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New Strides in Foot Pain Management
Feet take the brunt of our daily activities. Standing, walking, running and bearing the weight of our bodies all day, our feet are high-performing shock absorbers. But when pain strikes, it stops us in our tracks. Depending upon the severity of the pain, it can cause mild discomfort which may be easily relieved with home remedies, or it can lead to severe disability affecting life and work. New, nature-derived products are now available that can combine with physician-recommended treatments to help combat foot pain and soreness.
Probably the most commonly occurring foot disorder, plantar fasciitis affects more than 2 million people in the US. Caused by a tightening of the fascia, an arch-supporting band that runs across the heel and forms the connection between the heel bone and the toes, it can cause excruciating pain to the sufferer. Stress on the fascia from hours of standing can result in tears which lead to inflammation, further aggravating the condition.
The strongest tendon in the human body, the Achilles tendon, attaches the calf to the heel bone. Most afflictions causing pain in this tendon are due to inflammation resulting from overuse. Soreness, stiffness and burning pain result when inflammation occurs in the sheath surrounding the tendon, or if there is degeneration in the tendon.
Genetics plays the biggest role in the structure of feet. Most children have flat, padded feet at birth which they typically outgrow as they begin to walk and develop. However, flat feet can continue into adolescence and adulthood and cause aching and stress-related pain from various forms of exercise.
In addition, foot pain is also associated with arthritis and gout. Inflammation leads to pain, whatever the underlying condition. Treating inflammation is part of treatment and management of the condition. Emu oil is a new marvel found to have extremely potent anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation and deliver superb pain relief such as menthol through transdermal applications.
Available as an ingredient in Foot and Leg Comfort Cream, emu oil penetrates the skin deeply to take ingredients that have been historically used to reduce swelling and promote health of the tissue while providing excellent moisturizing benefits to the skin.