Flat Feet And How To Buy The Best Shoes

By looking at your foot arch, you can tell whether you have flat feet or not. When the arch is fallen or flat, the entire foot tends to make contact with the floor. A wet foot test can also help you determine whether you have flat feet. Flat feet result from longitudinal arch development, but it can also be as a result of health problems or injury. People with flat feet tend to be more prone to injuries because of lack of support to the upper part of the body but this is not a condition that requires surgery.

One of the best ways of dealing with the condition is by choosing the best shoes for the fallen arches. The flat feet shoes are especially very important for those who engage in strenuous activities that expose them to injuries such as running. If you go to the gym, you will also find it beneficial to have the right footwear to keep you comfortable and free from injuries or body stresses. A few buying tips will help you select the best shoes for flat feet.

Tip1 – Research to find the most reliable and reputable shoes for the fallen arches. Online reviews can be really helpful in finding you the right pair of shoes for your condition. Feedback from other buyers and users of the shoes can also help you make the right decision. You just need to give priority to the important features in relation to the flatness before you start considering the shoe colors and styles.

Tip 2 – Choose a shoe that gives enough focus on support. The arch offers support to the overall body weight and support is therefore one of the major problems when it comes to the fallen arches. When looking at the shoe options, therefore, ensure that the shoe you are about to buy offers the additional support that your feet need. It is actually best that you settle only for shoes that are designed for flat feet.

Tip 3 – Think about stability when choosing your pair. Running shoes for flat feet, which use dense foam for the arch provide better support for the feet and this translates in stability even when moving or running. The less your feet move and rolls the less your exposure to injuries and other discomforts.

Tip 4 – Do not forget to look at the cushioning so that you have excellent shock absorbing effect when wearing the shoes. The right cushioning minimizes the impact every time the feet hit the ground. Most manufacturers have researched and developed shoes that are well-cushioned and it is a feature that is not only important for flat feet but also normal arched feet too.

Tip 5 – Think about your comfort. You will only manage to achieve your goals when you are comfortable in your shoes. Apart from ensuring that your pair is cushioned properly, the shoes should also be made using comfortable materials from the sole to the upper parts. Proper ventilation is also an important element to look at when choosing your shoes.

Asthi Jivak Ayurvedic Knee Pain Treatment

Ayurveda is an ancient form of Indian medicine that has citation to almost every disease condition that could happen to a human being along with its treatment modules and prevention protocols. Ayurvedic medicine is considered to be safe as it is made of all natural products and makes use of botanical extracts along with organic derivations in all its medical formulations. It maintains body balance and maintain holistic well being of the body, soul and the mind.

Knee joint pain has become a common problem for elders, as their synovial membranes between the joints gets eroded over time and friction decreases over time. They develop pain eventually even with mild exertion. Knee joint pain is also common for those who are obese, as the joint is not able to bear with their body weight. Allopathic treatment for such knee problems might include surgical repair and other painful treatments. But in Ayurveda it is possible to safely, effectively and easily relive joint pain with the help of Asthijivk oil.

Ingredients of the oil:

The herbal oil is a potent mixture of a number of useful yet rare herbs that is being formulated into a paste to treat underlying muscle and nerve structures. As the oil is massaged over the skin, it has a potential to improve circulation in the muscles underneath improving blood flow in the arteries and fast growth of the damaged membranes. Herbs used in the oil are either used in the form of oil or in the form of an ark to extract the best properties of the oils. Its key herbs are Gwarpatha, Ajwain, nirgundi, Arand, Haldi, Aswagandha to name a few.

Directions to use:

Approximately 8 grams or 2 spoons of the oil is taken and mixed it with lukewarm water in order to make a paste like consistency to be applied and massaged on the knees. The preparation is best applied during night time before going to sleep. After application of the oil, the area has to be covered firmly but not tightly with the help of a flannel cloth and leave in in place for the entire night the area has to be washed off with lukewarm water in the morning and again is to be massaged with direct asthijivak oil. For repeated use, the same cloth can be used after washing. Caution is to be taken not to apply too much pressure while performing massage.

Advantages of using the oil:

· Massaging with the oil helps to improve circulation.

· Massaging helps in decreasing pain and inflammation.

· Bone damage happening with age gets renewed with calcification.

· Massage with the oil decreases damage to the cartilage.

· The oil helps in strengthening the supporting musculature.

As it improves lubrication it is possible to walk easily after damage.

