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Will walking on sand help lower impact even more?

Will walking on sand help lower impact even more?

Sand walking: Walking on sand verses pavement can be better (as in safer) for your joints as sand can provide your joints with more cushion if you walk with the same impact you use on pavement. Both surfaces have their pros and cons. Walking on sand can also test your balance and lower-leg stability. Stay focused, though, because if you are not careful you could roll an ankle or tweak a knee. ...Read more

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Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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Went shopping found shoes that fill good when walking and runnin much cheaper than shape-up and more easy on the back legs and spine thanks dr's?

Went shopping found  shoes   that fill good when walking and runnin much cheaper than  shape-up and more easy on the back legs and spine  thanks  dr's?

Comfort not price: If the shoe fits, and feels comfortable and is a bargain, by all means wear it. The trouble comes when you try to wear shoes that are not comfortable. ...Read more

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How can I stay in shape and healthy when my back and leg hurt at rest, much less walking or running?

How can I stay in shape and healthy when my back and leg hurt at rest, much less walking or running?

Swimming: You do not provide info re diagnosis, but generically, exercising in water removes the stress of gravity, and is usually tolerated far better in pts with similar problems to yours. Not only swimming but water aerobics might help, and a variety of rehab therapists supervise such sessions. Might consider yoga as another direction. ...Read more

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Lower chronic back pain that reduces the ability of walking, sitting and moving in general, im 18 and dont exercise 198lbs 5'6 ft , tailbone hurts too?

Lower chronic back pain that reduces the ability of walking, sitting and moving in general, im 18 and dont exercise 198lbs 5'6 ft , tailbone hurts too?

See your doctor: You need to be evaluated for the symptoms noted, and as well, you need to lose weight and exercise to strengthen your back muscles, you're still so young for those problems, good luck ...Read more

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Hi, I've heel and foot pain on both feet. The more I walk or stand the more painful it is. Sometime even without walking a lot. 10 min. Its been 2y..

Hi, I've heel and foot pain on both feet. The more I walk or stand the more painful it is. Sometime even without walking a lot. 10 min.  Its been 2y..

Plantar Fasciitis: One of the most common sources of heel pain is plantar fasciitis which is an inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and supports the arch. It commonly results in pain upon first standing up which eases with some stretching. It then gets worse over the course of the day. It needs to be thoroughly evaluated by a podiatrist to rule out other causes. ...Read more

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Can a 3rd degree burn on toes cause lost of balance when walking? Any ot or pt might help?

Can a 3rd degree burn on toes cause lost of balance when walking? Any ot or pt might help?

Yes: If you have lost sensation and/or muscle strength and function as a result of any trauma, the ability of the toes to grip the ground during gait will cause a loss of balance. ...Read more

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I've been pretty much inactive. Out in medical leave. Gained some weight. Noticed during walking around in neighborhood. Some stiffness in lower back. Decided yesterday to join gym. As to try and avoid the stiffness. Did a very, very light setting on trea

I've been pretty much inactive. Out in medical leave. Gained some weight. Noticed during walking around in neighborhood. Some stiffness in lower back. Decided yesterday to join gym. As to try and avoid the stiffness. Did a very, very light setting on trea

LOW BACK MUSCLE PAIN: Is very common. Reading your history, not surprising. The low back muscles are commonly ignored when we work out, and over time poorly used. They have been probably extra strained trying to balance your excess weight. Overworked, poorly trained muscles will in time cause you stiffness and pain. ...Read more

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Is it worse to roll your ankle with or without shoes on during fitness class?

Is it worse to roll your ankle with or without shoes on during fitness class?

Both: While an appropriately selected shoe is important to prevent injury, the fact your ankle rolls while exercises indicates you might want to get this checked out with a podiatrist or orthopedist. Physical therapy or ankle support options may be needed. ...Read more

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Does regular workouts help decrease pcos? Or is it more beneficial to focus on the right food?

Does regular workouts help decrease pcos? Or is it more beneficial to focus on the right food?

Both: Pcos comes from an imbalance of hormones and those are influenced by nutrition and exercise. The first thing to do is to start a low carb approach to eating. Limit yourself to 100 grams of total carbs per day and then make sure that you eat plenty of healthy fats, proteins, and fresh vegetables. For exercise do what you enjoy, and a good start is to walk for at least 20 minutes 3 times per week. ...Read more

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With degenerative arthritis in back why does the lower back hurt so much while walking a few blocks?

With degenerative arthritis in back why does the lower back hurt so much while walking a few blocks?

Pressure: This is similar to the reason why you would have knee pain with walking due to arthritis. Back pain is usually due to many factors with arthritis being one. Seek out an interventional pain management specialist. There may be some therapy or injections that may help. ...Read more

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I have lower back&butt pain esp when lying down. Will low impact exercise (bike machine) reduce my symptoms or exacerbate the pain?

I have lower back&butt pain esp when lying down. Will low impact exercise (bike machine) reduce my symptoms or exacerbate the pain?

What has a proven: Good result is a series of "Low Back Exercises" for low back pain.Google this and give yourself 10 min to go thru them once or twice a day.If pain or new symptoms develop.go show your Doc.Especially if any weakness or incontinence is involved. ...Read more

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Can jumping off moving equipment 5 to 15 mph on to uneven ground for 35 years up to 150 times a day cause back and knee injury? The injury's has caused total disability to lower spine and knees!

Can jumping off moving equipment 5 to 15 mph on to uneven ground  for 35 years up to 150 times a day cause back and knee injury? The injury's has caused total disability to lower spine and knees!

This : This is a loaded question. There are many things that happen with age regardless of what activities you do. There are other things that happen as a result of trauma, but usually from a specific injury. While people discuss "cumulative trauma" there is no solid scientific evidence to establish that is causes arthritis. One of the questions is: what else might you have been doing if you weren't doing your job? If you were skiing, snowboarding, running, playing soccer, etc., you may have developed the same problems. The theoretical "8-hour" work day means that less than 1/3 or our time is actually spent at work (assuming 2 days off per week). Many of the things we do in our off-work time also contribute to arthritis and back pain. Have you been assessed for conditions like ankylosing spondylitis or other inflammatory arthropathies? Some of those can be improved with medications. If you've been doing your job for over 35 years, then you are also at an age when some arthritis was likely to happen anyway. Be mindful about opening a worker's compensation claim. There are some advantages, but also disadvantages. Have a frank conversation with your treating physician about the nature of your back and knee problems, any injuries you may have had, and the possible relationship to your job before deciding which way to go. Two things that can help both problems are losing weight (unless you're already very thin) and avoiding smoking. You'd be surprised how much they contribute to pain. ...Read more

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Can walking on the treadmill on an incline at a high speed just as good as running?

Can walking on the treadmill on an incline at a high speed just as good as running?

It can be: Depends on what your goal are. If it is to burn calories and stay fit: yes. Bear in mild that a treadmill does not exactly duplicate running on ground and an incline puts more stree on your ankles and muscle in back of legs. ...Read more

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Might holding onto to the handlebars of a treadmill burn significantly less calories?

Might holding onto to the handlebars of a treadmill burn significantly less calories?

Probably less: You may restrict your motion and decrease your load however if it helps your blance you may actually do better and faster holding on lightly. ...Read more

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What are the best non weight bearing cardio exercises. No bike. Cannot swim, able to walk the pool and float on back. No stress to ankle or knee.

What are the best non weight bearing cardio exercises. No bike. Cannot swim, able to walk the pool and float on back. No stress to ankle or knee.

Water exercise: Use a buoyancy belt and bicycle your feet in the deep end. Also water barbells can be used in the shallow end- both good cardio workouts ...Read more