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    I got a nice set of Leki polls from American Hiking Society. They have worked well for me. They have lessened the problems with the arthritis in my knees and ankle. They were much cheaper than the same product from Amazon. I paid around $50 and the same ones on Amazon were about $70.
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by SgtCedar on Mon, Nov 2 2009
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    My cedar walking stick is made of two types of cedar. The shaft is white cedar. It is holding up very well. The handle is red cedar. It is a much softer wood. It scratches easily. If you are worried about wet weather you might want to consider bamboo. Brazos makes an iron bamboo stick. I have not used it but bamboo should hold up well in wet conditions
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by SgtCedar on Fri, Sep 11 2009
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    I mainly use the hiking staff because I have trouble walking straight. A neurologist once told me I probably could not walk straight to save my life. I have two different sticks for different uses. I have a long hiking staff which comes about up to my arm pit. It is made of dogwood and has the bark on it with a spiral cut in the bark. I use it mainly
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by SgtCedar on Thu, Sep 10 2009
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    I finally figured out why I was having pain in my knees. I saw the rheumatologist and he confirmed my conclusion. The problem with the arthritis and tendinitis in my knees was walking on concrete sidewalks. I switched to walking in alleys, parking lots, and side streets in residential areas. I also started wearing a support on both knees. I was worried
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by SgtCedar on Tue, Sep 8 2009
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    I use the store brand it works as well and is much cheaper. I get the big bottle at Rite Aid. I am sure most major chains sell a store brand. I could not live without it.
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by SgtCedar on Wed, Jun 24 2009
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    You are right about up and down steps. My apartment is on the second floor of a ninteenth-century building with a store on the first floor. I often get out of breath walking up the steps but my knees normally only hurt when I go down the loooong steps. I do not know how much weight is taken off the knees when you lose 10 pounds. I will ask my reumatologist
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by SgtCedar on Wed, Jun 24 2009
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    I learned something since I hurt my knee last week. I need to pay more attention to what my body is trying to tell me. My knees, which have arthritis, seem to be fine when I walk 2 miles a day. Several times a week I would walk 3 or more miles. I started noticing me knees feeling sore toward the end of the longer walks. I would just slow down for a
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by SgtCedar on Tue, Jun 23 2009
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    I have not needed surgery yet. I am sure it is a matter of time. I am hoping if I can lose enough weight it will take enough strain off the knees to push it way down the road. It is funny in a way that getting a diagnosis of diabetes was needed to motivate me to get my weight under control. My doctor has been after me for years. While I was not given
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by SgtCedar on Tue, Jun 23 2009
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    I hurt my knee last Saturday while walking. I had to cut back on my walking. I went from walking at least 2 miles every day to 1 mile Sunday. Today I upped my milage to 1.5 miles. I found my knee stopped hurting as much after about two blocks. I made sure I stayed close to home in case trouble developed. I will limit my walking to 2 miles until I am
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by SgtCedar on Mon, Jun 22 2009
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    I hurt my left shoulder during Desert Storm in 1991. It took over 24 hours in the hospital to prove that the chest pains I was having were caused by the accident which I had had two days earlier not a heart attack. Nearly two decades later I still get chest pains from time to time. I always have to go throught an EKG before the doctors will accept that
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by SgtCedar on Fri, Jun 19 2009
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