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Shoes make the difference in foot pain

Shoes make the difference in foot pain

Shoes make the difference in foot pain

The workday can seem long when your feet hurt.

Podiatrists at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine give this advice:

Heels – Notoriously bad for your feet, heels cause a painful knot on the back of the heel, according to WebMD. Wearing heels constantly leads to a permanent, bony protrusion called the pump bump. Although ice, orthotics and heel pads may provide some relief, only lower heels will really help since they put the feet in a more natural position. Try heels no more than 2 inches high and even these should be used in moderation.

Ballet flats – Since these ultra flat shoes have no arch support, they lead to knee, hip and back problems. Wearers can also get plantar fasciitis, a very painful, though correctable, condition. Orthotic inserts can help.

Flip flops – People with diabetes should not wear them since they lead to minor foot injuries that can become major. They also have no arch support.

Steel-toed shoe wearers – Try a soft over-the-counter sole, or see a podiatrist for a custom-made orthotic insert.

Diabetics – Get your feet measured so your feet won’t become crowded. Good foot coverage protects against minor cuts.

Pregnant women – When your feet expand, buy a larger size shoe.

Everyone should buy shoes at the end of the day when feet are naturally larger.

Podiatrists recommend these exercises: Sitting with feet on the floor, first lift just your toes and hold 10 seconds. Then with heels on the floor, lift the rest of the foot and hold for 10 seconds.

To stretch the Achilles tendons, stand away from a wall with feet shoulder width apart and toes pointed straight ahead. Lean forward into the wall, bending the elbows. Hold for 10 seconds.

New Food Nutrition Labels Now List ‘Added Sugars’

New Food Nutrition Labels Now List ‘Added Sugars’

New Food Nutrition Labels Now List ‘Added Sugars’

The useful nutrition labels on foods now contain a new element: Added Sugars.

The listing now allows consumers to tell how much sugar is naturally occurring and how much is added.

This can be important when comparing products.

One example, according to the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter: Compare 12 ounces of lemon-lime soda to 100 percent pineapple juice. Twelve ounces of either drink contain 38 grams of sugar. The difference is that all of the sugar in soda is added, while the pineapple juice contains all naturally occurring sugars that are also good sources of vitamin C, Thiamin, folate and vitamin B6.

The information can also help with food choices. Higher intake of added sugars has been associated with heart disease and metabolic syndrome, according to Alice Lichtenstein of Tufts.

So you want to keep your consumption of added sugars low. On the new labels, you will be able to see the percentage of daily value of the added sugars. If the value of added sugar is 5 percent or less, it is a low-sugar food. If the value is 20 percent or more, it is a high sugar food.

It’s a good idea to limit the added sugars to less than 10 per-cent of daily calories.

In evaluating nutrition, first look for the total gram weight of sugar in the product. Below that total sugar number you will find the amount of sugar that was added. So a product with a total of 12 grams of sugar might be comprised of 10 grams of added sugar. This means that only 2 grams of sugar naturally occur in the product itself.

Added sugars are not just cane sugar, but also ingredients like concentrated fruit juices, maple syrup, molasses and even honey — anything that is added to the food to create extra sweetness. These always raise the calorie count but may not necessarily add nutrition.

How are you preparing for Hurricane Irma?

How are you preparing for Hurricane Irma?

Hurricane Irma Preparedness Guide

In preparation for Hurricane Irma, we wanted to provide our Doral extended community with a list of items to have on hand to best deal with the multiple outcomes the storm may levy:

The National Hurricane Center suggests the following materials:

  • Water: At least 1 gallon of water per person/ animal per day for at least 3 days.
  • Food: At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Radio: A battery-powered radio with NOAA weather radio tone alert and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight: Make sure you have extra batteries as well.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Manual can opener: If the electricity is out, you would need some way to open your canned food.
  • Cellphone: Make sure you have extra battery packs or a solar charger to keep your phone on.
  • Prescription medications
  • Glasses
  • Cash
  • Important family documents: Make sure you have copies of insurance policies and some form of state issued ID.
  • Sturdy shoes: Think about pulling out those rain boots and sneakers.
  • Pet supplies: Your pets will need enough food and water to also weather out the storm with you.