ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Most Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Lack Vitamin D
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
High Birth Weight Doubles Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
CANCER
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
Family History Key Player in Brain Cancer Risk
Breast Self-Exam Rates Go Up With Counseling
CAREGIVING
Organ Donation Policies Vary Among Children's Hospitals
High Rate of Rehospitalizations Costing Billions
Study Links Pesticides to Birth Defects
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
DIABETES
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
DIET, NUTRITION
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
Coffee Drinking Lowers Women's Stroke Risk
Eating your way to Good Health
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
Hairspray Exposure Ups Risk for Birth Defect in Sons
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
EYE CARE, VISION
Cases of Age-Related Farsightedness to Soar
Magnetic Pulses to Brain Improve Lazy Eye in Adults
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments
FITNESS
Good Warm-Ups Could Halve Sports Injuries
Fliers Can Keep Blood Clots at Bay
Barefoot Best for Running?
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Can You Talk Your Way to Happy?
Pesticides and How to Affordably Eat Organic or Reduce Pesticide Consumption
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Dark Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Countdown to Hair Loss
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
MENTAL HEALTH
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
SENIORS
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Natural Therapies for Menopause
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
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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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