Well, a few things did work for a short time. Â But nothing was able to give me any sort of lasting relief from the constant nagging discomfort that disrupted my life and made working a normal week, not to mention a simple outing to the movies and a good night's sleep, a painful excersize in futility. MSM has been used as a dietary supplement for almost 40 years with no reports of intolerance or allergic reactions. Its toxicity profile is similar to that of water. Â Your body flushes excess MSM after about a 12-hour period. Â It uses what is needed and the rest is discarded. When the arch collapses the two outside points of the bow (being the heel and ball of the foot) are being placed farther away from each other. This puts repetitive stress on the Plantar Fascia. The attachment of the fascia into the heel bone is a tiny area of tissue, compared to the wide attachment area to the toes. Therefore, the constant excess pulling on the fascia will do damage to the weakest attachment point. Applying ice (or a heat pack) to the heel area and using anti-inflammatory pain killers like Advil or Nurofen (both contain ibuprofen) will provide immediate pain relief. In dry climate, your lips can crack easily. Prepare a small handy bottle of coconut oil with you. Just dip your finger into the oil and then smear it on your lips just like a lady applying lipstick. The moisturizing effect lasts as long as a quality lip balm. Best, you can eat it along with food without fearing ingesting "don't know what" chemicals as in the case of using commercial lip balm. Whether you live in Seattle, Shoreline, Snohomish or Seatac, if you have flat feet, it is worth the trip to see us in our Seattle clinic. Call today to make an appointment Treatment is based upon the underlying condition. Diabetic patients have to keep the blood sugar level in check with medicines and diet. Any circulation disorder need to be treated properly with suitable medicines and lifestyle changes, in order to get rid of this problem. Those who are suffering from vitamin deficiency are prescribed vitamin supplements to restore normal functioning of the nerves. If wrong footwear is the culprit, then podiatrists suggest wearing of shoes with the right fitting. Sometimes, shoe inserts help a lot in correcting the feet problems. Keeping the toes spread and the heel on the floor, bend your knee slightly while aligning it centrally over the foot. Flat foot is another common malady which may be caused by chronic strain and remedied by appropriate exercise. The long arch, stretching on the inside border of the foot from heel to toes, is the elastic spring upon which the entire body weight rests. The arch comprising numerous bones, is held together by muscles and ligaments. The value of the arch depends upon the integrity of the muscles supporting it. However, as the Hoffman study shows, who cares? It doesn’t matter! It’s not the height of the arch that matters, it is the underlying physiological structure, and you get that from going barefoot whether your arch rises or not.