Back Pain Relief Wisdom

24 01 2016
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Last Updated:  24 Jan 2016

The most common muscular skeletal weight bearing pain typically occur within the lower back for many.  Whereas soft tissue and bone, or musculoskeletal tissue becomes compromised.  Which include nerves, cartilage, disc, ligaments and tendons where localized swelling, soreness and aggravating and radiating pain occur.

Human studies and statistics have shown low back pain will account for more sick leave and disability time than any other single medical condition.  Nearly 80% of all adults will experience back pain some time in their lives.  It is for this reason it is important to understand how to take preventative and corrective measures to avoid, alleviate and timely treat weight bearing joint pain.  Also recognize the difference between common causes of back pain, severity of condition and treatment course options.

Weight bearing and repetitive physical work pain is often medically defined as an acute or chronic pain condition that may be caused by injury, postural imbalance, repeated physical activity and diagnosed as a strain or sprain, or compression injury, or Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).  A Repetitive Strain Injury is also known as Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD).  Which has a compromised muscle-tendon relationship.  Some cause examples of these pain disorders may be a result of the following activities: administrative work, gardening, biking, walking, jogging, running, sports, commercial painting, plumbing, electrical and other laborious work etc.

“There are also chronic nerve compression injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, radial tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome. In these cases, the spaces through which the nerves run are narrowed due to inflammation or fluids putting pressure on the nerves (Kriskarr 2012).”

Of course there are many pathological musculoskeletal compromise possibilities which could cause weight bearing or low back pain in vertebra joints.  Some of the more familiar diseases of the back are: degenerative discs [wear & tear on between vertebra space], herniated discs, [swollen, and irritated “overblown” discs], spinal stenosis [narrowing of vertebrae canal presenting sciatica radiating numbness and pain down the leg].

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Regardless, our focus is not to play doctor or learn all the possible causes of back pain.  But instead to understand how to recognize and prevent unnecessary pain through prevention and seek corrective medical treatment when needed.

Poor ergonomic posture or laborious repetitive work or sedentary lifestyle combined with weight gain almost always put undue stress immediately on the low back.  And when poor work and activity posture, footwear and overweight conditions are not addressed, it’s just a matter of time before weight bearing joints begin to ache, strain and become painful.  If left uncorrected that pain will worsen, slow you down and increase risk of injury and put you out of commission.

The biggest difference between strains vs. “sprain” is the severity of injury and healing time.  For instance sprains are typically long-term injuries which may or may not require surgery and almost always require physical therapy and rest to alleviate the compromised soft tissue condition.

Most of us are familiar, or have experienced a strained [overstretched] or sprained tendon, ligament or muscle.  Sprains are often verified and substantiated using MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) equipment to determine exact locality, severity and corrective treatment for tissue damage.  The technology can see the degree of partial or full tear of soft tissue sprain often associated with significant swelling and bruising of injury site.  Whereas x-ray typically cannot and is mostly used to confirm broken and fractured bone and observe bone density health.

Many who experience weight bearing pain of the foot, ankle, knee, hip, back or neck don’t make the pain origin or cause connection.  That pain cause is often the result of musculoskeletal postural misalignment.  Whereas misalignment of musculoskeletal weighted posture starting at the feet cause imbalance and joint instability while walking, working and during exercise activity.  And this condition often results in multiple radiating joint pain areas up the body’s trunk and can cause a painful limp.

Like pain free body posture, A tree is only as healthy as the foundation.

Like pain free body posture without compromised food mechanics… a tree is only as healthy as the root foundation system.

The sole of the foot is like a tree root system.  For instance, when the soil erodes from one side of a soil bank, the tree may begin to lean due to a breach of ground foundation stability.  Then the roots on the opposite side grow and strengthen and absorb the stress to keep the tree growing upright.

Through time the trunk grows slightly offset to relieve stress on the compromised root system, but may cause the mid-line tree trunk to crack or snap during a heavy wind storm.  Similar to upright walking posture, if walking with a painful lower back caused by a compromised foot foundation, if left uncorrected this condition will have an effect on an number of distal weight bearing joints [foot-to-knee-hip-back pain].      Whereas poor foot mechanics like the compromised tree root system make it likely to cause multiple joint pain and injury possibilities.

