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heel

 [hēl]
1. the hindmost part of the foot; called also calx.
2. the hindmost portion of an elongated structure, or something else comparable to the heel of the foot.
Thomas heel a shoe correction consisting of a heel one half inch longer and an eighth to a sixth of an inch higher on the inside; used to bring the heel of the foot into varus and to prevent depression in the region of the head of the talus.

heel

(hēl),
1. Proximal portion of the plantar surface of the foot.
2. Synonym(s): calx (2)
3. Synonym(s): distal end
[A.S. hēla]

heel

(hēl)
n.
a. The rounded posterior portion of the human foot under and behind the ankle.
b. The corresponding part of the hind foot of other vertebrates.
c. A similar anatomical part, such as the fleshy rounded base of the human palm or the hind toe of a bird.

calx

, pl. calces (kalks, kal'sēz)
1. Synonym(s): lime (1) .
2. The posterior rounded extremity of the foot.
Synonym(s): heel (1) .
[L. limestone]

dis·tal end

(dis'tăl end)
The posterior extremity of a dental appliance.
Synonym(s): heel (2) .

heel

(hēl)
1. Proximal portion of plantar surface of foot.
2. Synonym(s): calx (2) .
3. Synonym(s): distal end.
[A.S. hēla]

Patient discussion about heel

Q. Is there any good source for heel pain relief, besides NSAIDs? My heel pain is most severe at night when I sleep. It's as if the way I position my feet worsen the condition, but I'm at a loss to know how to position my feet. During the day my heels feel so but don't typically bother me.

A. I have found that keeping my feet flexed (the position they are in when standing) helps ease the pain of plantar facitis. I also don't let my feet get cold(wear socks)and keep heavy blankets and quilts off the feet. Placing a box under the covers at the foot of the bed will help keep the blankets up. Do try the exercises recommended on the above web sites. It usually resolves in about 6 months. Best wishes!

Q. I had sugery on a fractured heel what is the recovery process? Wanting to meet people who are going thru this now or have already recovered from this injury. What should I expect?

A. Hey doyen_98, I was wondering how the recovery was coming along. How long ago have you had the surgery?

Q. anyone knows how to stop hard skin on the feet from becoming cracked??? during summer my feet got lots of hard skin and in the heel area the skin actually got cracked kinda deep. it hurts now and the cracks are starting to get infected I guess... do u guys know how to solve this?? I know there are some creams for that but I thought maybe now it's too late for that and I need something stronger?

A. There are good creams for moisterizing the skin of your feet on a daily basis, however now that you feel they might be infected you should see a dermatologist for some better treatment.

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While Thompson arrived barefoot on stage, holding her high heels in one hand for presenting the award for Best Screenplay, Roberts was seen making her way out of the show sans her heels.
"In order to show that a person has a problem with heels, you do a pressure distribution study," Bob Baravarian, chief of podiatry at Santa Monica/UCLA Medical Center, told ABC News.
Marilyn Monroe once famously said: "I don't know who invented high heels but all women owe him a lot."
Table 3 shows the metabolic (V[O.sub.2] and EE) responses of the subjects to walking 76.5 meters barefooted and in high heeled shoes of different heel heights (2, 4, and 6 inches).
However, the most striking evidence suggesting a maternal link for the ability to wear high heels well emerged during crucial walk tests; a towering 87% of mothers who could stride confidently across a room in a wide range of heel heights had daughters who could do the same.
Heel pain can occur at any age but it is most common in between 40-60 years, more in women than men.
Brodsky, a Dallas orthopedic surgeon and past president of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, says healthy shoes for kids are similar to healthy shoes for adults -- not too high a heel, plenty of width in the toe box, soft natural materials to conform to the shape of the foot and good support.
More than likely, "wrestling with the heel" is a reference to a kind of foot lock known today as a heel hook.
Fortunately for heel addicts, more help is available from shoe companies that take an interest in comfort and functionality.
Resting your heel - avoiding walking long distances and standing for long periods.
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[ClickPress, Tue Apr 16 2019] The heel pressure injury relieving devices market is expected to witness impressive growth during the forecast period due to the competition amongst various pressure injury relieving devices manufacturers.