ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday October 21, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 21


Don’t be too hard on your feet

Calluses are patches of rough, thick and yellowed skin that often develop on the soles of the feet. Corns are smaller patches of thickened skin that form on the toes. The University of Michigan Health System lists these common causes of corns and calluses:

  • Wearing shoes that are too tight or poorly fitted, which rub on your feet.
  • Wearing shoes or sandals without socks.
  • Wearing high heels.
  • Having a high arch, which adds weight and pressure to the ball of your foot and your toes.
  • Having an uneven distribution of weight on your feet as you walk, sometimes caused by a physical abnormality.
  • Having sharp bones in your feet that may rub against your shoes.
  • Having bony feet that lack typical cushioning.

Tips to ease that pain

Migraine headache pain can be debilitating enough to prevent you from working and performing other daily activities. While medications can help ease the pain, the American Academy of Family Physicians offers these additional suggestions:

  • Lie down and rest in a quiet room with the lights out.
  • Apply a cool, damp rag or a cool compress to your forehead.
  • Firmly massage your scalp.
  • Apply pressure to your temples.

What causes brittle nails?

Brittle nails can be a normal result of aging. Or they can indicate a medical abnormality. Here is a list of things that can cause your nails to be brittle, weak and break easily, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:

  • Reduced amounts of zinc or iron in the body.
  • Frequent use of nail polish, remover, hardeners or other cosmetic nail applications.
  • Problems with the thyroid.
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