On December 15, the Fresno city council voted to ban outdoor medical marijuana cultivation within the city limits. Fresno County banned outdoor grows last year. The vote came after Fresno police went to the council seeking an immediate ordinance “to prevent the cultivations from starting next year.” Police cited the shooting death of a local man during an attempted marijuana heist in a backyard last year. The emergency measure took effect immediately and must be renewed within 45 days. A final permanent ban is expected in April, and it would make growing marijuana a violation of (no pun intended) the city’s weed abatement ordinance.
Pain is the most common symptom for which older adults, those aged 65 and older, visit their doctor. The older adult population is rapidly increasing as the baby boomers age. Pain is often considered by experts to be a silent epidemic in the United States. An estimated 50 million Americans live with chronic pain caused by disease, disorder or accident. An additional 25 million people suffer acute pain resulting from surgery or accidents. Length of relief from pain, per occurrence, is also important to the sufferer. In a (4)study, TFT provided longer relief than that experienced from pain medications. (a free copy of this study is available on ).
The most common display of faulty foot biomechanics is ‘over-pronation’. Over-pronation is a condition whereby the arches are lowered and the feet and ankles rolling inwards excessively during walking and running. It is believed by podiatrists that over 70% of the population actually suffers from mild to severe over-pronation. Over-pronation should not be confused with flat feet (Pes Planus). Only 5% of the population is flat-footed, i.e. no arch is present whatsoever under the foot. Over-pronators on the other hand do have an arch present, but the arch will lower significantly during walking and running, and the ankles will twist inwards.
People with tight calf muscles are unable to walk steady and they prone to fall, since there is difficulty for the heel striking the ground. When we are relax standing, soleus muscle stabilises the leg so that the weight line can fall in front of the knee. However, if you have tight calf muscles, you might have lower back pain, because it increases stress on the low back muscle. Too many shoes these days are using soft materials all-around the shoes and are very ‘floppy’ giving no support or stability whatsoever. In summer, many people wear open footwear such as sandals and flip-flops which are even worse in biomechanical terms.
In a recent press release, researchers announced that they have begun to study the biomechanics of how the foots connective tissues and muscles work so that they can address the problem of chronic heel pain. By understanding the biomechanics of chronic heel pain, physicians will be better able provide more specialized treatment. Additional research will utilize magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS). Researchers will be studying the results to determine what causes the biomechanics of the foot to work in this way. People who do not have chronic heel pain do not have the same biomechanics at work while they walk or move.
Plantar fasciitis can occur as the result of excessive running and jumping in gymnastics. The plantar fascia is the thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis occurs as the result of inflammation of this band of tissue due to overuse. The pain tends to be localized to your heel. The pain is mild at first and tends to increase with physical activity. Plantar fasciitis is commonly treated with rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and possible steroid injections. Achilles Tendinitis
Pain anywhere on the foot – the degree, location and kind of pain vary among the several conditions mentioned above. For example, a heel spur exhibits a dull pain that gradually grows in intensity over time, while with a tarsal tunnel syndrome, the pain is more like a shooting pain inside the ankle or at the bottom of the feet. Whatever pain it is you are feeling, it is a sign that you have a heel problem, and that you should pay attention to it. Rest – Avoid long hours of walking and strenuous activity. Take regular breaks in between and always make sure that your feet are well rested.
Do not wait any longer to begin finding ways to stop the discomfort of heel spurs or an overstretched plantar fascia. Heel spurs do not go away by themselves, but the pain they cause can be controlled. Visit a podiatrist as soon as possible, and do all you can to stop the pain of an overstretched plantar fascia and/or heel spurs. You do not have to live with the pain. Ice – place an ice-pack on the affected area for about 15 minutes. Do not place bare ice directly onto skin.