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Aiden Jones
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In Your Shoes ##BEST##

There's one choice most of us face almost every single day when we get home - to keep or take off our shoes. The choice can be a divisive one. Personally, I'm team shoes off, but not immediately (laughter). But to scientists, the right choice is pretty clear-cut. Mark Patrick Taylor is the chief environmental scientist at the Environmental Protection Authority of Victoria, Australia. In a column for The Conversation, a nonprofit outlet, he argues people should take off their shoes inside their homes. And Mark joins us now from Sydney. Welcome.

In Your Shoes

TAYLOR: Now, perhaps the thing which grosses most people out is the unseen things that we can tramp in on the soles of our shoes, and that includes dog poo. Now, even if you're, you know, dodging dog poo on your footpath - it's like an obstacle course - the likelihood you'll stand in that or some bird poo or some other feces - you will bring it into your house if you don't leave them outside. And then that sloughs off, forms part of the dust in your house, which then can get remobilized. We have a 10-second rule in Australia.

TAYLOR: It's a good question. And actually, some people have raised this with me. And we don't want to live in sterile environments. And exposure to contaminants is actually - you know, does help - the evidence shows it does help build up our immunity. But my comment to that is, well, you don't go into bed with your shoes on, do you? You take them off because you don't want to make the bed dirty.

TAYLOR: You can - so what I suggest is you have an outdoor mat and an indoor mat. Take your shoes off outside and, of course, you can just pick them up and then put them inside on a shoe rack. The main thing is, people have to remember to clean their mats. Can't leave the mat out there for three years. It will become ineffectual. You need to wash it and knock all the dirt out. It's about minimizing.

TAYLOR: I know there are some people that have indoor shoes. We have UGG boots in Australia or people might have slippers, et cetera. I know some people are a bit funky - oh, I'm not taking my shoes off. I mean, really, it's your house. Should be your rules.

As a Psychotherapist, my aims are to accompany you as you face difficulties and challenges in your life, and to facilitate movement, as much as is realistically possible given circumstances and the limited control that we have over life, towards the kind of life you yearn for. Or at least towards feeling better when you are managing the toughest things with which life presents you. Each of us has wisdom and the capacity within us to progress in ways that are healthier for us, but alone we can get caught up and stuck in our hindering thoughts, feelings, patterns, habits and complexes, either consciously or unconsciously.

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Trapped humidity is yet another potential culprit of moldy shoes. If you put your shoes in plastic bags or sealed containers before storing them in your closet, those containers could trap humidity and lead to mold growth.

Using your cloth, wipe off the shoes with the vinegar and water solution. Continue cleaning the shoes with the vinegar solution until no more mold is visible. At that point, you should leave the shoes to dry completely in the sun.

One method you can use to prevent mold from growing on your shoes is using silica gel packets. These gel packets come with all sorts of new products, especially handbags and shoes. When you purchase a new product that comes with silica gel packets, you should set keep them to put in your shoes instead of throwing them out.

You might also consider getting a dehumidifier in your closet if it has excess moisture. The dehumidifier will pull the extra moisture out of the air and help prevent mold on shoes stored in your closet.

The mold from your shoes can be dangerous spreading to other parts of your home, leading to a more serious mold problem. The bottom line is that you should take mold on shoes seriously and take the applicable steps to prevent it when possible.

They may be your favorite, but those shoes you bought 5, 10, 20 years ago are doing you more harm than good. Many of us only throw our shoes out when the sole is worn down or a heel falls off but waiting this long can be a pain.

Takeaway: Depending on your activity level and the type of shoes you are wearing, you should consider replacing them between 6 to 12 months. If you really love your shoes, consider resoling them, or purchase two pairs of the same shoe to extend their shelf (or shoe) life.

Are your shoes off as soon as you walk in the door? For some, taking your shoes off feels great, but for others, it can be a real pain. Standing barefoot on surfaces like tile and hardwood floors can put undue stress on your feet causing or making pain worse over time.

