“I’d estimate that nine out of 10 of my diabetic patients have found relief from foot pain by wearing magnetic insoles,” says podiatrist and NAILS contributor Dr Ivar Roth, who has been incorporating magnet therapy into his practice for over two years now with overwhelmingly positive results. “For other ailments I’d say patients respond 50%-90% of the time.” Roth recommends trying magnets for lower back pain body aches from standing on your feet all day and wan for chronic conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. “Most patients like the idea of a natural alternative to prescription anti-inflammatories. Of course sometimes I use the two in conjunction,” he says. Patients report feeling a benefit in as little as a day or even an hour “You know within a week if it’s working” he says. Darlene Sammons, a nail tech at Changes Hair Design in Chattanooga, Tenn., tried magnets to treat arthritis in her knees due to damage from skating, hiking and backpacking. “I’ve been wearing magnets strapped to my knees while I’m on the go, or even under a long dress. I feel great,” she reports Roth advises staying well-hydrated to achieve best results. Both Roth and Sammons use magnets from Nikken (www.nikken.com). Dr. Roth can be contacted through his website, www.febs.com.