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Is there any additional benefit to sleeping on gel-infused memory foam versus regular memory foam mattress pads / pillows?

Is there any additional benefit to sleeping on gel-infused memory foam versus regular memory foam mattress pads / pillows?

No: Sleep on whatever allows you to get a good night's rest & wake up refreshed w/o any aches or pains. Same goes for hard vs soft mattress and for (thickness of) pillows. Makes no difference whether coils are individually wrapped or not. Or if cotton or wool or whatever. Don't buy into mattress ad hype. ...Read more

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Are Foam Rollers a useful aid to workouts?

Are Foam Rollers a useful aid to workouts?

You choose.: Some people swear by them, ironically, others swear at them. Go figure. ...Read more

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Did a custom insole for high arch foot using foam mold. Is it OK?

Did a custom insole for high arch foot using foam mold. Is it OK?

Foam mold: Yes as long as the person taking the impression knows about foot mechanics and proper positioning alternatives 1. 3d scan 2. plaster mold ...Read more

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I read that orthotics made from stepping on foam box aren't effective in correcting biomechanic problems. I just paid $400?

I read that orthotics made from stepping on foam box aren't effective in correcting biomechanic problems. I just paid $400?

Untrue: That is absolutely untrue. Whether you use a cast, foam box or scanner, does not matter. It is the person positioning the foot that matters. ...Read more

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Ultra sound personal devices work plaque brake-up calf muscles?

Ultra sound personal devices work  plaque brake-up calf muscles?

Not good idea: Therapeutic and/or diagnostic ultrasound should be used by a physician. I am not sure that ultrasound will break up plaque using a "personal device". ...Read more

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How is a memory foam mattresses useful to reduce backpain?

How is a memory foam mattresses useful to reduce backpain?

Back pain : Back pain can have a significant emotional and psychological component as well as a physical part. While i don't know how a memory foam mattress helps, you can also use deep breathing, mindfulness and other such techniques to "quiet" the pain. ...Read more

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Are new sketcher's training shoes just as dangerous as wearing high heels or platforms?

Are new sketcher's training shoes just as dangerous as wearing high heels or platforms?

No: Running with scissors is dangerous. Running in skechers is not. High heels and platforms are only "dangerous" in pregnancy if you fall or twist your ankle. Most people are not comfortable in them later in pregnancy, but they can't cause any real harm to moms or babies. If you are comfortable in them, go ahead and wear whatever you like. Comfort and fit are the most important features. ...Read more

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Seating down on concrete alto is is good for instead a cushion pillow?

Seating down on concrete alto is is good for instead a cushion pillow?

Cushion pillow: I think cushion pillow is more comfortable and better for back and extremities than sitting on concrete alto. ...Read more

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Should I perform myofascial release with a foam roller or tennis ball?

Should I perform myofascial release with a foam roller or tennis ball?

Either: You can use either. A tennis ball will have a more focused point vs foam roller which is wider. Try each and see which one relieves your symptoms better. ...Read more

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I wear orthotic 4 over-pronation & bunion. Leather ankle booties which tie up r what i wear. Inserts unmovable. I place orthotics on top of them is ok?

I wear orthotic 4 over-pronation & bunion. Leather ankle booties which tie up r what i wear. Inserts unmovable. I place orthotics on top of them is ok?

Yes: Should be fine since boots have more depth. Just make sure liner is flat and does not tilt orthotics. Try it out and see if they feel any different compared to shoes without liners. If unsure consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Turf toe. Need inserts for dress shoes. What OTC material is best? Gel, foam? Pain exacerbated recently.

Turf toe. Need inserts for dress shoes. What OTC material is best? Gel, foam? Pain exacerbated recently.

Go w/ rigid support: Believe it or not, you should buy something that will provide rigid support of the joint. The rigid support will prevent the toe from hyperextending while the tendons/ ligaments have a chance to heal. (www.Drmarkgalland.Com 10/16/2012). ...Read more

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What kind of bed is best for a bad back? Soft, medium, firm? Spring, air, water, or memory foam? Thanks!

Whichever works.: Firm generally provides the best support, but some patients find they are more comfortable with something else. Find the one that fits you best. ...Read more

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Orthotic 4 overpron+bun use 2 wear aa shoe age+bunin med now.Heel back of heel ankle still slim use gel heeliner in all shoes even if think shoe fits?

Overkill: No, although the orthotic can address overpronation, no need for an extra heeliner. This will make the shoe too tight and uncomfortable and may actually exacerbate the bunion pain. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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For 'runners knee' which running shoe would u recommend - Asics Gel Enhance Ultra 3 Running Shoe or Brooks Womens Adrenaline GTS 15 Running Shoe?

For 'runners knee' which running shoe would u recommend - Asics Gel Enhance Ultra 3 Running Shoe or Brooks Womens Adrenaline GTS 15 Running Shoe?

Not just Shoes...: Either shoe will do, but shoes are not the end all treatment for runners knee. There are many more things to consider before fixating on the shoe type. More important is whether you had, presently have or are in a preventive mode for the treatment of the problem. I suggest you seek out a sports medicine ortho specialist to do a proper evaluation and subsequent treatment and exercise protocol. ...Read more

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Granuloma anular on leg as big as an express cup saucer?

Granuloma anular on leg as big as an express cup saucer?

G. Annulare: Possible causes can be diabetes, thyroid disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or addison's disease. Also, can be seen usually in otherwise healthy individuals. Consult your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more