Thursday, November 8, 2012


Healthy people everywhere have new reasons to enjoy almonds as researchers have recently announced that nuts not only taste good, but they're also good for you. Almonds are one of the most nutritious of all nuts. As more and more consumers become dedicated to healthy life-styles, experts have found that adding natural foods, such as almonds, to your diet may be the prescription for physical wellness in the 21st century.  

Cancer Prevention - Almonds are low in saturated fat and contain many other protective nutrients - calcium and magnesium - for strong bones, vitamin E and compounds called phytochemicals, which may help protect against cardiovascular disease and even cancer.

Phytochemical Powerhouse - Leading nutrition scientists presented their research findings in a symposium entitled "Nuts in a Healthful Diet", as a part of the 1998 Experimental Biology annual meeting. Dr. Gary Beecher, of the USDA-ARS, has analyzed the phytochemical content of almonds and states, "I have never seen this diversity of phytochemicals in a single food source." 

Reduce Heart Attack Risk - A Loma Linda School of Public Health study showed those who consumed nuts five times a week had a 50% reduction in risk of heart attack. 

Lower Cholesterol - In one clinical study, Dr. Gene Spiller, Director of the Health Research and Studies Center, Inc., showed that almonds added to the diet had a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels and that none of the study groups experienced weight gain in the study. 

Some nuts contain rhizveritrol, the anti-inflammatory agent found in red wines and thought to be responsible for the "French paradox". Many scientists have pointed to the French consumption of red wine as one factor in the lower rate of heart disease despite their diets rich in cream sauces and buttery pastries. The fat in nuts is unsaturated, or the "good" fat and there is no cholesterol in these fats.

If you think almonds are just for satisfying your mid-afternoon munchies, you're in for a surprise! These tasty tidbits pack a nutritional punch, combining tons of essential nutrients in one very delicious package.

One teeny ounce of almonds contains 12 percent of your daily allowance of protein. And absolutely no cholesterol, of course. You'll also get 35 percent of your daily allowance of vitamin E, that valuable antioxidant with so many cancer-fighting qualities. And most of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated, also known as the "good" fat.
This little nut is also loaded with minerals like magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, as well as lots of healthy fiber. And don't forget calcium and folic acid - they're in there too!
When you get right down to the details, it's no wonder so may people go nuts for almonds!

  • 20-25 almonds (approximately one ounce) contain as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk, a valuable tool in preventing osteoporosis.

  • Almonds are the best whole food source of vitamin E, in the form of alpha-tocopherol, which may help prevent cancer.

  • If you're pregnant, or thinking about it, almonds are a great source of the folic acid you need!

  • Almonds contain more magnesium than oatmeal or even spinach. Are you listening, Popeye?

  • Build strong bones and teeth with the phosphorus in almonds.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Foot pain getting you down?

Plantar Fascitis

Chronic and problematic foot pain is often caused by incorrect footwear, one time over-exertion or even overuse. It is an inflammation or irritation of the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot that supports the arch.  The main and most severe pain is felt in the heel and can often linger from weeks to months.  The first few steps in the morning are often the most painful.  Plantar fascitis (or fasciosis) injury may cause debilitating pain that suddenly can increased with new shoes, standing for long periods on hard surface, or increasing your walking or running distance too quickly.  

Therapy at our clinic will involve chiropractic manipulation of the tarsal bones due to many restrictions in motion that appear with this condition. The soft tissue around the tender areas will be released using Graston® therapy and Active Release Therapy (A.R.T.®). If this is a severe progression of PF it is suggested to have custom foot orthotics made to support the arch of your foot. We can mold these in-clinic and have them ready within two weeks. Another option is purchasing neutral arch supports from your local running store, I recommend SuperFeet or similar brand. Robinson's Outdoor store in Victoria has an excellent supply.  

Research shows for complete resolve this treatment should be adhered to consistently 2-3x/week for 4-6 weeks, then 1x/week for 4 weeks then as needed.   Avoid steroid injections; these may lead to necrosis and weakening of the connective tissue and cause further damage.  Very good success rates in resolving this condition are found with adhering to this treatment plan! 

Take Home in addition to therapy:

Stretch calf and leg muscles often (2-3x/day) Hold for 30 seconds. 
Roll foot with hard ball (tennis/golf ball) - for up to 60 seconds/day. See image below. 
Avoid standing for long periods on concrete or hard floor 

Other options:
      A night splint to stretch the calf muscle and plantar fascia to be worn at night may be a possibility to help with therapy. We can make a solid casting for you in-office for you to wear. The other option is purchasing a Strassburg sock.

Call Dr. Derek Vinge to make an appointment today.

Westside Village 250.382.0777
PISE Sports Clinic 250.479.9970