Definition Alternative Names Pain - heel Considerations Common Causes Most frequently heel pain is not the result of any single injury, such as a fall or twist, but rather the result of repetitive or excessive heel pounding. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick connective tissue on the sole of your foot that attaches to your heel. The pain is usually felt at the bottom of your heel and is often worse in the morning because of stiffness that occurs overnight. The following increase your risk of developing this painful problem: Shoes with poor arch support or soft soles Quick turns that put stress on your foot Tight calf muscles Repetitive pounding on your feet from long-distance running, especially running downhill or on uneven surfaces Pronation -- landing on the outside of your foot and rolling inward when walking or running; to know if you pronate, check the soles of your shoes to see if they are worn along the outer edge Bone spurs in the heel can accompany plantar fasciitis, but are...
Q. I found a lump in my breast. Should I call the doctor right away, or wait and see if it disappears? A. The key word here is “found.” You should examine your breasts regularly; yes, the monthly self-exam IS important; don’t “forget” to do it. If you feel something in your breast–a lump, a thickening, swelling–that feels different than usual, call the doctor. Overall, there’s a very good chance that whatever you’re feeling isn’t cancer, especially if you’re pre-menopausal; but for your own emotional well being, it doesn’t hurt to have it checked out. Q. My breasts always feel lumpy. How do I differentiate what’s “normal” from a lump that might be a tumor? A. Every woman develops her own definition of normal breast tissue. Many of us have naturally lumpy breasts, ranging from tiny hard lumps, to large soft lumps, and everything in between. Learn to feel what’s normal for YOU....
Hand-foot syndrome (HFS), or Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysesthesia (PPE), is a side effect of some types of chemotherapy and other medicines used to treat breast cancer. Hand-foot syndrome is a skin reaction that occurs when a small amount of the medication leaks out of capillaries (small blood vessels), usually on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. When the medication leaks out of the capillaries, it can damage the surrounding tissues. Hand-foot syndrome can be painful and can affect your daily living.
Symptoms of hand-foot syndrome include:
tingling, burning, or itching sensation
redness (resembling a sunburn)
In severe cases of hand-foot syndrome you may have:
cracked, flaking, or peeling skin
blisters, ulcers, or sores appearing on your skin
difficulty walking or using your hands
The following breast cancer medications can cause hand-foot syndrome:
Xeloda (chemical name: capecitabine)
Adrucil (chemical name: 5-f...
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