Pain

Everyone experiences pain at some time. It might be the result of an injury, operation, or pushing your body too hard. Headache, infection, arthritis, and other health problems cause pain. Unchecked, pain can rob you of the ability to sleep, work, and enjoy life. It can also lead to depression and anxiety.

We've come a long way from the days of "grin and bear it," or "no pain, no gain." Pain begets pain, so it's important to stop it early. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to pain relief. Standard medications can be a good option for many pain sufferers, but a wide range of effective nondrug therapies are also available.

Pain Articles

Managing osteoarthritis of the knee

More than two-thirds of women over age 60 have painful, tender, or swollen knees. Osteoarthritis—the breakdown of joint cartilage—is the usual culprit. Although total knee replacement can help, it's best to first try simpler, safer noninvasive strategies like weight loss and exercise. (Locked) More »

When sex gives more pain than pleasure

Millions of women experience pain before, during, or after sexual intercourse—a condition called dyspareunia. Many suffer in silence and don't seek the help they need, or they have trouble finding a clinician who can diagnose and treat the causes of their pain. That is unfortunate, because treatments are available for many of the problems that underlie this vexing condition. More »

What is a tailor's bunion?

A bunion on the little toe is commonly called a tailor's bunion.  The main cause of tailor's bunions are narrow shoes — especially those with high heels — that don't have enough room for the toes, so the big and little ones get scrunched and pushed toward the middle three. Tailor's bunions can be treated in a commonsensical fashion. People can wear shoes wide enough to comfortably accommodate their toes, or use shoe stretchers that create a little more space for the widest part of the foot. Moleskin or little silicone shields can be used to pad the protuberances. (Locked) More »

Feet and falling

There's been a surge of research connecting falls to foot pain and perhaps also to common foot problems like bunions and clawed toes. But until recently only a handful of studies have investigated a more direct connection between foot pain and falls. The studies that have been done have focused on high-risk groups, not the general "community-dwelling" population of older people. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society identified those with foot pain and those without, and followed them for a year. By a sizable margin, the people who fell were more likely to have been bothered by foot pain than the people who didn't fall. More »