ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
The Zen Way to Pain Relief
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Low Vitamin D Raises Women's Hip Fracture Risk
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
CANCER
Sharing Cancer Info May Be Empowering
Tanning Beds Shown To Raise Cancer Risk, Study Says
Green Tea Compound Slowed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
CAREGIVING
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
High Rate of Rehospitalizations Costing Billions
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
DIABETES
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
DIET, NUTRITION
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
'Soda Tax' Wins Health Experts' Support
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Home Renovations by Affluent Families Can Unleash Lead Threat
Population-Based Strategy Urged to Cut U.S. Obesity Rate
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Glaucoma Treatment Can Prevent Blindness
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
FITNESS
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
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
Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
Scary Toxins Make Halloween Face Paints Questionable
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
The Unmedicated Mind
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
SENIORS
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
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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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