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Posted on 13 June, 2016 at 16:50 Comments comments (5)

Most of our back pain may be due some problems  such as, imbalanced feet, leg length difference or the medial arches have became iimblanced. This problem  can be  easily solved, 

Scoliosis is not a disease, but rather it is a term used to describe any abnormal, sideways curvature of the spine. Viewed from the back, a typical spine is straight. When scoliosis occurs, the spine can curve in one of three ways:


The spine curves to the side as a single curve to the left (shaped like the letter C), called levoscoliosis

The spine curves to the side as a single curve to the right (shaped like a backwards letter C), called dextroscoliosis

The spine has two curves (shaped like the letter S).

Custom orthotics are specially designed to help the individuals make to get rid of your pain.

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Bunions and how to improve them without surgery

Posted on 20 February, 2016 at 13:35 Comments comments (2)

A bunion is a bony bump between the first metartarsal and the big toe, also known as hallux abducto valgus  resulting from  the flattening or lowering  of the Transverse or Metartarsal Arch or it may hereditary. This condition causes the joint to be inflammed and swollen because it tends to rub against the inside of the shoe. It can eventually become arthritic if left untreated. This problem is common among women  who often wear shoes with high heels  which  distribute the person's weight on the the ball of the foot especially without any metartarsal or tranverse arch support, thus resulting in the fall of the metartarsal arch. If that's the case with your feet stop wearing high heels or start wearing orthotics to support the arches properly to prevent the problem from getting worse.

Also, a Bunion Manager which is a night splint designed to reverse the process by training the muscles to hold the big toe staright and meanwhile comfortably pushes the joint that sticks out back in. It is a slow but sure process which may take  several months, if the condition is severe it may take longer. Generally, if the bunion is just beginning to show it is much easier and faster to see results.

What is Shin Splint?

Posted on 18 February, 2016 at 14:20 Comments comments (1)

Shin splints refer  to the sharp pains that occur down the front of the lower leg. They are a common complaint, particularly among runners and other athletes.

Shin splints may refer to a number of lower leg complaints and injuries. In most cases, shin splints refer to the pain that results from overload on the tissues that connect muscles to the shin bone (tibia). They also may come from the small bone of the lower leg and ankle, called the fibula. The medical term for shin splints is medial tibial stress syndrome.

Next to ankle sprains, shin splints are probably the most common complaint of injury to the lower body. Most shin splints occur in the front (anterior) portion of the tibia; some also occur in the inside of the leg along the tibia. Runners probably suffer shin splints more than other people, but they also occur in people who play basketball and tennis and those who walk long distances, particularly on treadmills.

The most common cause of shin splints is overdoing activities that constantly pound on the legs and feet. This may include sports with many stops and starts, running down hills or other tilted surfaces, or repeated walking. Simply training too long or too hard, especially without proper stretching and warm-up, can cause shin splints. People with flat feet, high arches, or feet that turn outward may be more prone to shin splints. Shoes that are worn or don't provide proper foot support also add to the problem. Custom orthotics help to correct the arches and relieve the shin splints easily and quickly. To continue the pain relief just keep wearing the orthotics whenever you are on your feet.

Physicians usually recommend a period of rest for people with shin splints to let the area heal. Usually, about three to four weeks is recommended, though the time varies depending on the patient and injury severity. Shin splints may be treated in phases, beginning with absolute rest and gradual return to activity. Ice and elevation of the foot may be used to help relieve pain and swelling in the first phase. If the person needs to keep in shape, stretching and water exercises that keep the foot from bearing weight may be allowed after initial treatment. As the patient returns to normal function, orthotic footwear and braces may be added to prevent re-injury.

Various massage techniques may help speed up recovery. Homeopathic physicians may recommend Rhus tox. Those using alternative remedies should ensure they are certified practitioners and should coordinate care with allopathic providers.

