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Heel spurs: What you need to know

A heel spur is a condition where a calcium deposit grows between the heel and arch of the foot. What are the symptoms of heels spurs and what increases a person’s risk of developing them? Heels spurs may happen independently or may be related to an underlying health condition. People …

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Heel Pain: Causes, Prevention and Treatments

Heel pain is a very common foot problem. The sufferer usually feels pain either under the heel (plantar fasciitis) or just behind it (Achilles tendinitis), where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel bone. Even though heel pain can be severe and sometimes disabling, it is rarely a health threat. …

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What can I do about Achilles tendinitis?

The Achilles tendon joins the calf muscles to the heel bone and runs down the back of the lower leg. When this tendon is put under excess strain, it can become inflamed. This is Achilles tendinitis. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It can endure great …

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Tendinitis: Symptoms, causes, and treatment

Fast facts on tendinitis: Here are some key points about tendinitis. More detail is in the main article. Tendinitis usually happens when overuse or injury puts strain on the tendons. Common name includes Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, and housemaid’s knee. Treatment includes rest, ice and heat treatment, and over-the-counter pain killers. …

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What are the causes of forearm pain?

Forearms are integral to hand and arm movement, so pain in this region can be highly disruptive to daily life. Forearm pain can result from a number of different causes, each requiring a different treatment approach. The forearms are composed of the radius and ulna bones, which span the length …

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Body clock disruptions may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s

The link between sleep and Alzheimer’s diseaseis a complex one, and here at Medical News Today, we’ve been trying to illuminate it by reporting on the latest studies in the field. One such study suggested that poor sleep may lead to brain proteins such as amyloid beta and tau becoming tangled, a known hallmark …

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Saturated fat may not increase heart disease risk after all

In a new Norwegian diet intervention study(FATFUNC) published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, study leader assistant Prof. Simon Nitter Dankel and colleagues have questioned and overturned the dietary theory that saturated fat is unhealthy for most of the population. This theory has dominated health literature for more than 50 years. …

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Statins: How safe are they?

Cholesterol is essential to keep the body in working order. However, having high levels of “bad cholesterol,” called low-density lipoprotein (LDL), in the blood can cause fatty deposits to build up in the arteries. Eventually, this buildup results in the arteries narrowing and hardening (a condition called atherosclerosis), which leads to a …

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Fertility treatment failure may harm women’s heart health

Researchers found that women who did not become pregnant after undergoing gonadotropin-based fertility therapy – treatment often used in preparation for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies – were at greater risk of heart failure and stroke than those whose fertility therapy was successful. The research team – led by Dr. …

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Foot Drop

Foot drop is a term that refers to a weakening of the muscles that allow for flexing of the ankle and toes. This condition causes the individual to drag the front of the foot while walking. To compensate for this dragging, the patient will bend the knee to lift the …

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