Orthopedic shoes, Are they worth the cost?

I regularly feel aches and pains in my feet and legs? Some days it’s enough to impact my daily activities and workout.  Over the years I have found that for myself, orthotics have made a big difference but let’s fact it, the good ones, the custom made orthotics are not cheap.  If you have a good insurance plan and they are covered it’s no problem, but when the orthotics are not covered it can be difficult to dish out 500 bucks for a pair.  Recently I was told that I should consider orthopedic shoes, which I’d always figured were clunky and not that attractive.  I was surprised to see how much orthopedic shoes have changed, and how there are even nice sandals now!  So I decided to do more research.

What can these shoes offer?Orthopedic shoes

What are the advantages of orthopedic shoes? Orthopedic shoes can balance your foot when you walk, can give support to the curve and heel of the feet, and help keep your feet stabilized, avoiding undue pressure on one side or the other.  These shoes can help relieve aches and pains caused by wearing shoes without enough support or that don’t fit properly.  A proper pair of shoes can also reduce the foot’s swelling that happens when we spend a lot of time on our feet as they encourage better blood flow.  Of course it goes without saying that if a person with just regular aches and pains can benefit from orthopedic shoes then someone with some sort of condition such as  achilles tendinitis, bunions, cavus foot, arthritis, claw toe, diabetic foot, flat feet, hammer toe or heel pain, can really benefit.  There are different types of shoes that will specifically address your specific condition, so my advise is that if you have feet aches and pains, look into orthopedic shoes.  I have ones for working out, and sandals, and at the end of the day my feet feel a lot better when I’ve been wearing them instead of regular shoes!

Concussions Can Have Lasting Effects

This article caught my eye mostly because I have a niece and nephew who are playing soccer and loving every minute of it.

While it’s great to have them involved in physical activity and having goals for themselves at such a young age, I worry about injuries and especially concussions when those little heads hit the ground as they fall.


head injuryI know many of us have suffered pretty bad falls, I can remember a few times my parents kept me awake to be sure I did not fall asleep and never wake up, but I never thought about the potential after effects.  I guess it makes sense, when your brain gets rattled it takes time to heal and since our entire body is controlled by our brains, a bump or bruise on the right place can certainly throw our balance off.


I have heard about those specialized clinics that deal with athletes and their injuries, in particular concussions, and I have told my brother about them, better to be proactive.  I’d prefer the kids stay safe but kids will be kids so being a well informed parent is a good thing, after all, we can’t wrap them in bubble wrap, can we?


So keep an eye on those kids, both young and old, whether a budding athlete or one in a long term training program.  We need to protect their heads, brains & the rest of their bodies!


Have you been through the concussion or brain injury scare with yourself or your kids?  Did you find the effect lasted after the injury?  Do you feel the padding, tools and other protective devices are enough?  It’s pretty scary, it takes just a split second or 1 small wrong move to cause a major issue, even us adults have suffered that!  The “if only” moment!


Keep ’em safe as well as we can.

How Can A Psychologist Help You?

Unless you live on a beach, with no bills or responsibilities, stress is part of your life. Sometimes it builds up and becomes difficult to manage, that is when we need help with stress management London. Whether you are having relationship problems London, or simply have too much to juggle each day,  psychologists in London can help. Before the stress, depression or anxiety starts to become debilitation, find the help you need.

The Fact and Fiction About Orthotics

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The term “orthotics” refers to a type of mechanism – usually designed for the foot – that is meant to restore an individual’s ideal biomechanical function. Even subtle imperfections of a foot’s skeletal structure can have immense repercussions on the rest of an individual’s body. These repercussions can involve recurrent pain or injury to certain parts of the body. Even if an individual is not currently suffering lower limb pain, orthotic prescriptions can still prove useful if the individual is an athlete or bears weight on an occupational basis. If this is the case, orthotics London can improve endurance and prevent potential injuries from occurring.

Although some orthotics are available generically at most shoe stores, only orthotic prescriptions (issued by a medical professional) guarantee that the structural integrity of your foot won’t be further compromised by wearing the orthotic. Podiatrists can design orthotic devices on an individual patient to patient basis, devices that are customized to a patient’s unique foot structure. These individualized insoles can provide sturdy support or soft flexibility to numerous different aspects of the patient’s foot.

Patients of podiatrists can have their feet imaged three-dimensionally and measured for foot orthotics customized to fit their individual need. These types of orthotics can be restorative in nature – helping to heal various injuries – or they can be preventative in design, attempting to keep damage from occurring. Comfort and ease of action are paramount when it comes to custom-made orthotics.

In general, there are two types of orthotic designs: Accommodative & Functional.

Accommodative orthotics are meant to work with (or accommodate) types of abnormal particularities of the foot – particularities like foot ulcers, calluses, etc.

