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The Importance Of Arch Supports

The Brace Shop Sells a Wide Variety of Arch Support For High Arches and Low ArchesArch Supports are important to utilize in just about every activity that you can be involved in. From dancing, to shopping, a good arch support is important to maintaining proper posture and reducing excessive stress in the back and associated regions.  There are three main types of arches, a flat arch, a medium arch, or a high arch. A flat arch can cause problems such as your foot turning too far inwards when you walk, and a high arch can cause the foot to roll too far outward. Your foot arch will mainly develop as your feet grow, but two of the main factors of determining your arch are genetics, and wearing poorly made shoes.

A doctor can properly diagnose which type of arch your feet have, but as an at home test you can step in water and then immediately make a foot print that you can see. If you can see your entire footprint you probably have a low arch, if you can barely see a connection between the front and back of your foot then you probably have a high arch.

Using an arch support will greatly improve your posture, and help to relieve pain and pressure you might have been experiencing throughout your body.

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Oscar Pistorius, Blade Runner of the 2012 Summer Olympics

Social Media was ablaze during the Men’s 400 Meter competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London earlier this month. What had their attention? Word that a human Blade Runner would be competing in the race. No, this was not Harrison Ford on the track. This was Oscar Pistorius, a South African double amputee, who runs with the help of an Össur limb called the Cheetah Flex Foot. Just the mere mention of Pistorius on Google and fans can view thousands of videos of a man who almost appears to be a living, Bionic Man.

Granted, a discussion of someone nicknamed the ‘Blade Runner’ has had its share of controversy, with many arguing that Pistorius has an advantage over traditional runners. But in the end, whether a person runs with natural or alternative limbs, it still takes a great measure of human strength to make those legs competitive. And if we took anything away from the Pistorius race, we learned that disabilities do not immediately exclude someone from an Olympic contest. Despite losing the 400 Meters, Pistorius continues to inspire children and adults alike, those in a similar situation who look to him as a model of hope. For someone who grew up without legs and now joins an elite club of the fastest runners in the world, his presence at the 2012 Olympics may have been the most incredible show in London. No offense to Michael Phelps or Gabby Douglas, of course.

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Olympic Committee: Rodgers Out, Demps In

The most traditional lesson of the Summer Olympics is that there are winners and losers. During a race, if someone comes in first, we recognize that someone must inevitably come in last. We empathize with the athletes who give everything they have and come up short, we cheer for the champions who always seem to give just a little bit more, and our hearts break for those who wanted to compete, yet found themselves hampered by injury.

So it goes for Mike Rodgers and Jeff Demps, two American sprinters who just swapped places for the London games that start on Friday. Rodgers endured a stress fracture in his left foot, making the very idea of running sound painful. Understandably frustrated, he claimed not to have any pain in his foot, but doctors insisted that the X-ray suggested otherwise. USOC rules indicate that an athlete cannot enter the games if there are concerns from a doctor, however small or large. “I probably won’t be going now because of this stupid rule,” said Rodgers.

He’s right on one account. He won’t be going. But whether or not it’s a stupid rule is another issue entirely. Replacing him on the track will be Jeff Demps, a former running back with the Florida Gators. During his early college career, Demps was able to match the world junior record time of 10.01 seconds for the 100 meter dash. So who knows? Perhaps the loss of Rodgers means a greater chance of gold for the United States, hanging on the legs and feet of Jeff Demps.

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Wimbledon Loses Monfils to Knee

On Monday, June 25, Wimbledon, England will host more than 60 professional tennis players from both genders. Each has earned a seed based on their performance throughout the past year. Atop the ranks of the Men’s Singles should be no surprise: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray, all names that have been mentioned by the Brace Shop during the same period of months as a result of various injuries. Since everyone expects these four men to be at the front of the tournament, perhaps the other names on the list are of little consquence? Not so.

Both Djokovic and Nadal, who currently sit at Number 1 and Number 2, respectively, have, at one time or another, been ranked far below their competitors. And right now, anyone from David Ferrer (#7) to Mardy Fish (#10) to, yes, Andy Roddick (who surprisingly falls in at #30) has a chance to overtake the leaders. But for one man, the chance of earning glory at Wimbledon is all but finished for the year.

