Monday, September 24, 2012

Insoles for Sore Feet at Work

A lot of people have found that today's digital economy has tied them to a desk, and the health concern for the age is the dreaded, keyboard-induced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Until flat screens came along there were also some concerns that we were being slowly microwaved by the glow from old-style monitors, but technology seems to have solved that one for us.
Not everyone works at a desk, though; plenty of people still spend their working day on their feet, in jobs ranging from restaurant service staff to production line workers and construction tradesmen. That can put plenty of strain on the body too. Can technology do anything to help them?
Many service industry workers spend an amount of time on their feet that most of us can barely imagine. A waiter spends an entire eight-hour shift walking around the restaurant, seating customers, taking orders, bringing drinks and collecting meals from the kitchen. The average person takes about 7,000 steps a day but many waiters do double that just in the course of one shift. A lot of retail staff are in the same boat, and even just standing behind a counter for hours can result in aching feet at the end of the day.
Factory workers don't generally have to walk around as much, but they're still often standing for hours at a time. There's another complication too; many industrial jobs require protective footwear for safety reasons. In the past it was common for people to use military surplus boots for this, and at least they were designed for some degree of comfort. Army boots are becoming lighter though, with old-style heavy leather being replaced by lightweight fabrics, and at the same time safety regulations are being toughened up; the only option for many is now purpose-designed safety footwear with steel caps and often steel-shanked soles, too. These do a great job of protecting the feet from dropped tools and sharp metal scrap, but there's a price to pay in comfort. Being constructed for safety they don't break in and mould to the feet as well as normal footwear does, so the fit is often less than perfect. Soles designed for strength aren't as good at taking the shock out of impacts, either; just compare the soles of running shoes and work boots and see which ones have more bounce.
Naturally construction workers have the worst of both worlds; they're walking around the site all day and they need protective footwear. They also have to carry heavy loads of building materials, which just increases the stress on their joints.
Luckily technology does have an answer. Workers who spend all day on their feet get aches and pains because their legs are taking the strain of supporting their entire weight all day (plus loads that vary from a tray of cheeseburgers to a 100lb sack of Portland cement.) One way to ease the load is with custom insoles that spread the weight better and reduce the stress on the soles of the feet. Good insoles also contain a shock-absorbing layer, which soaks up some of the beating our feet take with every step. For anyone wearing protective footwear there's another advantage; custom insoles hold the feet snugly in place, which compensates for the fact that the boots don't break in so well. By providing proper support they also improve posture, and bad posture is a major cause of knee trouble and lower back pain.
Insoles sound simple enough, of course, but where the technology comes in is modern delivery methods. In the past getting custom-made insoles meant time-consuming visits to a specialist and messy plaster casts. Now, image recognition software and 3D printing means that a few photos from your digital camera or smartphone allow a specialist like 3DSoles to produce perfectly fitting custom items quickly and cheaply; the whole ordering process takes five minutes, and right now you probably spend at least that long massaging your aching feet!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Treat Yourself to a Mommy Makeover

Being a mother is a wonderful role that requires you to make so many sacrifices and adjustments throughout life. Sometimes, the demands of motherhood can become so overwhelming and time consuming that it becomes close to impossible to remember to not neglect yourself. Each day, there are countless numbers of mothers who wish they could look and feel sexier, more attractive, and more in tune with their bodies. Even though you may not have the same body, shape, or curves that you had before the arrival of your child, you can still regain your lost composure and confidence with a mommy makeover.
Since you have such a busy schedule and not enough time to fit in that workout or a hair appointment, it can be quite challenging for you to find ways to make yourself feel and look like a million bucks. If you feel that you need more than a little lipstick and some eyeliner to improve the way you feel and look, it is time for you to find a doctor that specializes in this procedure. This is one surgical procedure that will allow you to target several areas of your body at once.
The mommy makeover makes it possible for you to get a breast lift, tummy tuck, and some liposuction done in one procedure. Since your stomach and breasts are the main portions of your body that are affected the most by pregnancy and childbirth, you sometimes need a little medical intervention to help you get your body back into its pre-pregnancy shape. Even if you have a little trouble losing some of those extra pounds, you can have some body sculpting done to make you look better than before.
Keep in mind that you should make a little time in your schedule to make sure that you pick the best plastic surgeon to perform your mommy makeover procedure. Make an appointment for a consultation and let them know how you feel your body has changed after childbirth and how you want it to look. Let your plastic surgeon show you what they can do to transform your body. Keep in mind that when you pick your date for the procedure, you should leave yourself enough time to make arrangements for your recovery.
Even though you may be used to being superwoman, you are going to need someone to help you with your children and around your home during the first few weeks after your mommy makeover procedure. If you make some preparations beforehand, such as preparing dinner in advance and arranging for a friend or your significant other to take over your household chores. You need to be able to rest so that your body heals properly. You can also use that time to get some much-needed rest. Once you see how your body looks and feels once you have finished healing, you may not even be able to tell that you experienced pregnancy and childbirth.