However it is possible with corrective insoles and supportive footwear to realign and balance body posture and completely alleviate stress and pain of other affected joints, even the neck and shoulders.  In this case the corrective lift at the insole, or bottom of foot may realign the low back and neck vertebrae simultaneously while removing a painful limp caused by sciatica for example.

If any type of acute joint pain condition appears more frequent and severe…. “Pay Attention!”  It is important to remember weight bearing pain is often a result of unconditioned physical body, sedentary lifestyle, overweight condition and improper footwear, or disease.  The good news is it can be corrected if timely action is taken.  Like a tire realignment, corrected foot mechanics can achieve the pain free goal.

Recommendations to treat weight bearing pain before it becomes chronic

  1. If experiencing acute weight bearing pain:  a) “Apply Ice right away.  Ice reduces inflammation and pain.  Be careful not to use ice for more than 15-20 minutes, every 2 hours.  Even though heat is used to ease tension & soreness, heat might cause more swelling in the first 2-3 days.  b) “Place the ice on the painful area in a fanny pack while you are up and moving around.  Apply ice consistently as long as you have swelling and pain.”  c) “If you have diabetes or circulatory problems, limit applying ice and heat to 8-10 minutes.”  d) “Take medication as directed.  Common medications are acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen (such as Motrin) and naproxen sodium (such as Aleve).  In some cases, prescription pain medications may help.  It may take 10 to 14 days of taking it as prescribed to be fully effective.” 

Reference:  (Kaiser Permanente Brochure Recommendations, Items 1, a-d) 

Note: If you experience any abnormal pain seek medical advisement, diagnosis and treatment from your doctor immediately.

  1. Maintain Ideal Body Weight.  Simply enter into any Internet search engine, BMI (Body Mass Index) use free calculator, enter your height and weight.  This will give you an ideal of whether or not you’re underweight, normal or overweight for your current body mass stature.  If too heavy over normal body weight for height, you’re at increased risk for weight bearing pain.  Most specifically:  foot, ankle, knee, hip, back.


    Exercise comes in all fun forms and exciting playtime activities.

  2. Perform daily aerobic exercise to burn fat (e.g., bike, walk, aerobic dance exercise not less than 3/week @ 20-30min/day).  When heart rate is increased for extended periods of exercise, the body’s metabolism during aerobic activity burns more of the preferred fuel source from body fat.
  3. Balanced nutrition:  consume more fiber, drink more water and decrease total calorie intake daily.  Remove high processed fat and sugar foods and drinks.  Focus more on shopping and consuming fresh whole foods more in line with Mediterranean diet which contains plenty of fish, fruits and vegetables.  Avoid fried foods if possible.

    Catch it yourself it does a body good.

  4. If your feet are in pain, the likelihood of sustaining daily aerobic exercise activity is greatly reduced.  Seek a referral from your Primary Physician to get a diagnosis and treatment from podiatrist (foot specialist).  See if your foot posture is the cause of your weight bearing pain.
  5. Realize:  a) In order to perform daily aerobic exercise activity will likely require good insoles and footwear to offset pain and lose weight.  b) Don’t pay $300-$1500/year for custom molded insoles out-of-pocket from your podiatrist if you don’t have to.  First try inexpensive insoles at a local pharmacy center if your health care situation is limited in services, deductions and co-pays are high.  Simply stand on a free foot analysis machine and receive corrective insole inventory selection based on the postural hot spot(s) imbalance foot imprint.  And if the insoles remove pain it is well worth the effort and cost.  However, do see your doctor to positively determine pain cause and origin.  If you do get a referral to podiatrist, decide if you want to try the inexpensive insoles before paying the cost of customized insoles, especially if you have to pay over $50.00.
  6. Do you need surgery or other treatment? Ask your doctor about Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS).  “Electrical nerve stimulation is a procedure that uses an electrical current to treat chronic pain. Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) and spinal cord stimulation (SCS) are two types of electrical nerve stimulation. In either case a small pulse generator sends electrical stimuli that interfere nerve impulses to alleviate the pain (WebMD 2014). Reports show SCS use results in: 84% reported that their quality of life was improved or greatly improved, 77% had good or excellent pain relief, and 82% decreased their use of pain medications (St. Jude Medical 2016).