With proper rest, management, and prevention, people with shin splints can return to normal activity in a few weeks or more. However, continuing to perform the activity that caused the shin splints can lead to stress fractures of the tibia.

Leg length Difference Causes aches and pain

Posted on 12 February, 2016 at 17:35 Comments comments (2)

Leg length difference  may affect as many as 60 to 90 percent of the population and is categorized as either functional or anatomical. Both kinds have profound effects on the body's functional integrity and biomechanics. Symptoms include backache (most commonly), arthritis of the knee and hip, psoasitis, patellar tendinitis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, plantar fasciitis, medial tibial stress syndrome, iliotibial band syndrome with lateral knee pain, trochanteric bursitis, sacroiliac discomfort, Achilles tendinitis and cuboid syndrome.


The treatment of functional and anatomical leg length discrepancies must include orthotics. Have your legs accurately measured and corrected. This will improve your whole body alignment and balance avoding unnecessary wear and tear too.


What causes Achilles Tendonitis?

Posted on 9 February, 2016 at 16:55 Comments comments (0)

Foot and ankle tendonitis is a common cause of foot pain, occurring when there is inflammation or irritation of the tendons, usually resulting from over-running or jumpin or  injury. Foot and ankle tendonitis can affect any of the tendons in the foot resulting in conditions such as Achilles Tendonitis.

To relieve the pain immediately try cold therapy. Put some ice in a plastic bag and place it over the area that hurts. The pain and swell shall subside after you have done the treatment. Stop running for a few days and then resume. Make sure your shoes are level on the heels. If the pain comes back, you should look into getting yourself  a pair of custom orthotics. They will take care of the pain.  

Neck Pain. Why and how to relieve the pain.

Posted on 28 January, 2016 at 17:50 Comments comments (1)


Most neck pain is caused by activities that involve repeated or prolonged movements of the neck. This can result in a strain (an overstretched or overused muscle), a sprain (injury to a ligament), or a spasm of the neck muscles.


These activities include:  Holding your head in a forward or odd position for long periods of time while working, reading, watching TV, or talking on the telephone. Sleeping on a pillow camera.gif that is too high or too flat or that doesn't support your neck, or sleeping on your stomach with your neck twisted or bent.

Spending long periods of time resting your head on your upright fist or arm.

Work or exercise that uses the upper body and arms, such as painting a ceiling or other overhead work.

Stress and focusing intensely on a task can also cause neck pain. Tension may develop in one or more of the muscles that connect the head, neck, and shoulders. They may feel tight and painful.

Another possible cause is leg length discrepancy or different leg lengths. If you have one leg longer than the other, your spine would not be upright when you are stranding up, so your neck is slightly curved and your shoulders don't balance causing some shoulder and neck muscles to be overstretched which results in tiredness and pain eventually. So the solution is to have your legs measured to find out the difference and correct the difference. Once you are equally balanced you will begin to feel better.  

How to treat Sciatica

Posted on 25 January, 2016 at 18:15 Comments comments (0)

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body. Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.


Although the pain associated with sciatica can be severe, most cases resolve with non-operative treatments in a few weeks. People who have severe sciatica that's associated with significant leg weakness or bowel or bladder changes might be candidates for surgery.


Quite often Sciatica is a result of leg length discrepancy. About 75% of adults have this problem and occasionally it results in severe pain on one side of the hips and gradually spreading downwards. The first thing you can do is to have your leg length measured, if one leg is shorter then you need a heel lift to help balance both hips and shoulders and maintain a straight spine and get rid of the pain. Sometimes it could also due to one foot being flatter than the other and therefore you need orthotics thats are custom made for you to address the problem.



Heel Spur and sharp pain.

Posted on 20 January, 2016 at 18:15 Comments comments (0)

What is a heel spur or bone spur?

  • A heel spur (or osteophyte) is a small bony growth or collection of bony growths on the back or underside of the heel. They may or may not cause pain, and patients often confuse heel spurs with a related condition known as plantar fasciitis - inflammation of the band of tissue that stretches from the ball of the foot to the heel, forming the arch. Many people have a bone spur without ever knowing it, and about 70 percent of patients with plantar fasciitis who do have discomfort will also be found to have a heel spur when observed via X-ray.

