High Heels May Negatively Impact Foot Health

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A study published by the Journal of Applied Physiology has determined that long-term high heel use can have detrimental effects on the legs’ muscles, such as muscle strain and muscle fatigue. According to the study’s abstract, long-term high heel use has been found to “shorten medial gastrocnemius muscle fascicles and increase Achilles tendon stiffness.” The study’s results are consistent with …

How to Prep for DIY Pedicures

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Pedicures are very important when it comes to maintaining healthy feet. Prior to giving yourself a pedicure, you should soak your feet in hot water with bath salts or oils. Soaking your feet will help soften calluses and remove any unwanted particles from your skin. The next step in your DIY pedicure is to trim your toenails. Trimming your toenails …

Study suggests Gut Bacteria helpful in determining RA Susceptibility

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  Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, or a condition in which the body attacks itself. Bacteria in the gut have been found to predict susceptibility of rheumatoid arthritis. Experts were able to study microbes that were normally low in healthy individuals, but high in people with rheumatoid arthritis. This study could be used to predict if someone is likely …

Diabetics Need to Have Feet Screenings

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Diabetic foot is one of the top 20 causes of hospitalization in Australia. Studies conducted in the country found that one in every twenty-two patients in Australian hospitals have active diabetic foot disease. The disease is also responsible for over 4,400 amputations and 1,700 deaths each year. Nevertheless, early prevention is the best way to assure that diabetic foot does …

Flip-Flops Might Be Bad for Your Feet

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People often buy flip-flops with little knowledge on how they may affect your feet. Flip-flops do not offer much support for your feet, and they may cause plantar fasciitis. Wearing flip-flops also causes your toes to contract, which can cause hammertoe. When shopping for flip-flops you should look for durability, quality, and comfort. Heavy-duty flip flops that are made of …

What is Athlete’s Foot?

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Feet tend to sweat more in the summer, and they also become more susceptible to infections such as Athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that makes feet dry, flaky, and itchy. A simple treatment for Athlete’s foot is to moisturize your feet with urea cream. When you moisturize your feet, you should avoid putting moisturizer between your toes. …

Dealing with Toenail Fungus

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Having toenail fungus can be very painful and it may lead to many different problems. Although you may be tempted to use medication to treat the fungus, you should consult with a doctor before doing so. You can also use creams and ointments in order to treat the fungus on your toe. Essential oils can help with protecting the fungus …

What Causes Blisters?

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Blisters are unsightly and can be caused by a myriad of different factors. Luckily, they aren’t too difficult to treat. Ill-fitting shoes that can cause repeated friction and pressure to our feet as well as excessive moisture usually caused by socks can all lead to blisters forming. Blisters are characterized as bubbles that fill with fluid to cushion and protect …

Experts Recommend Enough Moderate Exercise during Pregnancy

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Although pregnancy may change your everyday habits and general lifestyle, it’s important to stay active. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends “at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity” during your pregnancy, which can reap various benefits. They include reduced pain, relief from constipation, reduced fatigue, and more. Avoid contact sports however and stick to …

Possible Link between Vitamin D and Arthritis Development

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According to a study conducted by the University of Saskatchewan, there may be a possible link between vitamin D levels and the risk of developing juvenile arthritis. Vitamin D “has been recognized as important for preventing bone disease and in the function of immune and inflammatory systems,” according to Alan Rosenberg, professor of pediatrics at the University of Saskatchewan. Arthritis …