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Put Your Best Foot Forward

Magazine article Drug Topics

Put Your Best Foot Forward

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The human foot is a "biological masterpiece," according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (????). APMA says the foot is "complex, containing within its relatively small size 26 bones [the two feet contain a quarter of all the bones in the body], 33 joints, and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments, to say nothing of blood vessels and nerves."

Small wonder that foot ailments are among the most common health problems, affecting millions of Americans. Years of wear and tear, disease, bad circulation, poorly trimmed toenails, and ill-fitting shoes can lead to any number of problems from heel pain to toe cramps, for which manufacturers offer an arsenal of relief.

Compound W Freeze Off Plantar, from Prestige Brands, removes those painful plantar warts found on the plantar, or sole, of the foot, and especially on the heel. A kit includes one pumice file (to prepare the plantar wart for treatment), eight foam applicators (to freeze the wart), 12 comfort pads (to cushion the treated area), and one reusable applicator holder.

Dr. Scholl's recently added two products to its For Her line designed to meet the unique needs of women. Rough Skin Eraser exfoliates rough, dry skin without using abrasives. The new formula takes effect within seconds and can be used on the hands or elbows in addition to the feet. Hidden Arch Supports, made with Dr. Scholl's glide gel technology, fit inside all women's shoes sized 6-10 and help prevent arch aches and pains. Also during the past year the company launched Dr. Scholl's Arthritis Pain Relief Orthotics, which help provide immediate and all-day relief from arthritis pain in the feet, knees, and hips. The 3/4 length design fits into casual shoes, dress shoes, and sneakers to stabilize the foot so joints are not irritated. Two fits are available, for men (sizes 8-13) and women (sizes 6-10).

From Health Enterprises comes a Hot & Cold Therapeutic Foot Massager endorsed by APMA and used by various professional sports teams. A removable top allows three massage options: Heat (by adding wann water), Cold (by adding ice cubes and cold water), and Basic Massage. The user can control the degree of pressure for either a gentle or deep-tissue massage.

Chattem has two new foot-care products. Gold Bond Pain Relieving Foot Cream offers seven ingrethents to penetrate tough foot skin plus five healing moisturizers. Among its ingrethents are menthol, aloe, and vitamin E, and it is nongreasy. Gold Bond Pain Relieving Foot Roll On offers fast relief for tired, sore, and painful feet. Its mess-free application keeps hands clean, dries quickly, and is conveniently portable.

Last spring, Himalaya Herbal Healthcare introduced Intensive Moisturizing FootCare Cream to its Organique line. …

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