Fit and support not cost are key factors of a good sneaker
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Athletes – especially those with foot conditions like bunions, hammer toe or fallen arches – know that a quality pair of supportive sneakers is important to keeping foot pain at bay. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean picking out the priciest pair of shoes in the store.

A study conducted by researchers at the Institute of Motion Analysis and Research at Ninewells Hospital in the UK compared inexpensive, mid-range and costly running shoes on 55 men and women who tested the shoes by running and walking on treadmills.

The team found little to no difference in cushioning or comfort between the three types of shoes.

Mike O’Neill, a foot surgeon and spokesperson for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists said that it’s most important that a person wears appropriate footwear when engaging in athletics.

“It is not the cost of the trainers that is important but the suitability of the trainers. Cross trainers should not be worn for running and running trainers should not be worn for playing squash or tennis,” said O’Neill.

In addition to buying supportive shoes, people with bunions or hammer toe have several options for treatment. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends conservative methods of bunion correction. These include bunion splints, orthotics and icing inflamed areas.

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.