Archive for June, 2008

Natural Artificial Foot

Mechanical engineer Jerome Rifkin has spent 8 years developing and building a flexible, mechanical foot. The foot is one of the most complicated structures in the body. With 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles, the foot is a difficult part of the body to mimic or replace. Rifkin’s artificial foot differs from [...]

Insoles, Inserts or Orthotics?

What is the difference and which one do you need? An insole is the inside liner of the shoe which sits directly below the foot – the innermost sole of the shoe. Almost all shoes come with insoles either stitched into the shoe or unattached and removable. Insoles are generally thin, flexible, soft and designed [...]

Flip-Flops Flop

According to research at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), individuals wearing flip-flops alter their gait and may experience lower leg pain as a result. The study compared the gait of 39 college age men and women wearing flip-flop style sandals and athletic shoes. Both the flip-flops and the [...]

Coffee: Good for Gout?

A study done at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada in Vancouver studied 45,869 men, without gout, over a 12 year period. Every four years, 2 questionnaires were sent out to the participants. The first questionnaire asked about intake of coffee, decaffeinated coffee, tea and total caffeine. The second questionnaire was used to evaluate whether [...]