When Fibromyalgia Affects Your Feet

This chronic condition can cause pain right down to your toes. Here’s how to ease those aching tootsies.
Fibromyalgia treatment should extend from the top of your head to the tips of your toes — literally. Although feet are not the location most likely to experience fibromyalgia pain, in a recent paper published in the journal Arthritis Research and Therapy, about half of the 202 patients with fibromyalgia studied reported foot problems.

“Compensation for foot pain leads to pain in the knees, hips, and lower back,” says Dennis Frisch, DPM, a podiatrist in private practice in Boca Raton, Fla. If you’re already coping with fibromyalgia symptoms, this is added pain that you don’t need. Plus, foot pain increases the risk that you will fall and have an injury or simply be less active than you might want to be.

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The APMA Seal of Acceptance

Footwear, Insoles, Hosiery, Materials, and Equipment

The APMA Seal of Acceptance is granted to footwear, insoles, hosiery, materials, and equipment that allow for normal foot function and promote quality foot health.

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Made to Fit

Nike has designed a shoe specifically to reflect the physical traits and cultural values of Native Americans.

By Michael Silverberg

From MetropolisMag.com

Last fall Nike introduced the Air Native N7, the first shoe designed to fit the Native American foot. The sneaker had its genesis in 2002, when Rodney Stapp, a Dallas-area podiatrist and member of the Comanche Nation, dissected a pair of Nike’s Air Monarchs with a band saw. His patients, largely Native Americans with diabetes, didn’t fit well into most shoes, a problem that compounded the serious foot-related complications associated with the disease. (Type 2 diabetes afflicts Native Americans at twice the rate as it does Caucasians.) Stapp noticed that their (and his) feet were wider than average and bulkier at the toe, but the heels were a more typical size. The roomy Air Monarchs could be made suitable for his patients, but he wondered why there couldn’t be a shoe built specially for them.

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Living Without Shoes

Dr.Frisch is quoted in this March 2011 article from ABCNews about living without shoes.

 

But Dennis Frisch, a podiatrist in Boca Raton, Fla. and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, doesn’t believe going barefoot is a safe practice.

The risks of what could happen when you’re barefoot significantly outweigh the risks of what could happen when you’re wearing shoes,” Frisch said.

Read the entire article at  ABC News/Health

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Take Care of Your Feet

Dr. Frisch gives Men’s Health advice on Athlete’s Foot, Blisters, Corns and Ingrown Toenails.

October 22nd, 2010

Human feet are fairly low maintenance. Unlike, say, the tires on your car, you don’t need to worry about tread life, rotation, or air pressure. Of course, problems do crop up. Ran over a nail? Bad for your feet and your Firestones. We asked a team of podiatrists* to help us identify some of the top five foot ailments and how to fix them.

Ingrown toenail -Treat it: Add two cups of Epsom salts to a gallon of warm water, and soak your foot in it for 10 minutes twice a day to soften the skin and help loosen the nail. Dry and top with antibiotic ointment. Once you can gently pull the softened skin back from the nail, use a pair of disinfected clippers to trim the nail by cutting straight across.

Read the whole article at Men’s Health Magazine

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The manly art of shoe shopping

Dr.Frisch talks to the LA Times about Men shoe shopping.

Gentlemen, think of buying fine footwear as sort of like hunting for a car.

Not surprisingly, shoe shopping scores low as a favorite male pastime. But sooner or later, sole-searching becomes unavoidable. To make the chore a little less painful, we asked fashion gurus, foot doctors, shoe merchants and shoppers for tips on landing a stylish, high-caliber pair of men’s dress shoes.

Read the entire article at the LA Times

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Pain, Pain Go Away

This is a link to an article presented by the  Society of Senior Advisors. It discusses back, hand and foot pain.

A remarkable number of people experience some kind of pain – 76 million, larger than the number of people who have diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. It is the leading cause of disability and reduced quality of life, according to the American Pain Foundation and its Pain Resource Guide.

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Prevent Foot Pain: 6 Steps

Dr.Frisch gives advice to WebMd.com about reducing foot pain.

Foot pain isn’t normal, and yet people put up with it,” says Dennis Frisch, DPM, a podiatrist in Boca Raton, Fla., and an APMA spokesman.

About 35% of those who reported heel pain in the survey, for instance, said they had it for two years or longer.

There are some age-related changes in our feet that can make pain more likely. But painful feet aren’t inevitable with age, Frisch says.

If you follow six simple steps — some obvious, others often overlooked — chances are good you’ll sail through life with comfortable, pain-free feet.

Get all 6 steps at WebMD.com

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Summer Flip-Flop Advice

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Meet Your Feet

Great facts about your feet!

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