Foot Levelers News

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Month: September 2015

Magnetic Pulses May Be Effective Treatment for Depression

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Foot Levelers is all about natural, conservative healthcare solutions, and like many, we’re deeply concerned about the overuse and over-prescription of dangerous drugs. Which is why a recent article in The Washington Post article caught our eye.

In “How Magnets ‘Reset’ Depressed Brains,” by Amy Ellis Nutt, the reporter discusses a new and groundbreaking study from the U.K that found magnets may be effective in treating patients with clinical depression. Pulses from a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS device applied to the head of subjects seemed to “reset” their brains, say researchers—activity in the right prefrontal cortex, which is often overactive in depressed people, slowed significantly. read more

The Pitter-Patter of Little Feet: Kids and the ‘Pedal Foundation’

We know, parents: as if you don’t have enough to worry about when it comes to your kids.  But making sure your children’s feet are healthy is important.  We’ll tell you the why and the how.

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The Why: Foot problems that develop in childhood can seriously affect your child’s health now and in the future. Picture the body as a building: if the foundation is unbalanced or “off,” everything built on top of it may suffer–in your child’s body, this includes the pelvis and spine, leading to biomechanical dysfunction. Later in life, foot problems from childhood can can accelerate degenerative changes in the knees, hips, and spine. They may also put your child at greater risk for injury during sports or play. read more

Keep Sprains Out of the Game: Protect Your Foundation with Custom Orthotics

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Let’s get real about ankle sprains. They’re no joke.

Today, just like every day, approximately 25,000 people in the U.S. will sprain their ankles.

More than 1 million people visit emergency rooms each year because of ankle injuries.

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A sprained ankle on the mend.

Ankle sprains are the #1 injury in sports.

If you’ve ever experienced an ankle sprain—and chances are you have—you know how incredibly painful and debilitating they can be.  The worst ones may have you down for the count for weeks, if not months. read more

The Real Fashion Faux Pas

You–yes you–may be harboring a dangerous villain.

It may be lurking in your bedroom closet. Or hiding in the hallway by the front door.

It may have even have made its way into the shadowy depths of….. Your back pocket.

We’re actually talking everyday items here: the oversized handbag. The workplace or evening heels. The elegant briefcase or its more modern counterpart, the laptop bag. Even the seemingly innocuous leather wallet… fashionThe things you wear or carry on your body may secretly be conspiring to cause you serious pain and problems down the road. read more

Wall Street Journal: Surgery Not Needed for Most Foot Problems

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…Course, we already knew that. Foot problems can usually be treated without surgery! 

In “No Surgery: Fresh Cures for Common Foot Pain” by WSJ Health Reporter Angela Chen, the writer speaks with experts who say that most foot problems–from bunions to plantar fasciitis to hammertoes to ball of foot pain–can be treated successfully without surgery. “Some treatments, such as insoles that redistribute the pressure on the foot…aim to address the cause of the foot problems, which can help them from recurring,” writes Chen. (Hey! That’s what we’ve been saying all along!) read more

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