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Wooden Clogs Help Sustain Dutch Tradition in Orange City

When he was a teenager, William Van Marel, Jr. took up a rather unusual hobby. Under the instruction of his neighbor and the local shoemaker, Wilhelm Jansen, Van Marel carved traditional Dutch wooden clogs, or klompen, out of basswood harvested from the nearby woods. After moving to Iowa in 1956, Jansen began shipping his wooden … Continue reading Wooden Clogs Help Sustain Dutch Tradition in Orange City

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Feet are the foundation of the body, and just like the foundation of any structure, they must be stable and balanced in order to support the all of the body’s weight. If they are not, they could cause many problems. Bad foot support can cause pain or discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck, … Continue reading The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Researcher Tests a Drug that could Reduce Osteoarthritis

Deborah Thomas, 60, likens herself to the Tin Man. She has been struggling with stiffness and joint pain from osteoarthritis since 2002, and has undergone an ankle replacement and two mid-foot fusions in an effort to reduce her discomfort and increase flexibility. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are testing a drug that could prevent … Continue reading Researcher Tests a Drug that could Reduce Osteoarthritis

Arthritic Foot Care

In our lifetimes we walk 75,000 miles, putting a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints in our feet. As we age, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if you add arthritis to that combination, joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care becomes imperative at … Continue reading Arthritic Foot Care

Filming for Prey Halted after Actor Hurts his Lower Extremity

Doctor Who star John Simms hurt his leg on the set of his new TV show PREY, spurring producers to shut down production until he recovers from his injury. Simm was filming a strenuous scene that involved him climbing out of the banks of a river when the problem occurred. “We were on about the … Continue reading Filming for Prey Halted after Actor Hurts his Lower Extremity

Joseph Miller Walks in Heels to Raise Awareness for Abuse Victims

Joseph Miller, a nine-year-old boy from Findlay, OH, was a victim of domestic abuse while growing up. Now, he’s out of the toxic environment he was raised in, and shows his support for others who suffer from abuse by participating in charity organization Open Arms’ annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event. During “Walk … Continue reading Joseph Miller Walks in Heels to Raise Awareness for Abuse Victims

Effect of High-Heels on the Feet

Women have been wearing various kinds of high-heels for hundreds of years, mostly for aesthetic reasons. Shoes with heels make their wearer appear to be taller and to have longer and thinner legs, and change the wearer’s gait and posture. High-heels’ association with femininity have kept them popular over the years, but there are definite … Continue reading Effect of High-Heels on the Feet

Study Shows Acupuncture Can Alleviate Heel Pain

A recent study suggests that acupuncture may be a beneficial treatment for heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.  These conditions are generally treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injections, block therapy, shockwave therapy, behavioral therapy, or surgery. The study, authored by Guangzhou Dounsheng Hospital and Guangzhou Social Welfare House, examined results from 19 … Continue reading Study Shows Acupuncture Can Alleviate Heel Pain

Heel Pain

Heel pain is a stressful condition that effects day to day activities. Running and walking causes stress on the heel because the heel is the part of the foot that hits the ground first. This means that the heel is taking on your entire weight. Diagnosis and treatments for heel pain can be easily found … Continue reading Heel Pain