of arthritis, and thought there was no treatment or cure.

One day I saw a television informercial from a well known national chain of foot care stores, they were talking about what I was experiencing.

As a traveling salesman I get around quite a bit, sorepparttar 146536 next time I was in a large city, I looked them up. At this time after a long drive,repparttar 146537 first dozen or so steps away from my car were quite painful, usually this would alleviate after a few steps.

I parked directly in front ofrepparttar 146538 store, and one ofrepparttar 146539 technicians saw me walk intorepparttar 146540 store and greeted me with "You seem to be suffering from "plantar fasciitis", we can help you! This wasrepparttar 146541 first time I had even heard of "plantar fasciitis". The technician explained to me thatrepparttar 146542 "plantar fascia" is a band on tough tissue that connectsrepparttar 146543 heel torepparttar 146544 toes, and runsrepparttar 146545 full length ofrepparttar 146546 bottom ofrepparttar 146547 foot. Tears develop in this tissue and cause inflammation or "iitis" this isrepparttar 146548 origin ofrepparttar 146549 pain, usually most acute in exactlyrepparttar 146550 circumstances I was experiencing. Many people are susceptible to "plantar fasciitis", especially athletes, runners, people who stand for long periods, and people who are overweight.

The technician then took a mold ofrepparttar 146551 bottom of my foot, stating that this would allow them to correctly size my foot and recommendrepparttar 146552 correct size "orthotic". He gave me a brief history ofrepparttar 146553 invention and use of "orthotics", and of course attributedrepparttar 146554 founder of this chain asrepparttar 146555 inventor. He took my mold torepparttar 146556 back room and returned with 2 different orthotic products, he placed one type in my shoes and asked me to walk acrossrepparttar 146557 room. These devices felt as if I was trying to walk with a golf ball inrepparttar 146558 middle of my foot, this was somewhat uncomfortable, howeverrepparttar 146559 relief from pain was immediate. He stated that I should wear these orthotics for at least an hour per day, and increase that time each day, until I was able to wear them all ofrepparttar 146560 time in all of my shoes. He did have a pair that was made from another material and with a somewhat lower rise, that he suggested for later inrepparttar 146561 day as a break for my feet. I was presented with a bill of over $500.00 forrepparttar 146562 exam and both pair of orthotics, we compromised, and I purchasedrepparttar 146563 "golf ball" pair for $249.00.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) in the Diet

Written by Brian D. Johnston

You may publish this article in your newsletter, on your web site, or other publications, so long asrepparttar article’s content is not altered andrepparttar 146527 resource box is included. Add byline and active link. Notification ofrepparttar 146528 use of this article is appreciated, but not required. Total word count included resource box is 654.

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Both Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) and Alpha-Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) are essential in our diets. There are various deficiency symptoms that can arise from insufficient EFAs, ranging from liver degeneration to growth retardation, and from high triglyceride levels to dry skin. Athletes have reported increased stamina and faster injury healing while supplementing their diets with Omega 3 EFA, consisting of 1-5 tablespoons of flax seed oil per day (suggested dosage = 3 tablespoons per day until skin feels smooth, velvety, and supple, then maintain with 1-2 tablespoons). Although there is much to learn about EFAs, there are a few things we do know.

-Most important, EFAs attract oxygen, and this makes them highly effective in energy production. The ability to increase oxidation inrepparttar 146529 body indicates that EFAs help to govern growth, our mental state (required for normal brain development in children), and health in general. They also hold oxygen within cell membranes, where oxygen acts as a barrier to foreign organisms such as bacteria and viruses.

-EFAs are part of all cell membranes and membranes of various cell constituents (e.g., mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus, nucleus, nucleolus). Since they hold proteins inrepparttar 146530 membrane, they play a role inrepparttar 146531 movement of substances in and out of cells via protein channels and pumps.

-EFAs are precursors (a substance that precedes another substance) of prostaglandins. EFAs require vitamins A, B3, B6, and C andrepparttar 146532 minerals zinc and magnesium to become prostaglandins. Insufficient amounts of these vitamins and minerals could mimic EFA deficiency, although EFAs may be abundantly supplied inrepparttar 146533 diet. However, on a well balanced diet, these vitamins and minerals are adequately supplied.

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