Monday, September 10, 2012

A Breast Augmentation Might Be the Answer for You

Breast augmentation surgeries are chosen by women for so many different reasons, but all of these reasons have one thing in common. Women that choose these do this to improve the looks of their chests. For many women, having attractive breasts is very important. Unfortunately, some people are born with sagging, small, or uneven breasts. Thankfully, there is an way to change this. The option is a breast augmentation surgery.
This procedure can be used for a number of different reasons. One woman might choose this to increase the size, while another woman might want to have this done to have them reshaped. Other women may choose this to have their breasts reduced or lifted. These are all legitimate reasons to have this done, and this is a procedure that can make a world of difference. This procedure is done differently for each patient. The surgeon must study the woman's body before doing the surgery. He must first see what he has to work with, and must make a plan for the necessary changes. This is the plan that will be used during the actual surgery, so it is important that it will be followed accurately.
The two main options used in breast augmentation are saline implants and silicone implants. Both end up with similar results, but there are differences in the way they feel and in the amount they cost. One of the main concerns women have is that they want to make sure that their breasts will feel natural after this is done. If they don't, a woman might not be very pleased with the procedure. Most surgeons are able to accomplish this and the procedures leave women with breasts that look and feel very real. When the procedure is completed, the patient will be placed under a general anesthesia and in most cases the procedure is done as an outpatient operation. The costs of the procedure will be discussed beforehand, but they generally fall into the range of $4,000 to $5,000. The actual cost will depend the amount of work that needs to be completed.
One of the things you may want to discuss before the surgery is scarring. You should ask the doctor where the incisions will be made and whether or not they will be visible after they heal. The doctor is likely to tell you that you will experience minimal scarring. The incisions are usually made in an area where they are hard to see. Some of these areas include the crease below the breast or the area in the armpit. These two areas are ideal for this because they will hide the scars and no one will ever notice that you had this completed.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Perform Your Due Diligence

I read a disturbing article recently concerning a medical doctor who, in my opinion, should not be practicing. After allowing her license to expire in Colorado following a series of mistakes, she moved to Illinois and took up practice again as a neurosurgeon. Before long, she again began to make mistakes.
Leaving Illinois, she completed a one-year neurointensive care fellowship at Mount Sinai and now works there. She now works in an ICU environment, supervised, with neurosurgery patients.
A friend of mine is a nurse and explained some of the legalities involved. It seems that if a doctor surrenders his license or allows it to expire, nothing prevents them from moving to another area and reapplying for a license there. As long as the license wasn't revoked by the state where they practiced, if they move to another state, many other states will allow them to re-license.
While this doesn't seem fair, it does point out that we, as patients, need to perform our due diligence before we allow anyone to treat or prescribe for us. We tend to be a little on the gullible side when it comes to the medical profession. In part, I feel this is because it only seems logical that if someone has a license to prescribe potentially lethal drugs and perform surgery, they must have been found competent. Right?
Wrong. Someone graduated last in the class. And there's a minimum score for passing the licensing exam. What did your physician score?
There are some doctors you just can't seem to talk to. They have an overbearing attitude or talk to you like your IQ is in the single digits. You couldn't possibly understand the explanation to your questions. So you walk away with questions unanswered.
Don't let this happen to you. If you can't speak freely with your doctor, in a friendly informative fashion, find someone else. And before you choose a doctor or surgeon, regardless of the recommendations, check them out for yourself. You can start by checking with your state medical board.
Another place to begin is with. Just go to the site, click on the doctor's bag at the top left and fill in the spaces with your doctor's name. And there's your information, whether their license is active, if there have been any board actions, when his license expires.
It's time we took charge of our medical care, by doing our homework and checking the credentials of people who can potentially harm or kill us as easily as I can miss a typo in a manuscript. Yes they're doctors, but they're still human beings and therefore fallible.
I'm not against medical doctors. Far from it. I've known some fantastic doctors. I've also known some I wouldn't trust to put down a dying animal. You have to take charge of your own well-being. Do your homework and get some information before you entrust your life to a surgeon's hands.
Along with this, you need to ask about your prescriptions. You need to ask what they are, what they're for and make sure they won't conflict with any allergies you have or any other medicines you take. When you pick them up from the pharmacy, check that what you received is what was prescribed. If you have any questions,don't take anything until you've checked with your doctor or pharmacist.
Ask questions. Get answers, or go someplace else. Don't be a statistic. You only have one body. Take care of it and make sure your doctor does, too.