    Seek adventure, explore, get excited about life and move the body.

    Seek adventure, explore, get excited about life while moving and exercising the body.

  7. “Tens Therapy” electro muscular-stimulation can provide significant relief.  Ask your doctor about obtaining a Tens unit through health care coverage, or if covered to receive electro muscular-stimulation physical therapy sessions.  “Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a therapy sometimes used to treat localized or regional pain. During TENS therapy, electrodes deliver electrical impulses to nearby nerve pathways — which can help control or relieve some types of pain. TENS is often used to treat osteoarthritis and chronic and postoperative pain (Thompson 2014).”
  8. Tens units can also be purchased on-line, or provided by HMO.
  9. Acupuncture – “May also reduce chances of chronic back pain from occurring.  “One of the largest studies to date on acupuncture and chronic pain — a meta-analysis of 29 well-conducted studies involving nearly 18,000 patients and published in October 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine — found that acupuncture is effective for treating chronic pain and therefore is a reasonable referral option (Palermo 2015).”

If acute back, or any joint pain seems abnormal or Intolerable, or you’ve recently experienced an injury consult your physician immediately for diagnosis and treatment.


Kriskarr. “What Is a Compression Injury?” VACUPRACTOR. Vacupractor, 23 Oct. 2012. Web. 22 Jan. 2016.

Thompson, Jeffrey, M.D. “TENS Therapy: An Option for Fibromyalgia Treatment?” – Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2016.

Palermo, By Elizabeth. “What Is Acupuncture?” LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 05 Mar. 2015. Web. 22 Jan. 2016.

St. Jude Medical. “Power Over Your Pain.” Spinal Cord Stimulation: A Proven Therapy for Pain. St. Jude Medical, Inc., 2016. Web. 22 Jan. 2016.

WebMD. “Electrical Nerve Stimulation for Chronic Pain.” WebMD. WebMD, 12 Mar. 2014. Web. 22 Jan. 2016.

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2016 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc.,, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.


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Bout With Gout

19 06 2009

The most common signs of gout are sudden (acute) redness and inflammation around joints with intense pain.  Most often the first joint that is attacked with arthritis like symptoms is the big toe with intense pain and throbbing, also swollen beyond belief and reddened.  This experience is so painful one can hardly stand to have a bed sheet touch the toe.  The same condition can occur in many other joints such as feet, ankles, knees, fingers, hands, elbows and wrists.  Bursa sacs which are fluid protective cushions around body joints to protect joint tissues are breached by elevated uric acid forming crystals transported by the blood circulation and deposited within targeted joints.  Although there is much similarity in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) the difference is RA afflicts up to several joints at a time, where gout usually impacts one joint at a time and typically starts in the feet.  Gout may also lead to a chronic bursitis (swollen bursa sacs) a condition where surgery may be required.  Uric acid crystals can also put you at risk for kidney stone problems.

Cause:  Purines are a part of our biology and introduced into the body through diet.  The by-product of Purines is uric acid.  Purines are part of human tissue and found in many Purine-Rich foods:  Beer, beverages, organ meat (liver, hearts, and kidneys), asparagus, yeast, sardines, anchovies, herring, fish, sweetbreads, smelt, and mussels.  Diets which are high in purines and protein have long have been suspected of causing gout.  By raising blood stream uric acid, painful crystals lodge within certain joints of our body creating acute pain.  Gout is considered one of the most painful forms of Rheumatic conditions and afflicts an estimated 840 out of 100,000 people in this US.  Gout accounts for approximately 5% of all cases of arthritis.  Symptoms:  Pain, swelling and tenderness, with limited movement within one or more joints; on and off pain mostly during the night time.  Increasing pain can last for hours and up to a week(s).  After periods of acute pain, the skin areas around the joint pain may peel, appear dry and become itchy.  Other symptoms: Fever or skin that looks infected with a red-purple in skin tone color.

