Health issues in dancing

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> Athletic creams

> Blisters

> Colds

> Injuries

> Losing weight

v Morton's Neuroma

Q: I have heard reports of these resolving when people eat Reliv Classic.

The condition may resolve when people eat this, but eating it has nothing to do with resolving the condition. Don't waste your money on this junk.

Morton's neuroma is caused by one thing, wearing tight fitting shoes. If you never wore shoes you would never develop this condition. Wearing tight fitting shoes squeezes the interdigitial nerves and results in scar formation and nerve sprouting. This will never go away by itself.

The best treatment is to do something to spread out the metatarsal heads, so the interdigitial nerves are not squeezed. This is best accomplished by orthotics with metatarsal support, which are pretty hard to find, and wearing shoes with wide toe boxes. Ropers are great since they not only have a big toe box, but they more evenly distribute the weight over the entire foot than other boots. Ropers can be bought from Evening Star boots which have an excellent shock absorbing sole/insole.

Some excellent orthotics with metatarsal support can be purchased fromAdvance Tech orthotics. 2060537-6518. They take a lot of getting used to since they provide so much support for the feet.

There is also a special method for surgery (EDIN-Method). Please see

Surgery for removing the neuromas is 80% effective and has a 30% recurrence rate. So you have about a 50% chance of getting rid of the problem. From what I have heard the surgery will take about 6-12 months to fully recover from. The surgeons may say 6 weeks to 3 months but they work primarily with people whose main concern is walking.

> Joints, in particular knees and ankles

> Perspiration

> Web resources

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Last modified on: 2001, Friday January 5.