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Now that it's cold and dry out, my heels are cracking. I tried using heavy oil-based moisturizers, but I don't see much improvement. Is there anything else I can do besides trying to scrape off the calluses? Often, cracked skin on the feet is simply a pesky symptom of winter's harsh weather. Common sense tells us that heavy creams and lotions will relieve the problem, but some cracked heels require more aggressive treatment. Cracks in the skin on your heels are commonly known as heel fissures. They usually occur when skin becomes dry and aggravates the thick, brittle calluses on your heels. The everyday acts of standing and walking on our feet places enough pressure onto brittle skin that small cracks open in the epidermal layer of the skin. While this remains mostly an aesthetic problem, some patients experience deep cracks that feel painful and can even bleed or get infected. So as the days grow colder, take the following steps into account when your feet star...
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...
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I'm a little vain. I admit it freely. If you believe in astrology, this flaw is not really my fault. As a Libra; I am naturally drawn to the decadent, pretty little things in life. I like to eat good food, drink good wine, and look nice while doing it. If there is a party, you can bet I'll be there, and I'll be decked out in my finest.
At times, my vanity trumps my pragmatism. Before my rheumatoid arthritis began, I regularly wore all kinds of "impractical" shoes or skipped bringing the warm coat along because it just didn't go with what I was wearing. Cliché and maybe even silly, some would argue, but true nonetheless.
Stricken as I was after my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis about all the grave implications of RA, my vanity was hit pretty hard, too. I reluctantly surrendered to all that was sensible and practical. Instead of three-inch heels that would have hurt my feet anyway, I put on lackluster...
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