If grocery bags seem heavier and walking upstairs takes more effort, you may think you need to work out more. But what if the problem isn't weak muscles, but damaged nerves? Find out the link between neuropathy and muscle weakness here.
Gout was once called the “disease of kings” because it was common among wealthy folks who overindulged in food and alcohol. Today, the term is “obesity,” and though it’s less royal, it still points to the connection between gout and your gut.
Diabetes is a disease that affects virtually every part of the body and it is notorious for damaging nerves; but not all nerve problems are alike. Here’s how to tell the difference between 3 main types of diabetic neuropathy and what to do about it.
Even if you’ve never seen the acronym RICE, you’ve probably instinctively followed the principle after an injury. Here’s a closer look at the RICE protocol, why it’s important for a sprained ankle, and how long you should follow it.
The searing pain attacks your big toe suddenly, often in the middle of the night. You reach down and find a swollen joint that feels like it’s on fire. You have gout. Why you? Here are a few of the most common causes.
A bunion — a knob at the base of your toe — can seriously cramp your shoe style, which may be nature’s way of telling you you’re wearing the wrong shoes. Find out what makes bunions worse and what makes them better.
No matter where they pop up, warts are always unwelcome. But when they appear on the bottom of your feet, they can be painful, too. Mosaic warts are one of the most stubborn types you might get on your soles — here’s how to get rid of them.
The pain that occurs when you sprain your ankle or foot can be excruciating, but the downtime afterward adds insult to injury. Find out why you should never skip the rest period of your rehabilitation.
If you’ve never felt the shock of heel pain when your feet first hit the floor in the morning, you’re lucky. It’s called plantar fasciitis, and it tends to get progressively worse. But you can take steps to prevent it if you know your risk factors.
You know that neuropathy goes hand in hand with diabetes, but how do you know if and when your nerves have been affected? How does your doctor know? Psst: There’s a clue in your sweat. Find out the connection here.
What will it take to make your gout pain go away and your flare-ups calm down? Believe it or not, swapping out a few food and drink items can make a big difference. Here’s what to eat and what to avoid on the gout diet.
If you have an angled toe that looks like it could drive home a nail, you may have a hammertoe. While there are several different causes, there are five main treatments to help you live better despite your tool-like toe.
You stubbed your toe, cut the nail too short, or wore tight-fitting shoes all day, and now your toenail is jammed under your skin. An ingrown toenail is bad enough, but it’s even worse if it’s infected. Here’s how to tell if it’s crossed the line.
Warts — those clumps of rough, spongy skin on your hands, feet, and elbows — seem to stick around forever. Are they serious? Do you need treatment? Will they eventually disappear? Here’s what you need to know about warts.
Do you have one toenail that looks different from the rest? Maybe the color is off or the texture seems odd. Or maybe your toenails hurt and itch. You may have one of several toenail disorders. Here’s what to look for.
Perhaps you planted and pivoted in a pick-up game of hoops or stumbled down the stairs for no apparent reason, and now your ankle is screaming. You may be tempted to push past the pain — but here’s why you shouldn’t.
You wake up refreshed, ready to start a new day, plant your feet on the floor, and zing — plantar fasciitis strikes again! What’s to blame for your shocking heel pain? Find out if you’re doing something to cause or worsen the condition.
Having trouble standing on your tippy toes? Find yourself rubbing your sore, swollen ankles, and feet? You may have fallen arches. But flat feet aren’t a major concern unless they lead to one of these common complications.
Why do your feet hurt? Let us count the ways. Your feet bear your entire body weight, and they take a lot of abuse while doing so. Is the pain you feel normal, or could it be that you have one of these chronic foot conditions?
You clip ‘em and clean ‘em — that’s all toenails need, right? Wrong. Toenails deserve serious attention, because if you neglect them, they can become infected, invaded by fungus, ingrown, and painful. Here’s how and why to care for them properly.
If it looks like your feet are trying to make a fist, you might have hammertoe. Whether genetics, injury, or footwear choices are to blame, there are ways to straighten out the situation. Here’s how we can help.
You know about rheumatoid arthritis, the autoimmune disease that inflames your joints, and osteoarthritis, the one that wears down your cartilage. But do you know their angry cousin gouty arthritis? Arm yourself with this valuable info on gout.
Diabetes is notorious for causing complicated foot problems. While your family physician is an important part of your care team, it’s best to trust your feet to a professional trained to prevent, recognize, and treat serious conditions. Here’s why.
Whether you twisted, tweaked, or turned your ankle, the damage you’ve done is bound to give you lots of pain. But once that subsides, you may be left with a weak ankle. Here’s how to regain and maintain stability after an ankle sprain.
When you stub your big toe, the pain is intense, and you know exactly what to blame it on. But when a similar pain strikes for no reason, especially in the middle of the night, it may be a gout flare-up. Here’s what to do.
Do you stand for a living? Are you an avid runner or dancer? These are just a couple of the lifestyles that can lead to plantar fasciitis. Here’s how to live with plantar fasciitis while you’re working to get rid of it.