The Zoomer Report: Fix for Foot Pain

If foot pain is cramping your style, there’s a simple solution that could get you back to your regular routine.

Research shows that orthotics — custom-made insoles that help realign abnormal foot mechanics — can work wonders for many types of foot pain.

A review of 11 clinical studies found that custom orthotics, made for your feet, can ease pain from a host of problems, including high arches, rear-foot aches from rheumatoid arthritis, and hallux valgus — misalignment of the big toe. Orthotics are somewhat less successful at relieving plantar fasciitis but may still be worth trying.

And here’s some advice you’ve heard before: Exercise. Regular physical activity can actually alleviate pain and stiffness.

Watch your weight. The heavier you are, the more stress you put on joints.

Photo © Liv Friis-Larsen


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About The Zoomer Report

Libby ZnaimerLibby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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