ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Studies Struggle to Gauge Glucosamine's Worth
Soccer's a Winner for Building Bone Health in Girls
Low Vitamin D Raises Women's Hip Fracture Risk
CANCER
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Vitamin C Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment
Herb May Counter Liver Damage From Chemo
CAREGIVING
Stressed Health Care Workers Battle 'Compassion Fatigue'
Rapid Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
Caregivers Face Multiple Strains Tending Older Parents
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
DIABETES
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Myrrh May Lower High Cholesterol
Eating Free Range
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
Bed Bugs Bring No Disease Danger
EYE CARE, VISION
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
FITNESS
Marathoners Go the Distance on Heart Health
Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Toxins May Form When Skin, Indoor Ozone Meet
Adults Need To Get Thier Food Facts Straight
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fondness for Fish Keeps Japanese Hearts Healthy
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Too Much Red Meat May Shorten Life Span
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Folic Acid Reduces Infant Heart Defects
Babies Cared For In Others Homes Might Become Heavy Toddlers
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
MEN'S HEALTH
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
SENIORS
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
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Winter Is Tough on Feet

MONDAY, Jan. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Winter can be a tough season for feet, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.

"Foot ailments caused by snowy and icy conditions, as well as those caused by wearing improper footwear, are just several of the common winter injuries podiatric physicians commonly see and treat during the winter months," association president Dr. Ross Taubman said in a group news release.

The association offered tips to help keep feet safe and comfortable during winter:

* A long day of shopping can cause foot problems such as blisters and sore arches. You can ease stiffness and pain by stretching and massaging feet to release tension, increase circulation and rejuvenate skin. To reduce swelling in the legs and feet after a long day of walking, elevate your legs above heart level while lying down.
* Dry winter air can cause dry, cracked skin. Properly moisturizing feet with lotion will help repair dry feet and promote softer, smoother skin.
* Selecting good footwear for the weather conditions can help prevent foot and ankle sprains, breaks, blisters and other problems. When going to holiday parties, women should wear sensible winter shoes to and from the events and wear dress shoes only while inside. If you're wearing high heels, limit heel height to two inches or less.
* Winter boots should always have good tread, which will help reduce the risk of slipping. Boots made with leather or natural fibers will help absorb moisture and keep feet dry and odor-free.
* People with diabetes or other conditions that cause decreased blood circulation should take extra care to keep their feet well-insulated to avoid frostbite. This includes wearing socks made with a poly-cotton blend, even when indoors.

More information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more about foot care.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Podiatric Medical Association, news release, December 2008

Last Updated: Jan. 05, 2009

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