  • Recommendations:
    -Feel for nodules (tophi) on ears, hands, or elbows – Hard uric acid crystals form under skin.
    -If you had surgery, or recovered from illness thereafter gout signs-symptoms.  See doctor.
    -Determine uric acid levels in bloodstream through blood test if you suspect you have gout.
    -Avoid alcohol, Drink Plenty of water. Exercise, maintain Ideal Body Weight.
    -Coffee and Tea is not a problem.
    -Avoid eating Purine-Rich foods and proteins.  Choose Tofu over meat products for example.
    – Gout Balanced Diet:  30% cals from fat (10% animal), 15% Low in Protein (soy, lean meat, poultry), and high in complex carbs (fruits, vegetables, whole grain)  “American Medical Assoc.”
     – Do not participate in extreme dieting as this form of weight loss increases uric acid levels.
    -Reduce uric acid & inflammation by consuming dark berries; blackberries, cherries, raspberries and blueberry (ruby-red type combinations) (see our affiliated purity products within our MAE Wellness Store).
    -Anti-inflammatory foods:  Flax, salmon, nuts, olive oil.  Vit C and Folic acid may benefit.
    -Few supplements increase hyperuricemia risk, such as Vitamin A.

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Sciatica Back Pain Causes – Military and Civilian Occupations

23 02 2009

I have been asked the question, how do you deal with sciatica pain?  Sciatica can be caused through genetic disease, incorrect posture, injury or overuse of back muscles when the vertebra disc’s (shock absorbers) are defective or inefficient at absorbing vertebrae structural stress.”  Pain and numbness symptoms of sciatica impact the lower body, such as low back, buttocks, back thigh, calves, feet and toes.  Causes of sciatica symptom irritation include tumors, overworked muscle, internal bleeding, infections, injury and other pressure causes.  Sciatica isn’t actually a condition, but instead a medical term used to describe symptoms, such as tingling, numbness, prickly sensation and shooting pain down your leg.

The cause of sciatica varies in pathology but can be effectively alleviated without surgery, or nonintrusive surgery in most cases!  The six most common spinal disorders that cause spinal nerve compression and sciatica lumbar radiculopathy (radiating pain) are:  1) Bulging or herniated disc (The gel-like center of the disc mal-forms creating nerve compression and swelling around the sciatica nerve).  2)  Spinal stenosis (nerve compression through narrowing or clogged nerve pathway – brought about by standing or walking and relieved by sitting down).  3)  Spondylolisthesis (Characterized by slipping and displaced vertebrae – acquired at birth and developed through childhood, trauma or physical stress.  4)  Trauma (accident injury, sports, weight lifting, etc.).  5.   Piriformis syndrome (named for the low back piriformis muscle impinging and irritating the sciatic nerve.  This condition is also very difficult to diagnose and treat due to lack of findings through x-ray and MRI findings).  6.  Spinal tumors (although tumors are rare in the lumbar region, benign or cancerous (malignant) tumors can develop creating nerve compression.  Fortunately, this is a rare.

Sciatica in the lower extremes is caused by injury, poor postural alignment, bad genetics that cause compression, or impingement.  Predominately L4-L5 or S1-S3 vertebrae that create swelling and triggers transmitted pain; including potential damage to the sciatica nerve itself.  Sciatica can be diagnosed through use of x-rays, CAT Scan (Computerized Axial Tomography – 3 dimensional, multiple cross-sectional picture technology) and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Magnetism produces images of body structure).

Those that first begin experiencing sciatica may not even connect the back pain condition as the root cause of the pain being experienced in the leg for example.  Your back does not have to be in severe pain to experience sciatica symptoms down the leg.  Although stiffness and/or feeling of swelling and pain in the lower back is usually associated but not necessarily noticed by the patient.  When I was younger, I use to associate the numbness in my right calf and foot with uncomfortable military boots.  It seemed this inconvenience went with the territory for a lot of soldiers “foot discomfort leading to consequential back pain!”  There was much conversation between soldiers regarding military issue boots, foot, calf overall leg and back pain.   A military issued boot has no posture, or padded insoles and the leather requires much work to make it pliable, or comfortable around the foot.   I highly recommend if you are serving in the military, get a pair of Danners (best military boot) thermal water resistant quality.  Also be sure to add our “Posture Control Insoles,” found within our chronic pain center (foot, skeleton, or posture link image).  Discard your basic issue boots as these can only harm your anatomical posture creating many acute and chronic pain problems down the road for you.  This is especially true if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of foot or back pain I just mentioned.

