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Soap in Socks Relieves Heel Pain

Q. I have read about using soap under the bottom sheet for leg cramps. Has anyone else put soap in their socks at night to relieve heel pain? My heels feel better after trying this tactic.
A. You are the first to suggest sleeping with soap in your socks for heel pain. Others have suggested, however, that putting soap chips in their socks eases restless legs during long airplane flights. There is, of course, no science behind any of these soap stories.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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