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Tingling, Burning in Your Feet? Common Condition May Be the Cause

The number of people experiencing numbness, pins and needles, and burning pain in their feet and toes seems to be on the rise, new research suggests, and some of these folks may be at increased risk for heart trouble.

Exactly why there has been an uptick in "small fiber neuropathy" is not fully understood yet, but it could be due to the ongoing diabetes and obesity epidemic as both condit...

Peripheral Artery Disease: Common, and Here's How to Spot It

If you're older and your legs ache, it could be nothing -- or it could be a sign of peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Have you ever even heard of it? Maybe not. That's why the Society for Vascular Surgery would like you to know a little more.

"As we age, we are susceptible to some aches and pains, possibly a tightness in the lower back after standing for long periods of time or a sor...

Flat-Footed: What Works Best to Fix 'Fallen Arches'?

If you have fallen arches, you know just how debilitating they can be.

Now, doctors have some new guidance on which patients with this condition -- also called flat feet -- would benefit most from surgery.

"Roughly half of patients will need surgery," said Dr. Scott Ellis, a foot and ankle surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and senior author of a new study. "If ...

Achilles Tendon Injures Are Rising - Here's How to Spot Them

Achilles tendon injuries have skyrocketed in the United States this year, researchers report.

Physicians at Michigan Medicine-University of Michigan diagnosed more Achilles ruptures during June 2021 than in all of 2020.

Injuries to the body's strongest, thickest tendon account for about 30% of all sports-related injuries, and are most common among active, middle-aged men, they added...

Plasma Injection Therapy May Be Useless Against Achilles Tendon Pain

A treatment commonly used to tackle an often painful Achilles tendon condition doesn't actually work, British researchers warn.

At issue is "Achilles tendinopathy," a degenerative wear-and-tear disease that affects the critical tissue linking calf muscles to the heel.

Patients have sought pain relief with a treatment -- embraced by a number of famous athletes -- that involves inject...

DIY Projects Can Be Prime Time for Foot Injuries

When you tackle home and yard projects this summer, be sure to protect your feet and ankles.

"Feet may be the last thing people think about while working on home-improvement projects, but we see so many different types of foot and ankle injuries in our office -- many of which can be avoided with proper shoe wear and extra caution," said Dr. Amber Shane, a foot and ankle surgeon in the Orl...

Middle Ages Misery: Medieval Shoe Trend Brought Bunions

Suffering for fashion is nothing new. Researchers in the United Kingdom have unearthed new evidence that stylish pointed shoes caused a "plague" of bunions in the late medieval period.

Investigators from the University of Cambridge analyzed 177 skeletons from cemeteries in and around the city of Cambridge. Included were a charitable hospital, the grounds of a former Augustinian friary wh...

Spring Activity Can Sometimes Bring Stress Fractures

If you're getting back into walking, running or outdoor sports this spring after months on the couch, you could be at risk for a common injury known as a stress fracture.

It's a small break or crack caused by repeated impact on a bone that is starting to weaken from overdoing it, and feet are particularly vulnerable, according to Dr. Mark Drakos. He is an orthopedic surgeon specializing i...

AHA News: Research Opens New Avenues to Reduce Foot, Toe Amputations

Emerging research may help doctors devise better ways to prevent some of the tens of thousands of amputations unrelated to traumatic injury that occur in the U.S. each year.

Diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic lower limb amputations, including of the toe and foot. That's partly because diabetes increases risk of peripheral artery disease, or PAD, a narrowing of major blood ...

Why Your Foot Calluses Might Be Good for You

Before you take a pumice stone to your foot calluses just because they're unsightly, you might want to consider the idea that they are actually nature's shoes.

That's one of the messages from a new study suggesting that in certain ways, walking on callused feet can be better for you than the modern luxury of cushioned shoes.

Researchers found that calluses offer the foot pro...

Microbes in Diabetic Foot Ulcers May Help Predict Treatment Success

Some strains of Staph bacteria may slow the healing of diabetic foot ulcers, while other types of bacteria may promote healing, according to a new study.

The results suggest that monitoring the bacterial populations (microbiomes) of diabetic foot ulcers may help doctors decide the best way to treat them.

Up to one-quarter of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer, because high ...

Smart Steps for Healthy Feet

Are your feet something you think about only when they hurt? Simple steps can protect them from common problems, some of which are hard to get rid of.

The first step is to wear shoes, such as water slip-ons, in moist environments like indoor swimming pools and communal showers at the gym. Damp areas allow bacteria and viruses to thrive, and walking barefoot makes you more susceptible ...