ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Bone Density Predicts Chances of Breast Cancer
Tequila Plant May Help Fight Bone Loss
'Snowbirds' Beware the Climate Changes
CANCER
Smokeout '08: The Perfect Time to Quit
Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
Well Water Might Raise Bladder Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Hospital Practices Influence Which Moms Will Breast-Feed
High Rate of Rehospitalizations Costing Billions
Mild Flu Season Coming to a Close
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
DIABETES
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
Eating your way to Good Health
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Is It Safe to Go in the Gulf Coast's Water?
Cleaning House May Be Risky for Women With Asthma
EYE CARE, VISION
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
FITNESS
Good Warm-Ups Could Halve Sports Injuries
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
Lower Vitamin D Levels in Blacks May Up Heart Risks
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
Coffee Is Generally Heart-Friendly
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders
Folic Acid Reduces Infant Heart Defects
Frequent Feedings May Be Making Babies Fat
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
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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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