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Blog on foot and posture pain, problems and all related subjects.

It is Never Too late to Correct Foot Problems!

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Is it ever too late to Correct Foot Problems? No, No, NO! It is never too late to make changes for the better. Even elderly people can start exercise programs which will enhance mobility, stability and suppleness. You may not get an 18-year old body, but you can knock years off your anatomic age and revert to a fitness that will surprise you! What ...
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Alternative Solutions for Foot Problems

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Let us take a look at some common foot and posture problems and the current, conventional options for relief. Then compare some exciting, very effective alternative and/or complementary solutions. Foot and Posture Problems and Solutions Problem Conventional Options (Often merely treating the symptoms) Alternative Options (Removing the Cause) Achill...
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Love Your Feet

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Neglected Feet Feet are often neglected, forgotten, ignored, abused and among the less loved of our body parts. Until they cry for help... And then we quickly realize how important they really are!! Feet are our foundation and like with all foundations, any weakness or instability can cause significant structural damage. Feet are Important Our feet...
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Stability for the Elderly

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Stability and balance usually decline at least a little, as we grow older. Why? Muscle Deterioration Some of it may have to do with brain function deteriorating, but a lot of it is purely physical. The renewal rate of cells slows – this is the whole meaning of ‘ageing’. Muscles, ligaments and tendons lose both strength and flexibility. Many feel th...
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Spring Has Sprung!

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Or it is meant to have arrived...it depends where you look for it! Drought and cold and heat may have quite devastating effects on nature, but it always bounces back again and Spring greets us with a brave show in whatever conditions prevail. Are you dragging your weary feet? Are you perhaps feeling a bit battered and battle weary after the Winter?...
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Preventing Injury

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How do we Prevent Injury? Some people seem to be injury prone – but usually there is an underlying cause. Poor balance, weak muscles, tight muscles, misalignment, etc. Various aids are used to reduce risks – ankle or knee guards, strapping, arch supports, special footwear, gum guards, goggles, head bands, helmets, visors and the like... There is, h...
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Diabetes and the Feet

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Improving blood circulation or blood flow is important in certain conditions – diabetes is one of them. About Diabetes The website www.medicalnewstoday.com gives comprehensive and useful information about diabetes. Here we condense some of the information in order to give an overview, while highlighting the importance of good blood circulation, exe...
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Holistic Approach to Foot and Posture Problems

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The Narrow View Problems in the skeletal structure are often treated in a localized way – even knee and hip replacements are done with little or no consideration of the misaligned feet that possibly contributed to the problem initially, and must again carry the mended structure. Similarly heel pain may be treated by placing a cushion under the heel...
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Tired, Aching Legs

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Women and the elderly suffer most from tired, aching legs, but men who stand long hours, especially in one position, may be affected too. Symptoms A dull ache behind the knee or in the calf muscles A burning, pulling feeling in leg muscles Painful weariness or restlessness in legs at night Causes A common cause of tired, aching legs is poor blood c...
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Change Your Body - for Better or for Worse

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What can Change your Body? Apart from severe injury, as in a car crash, which could leave you with a mangled and very different body, bad footwear or bad postural habits, can change portions of your body for the worse. Similarly good habits and exercise may make changes for the better. External forces may be outside of our control. But choice direc...
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Even Weight Distribution in Feet = Good Posture

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Posture versus Foot Alignment Posture is directly related to weight distribution in the feet! If the feet roll in, or over-pronate, the knees are placed under stress because of the misalignment. Likewise, if the feet roll out, the knees take strain. The body may cope for many years, but sooner or later a knee problem develops. Or the misalignment h...
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Arch Supports, Insoles ... Foot Correctors!!!

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Arch Supports or Insoles Arch supports are usually premade from hard or soft, static materials and designed principally to support the medial arch but being static cannot bring about change. If the arch has weakened or dropped, this brings a feeling of comfort and reinforcement. An insole, likewise, cushions and props up the medial arch. Gel insole...
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Back Pain

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Lower Back Pain Many people experience tiredness and pain in the lower back, especially when standing for many hours or working in a bent over, or other strained position. It is often seen as a normal part of one’s work or growing older, but in fact, pain is the body’s way of telling us there is something wrong. Causes of Back Pain Poor body postur...
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Heel Pain

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Heel Pain Heel pain can be due to Achilles Tendonitis, Sever’s Disease (children) and other conditions, but the most common one is Plantar Fasciitis, which may include a heel spur. Fasciitis is becoming more and more prevalent, partially because of hard surfaces and the trend towards very thin, flat shoe soles. Bone structure is pounded and there i...
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Standing Long Hours? Attention Foot Sloggers!

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Attention Teachers, Nurses, Hairdressers, Physios, Dentists, Surgeons, Pharmacists, Tradesmen, Factory Workers... in fact, everyone who spends their working hours on their feet!! Do you stand for long hours and have sore, tired feet at the end of the day? Have you found yourself looking for softer and softer shoes? Wearing thicker soles? Or wearing...
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A Special Gift

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Special Days Nationally we have special days like Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Christmas and so on. Gift giving days.... Families have special days – birthdays, anniversaries and special memory days. We celebrate by giving gifts. And then there are days when we just want to make a special gesture... say thank you, or ‘I love you’ or ‘I’m sorry’. Giv...
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Foot Health and Arch Supports... Orthodox and Alternative

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The Orthodox View The accepted and traditional beliefs about foot health and arch supports include the following: Bad footwear is a major cause of foot problems Better, more high-tech footwear will solve the problems Cushioning relieves pain and pressure Medication, cortisone and surgery, in that order, are applied to many foot problems if all the ...
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Step Forward Customer Service

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Step Forward South Africa has a 95%+ success rate, or in other words, 95 and more out of a hundred users are happy and wear Soft Steps ® with confidence, comfort and great enjoyment. This is an unusually high index in a world where many products do not live up to the advertised attributes and quality. What makes our customers so happy? Quality Soft...
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More Soft Step® Success Stories

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Soft Step ® Foot Correctors are not just for flat feet! They help for a multitude of different ailments and problems. Below we have categorized a few of the many success stories from happy wearers. 1 - Achilles I suffered severely from foot, Achilles and lower back pains and on a whim sat down at the Step Forward stand at the Royal Show in Pieterma...
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The Story of Step Forward South Africa

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Distributors of the popular Soft Step ® Foot Correctors Soft Steps ® have been marketed by the Step Forward Co, USA since 1974. In 2004 overseas markets were considered for the first time. A Canadian representative came to South Africa on holiday and introduced the product at the Royal show in Pietermaritzburg. At the time I was exhibiting water fi...
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