A $.69 Cure for Blisters

By Neil Wagner Hikers and runners fear them; women in heels invite them. A simple new way to prevent most blisters. There’s little that’s harder on the feet than long-distance running, and blisters are a common problem. Now there appears to be a wonderfully low-tech way to prevent blistering — all you need is a […]

Better Walking with Chocolate

By Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN Chocolate may not be health food, but its health benefits continue to mount. A new study from Italy suggests that chocolate may improve walking ability in people with poor blood flow in their legs because of peripheral artery disease (PAD). In PAD plaque builds up in the arteries that […]

Barefoot Running Shoes: Go Slowly

By Neil Wagner People began running way before there were any shoes, but that was a long time ago. It can be very difficult for a human foot that’s worn shoes all its life to adjust to running without them. That’s why runners interested in switching to minimalist running shoes should make the transition very […]

Sports Tips: Preventing Tennis Injuries

It’s that time of year again when people start hitting the court in droves. It’s also a time when doctors report more tennis-related injuries. Tennis injuries can occur from poor conditioning, improper equipment, a poor swing or overuse. By staying fit, using the correct racket, and “listening” to your body, you can enjoy tennis for […]

Don’t Let Jack Frost Nip Your Nose or Toes

Cold winter temperatures heralded an early start to winter in most parts of the United States this year, including locations known for their tropical sunshine. Freezing temperatures and cold wind chills can harm exposed skin, especially for people with poor circulation or dehydration. During prolonged cold exposure, the body automatically sends more blood flow to […]

US Veterans with Diabetes & Mental Health Issues at Higher Risk for Amputation

Diabetes can lead to many health complications, including toe, foot, and lower leg amputation. People with diabetes need to vigilantly work to control their blood sugar levels and monitor their feet for any changes. Researchers have found that US Veterans with diabetes and mental health issues have a higher risk of major amputations (toes, foot, […]