Friday, December 23, 2011

Guide to Foot Pain

  1. Your Guide to Treating Foot Pain
  2. Walking is the 2nd most common conscious function of our body next to breathing.
  3. A person takes between5,000 to 10,000 steps a day, depending on their activity level.
  4. When your feet hurt you are reminded with every step taken.
  5. Eliminating foot pain is a challenge.
  6. It’s pretty easy to rest your back, shoulder, arm, wrist or hand.
  7. But to tell someone to stay off their foot, that’s not so easy.
  8. The #1 reason for foot pain is cumulative trauma.
  9. Cumulative trauma is the result ofrepetitive physical strain applied to the tissues or anatomical structures of the foot and ankle.
  10. For example:
  11. If you persistently tap the tip of your finger on the table top,
  12. it won’t hurt at first.
  13. But if you continue tapping your finger,
  14. it is only a matter of time until it becomes painful.
  15. You can take pillsto try to ease the pain,
  16. but if you keep tapping your finger,
  17. the pain will persist.
  18. You can try to ice the tip of your finger,
  19. but if you continue to constantly tap your finger,
  20. yep, the pain will just come right back.
  21. You can try to put a pad onyour finger tip,
  22. but if you keep tapping your finger,
  23. it probably won’t make much of a difference.
  24. You can try to have your finger numbed with an injection
  25. and that may provide some relief,
  26. but if you keep tapping your finger,
  27. it’s only a matter of time until the numbing effect goes away and the pain returns.
  28. So what’s the solution to get rid of the pain in the tip of your finger?
  29. Stop tapping your finger. Stop the cumulative trauma.
  30. What does this have to do with foot pain?
  31. The #1 reason for foot pain is due to:
  32. excessive abnormal forces acting on the structures of the foot with every step taken.
  33. Fact Check:
  34. Let’s say the average person takes 7,000 steps a day.
  35. That’s 49,000 steps a week
  36. 196,000 a month
  37. 2,352,000 a year
  38. 11,760,000 in 5 years
  39. 47,040,000 after 20 years
  40. 94,080,000 steps after 40 years
  41. and finally,188,160,000 steps takenafter 80 years of walking.
  42. If your feet are properly aligned,
  43. a normal amount of force is applied tothese tissues and standing, walking or running is effortless.
  44. However,
  45. if the hindfoot bones are out-of- alignment,
  46. excessive abnormal forces are acting on the tissues
  47. and it is only a matter of time until a symptom appears. The chain is as strong as its weakest link.
  48. A symptom is an abnormal condition experienced by an individual.
  49. It could range from a mild soreness to severe pain.
  50. WARNINGA symptom is a warning signal that something is wrong.
  51. A symptom isan “effect” from the “cause”.
  52. The primary cause leads to asecondary effect.
  53. If you only treatthe effect, or symptom,
  54. but ignore the cause,
  55. the symptom will reoccur.
  56. You can keep putting air in a tire,
  57. but it will continue to go flatuntil you fix the source of the leak.
  58. The following are examples ofsymptomatic, secondary effects within the foot & ankle.
  59. Soft Tissue Symptoms• Heel pain/plantar fasciitis/fasciopathy• Posterior tibialis tendon dysfunction• Pain/numbness to the bottom of the foot/toes (tibialis posterior neuropathy)• Achilles tendinitis• Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  60. Osseous symptoms• Bunion deformity (metatarsus primus varus, hallux abductovalgus)• Limited motion to the big joint (Hallux limitus/ridigius)• Tailor’s bunionette• Contracted/hammer-toes
  61. Foot/Ankle Alignment• Lowering of the arch• Heel turns outward• “Too many toes” sign• Twisting of the ball of the foot when walking
  62. If these are the symptoms (effects), what was the cause?
  63. Excessive hindfoot motion/ misaligned feet
  64. Excessive hindfoot motionhas been named the #1 deforming force leading to the majority of problems affecting the foot and ankle.
  65. So eliminating the excessive abnormalhindfoot forces, by realigning the hindfoot bones, should be of primary importance.
  66. Treating only the symptom is futile.
  67. Excessive hindfoot motionis caused by the displacement/dislocation of the ankle bone on the hindfoot bones. Normal Abnormal
  68. This pathologic deformity is occurringabove the bottom of the foot and above the heel bone.
  69. This is an internal (not external)deformity and therefore requires internal correction.
  70. How can you increase the diameter of a blood vessel externally?
  71. You can’t!You have to insert a stent internally.
  72. The same is true with hindfoot excessive motion. External measures cannot internally stabilizethe ankle bone on the hindfoot bones.
  73. The insertion of an internal stabilization device is the most practical solution.
  74. HyProCure is a titanium stent used to ® stabilize the ankle bone on the hindfoot bones.
  75. The normal amount of motion is still present.
  76. + =Instantly, the excessive abnormal forces acting on the tissues are decreased.
  77. The cause is properly addressed.
  78. The symptoms will also be positivelyaffected, depending on their severity.
  79. If you or someone you know is suffering from foot pain,
  80. it could be a direct result of excessivehindfoot motion and HyProCure could be ® the solution.

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