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Look at your foot and ankle, without them you would not be able to walk to the store, dance to your favorite tune or drive a car. The foot and ankle are at times our only contact point with the earth and the things we do on earth. If something goes wrong with these important body parts, your whole world can fall apart.
Notice how complicated your foot is from heel to toes. Each foot has 28 bones and 30 joints ; now that is one complicated piece of equipment! Just above your foot is the ankle joint where the shinbone (tibia) rests on top of the talus (the uppermost foot bone). Because of the complicated anatomy and high degree of stress on the foot and ankle complex, this area has a frequent amount of over-diagnosed, under-diagnosed, and misdiagnosed conditions. You and your doctor need to understand that certain conditions can masquerade as others. Falling into a trap of an imposter can give you a never-ending cycle of unhappy feet.
Plantar Fasciitis is an over-diagnosed ...
When I first got sick, I couldn’t fathom taking part in walks for rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. At the time, it felt like a gavel coming down, like taking part in such a public and overt display made it all real, meant that I really was sick, and that I was a twenty something living with these illnesses.
In some ways, it worked out that my diagnoses came right around the time when the walks were taking place, so in 2008, there was absolutely no way I was going to do them. But since then, I have made these walks an annual thing, a symbolic representation that I am living with these illnesses.
In 2009, I did the arthritis walk with one of my very good friends, and the lupus walk with my aunt. I was still feeling unsure about the whole thing, but ultimately, I have come to see these walks as a necessary part of my life. If I am physically healthy enough to do them, I will.
This year, my aunt and I did the arthritis walk a few weekends ago at the Detroit Zoo, a...
Pain in the groin or buttocks with a loss of hip motion requires special attention. Early diagnosis and treatment is imperative to avoid degenerative changes in the hip joint later in life. There are many possible causes of this type of hip pain. In this article, surgeons from the Rochester, Minnesota Mayo Clinic focus on femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) as a cause of hip pain leading to hip osteoarthritis. Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) describes a condition where the top of the femur (thigh bone) pinches the rim of the hip socket. The area that gets compressed is referred to as the acetabular rim . This type of impingement occurs most often when the hip is flexed and internally rotated. For a long time, it was believed that FAI only occurred in people with some kind of abnormal anatomy of the hip. There was either a backward tilted angle of the hip socket called retroversion , a larger socket than the ball (head of the femur) inside the socket, or flattening of the femoral head. O...
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