ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Vitamin D Plus Calcium Guards Against Fractures
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
CANCER
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
CAREGIVING
Transition From Home to Hospital Rarely Seamless
MRSA Infections Spreading to Kids in Community
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
DIABETES
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
Compound in Red Wine Fights Ravages of Age
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Used Legs and Arms Like Birds
Climate Change Linked to Longer Pollen Seasons
Heavy Traffic Can Be Heartbreaking
EYE CARE, VISION
Unconscious Learning: In the Eye of the Beholder?
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Stem Cells Repair Damaged Corneas in Mice
FITNESS
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
Fliers Can Keep Blood Clots at Bay
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
Go To Work But Skip The Car
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
Soy Protein Doesn't Lower Cholesterol
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Help Your Kids Stay Active
MEN'S HEALTH
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
MENTAL HEALTH
Optimism May Boost Immune System
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
SENIORS
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
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Autumn Sees More Women With Bunion Problems

SUNDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) -- With the transition from summer to fall, doctors note an increase in bunions among their female patients, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Experts say this may have to do with the transition from open-toed shoes and sandals to winter footwear.

In the summer, "like everybody else, I like to wear flip-flop sandals, open-toed shoes, a nice pedicure with good nail polish," Elaine Power, a 49-year-old South Carolina hospice nurse who has bunions, said in an ACFAS news release.

But, when fall arrives, Powers and many others begin wearing closed-in shoe styles, which can be painful.

"Even after you take your shoes off, or put your feet up, it's just a throbbing. It's almost like every time your heart beats, the bunion throbs," Powers said.

In addition to changes in footwear, Dr. Karl Collins, a foot and ankle surgeon in St. Louis, said there may be two other reasons for the annual trend of more women with bunion problems.

First, women are closer to meeting their insurance deductibles at the end of the year. Second, people are more active in the summer and may be waiting until fall to address their foot problems.

"People are very active in the summer," Collins said in the news release. "They're always outdoors, they're always at the pool or whatever, so they will decide to get their bunion fixed in the winter, because in their mind, they're not missing anything fun."

Many people with bunions do not experience any pain. But for those who do, shoe changes, foam- or gel-filled shoe padding, orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and injections for bursitis, nerve irritation, or joint irritation may be prescribed to address the pain.

As for shoe changes, avoiding high heels and styles that crowd the toes together can help. Also, shoes can be adjusted to better fit the foot.

"If they have a shoe that fits well everywhere else, but there's just a little bit of irritation in one spot, we may recommend that they have the shoe modified" by a shoe repair shop, Collins said.

While shoe adjustment and other techniques may be able to help relieve pain, only surgery can truly correct a bunion, according to the college news release.

More information

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons has more about bunions.



-- Krisha McCoy



SOURCE: American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, news release, October 2008

Last Updated: Oct. 12, 2008

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