What comes first obesity or foot problems like bunions
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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), may lead to inactive lifestyles and obesity. Whereas a study by the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) shows how obesity leads to foot pain and foot problems. With early prevention, both can be
avoided by walking in a hinged bunion splint like Bunion Aid®.

 

There are studies to support the argument that foot disorders lead to obesity. The
March issue of Lower Extremity Review sites, “recent studies have concluded that increasing severity of Hallux valgus (HV) leads to a series of conditions or behaviors –
increasing pain, decreasing functional ability, withdrawal from normal daily
activities – that contribute directly to a progressive decline in
health-related quality of life.” In particular, two studies published in 2010
in Arthritis Care & Research and in Osteoarthritis & Cartilage,
conclude that the occurrence of Hallux valgus and related bunion pain lead to a
progressive reduction in health-related quality of life and to lower scores
associated with overall physical, psychological and social function.

On the other hand, a valid argument that obesity causes foot problems can be sited. A survey by the AOFAS Public Education Committee noted that foot and ankle problems can be linked to an individual’s weight and body mass (BMI). The results showed “a
correlation between overweight participants – as measured by the BMI – and foot
problems. Statistical analysis found an increased BMI for those with current
foot and ankle pain.” Almost 41% percent of the respondents reported weight
gain prior to the onset of pain. Also patients who had prior foot surgery or
who had previously seen a physician about foot and ankle pain seemed to have a
higher BMI, according to the study. It is reasonable to argue that obesity
causes foot disorders. An extra force of 3 to 7X of this body mass on the feet
while walking, ascending stairs, or running often causes excessive pronation
(flat feet), leading to one of the most common foot ailments, bunions.

“No matter what leads to what: if you have a bunion, wearing and walking in a hinged
bunion splint, such as Bunion Aid, will relieve bunion pain, correct the bunion,
and support the fallen arches caused by over-pronation. And this will lead to a
more active lifestyle and less weight gain,” according to Gaby Federal,
President of Alpha Orthotics Corp.

About Alpha Orthotics Corp

Alpha Orthotics Corp. (http://www.alphaorthotics.com) is a
wholly owned subsidiary of German Hallufix Corporation. Alpha Orthotics markets and sells patented, German-engineered non-invasive orthotic products directly to consumers and to the medical community. Alpha Orthotics is committed to informing people about
Hallux valgus by providing information about foot health and preventive
treatments. PR Web release

 

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.

Union Jack shoes may lead to foot pain for patriotic Brits
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Union Jack shoes may lead to foot pain for patriotic Brits

The weekend of June 2 marks Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year on the throne and, in celebration, UK residents get decked out in flag-inspired clothing and accessories.