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...
Our national obesity
epidemic didn't just happen. The people who study the statistics agree
with Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
that before the early 1970s, the prevalence of obesity was relatively
constant in the United States. As he told the 63rd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association since then there has been a dramatic
could have triggered it? Other people have pointed the finger at
several different possibilities. But one primary factor stands out: Your tax dollars at work. The
beginning of the obesity epidemic coincides too close for comfort with
what looked at the time like enlightened legislation. The Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973 established target
prices and deficiency payments to replace former price support payments. Before that time, our government paid our farmers not to grow crops, as unbelievable as it sounds today. When farmers took
some of their land out of production, the reduced supp...
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