Issue 4 2013


Issue 4 2013
ISSUE 4 · 2013
F oot gout:
not a minor issue
EHWOL Heel Cushion G:
good relief and care
eise zu gewinnen! Dieses Mal:
Allgäu-Romantik in Füssen
Graceful high load
on the feet
It looks beautiful and fascinating when
ballet dancers make their magic with
their “Fouetté en tournant”, “Pas de
deux” or “Relevé” on the world‘s stages.
The path there is difficult and stressful,
as the documentary “First Position”
shows. The career is often accompanied
by massive foot problems.
When dancing barefoot, dancers may get
caught by their small toe and fracture it.
Stepping on the foot, for instance in the
duet “Pas de deux”, can also lead to such
results. The massive strain of ballet also
causes pain on the outer foot edge or
impaired plantar flexion (motion of the foot
in the talocalcanean joint in the direction of
the foot sole) in some cases. It is also not
uncommon for men to suffer torn Achilles
Ballet training contributes to building
strength and strengthening the musculature,
as well as the mobility and flexibility of the
feet. During trainings and shows, dancers
often stand on the “half tip”, the so called
Relevé. Leaps or turns such as the “Fouetté
en tournant” must be captured by the frontal
foot, placing it under strong pressure. Those
who choose ballet therefore have a risk of
developing physical injuries sooner or later.
100 percent fit
“Most problems such as blisters are luckily
harmless”, says Prof. Jason Beechey, headmaster of the renowned Palucca College of
Dance in Dresden. Wear as well as wrong
load and overload can place further strains
on the body. “It‘s important for institutions to
have a sprung dance floor. Several hours of
intensive training per day on a hard or
unsuitable floor can cause many severe
problems. Dislocations or stretched muscles
and ligaments, on the other hand, are often
caused by small accidents”, Beechey
Deformed and broken
Hallux valgus, an angled position of the large
toe, is widespread. The dropped crosswise
arch weakens the frontal foot. The large toe
evades lateral pressure by moving towards
the middle of the foot. If this wrong position
is not counteracted in time, the ligaments
and muscles of the large toe shorten, and the
malposition becomes rigid. Affected persons
often suffer from pressure spots on the large
toe and between the toes.
There is little protection against foot problems
for active persons. But the most important
preventive measures include building
muscles, since this generally improves
stability. Those who start ballet should wait
with pointe until their 12th year of life. Only
at that time, the metatarsal bones will be
formed in most people, and are better able
to withstand pressure. Dance shoes should
also fit 100 percent, since feet increase in
volume during dancing due to stronger
circulation. Prof. Beechey gives the following
general advice: “Dancers should direct the
maximum of attention to the use and wear
of their feet.”
Big dreams
The film “First Position” by Bess Kargman
impressively shows the difficult path chosen
by young ballet dancers. The camera
follows six exceptionally talented young
persons on their way to the Youth America
Grand Prix, the largest and most renowned
successor competition. For the young
dancers, this is about everything. Wholeheartedly and passionately, with bloody feet
and painful limbs, they feverishly pursue
their goal: their big appearance on the floor,
which means the world to them. “First Position”
can be seen in programme cinemas in more
than 40 German cities since 04 July 2013.
Anke Schmitz,
Podologist and vice head of the Essen podology school
Anette Bauer, Oberstaufen
A few days ago, I found some red spots on my left foot.
The affected skin is scaly and very itchy. What might be the
Swelling, redness and itchiness are signs
of inflammation. Our body reacts to a
damaging form of irritation in this manner.
The inflammation is a sign of the immune
reaction. The body wants to create the
prerequisites for the body‘s own healing
mechanisms to remove the irritation.
Examples of external triggers include
infections with bacteria, viruses or fungi.
Foot fungus, for instance, is the most
frequent skin disorder in humans. Estimates
state that approximately 30 percent of all
citizens are affected by it. Foot fungus
appears particularly in the spaces between
the toes and shows itself with itching,
redness and scaly skin.
But internal stimuli can also be responsible
for inflammation, such as allergies or
neurodermitis. Gout also causes not only
severe pain, but may also cause swelling
and inflammation. The disorder develops
due to deposits of uric acid crystals in the
joints. It affects the base joint of the large
toe with particular frequency. It‘s difficult
to say at a distance what may have triggered
the inflammation in this case. It‘s therefore
absolutely necessary to discuss the
problem locally with the treating dermatologist
or podologist.
