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Pain and snapping along the outside border of the knee can be caused by a variety of problems. It could be iliotibial friction syndrome, meniscus tear, degenerative joint disease, or even a loose fragment in the joint. In this report, the case of a 21-year-old female with a painful snapping of the left knee is presented. She had the symptoms for seven years. Evaluation and treatment by a variety of doctors and physical therapists were not helpful. She had to give up all sports and recreational activities. Any activity involving knee flexion or extension seemed to set it off. Even walking became a painful process. Her goal to return to running seemed impossible. She was seen by the authors of this case report (an orthopedic surgeon and a physical therapist). After a thorough examination, it was determined she should try another round of physical therapy treatment. The therapist used a trial of manual therapy, taping, icing, and a knee immobilizer. Conservative (nonoperative) care was uns...
One of the things that I seemed to have inherited from my mom was a tendency to have bad foot and leg cramps in the middle of the night. For several years, I found myself regularly waking up with my foot and leg muscles clenched, making it impossible to find any comfort. If I was lucky, I would wake up soon enough to feel the beginning of the cramp start in my toes, thus enabling me to work on it before it became a full-fledged rock-solid, muscle-burning cramp that took over the whole extremity. However, in the past few years, my night leg cramps have seemed to come around less often and they’re less severe. So what are these muscle cramps? How can you limit them? And what do you do if you have a leg cramp? “A muscle cramp is a sudden, uncontrolled contraction of a muscle,” wrote Dr. Jonathan Cluett on About.com. “Leg cramps occur when the muscle suddenly and forcefully contra...
Pain - foot
Apply ice to reduce pain and swelling. Do this just after an activity that aggravates your pain.
Elevate your painful foot as much as possible.
Reduce activity until the problem improves.
Wear foot pads in areas of friction or pressure. This will prevent rubbing and irritation.
Take over-the-counter pain medicine, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Try this for 2 to 3 weeks (unless you have a history of an ulcer, liver disease, or other condition that does not allow you to take one of these drugs).
For plantar warts, try an over-the-counter wart removal preparation.
For calluses, soak in warm water and then rub them down with a pumice stone. Do NOT cut or burn corns or calluses.
For foot pain caused by a stress fracture, an extended rest period is often necessary. Crutches may be used for a week or so to take the pressure off, if your foot is particularly painful.
For foot pain due to plant...
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