Padding in shoes is the reason why runners land on the heel. Naturally, a person would land on the mid-region or front portion of the foot when running without shoes. Landing on the back portion first subjects the body to a higher force of impact as compared to landing on the forefoot. This results in increased torque at the joints of the hip, knee and ankles, thus straining them with high impact force. Around thirty percent runners suffer from injuries per year. These injuries occur primarily because of tightening of tissues. Discarding running shoes stretches tendons and muscles of the legs, thus reducing the occurrence of these injuries. By increasing the blood circulation at the surface of your skin like this you are increasing the flow of blood to the hair follicles. This is exactly what you need to do because the blood carries nutrients to your hair, which enables it to grow. By increasing the supply of nutrients you can promote hair growth and in many cases stop hair loss. Two days later, without a peeling arch in sight, I wore a new pair of J.Crew patent leather flats to work. By the end of a 30-minute commute, my heels were raw (there was blood, people). This article sheds some light on a common type of foot pain called Metatarsalgia, more commonly known as Ball of Foot Pain. People suffering from Metatarsalgia often experience a burning sensation under the ball of the foot. Sometimes combined with a sharp, tingling sensation near the toes (this condition is called Morton's Neuroma, see further below). The pain can also be stabbing pain that comes and goes throughout the day. In some cases people experience a feeling similar to having a pebble sitting under the forefoot. Claw Toe. A condition where the toes are permanently curled, like in a clenched fist. Claw toe is usually the result of ill-fitting shoes. If you think you need something stronger than your typical drug store concoction, the podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers can provide some relief. “We offer a few different products which have prescription strength ‘UREA’ in them,” says Dr. Brett Fried. “These products work much better than what is available in stores. UREA is a prescription that is FDA-approved and used to soften hard, callused feet and allow the cracked, hard skin to heal. Use of a pumice stone and a skin softener can also help.” HOME REMEDIES TO SOFTEN FEET All antifreeze products need to be carefully secured in an area that is out of reach for pets - and children, for that matter. All spills should be cleaned immediately using a water hose or similar procedure. In addition, if you are out walking and see a puddle in the street or on a driveway, do not let your pet walk through it or drink from it. If you suspect that your pet has ingested even a small amount of antifreeze, the best thing you can do is call your veterinarian or local emergency animal clinic immediately. Ethylene glycol is a fast acting chemical, and minutes can make a difference. Perhaps one day the pharmaceutical industry will develop a more effective medication for use with nail fungus. Unfortunately, in addition to the difficulty that current medication has in killing the fungus causing toe nail infection, the observational theory that some nails may simply be more apt to developing nail fungus infection over others and the general overwhelming presence of fungus in our environment leads to the possibility that toe nail fungus infection can reoccur over and over again. Steps can be made to prevent this infection from taking root in the nail again, but this requires regular vigilance.