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If your feet are burning, it does not necessarily mean that you have neuropathy. There are other causes and reasons for your feet to burn.

One such cause is called Grierson-Gopalan syndrome, also known as burning feet syndrome. The burning sensation is usually limited to the soles of the feet, but may spread to the tops of the ankles. Typically the arms and palms of the hands are not affected.

The conditions consists of severe burning and aching of the feet, hyperaesthesia, pain, elevated skin temperature, and vasomotor changes of the feet, including excessive sweating and general body washing. Some patients will complain of pins and needles or tingling in the lower extremities. Symptoms usually worsen at night and improve during the day.

Women between the ages of 20 and 40 are the most commonly affected and the syndrome can occur because of hereditary or mechanical factors. Mechanical factors may be due to mechanical compression of the peripheral nerves, like the tarsal tunnel, and in diseases like hypothyroidism, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. This condition has been related to psychosomatic causes, vitamin B deficiencies, renal failure, and hypothyroidism. Nerve entrapment because of sciatic monoeuropathy and spinal arteriovenous malformation can also cause burning feet. Patients with psychiatric disorders may have a myriad of signs and symptoms in association with burning feet.

On the outside, it may appear there is no underlying problem. The overlying skin and blood vessels look normal, but some patients exhibit erythema of the feet with warm overlying skin as in erythromelalgia. No tenderness in the area is usually felt.

If Grierson-Gopalan syndrome is caused by a disease, like diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or psychosomatic, measures specific to the disease will be taken.

Generally, treatment includes wearing open and comfortable shoes, especially those with arch supports. Wearing cotton socks is also recommended. Soaking the feet daily in cold water for 15 minutes can bring temporary symptomatic relief. You should avoid exposing your feet to the heat. Certain creams and vitamin B supplements can also be helpful in reducing the burning sensation.

In cases where it is a mechanical failure, arch supports and wider shoes may relieve discomfort. If the underlying cause is flat feet, orthotics will help restore the foot arch.

Reference: Dr. Foot.

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Sam & Cat star Ariana Grande did not have a good start to her week.

The 20 year old actress sent a text message to her manager Scooter Braun on Monday morning to tell him about the crazy night she had just had.

Sunday night Grande had a wacky party that involved her slipping in her dog's pee and slamming into a wall, breaking three of her toes.

Braun shared the story on Instagram: "Had a party last night and in front of a lot of people I slipped on a huge surprise pile of Ophelia piss, slammed into a wall and broke 3 toes. have a great day."

Household injuries like Grande's are quite common and certainly nothing to be embarrassed about. We could probably write a book about the different ways people have broken toes.

Grande sustained a traumatic or acute fracture which is caused by direct impact or force, such as stubbing your toe (or slamming into the wall). Traumatic fractures can be displaced or non-displaced. If the fracture is displaced, the bone is broken in such a way that it has changed position.

Signs and symptoms of this type of fracture include:

  • You may hear a sound at the time of the break.
  • "Pinpoint pain" (pain at the place of impact) at the time the fracture occurs and perhaps a few hours later, but often the pain goes away after several hours.
  • Crooked or abnormal appearance of the toe.
  • Bruising and swelling the next day.
  • It is not true that "if you can walk on it, it's not broken". Evaluation by a podiatrist is always recommended.

It is an old wives tale that "the doctor can't do anything for a broken bone in the foot." This is usually not true. In fact, if a fractured toe is not treated properly, serious complications may occur. For example:

  • A deformity in the bony architecture which may limit the ability to move the foot or cause difficulty in fitting shoes.
  • Arthritis, which may be caused by a fracture in a joint (the juncture where two bones meet), or may be a result of angular deformities that develop when a displaced fracture is severe or hasn't been properly corrected.
  • Chronic pain and deformity.
  • Non-union, or failure to heal, can lead to subsequent surgery or chronic pain.

Treatment of toe fractures depends on the break itself and may include these options:

  • Rest. Sometimes rest is all that is needed to treat a traumatic fracture of the toe.
  • Splinting. The toe may be fitted with a splint to keep it in a fixed position.
  • Rigid or stiff-soled shoe. Wearing a stiff-soled shoe protects the toe and helps keep it properly positioned.
  • "Buddy taping" the fractured toe to another toe is sometimes appropriate, but in other cases may be harmful. 
  • Surgery. If the break is badly displaced or if the joint is affected, surgery may be necessary. Surgery often involves the use of fixation devices, such as pins. 

Reference: Perez Hilton

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Veteran British actor Timothy West is confined to a wheelchair while he recovers from a broken ankle. 

The Day of the Jackal star received the injury in a fall and underwent an operation to repair the damage. 

His ankle was set in plaster and the actor has been using crutches and a wheelchair to get around.

Wst, 79, was concerned the injury would cost him his new job on the U.K. soap opera EastEnders, and was relieved when the TV bosses assured him they would accommodate his injury. 