French Tennis Pro, Gael Monfils, withdrew from the tournament on Thursday as a result of a right knee injury. Monfils is one of the few black tennis players of notable mention, having a great deal of Caribbean heritage. He was also a runner up at the Paris Masters in 2009 and 2010 as well as a semifinalist during the 2008 French Open. His absence at Wimbledon leaves a hole for Argentinian star Juan Monaco to slide forward. For the Women’s Singles, Kaia Kanepi of Estonia and Andrea Petkovic of Germany have each withdrawn from Wimbledon for heel and ankle injuries.

As the competition heats up next week, more injuries are almost inevitable.

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A Second Chance for Dancing Volleyball Star?

For Misty May-Treanor, we might argue that there’s nothing else she needs to prove. A two-time gold medalist, the winningest beach volleyball player in the world, and the champion of more than 100 domestic and international championships, what else is there to accomplish as an athlete? She calls it unfinished business.

In 2008, May-Treanor was forced to leave Dancing With the Stars when she tore her Achilles tendon during rehearsals. According to reports, next year’s competition will include stars from previous seasons, making her primed for the chance to try again. Apparently, she has taken to Facebook, asking her friends, family, and fans to give her a vote of confidence about returning to DWTS.

“I would love to finish what I wasn’t able to when I was on the show the last time.”

Before the show, however, May-Treanor will be amping up for her spot on the roster in London. The 2012 Summer Olympics begin on July 27, where she will team up with volleyball partner, Kerry Walsh. If she gets to dance come winter, she’ll be paired up with a new partner; most likely Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Mark Ballas, or Derek Hough.

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An Overdue Purple Heart in El Paso

On February 19, 1952, Gilbert Ramirez enlisted in the army, hoping to serve the United States with honor. Soon after basic training, Ramirez was sent to the Korean War, where he would help fight on the front lines of a signature battle, the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. When his leg was injured in the line of duty, he had the wounds and the scars to prove it. Unfortunately, the U.S. Military did not award him the purple heart until May 5, 2012, some 59 years later.

Ramirez, a resident of El Paso, Texas, recalls the battle as if it were yesterday.

“I was in the third platoon – the last platoon to go out into the hill. When we got up there, it was a mess. It was horrible, but I had a mission.”

For years, the military argued over and over that Ramirez did not have sufficient documentation to warrant a Purple Heart. He and his wife, Paulina, spent years fighting for the accolade, only to run up against brick wall after brick wall. It wasn’t until Paulina uncovered a random piece of paper in the clutter of old memories that Ramirez found relief. Apparently, when the document turned out to be exactly what the military was looking for, he began walking around home like he was on cloud nine.

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New York is all Knicked Up

First it was Iman Shumpert with a torn ACL in Game 1. Then it was Jeremy Lin with a small meniscus tear in his left knee last March. And on Sunday, it was Baron Davis who got carted off the court on a stretcher. All three athletes are members of the New York Knicks, who looked like serious playoff contenders in February, but are now likely to self-destruct during the first round of the post season. That is, unless they can pull off another three games like the one they achieved during Sunday’s matchup against the Miami Heat. Davis on the court or not, the Knicks were fighting for every point, pulling off an upset win, 89-87. Miami still owns the match with a 3-1 scale.

The crazy thing about most of these injuries is that they haven’t been drastic accidents. In the case of Jeremy Lin, he simply noticed a nagging pain in his knee and decided to have it looked at. Next thing he knew, surgery was next on the table. Much in the same underwhelming manner, Davis was moving up the court for an easy basket and his leg buckled underneath him. Physicians say that he dislocated his right patella. Just running up the court, you say? That’s correct. Just running up the court.

Injuries are unpredictable. Even athletes whose profession requires them to be more well conditioned than the rest of us, well, they’re vulnerable as well. As for the New York Knicks and their chances in the NBA Playoffs, we’ll know very soon whether they can survive the Heat.

