For many people, varicose or spider veins line their legs, making them feel they are unable to wear shorts or skirts. These irregular veins can be damaging to your self-esteem and come with painful physical symptoms as well. Compression socks may not be your first fashion choice but they offer major relief from the symptoms of varicose and spider veins. What is the difference between spider veins and varicose veins? Varicose veins are enlarged veins that often appear to be bulging out of a person’s legs. They can be green, blue or red and are usually about 3 mm or larger. Varicose veins are more than a cosmetic issue as they can cause fatigue, swelling, burning, itching and even cramps in the legs. Spider veins appear closer to the skin’s surface and are smaller than varicose veins (about 1 mm). They are generally blue, red or purple in colour. What…

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Custom made foot orthotics can help with a number of issues that plague our feet. One of the more common foot ailments are bunions. If you have bunions, you understand how painful they can be. There are bunion surgeries available but those should be a last resort. They are costly and sometimes ineffective. Instead, with the help of orthotics, you can actually get a reprieve from the discomfort caused by bunions. What are bunions? Bunions are a deformity of the…

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Everything from being in a car accident to falling off your bike can cause you to suffer serious neck injuries. Whether you have been badly injured in a crash, or simply gotten up and dusted yourself off after a fall, you could be experiencing whiplash. This is an ailment that should be treated right away, otherwise you could suffer from chronic pain for the rest of your life. There are many treatments done to relieve whiplash and massage therapy is…

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Most runners will experience lower-body issues over the course of their lifetime. Without custom orthotics, only a small number of people are able to perform a perfect running pattern, in which their foot properly absorbs shock. There’s also overpronation that occurs when your arch flattens, making the foot roll inwards, and underpronation that happens when the foot doesn’t turn enough, or at all. Both issues are able to create misalignment of your foot’s joints, causing a myriad of issues like…

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Some people debate whether custom orthotics are worth the investment. While most medical professionals and healthcare practitioners are on board with having your orthotics custom-made, there are still some people out there who see it as a waste of money, considering you can get them at the pharmacy. What are orthotics? Orthotics are devices worn or applied externally to help the function of the neuromuscular and skeletal system. They provide support, can optimize performance in sports, help people suffering from…

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