In principle, a well cared for foot is the best
prerequisite for inflammations not even
occurring in the first place. Applying suitable
foot care products to the feet primarily
serves to support the skin‘s self-protection
capacities. A product containing bisabolol
Vitality) can help for mild inflammations.
The active substance of chamomile has
anti-inflammatory properties which support
healing, and also acts against skin fungi.
Not a
minor issue
This is how you can
prevent gout attacks:
n Reduce
the consumption of alcoholic
beverages, particularly beer (also
Gout used to be known as the illness of
kings. Charlemagne, Frederick the 2nd
and Ludwig XIV all suffered from the
illness, which is known as a disease of
the well-to-do today. Diet and
overweight are among the main causes
of the illness. Nowadays, gout is more
than just a “nobility problem”. In
modern civilisation, there is also a higher
risk of developing gout.
This is due to the so called purines, vital
components of cell nuclei which are
particularly found in meat. They are formed
when protein is metabolised and are largely
excreted as uric acid by the body. If blood
levels of uric acid are permanently elevated,
uric acid crystals become embedded in the
joints. They are called gout nodes and trigger
a severe inflammatory reaction. Alcohol
additionally intensifies this effect, since it
reduces the excretion of uric acid.
How does gout develop?
Depending on the cause, gout can be divided
into the primary and secondary forms. In
primary gout, there is a disorder in uric acid
excretion via the kidneys. This is often
encouraged by a purine-rich diet. Inherited
increased uric acid formation is rarer.
Secondary gout is rarer and develops as a
consequence of various underlying illnesses,
e.g. blood cancer, kidney damage, poorly
adjusted diabetes or when taking certain
animal foods which contain a
large amount of purines, such as
innards, crustaceans, certain types
of fish (such as oil sardines,
anchovies and herring), the skin of
poultry and fish, as well as hog skin.
n On
the other hand, eggs, milk and
dairy products are practically free of
Foto: Giuseppe Porzani / fotolia
It usually starts with good food in good
company. For the main parts of a great
social evening - meat and alcohol - often
trigger an acute gout attack. During the
night or on the next morning, the affected
joint suddenly shows swelling, redness and
severe pain. It often affects the foot, and there,
especially the base joint of the large toe.
n Avoid
n You
can also eat vegetables, potatoes,
fruit, pasta and rice with no doubts.
n Plant
foods such as asparagus,
broccoli, spinach, podded vegetables
and nuts also contain a lot of purines
and should therefore only be eaten
Avoid purine-rich diet and alcohol!
medications. This either leads to increased
uric acid production, or to an acquired
excretion disorder via the kidneys.
Gout is not a “minor issue”, as its old name
would indicate, but a serious disorder.
Elevated uric acid parameters in the blood
may already be present before symptoms
appear. An acute gout attack is then triggered
by a purine-rich diet, large amounts of alcohol
or extreme physical strain as well as stress.
In foot gout (podagra), the classic signs of
inflammation (redness, swelling, pain) may
spread to the entire foot. The skin appears
bluish, later highly reddened, glassy and
shiny. The gout attack may last hours to
days. Fever and an elevated heart rate are
common accompanying signs. Even if there
are symptom-free phases between attacks,
the illness advanced unnoticed. If the illness
is not treated at a sufficiently early time by
lifestyle changes, gout may become a chronic
disorder. A fatty diet, alcohol consumption or
stress can further elevate blood levels of uric
acid. More and more gout nodes form.
Advancing joint and bone destruction leads
to visible deformities.
n Accompanying
weight loss is a
mandatory part of therapy if there is
excess weight.
How to help
n Fluid
intake of two to three liters per
day, e.g. tea or mineral water, is
helpful for excreting uric acid.
Left untreated, gout can lead to joint destruction
and stiffness. To prevent the illness from
advancing this far in the first place, therapy
first focuses on lowering blood uric acid levels
with a low purine diet. To provide relief to the
affected foot in an acute case, cold treatment,
high positioning of the foot and walking
supports can help.
n It‘s
not necessary to avoid coffee, tea
and cocoa. They contain purines
which are not metabolised into uric
n Regular
physical exercise, e.g. with
dance, yoga or muscle building
exercises, helps keep the joints mobile.
n Foot
exercises and foot baths which
encourage circulation are good
supportive therapy for foot gout.
