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Recovering from Addiction to Prescription Medications

I never thought of myself as an addict, but I did end up addicted to anti-anxiety medication after developing Generalized Anxiety Disorder. At some point, the medicine stopped being a way to deal with the nervousness and panic attacks, and became something my body craved. I knew that I needed help fast. Fortunately, a local drug rehab program includes support for people like me. They helped me wean off the medication, use methods like massage therapy to help my nerves heal, and even provided ongoing counseling for our family. I don't know how I would have made it without their help. If you suspect that your medication has crossed the line from being helpful to hurtful, take heart. Let me tell you about my journey out of addiction and back to wholeness.

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3 Things To Help You Get Rid Of Foot Pain

by Valerie Stevens

Do you have a job that has you stand or walk for most of the day? Do your feet hurt and you're not sure what to do about it? Dealing with aching feet is something that plagues many people. Unfortunately, because there are many causes, there's no single solution that will make your feet stop hurting. But this also means that if something doesn't work, there are other solutions that you can try. Some things to at least consider doing include:

Lose weight: The less pressure that you're putting on your feet, the less foot pain that you'll experience. The heavier you are, the more pressure is being put on your feet on a daily basis. Losing even just a few pounds can mean the difference between very painful feet and feet that barely hurt or that don't hurt at all. Of course, if you're already at or near your ideal weight, as described by your doctor, losing weight may have little impact on whether or not your feet hurt at the end of the day. Be sure to check with your doctor before embarking on any weight loss program.

Buy different shoes: It's not uncommon for people to buy the same size of shoe for their entire adult lives. But this doesn't mean that doing so is actually a good idea. A variety of factors can cause your feet to both widen and lengthen as you get older, resulting in foot pain when you put on too-small shoes. It's a good idea to have your feet measured every few years, just to see whether or not your feet have actually changed size. It can also help to skip shoes with any sort of heel, in favor of shoes that are as flat as possible. While shoes for women are the most guilty of having outrageous shoes, shoes for men can also have a very slight, almost unnoticeable, heel. 

See a podiatrist: If you've tried a few things and are still experiencing foot pain, it's time to see a specialist. You may simply need special orthotic inserts or it's possible that you've sprained something or torn a ligament in your foot without realizing it. You could also have plantar fasciitis, something that may not go away without proper treatment. A podiatrist can help you figure out what's really going on with your feet and will come up with a viable solution that will have your feet feeling much better.

Contact a health center like Foot & Ankle Care Center PA for more information and assistance.