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Defensive MVP Won’t Play in 2012

On January 22, 2012, the Baltimore Ravens could taste their second Super Bowl. Just 60 minutes of play against one of the best teams in the National Football League. It was the Ravens against the New England Patriots in a game that kept everyone on the edge of their seats. But the rest was history. The Patriots went on to be defeated for a second time against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. As for Baltimore, the team now faces the strong possibility of playing their entire 2012 season without Defensive MVP and Ravens Linebacker, Terrell Suggs.

Apparently, Suggs was playing a little B-ball in Arizona this week and completely tore his Achilles tendon. Doctors say he’ll go into surgery next week, but the likelihood of his coming back before the end of the season is slim to none. This is one of those rare moments when coaches and owners start to question the allowances that they give to multi-million dollar players who give themselves over to extra-curricular activities. What if they hurt themselves and cost our season? Last year, the same controversy swirled around Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, when he was seen riding a skateboard down his own driveway. Word has it that the man who ratted Flacco out was his neighbor, Ravens free safety Ed Reed. The news was all over the headlines, but there was some sense to it all. In the case of Terrell Suggs, a little pick up basketball has now cost the team millions.

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When Injuries Lead to Bigger Dreams

Normally, when athletes are injured, fans continue believing in the possibility of a comeback. Athletes themselves will usually push through physical therapy, whether it takes just a few weeks, a couple of months, or even a year to make a full recovery. But for Jessica Craver, a high school soccer star, her shattered leg was the beginning of a new dream.

The daughter of an Army surgeon, Craver struggled initially to redefine herself. But after about four years, she began looking at life through a different lens. “Everybody knew me as an athlete,” she said. “A few years ago I would have said that the accident was the biggest curse. But without it I’d be a completely different person.”

How has she changed?

Craver has been accepted to the University of Colorado, where she intends to study international affairs and biology, using that knowledge to eventually become a member of Doctors Without Borders. She believes in helping to solve issues of Third-World medicine, moving throughout South America and other areas of the world that need a stronger quality of health care. When Craver begins her service around the globe, that once-devastating injury will mean very little. What will remain is a legacy of heart that went well beyond the soccer field.

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The Replacement Quarterbacks

On Saturday afternoon at 4:30pm EST, NFL fans will be treated to their first playoff game of the year between the Houston Texans, who have never been to the postseason, and the Cincinnati Bengals, who haven’t won a playoff game since 1991. Essentially, this is a game where everyone just sighs and waits for the real game between the high scoring Detroit Lions and the always high flying New Orleans Saints at 9pm EST. So why should anyone tune in to watch the early game? Because this is the first time in NFL history that two rookie quarterbacks have competed for a playoff win. One of them is even vying for bragging rights with a credit as Rookie of the Year.

The Texans QB is T.J. Yates, a virtual unknown from the University of North Carolina. Why is he playing? Because Matt Schaub injured his foot and Matt Leinart broke his collarbone. That makes Yates the third string quarterback. His play has been strong under the circumstances, but no one expects him to go very far.

The Bengals QB, on the other hand, is Andy Dalton, a 2nd round draft pick in 2011 who was chosen to replace long time Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer. Palmer had lost his Ohio mojo and wasn’t en route to get it back. Palmer left for Oakland (and failed to help them reach the playoffs), Dalton signed a $5 million dollar contract, and Cincinnati has been singing the praises of their star redhead ever since.

That’s right. He’s a redhead. And with a win on Saturday, Rookie of the Year might not seem so farfetched, especially since all the talk has been about Cam Newton, who failed to lead his team to a winning season.

While this is still just a battle of rookie quarterbacks, most fans know that on any given Sunday (ahem, Saturday), someone’s gonna win and someone’s gonna lose. Could a rookie quarterback make it all the way to the Super Bowl? Crazier things have happened. Anyone remember when Big Ben was a rookie in Pittsburgh? Or when Tom Brady showed up out of nowhere in New England to replace an injured Drew Bledsoe? Both men went on to win multiple championships and continue playing at the highest levels today.

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