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A Pain in the Heel

Do you feel pain in the bottom of your feet after your first steps in the morning, or within a few minutes of standing? Do you feel like there's a small strain in your foot? You could have plantar fasciitis, one of the most common foot conditions, which affects one in 10 people.

Podiatrist Dr. Bob Baravarian explains that plantar fasciitis is caused when the thick ligament along the sole of the foot that is responsible for supporting the arch becomes inflammed.

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork warns that plantar fasciitis can develop into a chronic inflammatory condition. He says if you start to feel pain in your heel, you should roll your foot over a frozen bottle of water.

Three women describe how living with plantar fasciitis affects their lives, and the ways they've attempted to treat the heel pain.

Dr. Baravarian demonstrates three non-invasive, restorative therapies to treat plantar fasciitis. Could one of them could work for you?

Overactive Bladder

Lynn says she's had bladder spasms and frequent urination since she had a hysterectomy in 2008. She says she has to go to the bathroom 10 to 15 times a day, and it's affecting her life.

Family medicine physician Dr. Rachael Ross and OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton explain how having a hysterectomy can cause frequent urination and discuss lifestyle changes that could reduce the urge to go.

 "At a certain point, all the food modifications, all the medications, all the injections, all the frequent trips to the bathroom, might not be enough, and you might actually need a surgical procedure, but that is going to vary from woman to woman," Dr. Ashton says.

Living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
After Matthew injured his foot playing soccer five years ago, the pain never went away. Matthew, who is now 16, was eventually diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome. Dr. Travis explains that the syndrome is a disease of the nervous system that can develop after an injury and leads to prolonged, severe pain. "I can't even begin to explain how much it hurts, " Matthew says. "It burns; it's tense; it throbs; it aches; it's sharp."

Matthew and his parents describe the medications and treatments he's tried to help manage the pain.

Dr. Travis explains how complex regional pain syndrome causes the nervous system to send the wrong messages to the brain.

Dr. Jack D'Angelo, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, offers a new treatment, using a Calmare device to create a normal signal to the brain.

Ask a Dermatologist

Andrea asks how she should treat the scars and spots she has left after a recent acne breakout. Dermatologist Dr. Will Kirby notes that people often pick at acne scars, further irritating the skin.

"My job is to get you so clear that you have nothing to pick at," Dr. Kirby says.

He suggests prescription and over-the-counter topical treatments for acne, and says that it can take two to three months for your skin to clear up completely.

Low-Sugar Desserts 

Jorge Cruise, author of Happy Hormones Slim Belly, shares recipes for three low-calorie and low-sugar substitutes for your favorite desserts:

Skinny Chocolate Cake 

Vanilla Almond Ricotta Cheese Ice Cream 

Chocolate Lace Cookies