Foto: pixs-sell / fotolia
Alkaline foot care
PH 5.5 is from yesterday. For pH-neutral skin care does not necessarily mean an acid pH.
Rather, the care should be matched to skin conditions. For instance, our feet tend to need
an alkaline product.
pH is a measure of the acid or alkaline
nature of a solution. The scale ranges from
a pH of 0 for very acid and pH 14 for very
alkaline levels. Water is neutral and therefore
has the central value of 7. This means that
acids and alkali are balanced in the water. If
a care product has a pH of 5.5, this
corresponds to the skin‘s natural pH.
However this is normally measured on the
forearm. Other body areas have a very
different pH.
Alkaline care is receiving greater focus
again today. It is based on the knowledge
that humans are alkaline beings. Many body
processes need an alkaline environment
with a pH of 7.35 to 7.45 to function properly.
Supporters of the alkaline life philosophy
regard our current living conditions with
stress, unhealthy diets and environmental
burdens as the cause of over-acidification
of the body. According to this philosophy,
alkaline care is intended to correct this
But both adherence to the pH of 5.5 which
is known as pH skin neutral and general
alkaline skin care are disputed today.
Instead, care should be precisely adapted
to the corresponding skin areas. For
instance, a pH of 5.5 is certainly the right
choice for facial care.
Not cast in stone - foot care can also be alkaline
Since the foot skin tends to be alkaline,
products which also tend to be chemically
neutral to mildly alkaline are beneficial in
foot care. They ensure that acidic degradation
products are removed from the skin
metabolism and transported out. Alkaline
conditions also accelerate certain metabolic
processes. For instance, the body‘s own
skin regeneration is activated. In this way,
alkaline foot care optimally contributes to
moisture regulation and natural refatting
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Sanfte Hügel vor einer imposanten Alpenkulisse – das Allgäu zählt zu den schönsten Wander- und
Urlaubsregionen in Bayern. Ob Genusswandern, Mountain-Bike-Trail, ein Stadtbummel durch die
romantische Stadt Füssen oder ein Besuch des berühmten Schlosses Neuschwanstein – die perfekte
Symbiose aus Erholung und Aktivität macht die Region zum idealen Urlaubsziel.
Einer Theorie zufolge leitet sich der Name
„Allgäu“ vom althochdeutschen Wort „alb“
für Berg oder Bergwiese und dem mittelhochdeutschen Wort „göu“ ab, was so viel
wie Landschaft bedeutet. Eben diese wildromantische Wiesenlandschaft mit grasenden Kühen und glasklaren Seen vor schroffen Gipfeln zieht Wander- und Naturliebhaber
aus aller Welt in die Voralpenregion.
Im Herzen des Allgäus
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Der Kurort Füssen liegt im östlichen Allgäu
am Kreuzungspunkt der „romanischen
Straße“ mit der „Deutschen Alpenstraße“.
Wandern auf königlichen Spuren
Der Ort besticht vor allem durch seine liebliche Lage, umrahmt von Hochgebirgsgipfeln
und malerischen Badeseen. Aber auch die
Stadt selbst lädt zum Verweilen ein. Wegen
ihrer verwinkelten mittelalterlichen Gässchen, den belebten Plätzen und zahlreichen
Cafés wird Füssen gerne auch als „nördlichste Stadt Italiens“ bezeichnet.
Auch kulturell hat die Stadt einiges zu bieten. Das imposante Benediktinerkloster St.
Mang hoch über dem Lechufer beherbergt
heute das Museum der Stadt Füssen, in
dem neben prächtigen Barocksälen eine
der schönsten Sammlungen historischer
Lauten und Geigen zu sehen ist. Das Hohe
Schloss dagegen lockt mit einzigartigen
spätmittelalterlichen Illusionsmalereien an
den Hoffassaden und einer Filialgalerie der
Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlungen.
Bei einem Urlaub im Allgäu darf natürlich
auch ein Besuch des berühmten Schlosses
Neuschwanstein nicht fehlen. Es zählt zu
den bekanntesten Sehenswürdigkeiten
Deutschlands und ist nur einen Katzensprung entfernt. Das „Märchenschloss“ aus
dem 19. Jahrhundert ist einer Ritterburg aus
dem Mittelalter nachempfunden und zieht
jährlich 1,3 Millionen Besucher in seinen
Bann. Ebenfalls sehenswert ist das neugotische Schloss Hohenschwangau.
