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Issue: October 2007

The average person takes 8 000-10 000 steps a day...

Dr. Carole Smith, B.A., DC

carole smith…That puts a lot of pressure on your feet to carry you through the day! Every step you take impacts your body. If your foot is not functioning properly, you may develop symptoms such as pain and discomfort further up your kinetic chain (e.g. your ankle, knee, hip and spine).

Custom orthotics are designed to help correct misalignments of the foot, improve posture, and eliminate foot or leg pain. They are either inserted into a shoe, or integrated into the shoe’s design so that they become part of the sole of the shoe. Custom orthotics differ from the inserts you can buy at the store because they are specially made to conform to the unique shape of your foot, and can be created for almost any type of shoe, whether it is flat or high-heeled.

Overpronation (e.g. flat feet, low arches) and oversupination (e.g. rigid feet, high arches) are the 2 major types of biomechanical foot disorders which can lead to several different injuries.

Overpronators may suffer from a number of overuse problems:

Plantar fasciitis
Low back pain
Achilles tendonitis
Shin splints
Patellar (kneecap) tendonitis
Iliotibial band syndrome
Patellofemoral syndrome

Oversupinators suffer from problems related to poor shock absorption and are at a greater risk for developing osteoarthritis at the major weight bearing joints. They may also experience low back, knee, heel, and hip pain.

With overpronation or oversupination, the wrong muscles contract or they contract out of their proper, critical sequence. Your muscles and tendons eventually fatigue and break down, leading to pain and scarring of the tissues. Your joints may also suffer excess wear leading to pain and possibly degeneration. As a result, pain and dysfunction may arise in your feet, ankles, legs, knees, thighs, hips, low back, and further "up the chain."

Treatment for any of the above conditions includes reducing inflammation, strengthening and stretching the involved muscles, and promoting proper joint mobility. In addition, custom made orthotics can play a supportive role in the overall treatment of these problems and more importantly, prevent re-occurrences. Many insurance policies include coverage for chiropractic treatment, as well as orthotics.

Your feet should not hurt. They are designed to be used, and pain is the body’s way of warning you that something is wrong. If you ignore the pain, the condition causing it could become worse.


One complimentary pair of custom orthotic inserts,
when your first pair is ordered.
Expires December 31, 2007 - limit one per patient

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Time-tested strategies for successful weight loss

Dr. Samantha Ristimaki, BSc, ND (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine)

samanthaThe low - carbohydrate weight loss fad has been around for years and has been proven to be effective short-term for weight loss. Advocates of the diet claim that low carbohydrate intake will improve the body’s insulin/blood sugar balance promoting weight loss. Short term studies show that low carbohydrate in take has shown slightly more weight, but the long term studies demonstrate that it is one of the least successful sustainable weight loss strategies.

The majority of research in nutrition shows that carbohydrate rich foods, especially fruit, legumes, vegetables and whole grains, reduce the risk of chronic disease. These foods are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and carbohydrates that reduce the risk of diseases such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Overall, dramatically restricting calories reduces intake of essential nutrients which could affect health and slow the metabolism.

What the best solution?
Take your time and make a lifestyle change. You may take a bit longer to reach your goal but the likelihood of maintaining your goal will be much higher and you’ll reap the greater health benefits.

Create a realistic goal and develop a diet balanced in carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Specific choices depend on your individualized health concerns. Overall, it is essential to make changes that are sustainable and that can and will become a part your daily life.

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Consider this…

Accept failure
Be easy on yourself. It takes time and patience to change your lifestyle. Focus on the health benefits of change.

Allow periodic indulgence
It’s okay to have treats periodically. Choose one day per week in which you give yourself permission to indulge in something you desire.

Frequently monitor your weight & measurements
This will help you stay motivated and on track. Try not to preoccupy yourself with the numbers on the scale. If you are exercising and increasing your muscle mass, you may not loose weight as quickly but your clothes will fit differently.

Exercise daily
Becoming active on a regular basis is critical. The key is just to get moving: go for a walk, play some tennis or join a gym. Walk to the store, take the stairs at work, and choose a parking spot further away from your destination. Every bit helps.

Consume five small meals per day
Consuming 3 smaller meals with 2 snacks throughout the day will foster stable blood sugar levels, thereby controlling appetite and improving moods and metabolic rate.

Balance your diet
Aim to consume a moderate amount of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat with every meal.


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