I always wore cute shoes. At least I thought they were. Some people, namely my opinionated family, would heartily disagree.
But then my cute shoes started making my feet feel numb. Or so I thought. Certainly, it had to be the shoes. For confirmation of my belief, I saw my family doctor about my aggravating, tingly feet.
"Well of course I believe it could be those shoes, Jennifer. You spend too much time walking and working in those impractical, unsupportive things," my doctor said.
She went on saying, "Buy some practical shoes with some arch support and the tingling will go away I bet."
Sure enough, new shoes purchased and a few weeks later my numb feet were history.
Later, as I was wrapping up my senior year in college, back in the olden days when students wrote long-hand exams in blue books, my right hand started to feel like it was asleep.
Strange, I thought, and back to the doctor I went.
"You're just under lots of stress, studying ...
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...
Researchers from Harvard Medical School got a surprise this year. They studied the use of acupuncture for the treatment of arm pain from repetitive strain injuries (RSI). The expected result was that the patients treated with acupuncture would have better outcomes than those treated with sham (placebo) acupuncture. The actual results showed that the sham acupuncture treatment reduced arm pain in patients more effectively than for those patients in the actual acupuncture group. The patients in both groups had forearm and/or hand pain for three months or more from repetitive use. Each group received eight treatments over a four-week period of time. The sham group had what looked like a real acupuncture needle. But in reality, it had a blunt (not sharp) tip. The tip of the needle touched the skin but wasn't inserted into the skin. The true acupuncture group had skin penetration with real needles. The patients did not know if they were getting true acupuncture or sham acupuncture treatments...
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