Heel Pain in Young Athletes: A Warning Sign

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Indoors and outdoors, youth athletes stay active year-round in competitive sports. And for many of them, heel pain has become “just another part of the game.” The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons advises that, when a child complains of heel pain, it should be diagnosed promptly, because it may be a warning sign of a serious foot problem.

Dr. Karl Collins, DPM, FACFAS, a St. Louis-area foot and ankle surgeon, says heel pain occurs frequently in children ages 6 to 14 as their feet grow and the heel bone develops. “As children become more active in sports, they increase their risk for growth plate injuries and subsequent heel pain,” says Collins. This is especially true during the school year, when surgeons see an increase in middle- and high-school athletes experiencing heel pain from sports.

“New bone forms in an area behind the heel, known as the growth plate, and cartilage is vulnerable to severe inflammation from strain or stress. With repeated stresses and strains from overactivity, the heel becomes very painful,” Collins explains.

Even though growth plate trauma is the leading cause of heel pain in young people, Collins says the condition can be difficult to diagnose. He cautions that parents should be concerned if a child has pain in the back or bottom of the heel, limps, walks on the toes, or seems to have difficulty participating in normal recreational activities. To diagnose the condition, foot and ankle surgeons examine the child’s foot and leg, and often take imaging tests to rule out other serious causes of heel pain, such as bursitis, tendonitis and fractures.

In most cases, mild or moderate heel pain can be treated successfully with shoe inserts to soften the impact on the heel, anti-inflammatory medications, stretching and physical therapy. In severe cases, the foot and ankle will be immobilized in a cast. In some instances, surgery may be necessary.

Heel pain in young people often returns after treatment, because the growth plate is still forming until the age of 14 or 15. However, the risk for recurrence can be lowered by choosing well-constructed shoes with good support and restricting use of spiked athletic shoes, especially on hard fields. It also is advised that young athletes avoid competition that exceeds their physical abilities.

For more information on heel pain in children, or to find a foot and ankle surgeon near you, visit FootPhysicians.com.

Wealthy Entrepreneurs Are Key to Recovery

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Try Googling ‘wealth creation,’ ‘wealthy entrepreneurs’ or anything similar, and you will be presented with books, courses, a mind-boggling array of advisors and consultants and a host of ‘fast buck’ deals all hinging on real estate. However, ‘The Future of Wealth’ survey produced by Barclays Bank in association with the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2008 states that entrepreneurs are now emerging as “the dominant source of riches.” It does not end there, the International Financial Services private banking and wealth report, also from 2008 states unequivocally that the main source of growth in private wealth, worldwide, “…originates from those involved in building successful businesses.”

A wealthy entrepreneur might be the CEO of an enterprise providing a worthwhile income, or they may have sold that enterprise and moved on. Either way, they have created wealth for themselves, their shareholders and their employees, and it is in their genes for most of them to go through the process again. For them, it is not so much the money but the buzz that comes from pushing the risk-vs.-reward dynamic to its limits, and that dynamic is something that only entrepreneurs understand. Banks, with the risks they increasingly exposed themselves to over the past decade or two, were exploiting wealth that had been created by the real risk-takers, entrepreneurs. Perhaps the time is long overdue when banks should revert to being the plumbing of the economy, and nothing else.

To get an idea of the kind of private wealth that is available for investment, (and it is already widely recognized that alternative investment is at the top of the agenda for wealthy individuals) we can call on yet more authoritative reports. According to The Scorpio Partnership, a consultancy that provides research services to the global wealth management industry, there is currently $11.4 trillion of private wealth under management. The annual World Wealth Report 2008 from Merrill Lynch Capgemini estimated that in 2007 the value of funds managed on behalf of 9.5 million high-net-worth individuals worldwide was $40.3 trillion.

But there is a problem in re-cycling the wealth, or at least some of it, created by successful entrepreneurs into capital-starved start-up and growth companies. And this has always centered on getting the information from those early-stage companies in front of the wealthy entrepreneurs who might want to invest in them. Research conducted by Growthwire, a deal-flow newswire for early-stage investors, showed that there are 10 million investors seeking out deals, and 1 million early-stage capital raisings at any one time, worldwide. From a media standpoint, this is a colossal market that even some of the biggest players, including Dow Jones and Reuters, have tried addressing, each with their own take on the issues involved. These issues include confidentiality, quality control and compliance with a global cauldron of conflicting regulation in this particular investment stratum.

The main challenge for any of them is that, unlike the mainstream capital markets where deals are high-value and low-volume, the early-stage investment market is comprises of hundreds of thousands of low-value deals at any one time. This mass of information needs to be aggregated from quality-controlled sources and distributed according to investor preferences. Whichever company gets the formula and technology right, be it Dow Jones, Growthwire or Reuters, they will dominate an investment stratum that fuels half of every developed economy in the world. On top of that, they and the wealthy entrepreneurs they will be serving will most likely be the driving force behind global economic recovery and onward growth.

This Economy Presents Opportunities, Too

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – It is time to stop focusing on our economic problems and to start considering the new needs created by the current economy. Opportunities for entrepreneurialism abound.

It’s always good to know where growth markets are. Recently, I asked my SUCCESS Magazine board of advisors to point out the industries and businesses that are booming because of the economy.

