In July 2008, I experienced some foot pain, but felt that I could work through it by exercising. Therefore, a round of Australian tennis doubles with two friends sounded wonderful in order to enjoy the warm weather and to burn a few calories!
By the third game of the match, it was time for me to play the singles court. The first rally went just fine, although I don’t remember who won the point. After a good serve to start the second point of the game, we started to rally. One of my friends hit an off-speed shot to my backhand. While standing around the baseline, I remember shifting my weight from the balls of my feet to my heels and then -- realizing that the shot was going to fall shorter than I expected -- shifting back onto the balls of my feet to start sprinting toward the ball. But a stabbing pain in my right heel caused me to stop dead in my tracks. “I’m through,” I said, hobbling gingerly to the courtside bench.
How little did I know how true that stat...
Conservative treatment is almost always successful, given enough time. Treatment can last from several months to 2 years before symptoms get better. Most patients will be better in 9 months.
Initial treatment usually consists of:
Heel stretching exercises
To relieve plantar fasciitis:
Apply ice to the painful area. Do this at least twice a day for 10 - 15 minutes, more often in the first couple of days.
Rest as much as possible for at least a week.
Take acetamin for pain or ibuprofen for pain and inflammation.
Try wearing a heel cup, felt pads in the heel area, or an orthotic device.
Use night splints to stretch the injured fascia and allow it to heal.
Wear properly fitting shoes.
If these fail, putting the affected foot in a short leg cast (a cast up to but not above the knee) for 3 - 6 weeks is often successful in reducing pain and inflammation. Alternatively, a cast boot (which looks l...
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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