Speaking on the U.K. TV show The Alan Titchmarsh Show, West said, "As you can see I'm on crutches which is not my permanent state- employers please note- I just happened to fall over and break my ankle... I had to... ring up the EastEnders people and say, 'Look, I've broken my ankle. I'm terribly sorry.' They said, 'Oh no, that's perfectly alright... we'll write that in.' I said, 'No, you don't understand- I've had an operation, I'm in plaster.' (They said) 'That's alright that doesn't bother us.' (I said) 'I have to move about in a wheelchair'- 'Alright we can get you a wheelchair'- they were terrific."

Reference: Contact Music

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Americans are in love with nail polish, manicures, and pedicures. We fork over anywhere from $15 to $35 for our favorite color, design, and style weekly. For many women getting a weekly manicure or pedicure is a status symbol. 

Our love affair with getting our nails done however, is not a new phenomenon. Nail polish originated in China back to 3000 BC and was initially used by the ruling class to distinguish themselves from the general population. There are reports of several common people who were caught with nail polish being publicly executed. In 600 BC during the Zhou Dynasty, the preferred colors were silver and gold, a symbol of power and wealth, but red and black eventually replaced these as the royal's favorite shades. During the Ming Dynasty, nail polish was made from beeswax, egg whites, gelatin, vegetable dyes, and gum Arabic. 

From China, nail polish spread through India, the Middle East, and northern Africa, where it enjoyed immense popularity. In Egypt, pale colors were worn by commoners, while high society chose red to adorn their nails. After the fall of the Roman empire, nail polish disappeared from European fashion and did not reappear until the Renaissance, when new trade connections were established with the Middle East and India. By the 9th century, nails were tinted with scented red oils, polished or buffed. 

As the centuries progressed, nail polish and manicures became more common place, first in France in the late 18th century. By the 19th and early 20th centuries, people sought a polished, rather than painted look by massaging tinted powders and creams into their nails, buffing them until they were shiny. One polishing product that was sold during this time was Graf's Hyglo nail polish paste.

With the creation of automobile paint, Cutex produced the first modern nail polish in 1917. In 1932 the Charles Revson Company, later Revlon, produced their first nail polish. Once the technique was refined, it was often used in place of gloves to cover up grime and dirt underneath finger and toenails.

References: Wikipedia and History of Cosmetics.

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Winter is prime time for people of all ages to slip, fall, and twist limbs on the ice, snow, and pavement. Many of these falls can be serious, leading to disability and death. More than half of these falls happen at home, and many happen at work and some can be prevented. 

First, take this self-assessment for your potential risk for falling this winter:

*History of falling: two or more falls in the past six months. 

*Vision loss: changes in ability to see and differentiate between objects, decline in depth perception, and decreased ability to recover from changes in light.

*Hearing loss: limited ability to detect hazardous situations.

*Foot pain or shoe problems: Decreased sensation, foot pain, or improperly fitting shoes.

*Medications: taking four or more medications that cause drowsiness, dizziness, or low blood pressure.

*Balance and gait problems: changes in balance, speed of walking, or weakness in lower extremities.

*Blood pressure: high or low blood pressure can cause loss of balance. 

*Hazards within the home: poor lighting, bathroom safety, stairs, pets that get under foot, reaching, and spills.

*Hazards outside the home: uneven walkways, poor lighting, gravel on sidewalks, no handrails, oil on the pavement, pets that get underfoot when being walked.


Here are some tips you can use this winter to avoid falls and be safe:

*Keep emergency numbers right near your phone.

*Put a phone near the floor in case you fall and can't get up.

*Wear shoes with good support, and have non-slip soles. Avoid wearing slippers and athletic shoes with deep treads.

*Remove debris on the floor that you can trip on, including papers, books, clothes, shoes, and pet toys.

*Use double-sided tape to keep down scatter rugs.

*Remove furniture from traffic flow in the house.

*Clean up spills immediately with soap and water. 

*Watch that your pets don't get underfoot.

*Don't walk over or around cords or wires. Coil cords and wires.

*If you have trouble reaching, keep important items within easy reach. 

*Invest in a step stool with a handrail.

*Replace light bulbs that have blown out and change out lamp shades that give out glare. 

*Make sure that hallways, staircases, entrances, and outside steps are well lit; have a lit switch at the top and bottom of each stairwell.
*Keep lamps, flashlights, and extra batteries near your bed.

*Put nightlights in bathrooms, hallways, and passageways so if you have to get up during the night, you can see.

*If you have carpeting on stairs, make sure it is firmly attached to the steps. The top edge of each step should be painted a contrasting color.

*Handrails that are loose or undone should be reattached and on both sides of staircases. 

*If you have trouble getting out of the bathtub or off the toilet, install grab bars nearby.

*Use non-slip mats in the shower and bathtub. 

*Exercise regularly.

*Use an elevated toilet seat if you have trouble getting down.

*Have your vision checked yearly by an eye doctor. 

*If you have history of dizziness or vertigo, get up slowly after you lie down or sit.

*Use a cane if you have trouble walking.

*Consider purchasing an alarm device that alerts emergency personnel if you've fallen and can't get up. 

Reference: Valley Business Journal

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