Preventing Plantar Warts

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Plantar warts are a marginally contagious viral infection that can be contracted in public places like gyms. Consumer Reports recommends the following tips to avoid contraction of plantar warts as well as other types of infections. Keep your cuts covered with bandages. Transmission of the virus is much more likely when you have an open wound. While exercising, use towels …

Managing Your Morton’s Neuroma

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Morton’s neuroma is a foot condition that often affects middle-aged women, especially those who wear narrow shoes. While benign, the condition can be very painful; pain typically affects the front of the foot and extends to the toes. Pain flare-ups tend to occur in response to irritation, trauma, or excessive pressure. Morton’s neuroma pain can be made worse by continual …

Troubling Effects of High Heels

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In bustling urban cities it is quite common to see women wearing high heels to work. While high heels are great for adding a touch of elegance to an outfit, prolonged wearing of high heels can have some troubling effects on the body. Lower back pain, foot pain, sore calves, sprained ankles, excessive curving of the spine, constricted blood vessels, …

Different Types of Flat Feet

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A study conducted by King George’s Medical University’s orthopedics department concluded that “over 90% of overweight or obese kids develop flat foot.” Flat-footed people can be characterized as having a lack of arch in the soles of our feet. There are three types of flat feet grades, with grade 1 flat feet described as having little arch, grade 2 lacking …

Possible Link between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Wheat Products

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There is a growing body of research that shows a possible link between wheat products and rheumatoid arthritis.  Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can affect the joints and bones in many parts of the body, including ankles and feet.  Certain proteins, ATI’s (amylase-trypsin inhibitors), may be causing inflammation in certain non-celiac patients.  This means that wheat products could …

Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain

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Approximately “4% to 7% of the population experiences heel pain,” and 80% of that percentage suffers from plantar fasciitis, a primary cause behind heel pain. Pain from plantar fasciitis happens suddenly, especially in the morning and after pressure is exerted on the heel bone. According to Dr. Marc Legere, who specializes in sports and physical medicine, muscle weakness in the …

“Fighting Through the Pain” May Result in Injury

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In the past decade, more and more people have been engaging in fitness activities. Some of these activities include running marathons, trail running, and cycling. However, a lot of these people are not aware of the stress they put their bodies in order to participate in these activities. According to Dr. Laungani, “the golden rule is to learn to listen …

Sammy Watkins Recovers from Stress Fracture

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Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins had foot surgery in April to repair a stress fracture in his left foot, and had gradually increased his activity so that he could make a return for the season opener. Watkins had started in the season opener, but had to be evaluated the next day for what appeared to be soreness in his foot. Watkins, …

Jacob Maxwell Undergoes Foot Surgery

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Wisconsin’s starting right tackle, Jacob Maxwell, recently admitted that he suffered an injury in his left foot. He revealed that he underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot. Maxwell wasn’t cleared for workouts until three weeks prior to camp. He states that this was a setback, however he is continuing to get stronger and better again. Foot …

What Are Plantar Warts?

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Plantar warts develop on the bottom of our feet as round growths on the skin, described as brown dots. Warts are caused by the papillomavirus and usually go away on their own, typically not requiring any treatment. Avoid picking at the wart to prevent infection. A potential option for treating your wart is covering it up with tape, as “warts …