New shoes may prevent wandering in the elderly and ease bunion pain
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Within the next month, caretakers and family members of elderly individuals with dementia may be able to obtain peace of mind thanks to a new type of shoe that has a global positioning satellite (GPS) technology built in.

The shoe company Aetrex Worldwide has teamed up with Omnilink Systems, the maker of a tracking solution made specifically for individuals with Alzheimer's disease, and GPS company GTX Corp to develop 3,000 pairs of the shoes.

In a New York Times blog post, author Paula Span spoke to senior housing program director Andrew Carle, who reportedly broached the idea with GTX Corp, which had originally thought of developing the shoes for children.

"I pointed out why this was an ideal technology for people with dementia who wander," said Carle, quoted by the news source. "Little kids can carry cellphones with GPS. We have far more seniors wandering off every day who don’t call for help."

Other than the GPS technology, there doesn’t appear to be anything fancy about the sneakers. This may make them suitable for individuals with another condition of aging: bunions. Senior who don't want to undergo bunion surgery may want to consider bunion splints or orthotics, which have been known to help correct the deformities.
 

What comes first obesity or foot problems like bunions
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What comes first, obesity or foot problems like bunions?

Tiburon, CA – April 27, 2011– What comes first, obesity or foot problems like bunions? According to Alpha Orthotics Corp., studies indicate that either foot disorders or obesity may come first. Lower Extremity Review sites a couple of recent studies that find foo t disorders, such as bunions (Hallux valgus), …

Physical therapy and orthotics work together to combat foot pain
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Physical therapy and orthotics work together to combat foot pain

The combination of a fitted foot splint and physical therapy exercises have been shown to reduce foot pain

Carefree flip flops are not always a smart summer choice
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Carefree flip flops are not always a smart summer choice

Flip flops provide little to no arch support, causing foot problems for many

Moisturizing exfoliation and calcium intake strengthen feet and bones
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Moisturizing, exfoliation and calcium intake strengthen feet and bones

Home-based treatments can keep your feet healthy and save money

Orthopedic shoes may help alleviate foot problems
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Orthopedic shoes may help alleviate foot problems

If you have bunions, hammer toe or fallen arches, you may have given up hope for walking comfortably.

AAOS encourages people to get moving even in the face of foot pain
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AAOS encourages people to get moving – even in the face of foot pain

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has launched its Get Up! Get Out! and Get Moving! campaign to encourage people to get off the couch this summer and participate in active lifestyles.

Summer sport performance may be improved with bunion correction
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Summer sport performance may be improved with bunion correction

Conditions like bunions, hammer toe and fallen arches often affect female athletes in more ways than just through foot pain.

How to keep foot problems at bay in old age
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How to keep foot problems at bay in old age

As we age, our bodies are no longer able to deal with everyday stressors as effectively as they once were.

Heels with ankle straps may be preferable for ladies with foot problems
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Heels with ankle straps may be preferable for ladies with foot problems

Women with bunions or hammer toe are generally advised to steer clear of high heels with narrow toe boxes, as they pack a double-whammy of foot pain by squishing the forefoot into an unnaturally compact position.