  • It is likely that a bone spur forms as the body tries to repair itself from repeated injury by laying down extra bone at the site of trauma. Plantar fasciitis is typically another result of such trauma. Heel spurs are most often seen in middle-aged men and women, but can be found in all age groups.

  • The symptom of a heel spur is a sharp pain under the heel or when pressed with a thumb or when stepped on a hard surface. Pain killers or cold treatment can help but it's temporary. The long term solution is getting a pair of custom orthotics to support the feet accurately and having the heel spur correction built into the orthotics to provide relief to the area when the spur has caused inflammation. Normally after a few days the pain will diminish and stay away.

Hip pain and how it can be treated.

Posted on 18 January, 2016 at 11:35 Comments comments (0)

I had severe hip pain once and it was horrific. It started one morning on my left hip and it felt like hit me on the left side of buttock with a sledge hammer and then I began limping and it became very sore on that hip.

I have been wearing orthotics and eventhough I knew my right leg was a little shorter I didn't think it would matter. So when the pain struck me I knew i got to insert a heel lift on the bottom of my right orthotic. Then I rest for a about a few hours and avoided putting much weight on the right foot when I walked.

In the later  part of the afternoon the hip pain disappeared. Since then that pain never bothered me anymore. 

There are other reasons causing hip such as:


The most common cause of chronic hip pain in women is arthritis, particularly

osteoarthritis, the wear­and­tear kind that affects many people as they age. “The ball­andsocket

joint starts to wear out,” Siegrist says. Arthritis pain is often felt in the front of your

thigh or in the groin, due to stiffness or swelling in the joint

Hip Fractures

Hip fractures are common in older women, especially those with

osteoporosis (decreased bone density). Symptoms of a hip fracture include pain when you

straighten, lift, or stand on your leg. Also, the toes on your injured side will appear to turn out,

a sign that can aid your doctor’s preliminary diagnosis.

Bursitis and Tendonitis

s. Many tendons around the hip connect the muscles to the joint.

These tendons can easily become inflamed if you overuse them or participate in strenuous

activities. One of the most common causes of tendinitis at the hip joint, especially in runners,

is iliotibial band syndrome — the iliotibial band is the thick span of tissue that runs from the

outer rim of your pelvis to the outside of your knee

Gynaecological and back tissues

s. “Hip pain in women can have gynecological causes,”

Siegrist says. “It’s important not to just assume that the pain is caused by arthritis, bursitis or

tendinitis. Depending on your age and other health issues, the pain in your hip could be

coming from some other system.”


. In the groin area, femoral and inguinal hernias — sometimes referred to as sports

hernias — can cause anterior (frontal) hip pain in women. Pregnant women can be

susceptible to inguinal hernias because of the added pressure on the wall of their abdomen.

What causes Knee Pain and how it can be solved.

Posted on 14 January, 2016 at 13:20 Comments comments (0)

Knee pain is a very common complaint that can be caused by a wide variety of factors. Most of the causes of knee pain are associated with an injury or mechanical problem that involves one or more of the structures that allow the knee joint to function and for athletes and others to perform often complex movements. When one or more of the structures involved in the knee joint does not operate well or work together smoothly with the others, the result is an imbalance in the knee joint causing pain, reduce movement and function, and muscle weakness. 

If the knee pain is a result of injury it could take a few days to a few weeks - once it's heeled the pain should go away. However, if the other caused is the imbalance of the feet or fallen arches,  either over-pronation or supination. If that is the case first check your older shoes for unevev wear and tear. If one side of your shoes wear out faster than the other, then make sure you get your feet  diagnosed for imbalanced so that orthotics can be custom made for you. After wearing them for sometime (a few days to 45 days) you will feel much better.