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A fifth of us are now so lazy that we walk for less than 15 minutes each day, a new study has revealed. And the reason? We're all hooked on driving. Research carried out by the College of Podiatry found that despite being well aware of how little we exercise - and even acknowledging the fact that we each should walk more - the temptation to jump behind the wheel rather than go by foot is almost always just too much to bare. The survey found that nearly half of Brits choose to drive to work, while almost 40 percent go by car to visit friends and family who live just a stone's throw away.
 
Emma Supple
 
 
Podiatrist Emma Supple, from the college, said, "It is a shame to see that so few of us are failing to use our own two feet to get about. One in five parents drive their children to school despite more than a quarter saying their child's school is less than a mile away. Walking for just 30 minutes a day can bring so many health benefits; it is a great way to improve fitness gently and can be a suitable form of exercise for many people. The findings also suggest that we don't seem to be setting a good example for children, showing that walking can be a great way to travel."
 
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Poor posture while standing can introduce or exacerbate a whole other set of potentially pain-causing issues. “Our bodies tend to go to the pattern of less stress,” says Emily Splichal, DPM, a Manhattan-based podiatrist and movement specialist who is the author of Barefoot Strong. In other words, you’ll assume the position that is easiest, and sometimes that results in poor posture. 
Dr. Emily Splichal
 
 
Luckily, there are easy ways to make sure that your standing isn’t just sitting 2.0. First, you want to start with the feet. “They are the foundation to our posture,” says Dr. Splichal, which means women will want want to ditch the heels while standing desk-side. A two- to three-inch heel will tighten the fascia—the connective tissue web that envelops the bones, muscles, and tendons—and will put stress on your joints, she says.
 
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Gout is a painful form of inflammatory arthritis that affects over eight million Americans according to the national Gout & Uric Acid Education Society. Gout represents a build-up of uric acid in the joints. "It's very similar to the process of making rock candy, where you boil water and add sugar until you can't add anymore," Podiatrist Dr. John Brandeisky explained. "When you super-saturate a solution, it crystallizes as the temperature cools. In the case of gout, conditions in the blood serum lead the joint-lubricating fluid to become high in uric acid.
 
Dr. John Brandeisky (photo: Russ DeSantis)
 
 
"Because the joint is located farther away from the body's warmer core temperature and is therefore cooler, uric acid crystals form in the joint and are pointy like knives — so pointy that when white blood cells are repeatedly sent to attack these 'foreign' substances, the crystals actually impale and kill the white blood cells," he said. "Gout is the great mimicker of a raging infection around the joint, though it won't respond to antibiotics or get better," he said.
 
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"Although losing weight through exercise is slower than by calorie restriction, it is more effective. An excellent form of exercise for improved health is jogging. It is simple, requires no special skills, and can be enjoyed at any age. It is convenient and involves a minimum of time each week. From a physiological standpoint, it is an excellent form of exercise as it puts a moderate amount of stress on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems," says podiatrist Dr. Robert Weiss."

 
"The more you jog, the more muscle imbalances can occur. Daily exercise for stretching and strengthening of the muscles is very important in your jogging program. The calf, hamstring (back of the leg and thigh), and lower back muscles can become contracted and shortened, as well as tight and inflexible. Therefore, it is extremely important to stretch these muscles. Also, the shin, quadriceps (front of thigh), and belly muscles can become weakened. It is therefore important to strengthen these muscles," says Dr. Weiss.
 
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Achilles tendonitis can be alleviated with rest and heel lifts, which reduce tension in the tendon. Podiatrist Dr. Gregory McCarthy said, "we'll evaluate and determine whether somebody has that problem instead of just giving them a heel lift. We'll actually give them types of inserts or special shoes that will help."
 
Dr. Gregory McCarthy
 
 
Patients, McCarthy said, often think the sharp stabbing pain they feel in the inner part of their heel is caused by a heel spur. He said it's actually plantar fasciitis. Special inserts and shoes are prescribed first. Then McCarthy said medications, injections, and night splints can be tried.
 
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