ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
Taking the Mystery Out of Hypnotherapy
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
Get in Step With Summer Foot Care
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
CANCER
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
Vitamin D May Improve Melanoma Survival
Sharing Cancer Info May Be Empowering
CAREGIVING
What Moms Learned May Be Passed to Offspring
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
DIABETES
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
DIET, NUTRITION
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
Eat Light - Live Longer
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
FDA Faulted for Stance on Chemical in Plastics
Green Areas Lower Health Inequities Between Rich, Poor
Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out
EYE CARE, VISION
Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
FITNESS
FDA Mandates New Warnings for Botox
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
Babies Cared For In Others Homes Might Become Heavy Toddlers
Dangerous Toys Still on Store Shelves, Report Finds
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
SENIORS
Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
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Put Your Best Foot Forward Next Year

SUNDAY, Dec. 28 (HealthDay News) -- January is the cruelest month for your tootsies, foot experts say.

Foot and ankle surgeons experience an annual increase in patients with foot pain caused by exercise during the first month of year, often from exercise done to keep New Year's resolutions, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).

The ACFAS, in a recent news release, advises people to consult with a doctor or professional trainer before starting new exercise regiments. After you start, listen to your body and stop if you feel pain.

The ACFAS also offered these tips around specific foot conditions:

Heel pain: Wear athletic shoes designed for the sport you are participating in that also support the arch and cushion the heel. Over-the-counter orthotics may also help. To treat heel pain, ice the bottom of the foot before bed. Stretch two to three times a day by sitting on the floor barefoot with the knees straight, then hooking a towel around the toes and pulling back on the towel to the count of 10 before relaxing. Do this several times.

Pinched nerves: Exercising in tight shoes can cause a neuroma, or a pinched nerve, so have your foot measured before buying. Pain in the ball of the foot and tingling in their third and fourth toes indicates a pinched nerve.

Achilles' tendon pain: Ease into new exercise routines, alternating a hard workout one day with an easy workout the next. This will help avoid Achilles' tendonitis, a condition when the back of the foot becomes tender and painful. If Achilles' pain occurs, remember the RICE treatment -- rest, ice, compression, elevation.

More information

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has more about foot and ankle issues.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, news release, Dec. 16, 2008

Last Updated: Dec. 28, 2008

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