Flip-flops are popping up everywhere: at weddings, at work, at parties, and at home. What once was an article of clothing only seen at the beach or pool, now this flimsy footwear is a mainstay of closets across America. Ask someone why he/she wears flips and the laundry list of reasons is long. "They're comfortable," "They're cool," "They're fun," and "They're less confining"; this list of reasoning is reshaping our shoe choices and fashion sense. However, this list of reasoning is not very sensible in terms of health. Many parts of the body suffer from flip-flop related problems, problems that can be avoided. Here is a list of good reasons to avoid flip-flops.
1. No Support : Flip-flops are the least supportive of all shoes. Most flips are as flat as a board while the foot itself has many curves and arches. Why do people try to make a foot conform to something flat? Curves and arches need to be supported or else they tend to collapse. Flat feet , bu...
Skin lumps are any abnormal bump or swelling on the skin.
Many people wonder if small bumps or lumps on the body are something to worry about. Most lumps and swellings are benign (not cancerous) and are harmless, especially the kind that feel soft and roll easily (lipomas).
A lump or swelling that appears suddenly (over 24 - 48 hours) and is painful is usually caused by an injury or an infection.
Lipomas, fatty lumps under the skin
Enlarged lymph glands
, usually in the armpits, neck, and groin
, a closed sac in or under the skin that is lined with skin tissue and contains fluid or semisolid material
Benign skin growths such as seborrheic keratoses or neurofibromas
, painful, red bumps usually involving a hair follicle
Corn or callus, caused by skin thickening in response to continued pressure (for example, from shoes) and usually occurring on a to...
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....
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