Author: Ray Attebery
According to a survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 47% of Americans have experienced some form of foot pain in their life. Foot pain can affect every part of the foot, including the sole, arch, heel, and toes. Most causes of foot pain can be treated very easily, but there are different circumstances where surgery is necessary.
Some of the most common causes of foot pain include:
This is a very common condition that affects the base of the big toe. It occurs when the big toe gets pushed toward the second toe.
Treatment: As soon as you notice a bunion forming, switch to wider, more comfortable shoes. If the bunion is severe and results in deformity or relentless foot pain, surgery may be needed. If surgery is suggested, get a 2nd opinion.
2). Plantar Fasciitis
If you experience foot pain in your heal …
Author: Anna Woodward
Searching for any new doctor can be a pain, but finding a specialist such as a hand surgeon can be even more difficult. Here are some tips to help you find the right one.
Finding a hand surgeon is much like searching for any medical specialist. You’ll have to ask around, spread the word that you’re on the prowl for a good surgeon, and possibly meet with a few duds along the way. While the process can be frustrating, there are many different things you can do to help you find the best one for your particular needs. Here’s how to get started on your search.
Although it isn’t always the most reliable source for information, the internet allows you to access various websites with ease. You can compare rates, experience, and other important factors side by side in the comfort of your own home. The …
Do you suspect the pain you are experiencing is really arthritis in your hands? Do you know the symptoms that are most commonly associated with arthritis of the hand? Discussing some of your symptoms with a doctor to determine whether or not hand surgery is the right treatment for your arthritis of the hands.
Having arthritis in your hand is a very common problem for many people, especially as people age. But, you cannot know whether or not you have arthritis until you see a doctor. So, making an appointment with a doctor will give you an idea about whether or not you will need hand surgery in the future. But before you have a surgical procedure straightaway, your doctor will need to evaluate your hands and prescribe certain treatments first.
You may think that having hand surgery is what doctors …
Exercises for Frozen Shoulder by Peter Schultz
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I Have Arthritis in My Knee and My Doctor Told Me I Need a Knee Replacement – What Do I Do? By Nathan Wei
People with arthritis will eventually need a total knee replacement if they fail the other more conservative measures. These treatments include medications (anti-inflammatory medicines and analgesics), physical therapy, topical agents (arthritis rubs), intraarticular glucocorticoid injections (cortisone shots given into the knee joint), viscosupplements (lubricant injections into the knee joint), arthroscopy, and bracing.
Patients who have received the full gamut of conservative medical treatment and who continue to have either severe pain or loss of function, are considered candidates for total knee replacement.
The traditional method of total knee replacement involves making an incision through the large muscle located at the lower end of the inside of the thigh and slightly above the inside part of the knee- the vastus medialis obliquus (VMO). This large muscle is …
Knee Pain: Runner’s Knee By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
The most common long-term running injury is runners knee, pain behind the knee cap during running. You probably have runner’s knee if your knee cap hurts when you walk or run, particularly when you walk down stairs; and it hurts a lot when you push the kneecap against the bone behind it. It usually does not hurt to pedal a bicycle.
The back of the kneecap is shaped like a triangle with the point fitting in a grove in the lower part of the bone behind it. During running, the knee cap is supposed to move up and down and not side to side. If it moves from side to side, the back of the kneecap will rub against the front bottom of the femur, the long bone of the upper leg, causing pain.
Treatment is to stop the kneecap from touching …
Easy Steps You Can Take Today to Erase Hip Pain By Nathan Wei
…and one of these tips you can get from a sewing class!
“More than 100,000 Americans are unable to get from their bed to the bathroom without assistance because of problems related to their hip or knee.” So says Dr. Nathan Wei, Clinical Director of the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center of Maryland. He adds, “Too many people put up with pain when there are so many treatments available.”
The hip joint plays a major role in weight-bearing and walking.
It’s a ball-and-socket joint that combines great stability and a wide range of motion. This joint is comprised of the head of the thigh bone (femur) which is shaped like a ball. This sits inside a cup-like area of the pelvis called the acetabulum (“socket”). It is surrounded by powerful muscles that help maintain the body in an …
What is a Ganglion Cyst?
A ganglion is the most common mass that develops in the hand. Ganglion cysts are benign lesions. No cases of associated malignancy have been reported. A ganglion can be described simply as a fluid-filled sac arising from an adjacent joint capsule or tendon sheath. A ganglion can form from almost any joint or tendon sheath in the wrist and hand. Your Indiana Hand Center physician will review this with you during your appointment.
What are the Causes?
The exact cause of ganglions remains uncertain. The most popular theory is that ganglions form after trauma or degeneration of the tissue layer responsible for producing the synovial fluid which normally lubricates the joint or tendon sheath. The cyst arises from accumulation of this fluid outside the joint or tendon sheath in a sac or cyst.
What are the Signs and Symptoms?
Ganglions may limit motion in the …
What’s The Best Way To Treat Osteoarthritis Of The Hand? Do The Europeans Know Something We Don’t?
By Nathan Wei
Symptomatic osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand affects 20% of those people older than 55 years and has the potential for significantly affecting activities of daily living. Interference with grip and fine precision pinch and dissatisfaction with cosmetic appearance are major concerns.
Current evidence for the management of hand OA is currently based on either expert opinion or what appears to be effective for OA affecting other joints. However, the small size and accessibility of hand joints allow a different range of interventions than in large joint OA.
The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) is the American equivalent of the American College of Rheumatology. They formulated guidelines for OA of the hand at their annual meeting in June 2006.
The 11 recommendations were as follows:
– Optimal management of hand OA …