These designs are soft, meant to cushion painful areas of the foot. Functional orthotics on the other hand are semi-rigid rather than soft; and are meant to correct abnormal motion and relieve the pain the motion can cause.

For more about orthotics, explore these Fact or Fiction Foot Facts – and test your knowledge of this unique type of care!

Fact or Fiction: Walking does not put more than a person’s own weight of force on a foot.

FICTION! Walking can put around 1.5 times a person’s weight of force on their feet – momentum and speed increase a foots’ impact relative to their owner’s weight. So how much weight can running put on your feet? Think 3 times your weight…that’s a lot for such a small pair of body parts!


Fact or Fiction: Despite their relative smallness compared to the rest of the body, feet contain 25% of a human’s total bone count.

FACT! Feet are incredibly complex in design, and their total of 52 bones (26 each) are proof of this! A Human has 206 bones…meaning that – yes – one of four bones are found in the foot.


Fact or Fiction: If you have pronated (flat-footed) or supinated (highly arched) feet – orthotics are inevitable.

FICTION! Slight flat-footedness or high-archness will only become an orthotic concern if the individual suffers an injury, if the individual is a serious athlete, if the individual is in pain, and if the individual bears weight on a day to day basis – increasing the risk of an injury in the future.


Fact or Fiction: Orthotics do not last long and so are not worth the expense.

FICTION! Orthotic technology has improved the life-span of orthotic insoles to the point where properly prescribed and worn devices can last many years – and evolving technology is finding ways to further increase this lifespan every day. The expense is greater than that of the garden-variety insoles available generically – but this price is usually covered to varying degrees by insurance policies. Compared to the cost of a monthly pain prescription which may continue for decades, the cost of a singular orthotic device is sensible and preferable for the right patients.


Podiatrists specialize exclusively in the foot and ankle – and podiatry is the only profession which dedicates itself fully to these structures. You don’t have to live in pain – contact a podiatrist to see what orthotics or lifestyle changes can do for you.

Even Sleep Is An Important Health and Wellness Factor

There are many things that keep us healthy; a balanced diet, regular exercise, less stress and regular sleep habits. Most Wellness Centres will help educate you on overall health, and we can all benefit from tweaking our habits, no matter how healthy we think we are.


For everything from the many foods that we think are healthy but really aren’t to the habits we have that hinder our sleeping patterns.


Physiotherapy And Arthritis

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What is arthritis?

More than two hundred types of arthritis exist, as well as other related conditions. Each type differs in symptoms and effects. In osteoarthritis, the symptom is wearing and tearing of joints which increases as time goes by. While in rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system attacks the joints, which can become red and swollen if not treated. Arthritis occurs for several reasons. It can be hereditary or you might develop it over time. Arthritis can start without any obvious cause and at any time of your life.

How can physiotherapy help?

Since physiotherapy deals with the movement or the physical fitness of the body, it can help manage symptoms of arthritis especially with the physiotherapist’s advices and assistance to improve your condition and to strengthen your muscles. Your physiotherapist will suggest any easy exercise like in the water or swimming pool. Being actively engaged in moving will really help you in coping up and become independent.

You should see your physiotherapist before and after a joint operation such as total knee (TKR) or total hip (THR) replacement in order for you to be advised on how to walk properly and to make sure you are recovering well.

What will happen when I see a physiotherapist?

A physiotherapist will assess your problem, give you advice or give you a physical treatment. Don’t be hesitant to ask questions or share things about your life because everything that you’ll discuss will completely be confidential.

Your physiotherapist might need you to remove some of your clothes in order to have a good look at the way you move, so in order for you to be comfortable, it will be a good idea to wear suitable and nice underwear.

Physiotherapists are the third largest health profession next to doctors and nurses. They work in the NHS, private practice, for charities through occupational health schemes. Physiotherapy has proved its effectiveness through various researches, it can surely be trusted.

How can I help myself?

Lot of exercises will help you reduce joint pain and to stop it from coming back, but it varies individually, changes in posture and lifestyle can be of a great help.

It will be helpful for you to have an adjustment especially with how you move; you should keep active without overusing an arthritic joint.

Top tips for arthritis care

  • Keep active. Work on keeping your muscles strong and your joints moving.
  • Maintain a healthy weight, so your body will not be too heavy for your joints to carry.
  • Avoid making an inflamed joint worse.
  • Seek advice on how to manage your condition.
  • Seek advice to find out if walking helps or if you do need a support or a brace.
  • Maintain a good posture to carry your weight evenly. Poor posture affects your healthy joints as well as your digestion and breathing.
  • When using cooling packs, remember to follow the instructions. Maintain a good circulation to the area around the joint and don’t leave the pack on your skin for too long.