Wandern auf drei Höhenlagen
Wandern liegt im Trend. Dabei muss es
nicht immer der anspruchsvolle Klettersteig
sein. Wandern im Allgäu heißt Wandern auf
drei Höhenlagen: flach, hügelig oder im Gebirge. So findet sich für jeden Wanderfreund
die passende Strecke. Genusswanderer
kommen auf den Seeuferwegen des Forggensees oder der hügeligen Voralpenlandschaft auf ihre Kosten. Ambitionierte Wanderer zieht es stattdessen eher auf die
Lechtaler und Tannheimer Alpen. Schon
König Ludwig II., der in der Füssener Region aufwuchs, war ein begeisterter Wanderer. Heute kann man auf königlichen Spuren
seine liebsten Touren nachwandern. Dabei
führen sie den Wanderfreund nicht nur
durch das Gebiet rund um die Schlösser
Neuschwanstein und Hohenschwangau,
sondern bis hinein ins benachbarte Tirol.
Unterwegs auf zwei Rädern
Nicht nur geübte Mountainbiker und Rennradprofis können die schöne Allgäulandschaft
auf zwei Rädern genießen. Radurlaub mit
Das Allgäu – saftig
grüne Wiesen vor
schroffen Berghängen
dem E-Bike gewinnt immer mehr Anhänger
und ermöglicht es auch dem weniger geübten Radfahrer, Bergpassagen fast mühelos
zu meistern. Der Elektromotor des Fahrrads
verstärkt die eigenen Tretbewegungen um
das Dreifache. Damit sind auch längere
Touren kein Problem mehr und die Gelenke
werden geschont. Wie wäre es zum Beispiel
mit einer Radtour um den Forggensee?
Wer weder Rad- noch Wanderfreund ist, findet im Allgäu sicher eine Alternative. Ob
Schwimmen, Paragliding, Segeln, Tennis,
Reiten, Golfen oder Angeln – im Allgäu
bleibt fast kein Wunsch offen. Und taucht
der erste Schnee die Landschaft in ein zartes Weiß, steht die Voralpenregion ganz im
Zeichen des Wintersports. Schneeschuhwanderungen, Skilanglauf und rasante Rodelpisten locken dann die Wintergäste. Mehr Informationen:
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Good care and relief
Elastic pressure relief articles have
proven themselves in foot care since
years. The GEHWOL Heel Cushion G is
made from highly elastic polymer gel
and is used to relieve the knee joints,
talocalcanean joints and hip joints.
The heel bears most of our body weight, so
that it already has a high load. It becomes
painful when it is overloaded. This pain may
radiate into the foot, knee and hip joints as
well as the lumbar and cervical spine. Relief
is provided by an elastic foot cushion such
as the GEHWOL Heel Cushion G which is
used in foot care.
Classic pressure relief materials such as
polyurethane foam, latex and silicone are not
optimally adjusted to the foot‘s needs in
terms of their motion and stretching behaviours.
under strong strain than under only mild
pressure. In this manner, polymer pressure
relief articles can generate relief which is
adjusted to every movement process with
anatomical precision. Due to an innovative
injection moulding process, it is possible to
produce the polymer products from one
piece. This ensures an optimal hold and
high precision fit.
Therefore the GEHWOL Heel Cushion G is
made from highly elastic polymer gel, which
was discovered by the synthetics industry in
1988. Polymers are a chemical compound
from many similar molecules which form
branched chains. This forms a three-dimensional
network whose pores are filled with fluids.
This also gives the material its excellent
pressure relieving properties. Its gel-like
consistency ensures that the material changes
its shape under pressure, but immediately
returns to its original state when the pressure
is removed.
The utilised polymer gel also has caring
properties. For instance, paraffin oil can be
worked in during processing. It is released
in tiny quantities in every compression and
can unfold its skin nourishing and callus
softening properties at the affected
Polymer gel in foot care
Its form changing abilities make polymer gel
into an ideal raw material for producing foot
care products. It reacts flexibly into all
directions and changes its shape depending
on the acting pressure intensity and direction.
The material compensates more strongly
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