Foot cramps are caused by an uncomfortable, painful spasming of the muscles in your feet. They often occur in the arches of your feet, on top of your feet, or around your toes. Cramps like these can stop you in your tracks, limiting the mobility in your feet and even freezing the muscles in a spasm until the cramp passes.

If low potassium (hypokalemia), calcium (hypocalcemia), or magnesium (hypomagnesemia) is causing your muscle cramps, your doctor may recommend supplementation. For mild cases, oral supplements will bring your levels up. In severe cases, you may need IV potassium.

If your doctor determines that your medication is causing the cramps in your feet, they may want to change your prescription. This way, they can evaluate possible side effects of the new medication, and whether or not it will also cause your feet to cramp.

Little in life is as easy as pulling the trigger of a delightfully scented (or not scented) bottle of Febreze Fabric, but in this case, removing the stinky odor of your shoes is. A simple spray will clean away odors of even the most intense treadmill experiences, leaving only your burning quads and a delightful trace of your favorite scent. May we recommend Ocean Mist?

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Have you been wondering why you have back pain in Sioux Falls SD? Your shoes may be to blame. Unfortunately, the most stylish choices don't always offer the best support or comfort for your feet and spine.

Your feet support the weight of your entire body, absorb the shock generated when you run and walk, and help keep your spine properly aligned. If you choose shoes that don't offer adequate support or place too much pressure on one part of your foot, the vertebrae in your spine may soon become misaligned.

High heels are particularly troublesome because the shoes place extreme pressure on the front part of your foot. A one-inch heel increases pressure by 22 percent, while pressure rises by 76 percent with a three-inch heel, according to UPMC Pinnacle.

When you put on a pair of high heels, your posture changes completely. Due to the unnatural position of your feet, your lower back moves forward slightly, disrupting the natural curve of your spine. Wearing the shoes every day will increase wear on tear on the discs between the vertebrae that absorb shock and may strain the joints and ligaments in your back. Knee and muscle pain, tight calf muscles, and Achilles tendons are other consequences of wearing high heels.

Both high heels and flip flops can affect your gait, which is the way you normally walk. Gait changes may alter spinal alignment, cause balance problems, and trigger knee, hip, and back pain. Auburn University researchers reported that an altered gait due to flip flop wear makes walkers take shorter steps and affects the vertical force of the heels.

Lack of arch support is a common problem when you wear flip flops or flats. Arch support helps stabilize your feet, legs, and spine, and is essential to proper spinal alignment. Without proper support, your feet and your back may begin to ache by the end of the day.

Try to buy your athletic shoes from a specialty store. The staff may advise you on the type of shoe you need for your activity or sport. And they can properly fit the shoes so you end up with the right size.

If you need shoes for walking, look for a lightweight shoe and extra shock absorption in the heel and under the ball of your foot. These features may help reduce heel pain, and burning or tenderness in the ball of your foot. Some walkers prefer a rounded or rocker bottom on the shoe so they can easily shift weight from heel to toe.

Alternatively, you may prefer a barefoot (minimalist) shoe. These shoes allow your foot to land on the ground almost as if you were running barefoot: they do little more than provide grip and protect you against harmful objects on the ground. Some are designed to help you transition from heel-first running to barefoot style running (where the midfoot or forefoot strikes the ground first).

If your shoes are too tight, too loose or insufficiently supportive, your physical activity may place stress on your feet, ankles, lower legs and other joints. This ongoing pressure may contribute to pain and injuries.

Poor footwear choice can contribute to common sports injuries such as shin splints and Achilles tendon pain, corns and bunions, ingrown nails, or postural issues and lower back pain. Such injuries may significantly limit or stop your activity.

A metatarsal pad can be used to relieve pressure or pain beneath the ball of the big toe (sesamoiditis) or other toes. Made from a range of materials, the pad affixes to the insole behind the tender area. In this way, the pad helps distribute pressure that would otherwise be placed on the ball of the foot.Talk with a healthcare professional (such as a podiatrist or physiotherapist) about any problems with your feet or footwear. They may be able to recommend a treatment to help your symptoms, or a specialist shop that has shoes suitable for you. 041b061a72


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