One would think with the science behind many related back problems due to incorrect foot posture, the military would issue boots with insoles that would mitigate foot, knee, hip and back pain-injuries.  Until a military boot or “almost any” shoe is broken in, your feet experience many hot spots, blisters and muscle fatigue within the feet, which may also include partial, or overall pain throughout the calf, knee, leg and back.  Improper foot ware “not corrected” is responsible for years of bad posture body realignment.   This is because your body’s posture works to align itself around pain conditions where the foot is placed under daily stress.  Why do you think some reasons people might limp… Could it simply be due to incorrect foot ware and/or the brain telling the body to shift the walking posture to alleviate uncorrected foot pain?  Absolutely, and what will happen if this limping continues too long without correction?  The body begins to self correct by realigning the posture placing more stress in other areas of the muscular-skeletal structure to alleviate pain and possibly create more injuries up line.  At this point your body is susceptible to further injury because your anatomical posture is now compromised!

In this case, the pain and postural problem is caused from bad foot ware.  And even though soldiers are treated for many foot problems while visiting sick call the standard treatment is moleskin (adhesive pad to cover blisters) on foot and rest.  Thereafter the soldier is sent back out in the field with the same foot ware that caused the sick call treatment in the first place.  Folks, this is a repeat problem for our military men and women… I just don’t get it.  I guess this is one of those cost cutting exercises at the expense of the soldier and tax payers!  It is ironic, we as civilians have all types of federal laws that require businesses to comply with work ergonomics and ADA (American Disability Act) compliance, but completely disregard the science of correct body posture starting at the feet which is creating other health issues for those impacted, leading to service connected and social security disability benefits paid by the tax payer.  It seems to me, a great return on investment would be to pay pennies on the dollar for proper foot ware versus a life-time service connected foot-body postural injuries.

If you have mild forms of sciatica pain symptoms, the condition as you age will worsen much more quickly if foot posture and weight management is not maintained, or corrected.  This is because structural misalignment and added weight contributes to compression and impingement of the spin, causing degenerative and painful effects on muscle, nerves, ligaments and tendons.  Most people that suffer sciatica symptoms experience numbness, tingly to prickly sensation to excruciating sharp- jolting pain.  I liken this sensation as a numbing, achy, sharp to jolting extreme pain experience.  For me sciatica feels like being zapped, or electrocuted for fractional to extended periods of time with numbness and prickly sensation before and after the experience.  Also, when you have an advanced stage of back disorder, there is also swelling with immediate pain in the lower back.  If the pain and swelling is too severe, you will not be up on your feet for a couple of days as a severe back/sciatica episode will completely incapacitate you with excruciating pain where it is difficult to straighten your back.

There is also the term radiculopathy which is used to describe radiating pain caused by a root nerve impingement near the spin.  Radiating pain is caused from a trigger point, or point of nerve impingement through compression.  To make a point-and-case for example, let’s say L5-S1 vertebrae has nerve impingement on the right side of the lower back which creates pain and/or numbness down one side of the back of thigh-to-foot.  Although there is quite a distance from the back problem origin (low back vertebras, L5-S1), it may, or may not be obvious to the patient the low back is creating the pain in the right thigh-calf and/or foot.  Infrequent episodes of sciatica pain can mask an underlying back disorder as it advances in severity through the years.  You can go many years down a quick “back fix” path of medical convenience (muscle relaxants, injections, pain killers, anti-inflammatory, rest, exercises, etc.), and never address the root cause of an insidious back disorder that’s just waiting to take you out of action as you age.  Don’t let surgery be your only option!  Back surgery success to significantly alleviate pain and not create another problem is statistically low.  However, there are now new non-invasive back intervention and alternative treatments that look hopeful for many back pain cases.  Look for non-invasive surgical information in our health repository.

Whenever you begin feeling pain down your leg, calf, foot or big toe to include numbness, tingling, prickly, hot sensations, you should see a physician to address these symptoms and get proper medical diagnosis, advisement and referrals.  Patients that would ignore infrequent episodes of back pain, or sciatica symptoms without proper diagnosis could create an irreversible medical condition that could have been preventable.  Especially when pain alleviation and correcting posture at the feet in “most cases” is the solution!  However, even with this being said, there is no guarantee as you age that your sciatica symptoms-back disorder “will not” become worse.  We are talking about pain prevention and proper anatomical alignment not to create, or worsen a back disorder pain condition.  Recall, 95% of all back problems can be corrected without surgery!  If you currently have sciatica you can greatly alleviate pain by using “Posture Control Insoles,” visit our home site or chronic pain center and click on the skeleton, postural, or foot image link to get the science behind the claim.