Here are a few trends that seem to be surfacing:

Safety and Comfort. It has been established that the economy is driving people to psychologically safe places. People are escaping by renting movies, visiting their counselors and psychologists and buying comfort foods. While high-end restaurants are struggling, places like McDonald’s and other inexpensive takeout spots like Wingstop, who’s sales are up 6.5 percent, 75 percent of which are takeout, are growing.

A Return to Prudence. A social shift to cost-saving measures redirects dollars to alternative services. People are cancelling their cable subscriptions and using the streaming television Web site Hulu.com to watch the same programs through the Internet for free. Additionally, people are staying home versus going out. Netflix subscribers have increased to more than 10 million, and iTunes’ sales are way up, with growth of more than 25 percent.

Also, because we are staying home for fun, the video gaming industry has reported an increase of 31 percent. GameStop is outperforming the retail sector with expected growth of 18 to 22 percent for 2009.

Retraining, Retooling and Re-evaluating. In a poor economy, people update and advance their education to give themselves a competitive edge in the job market. Community colleges’, business schools’ and distance learning programs’ enrollments are up. And, of course, job search and résumé consulting, networking and preparatory service companies are thriving.

Contract Services. Instead of hiring full-benefit employees, companies are hiring outside consultants and contractors for specific projects, including IT, design, production and creative services. This increase in specialized contract work has spurred an increase in independent consulting and small contract service businesses.

The Unfortunate Obvious. Bankruptcy attorneys, accounting services specializing in accounts receivable collection, law firms representing displaced employees, realtors specializing in bank-owned properties, restructuring consulting companies and equipment liquidators have also done well in this economy. Overstock.com has reported a 17 percent increase in business.

Darren Hardy has been engaging and inspiring audiences with his messages of personal achievement for more than 15 years. He is now the publisher and editorial director of SUCCESS magazine as well as a private-equity investor and board member to several multimedia companies. Visit his blog at http://darrenhardy.success.com.

Building to Create a Healthier Neighborhood

<b>Building to Create a Healthier Neighborhood</b>“></td>
<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), about 5.4 million Americans currently live in worst-case housing. Households with worst-case needs are defined as unassisted, very-low-income renters -; income no higher than 50 percent of area median income -; who pay more than half of their income for housing or live in severely substandard housing.

As prices rise, many low-income families cannot afford household repairs or heating bills. Housing costs can prevent families from buying adequate food, seeing doctors or saving money for future expenses.

Affordable housing doesn’t just make families more comfortable. Construction projects help create jobs and economic growth. Home ownership creates stable, proud citizens with a vested interest in maintaining healthy neighborhoods.

Communities need to take action to provide affordable, decent housing for low-income families. The government sponsors some programs that allow neighborhoods to reclaim vacant or run-down properties, then use the land to build healthy, single-family homes. Citizens can work with non-profit organizations that provide affordable housing through volunteer labor.

But if communities build wood houses for low-income families, they might be creating new problems. Wood, along with other traditional building materials, proves susceptible to humidity, insect infestations, mold growth and natural disasters.

If communities truly want to improve living conditions, they need to seek more lasting materials. Concrete masonry buildings, for example, don’t just stand the test of time, they also help reduce energy bills and indoor pollution levels.

Concrete masonry naturally regulates hot and cold air, so families spend less on insulation, heating and cooling costs. Builders do not need to paint concrete walls, which helps reduce initial construction costs and prevent airborne pollutants. Concrete masonry walls withstand hurricane-force winds and do not succumb to mold or termites, making them a long-term solution to community building needs.

For more information about concrete masonry, visit www.ncma.org.

Pet Owners Embrace Natural Food Trend

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – For many people, their pets are their best friends who deserve the best care possible. This includes feeding them a high-quality food to ensure they are getting all the nutrition they need to be healthy inside and out.

Last year, U.S. consumers spent nearly $15 billion on food for their pets, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. And as more people choose organic and natural foods for themselves, they are also choosing natural foods for their pets. Industry research shows that natural and organic pet food products are growing at 20 percent a year.

That growth promises to be even stronger with the arrival of natural pet foods on supermarket shelves. Previously, such foods were available only from pet specialty and natural food retailers.

Purina One Natural Blends, launched in March, is the first natural pet food with broad national distribution in grocery stores and mass merchandisers, as well as pet specialty retailers.

“The growth of natural products is making its way to the pet food aisle, as more and more responsible owners are making the same healthy food choices for their pets as they are for themselves,” said Warren Eckstein, an internationally known pet and animal expert and Purina One spokesman.

Purina One Natural Blends dog and cat food is made with high-quality, natural ingredients formulated to deliver a healthy difference in pets’ energy level, skin and coat, teeth, gums and digestion. The line features Chicken and Oat Meal and Lamb and Barley formulas for dogs and a Chicken and Oat Meal formula for cats. The ingredients are carefully selected for their nutrient content and steam-cooked at the start at an optimal time and temperature to help maintain vitamins, minerals and flavors, according to the manufacturer.

All include protein sources to help support strong muscles; whole grains for digestive health; and omega fatty acids from natural sources, including canola and soy oils for healthy skin and coat.

For more information, visit www.naturalblends.com.