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New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
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Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
ANIMAL CARE
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'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
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Extra Pounds in Mid-Life Affect Later Mobility
Bone Loss Stable on Restricted Calorie Diet
CANCER
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
Green Tea May Help Prevent Oral Cancer
Smoking Exposure Now Linked to Colon, Breast Cancers
CAREGIVING
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
Reduce Suffering, Urge Heart Failure Patients and Caregivers
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
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Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
DIABETES
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
DIET, NUTRITION
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Most Mt. Everest Deaths Occur Near Summit During Descent
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Household Chemicals May Affect Cholesterol Levels
EYE CARE, VISION
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
Cases of Age-Related Farsightedness to Soar
Poor Night Vision May Predict Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Good Warm-Ups Could Halve Sports Injuries
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Football Can Shrink Players
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Can You Talk Your Way to Happy?
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
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Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Coffee Is Generally Heart-Friendly
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Fewer Heart Attacks After England Goes Smoke-Free
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Treat Kids to a Safe Halloween
Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders
MEN'S HEALTH
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
PAIN
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Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
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PREGNANCY
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Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
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Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma 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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