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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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ANIMAL CARE
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Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Alcohol Abuse Can Damage Bones
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Extra Pounds in Mid-Life Affect Later Mobility
CANCER
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Healthy Behaviors Slow Functional Decline After Cancer
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
CAREGIVING
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Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions
Babies Born in High Pollen Months at Wheezing Risk
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
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Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
DIABETES
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
DIET, NUTRITION
Probiotics Are The Good Guys
Added Sugars in Diet Threaten Heart Health
Oregano Shown to be the Most Powerful Culinary Herb
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Global Warming May Bring More Respiratory Woes
Hurricane Threats: Time to Batten Down the Hatches
EYE CARE, VISION
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
Thyroid Problems Boost Glaucoma Risk
FITNESS
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Football Can Shrink Players
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
New Options Offered for Sleep Apnea
It Pays to Eat Less as You Age
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
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
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Fondness for Fish Keeps Japanese Hearts Healthy
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Babies Cared For In Others Homes Might Become Heavy Toddlers
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
MENTAL HEALTH
Drink Away Dementia?
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
How to Attack Holiday Stress Head-On
PAIN
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Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
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PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
SENIORS
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
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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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