“Dr. Bernard Filner, MD, says, a significant number of people, including many of his patients, contemplate surgery because they hurt so badly – but most of the time, by using the Posture Control Insoles can alleviate the pain and avoid surgery.  Posture Control Insoles do what surgery and custom orthotics cannot do – provide the proper sensory feedback from your feet to your brain. Your feet play an integral role in maintaining a pain free posture, including proper curvature of the spine.  Modest changes in your posture provide the potential for complete relief of low-back pain. If you are in pain, even if you have tried custom orthotics without success, please try Posture Control Insoles before you try surgery, said Dr. Filner.”

The posture you place your body in at work is also critical in preventing short-long term repetitive muscles strains & sprains responsible for sciatica symptoms.  Although our main focus is posture correction at the feet to alleviate sciatica symptoms there are other stress forces at work that contribute to sciatica pain.  You’ll want to ensure your mattress has proper surface support as sleep posture is also very important.  If you toss and turn throughout the night and/or you never feel rested, or your back aches in the morning it may be time to start looking at a Posturepedic mattress or other similar posture manufactured mattresses.

The low back is also placed under stress while in resting positions such as office administration, or general lifting throughout the day, etc.  This is why ergonomic office work and good lifting posture regardless of job type also must be part of the overall good posture, pain alleviation plan.  As stated earlier, surgery should be the last option as 95% of all back pain candidates are not good prospects for surgery, but instead should be treated to correct posture alignment, including applied daily exercises.  Most back pain can be resolved without surgery if both doctors and patients are willing to try other treatments that basically help the back to heal itself (Dr. Richard Deyo, University of Washington, and Consumer Health Interactive Magazine).

Also read MAE Press Release, Jan 25, 2009, “Heal Back Pain with out Surgery – Embryonic Stem Cell Update!” This article can be found at our Chronic Pain Center  and visit our CleanGreen Wellness Wholesale Company.

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET2009 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @:, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.

Proper Foot Posture and Pain Alleviation Benefit”

25 04 2008

 Q.   In your chronic pain center you talk about the connection between our feet and postural benefits and pain reduction throughout the weight bearing skeletal system.  Would the postural correction insoles I’m looking to purchase behind your skeleton or foot icon image link on your home site “chronic pain tab” be of benefit for kids in sports?

I mean would they provide better balance, reduce risk of injury, enhance performance in any way?  I would think a child’s performance and health as they grow would benefit from a posture correction for a child as well as an adult.  Am I right?  Or is this product for adults only?  

A.   You are correct with your analysis on children’s performance related to the foots sole correction, or athletes in general.  Instead of attempting to rework this fact, let’s look at the foot science from the experts.  Simply click on the foot, postural, or skeleton icon link to read up on insoles, postural alignment and performance differences with and without these types of insoles.  Any questions, don’t hesitate to write a comment.

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET2008 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @:,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.

Proper Foot Posture and Pain Alleviation Benefit"

25 04 2008

 Q.   In your chronic pain center you talk about the connection between our feet and postural benefits and pain reduction throughout the weight bearing skeletal system.  Would the postural correction insoles I’m looking to purchase behind your skeleton or foot icon image link on your home site “chronic pain tab” be of benefit for kids in sports?

I mean would they provide better balance, reduce risk of injury, enhance performance in any way?  I would think a child’s performance and health as they grow would benefit from a posture correction for a child as well as an adult.  Am I right?  Or is this product for adults only? 

A.   You are correct with your analysis on children’s performance related to the foots sole correction, or athletes in general.  Instead of attempting to rework this fact, let’s look at the foot science from the experts.  Simply click on the foot, postural, or skeleton icon link at our home site to read up on insoles, postural alignment and performance differences with and without these types of insoles.  Any questions, don’t hesitate to write a comment.

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET2008 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @:,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.