Knee Replacement! 5 Things You Must to Do Before the Surgery

If you are reading this article, my assumption is that You or a loved one are planning to have a Total Knee Replacement surgery. The information I am about to share is based on that assumption, and is the result of what I have seen work, after knee replacement surgeries, in terms of quick recovery, better pain management and improved mobility. After spending the past six years (I am a home health administrator) managing the recovery of 100s patients that undergo joint replacement surgeries, the following are what I have seen produce the best results in terms of preparation for the surgery.

What Does Really Work?

Like anything in life, proper preparation guarantees the best outcome and for knee replacement proper preparation is the difference between recovering in days, and spending months in painful after surgery follow ups and corrective procedures. Here are five things you can do to get the best results when it comes to knee surgery:

1. Propulica the Surgeon!

All orthopedic surgeons are not created equal. Choose an orthopedic surgeon with a proven record, in knee replacement surgery. Propuplica is a non-profit organization that allows you to make an informed choice about any surgeon, by accessing detailed

previous performances and rates surgeons accordingly. It rates surgeons based on their historical complication rates and more importantly it tells you how they fair against their peers. After you are referred by your Primary Care Physician(PCP) to a surgeon, my advice is that you run their name through this tool and you will find yourself much more informed about the surgeon. Remember your PCP might be referring you to a friend or a colleague, whom he or she had a long standing relationship which could affect their judgement, and even if their recommendation is on point, having this objective tool to validate their referral, will put you at ease about the surgery.

2. Ask Questions!

Once you settled on a surgeon, set an appointment for initial assessment. While the job of the surgeon is to review your medical condition and asses your medical needs, your focus should be on interviewing them. Remember you are hiring them and not the other way around, so don’t be intimidated and prepare a list of questions to ask. It’s important that you engage the surgeon and have at least a pre-written 10-15 questions that you need answers for. If you are a smoker for example or a diabetic, ask them what extra steps or precautions you need to be aware of, to guarantee the best outcome. Giving them your past medical history, is not enough, so make sure you get your questions answered by the surgeon, in person and verbatim.

3. Exercise is King! I mean that!

Now that you have chosen the right surgeon for the job, you need to comply fully with their orders. One of those orders will be a list of pre-surgery exercises you will need to follow, on a daily basis prior to the surgery. These exercise are essential to your recovery as they can help strengthen your knee, improve flexibility, and help you recover faster. I can’t stress enough how important it is to follow these exercises, to have the best outcomes. Here is a link to some of the common exercises recommended for pre surgery preparation. I am only including the link for illustrative purposes and it’s imperative that you follow your surgeon’s recommendation when it comes which exercises to do.

4. Tweak your home for (surgery) success!

To make your home safer and easier to navigate during recovery, Mayo Clinic recommends that you consider making the following improvements to your home prior to going in for the surgery:

• Create a total living space on one floor since climbing stairs can be difficult.

• Install safety bars or a secure handrail in your shower or bath.

• Secure stairway handrails.

• Get a stable chair with a firm seat cushion and back, and a footstool to elevate your leg.

• Arrange for a toilet-seat riser with arms if you have a low toilet.

• Try a stable bench or chair for your shower.

• Remove loose rugs and cords.

5. Accept and Avoid Rule!

Accept Physical Therapy!

Depending on your medical condition, the surgeon will recommend either home health therapy after the surgery, outpatient therapy or both (usually in succession), again do your homework and chose your providers based on their past performance. Once again you are hiring so choose wisely. Medicare’s home health compare for example, is a great tool that you can use to rate a home care agency based on their health care outcomes, as well as their patient satisfaction rating. For outpatient therapy, health grades has ratings tool you can use to help you chose the right outpatient physical therapy for your knee.

Avoid Infections!

Finally let’s address the 800-pound Gorilla in the room! Knee Infection! Nothing hampers your recovery like a nasty infection. In knee replacement, they are very easy to avoid, yet they are the number one reason why rather a smooth ride to recovery town, becomes very bumpy all of a sudden. To avoid post-surgery infections, include an infection plan in your pre-surgery planning. Infections after a knee replacement are not common, but are nightmarish when they occur so avoid them at all cost. Make sure one of the questions you ask your surgeon during the interview is: What systems do you have in place to make sure I don’t get knee infection after the surgery? Any good surgeon will walk you through their infection control plan which should include: pre, during and post-surgery plans. Dr. Howard J. Luks who is an orthopedic surgeon has an excellent article on knee infection prevention, that anyone who is planning to undergo a knee replacement surgery, should read.