Pain or discomfort can be felt anywhere in the foot, including the heel, toes, arch, instep, sole, or ankles.
Pain - foot
Foot pain can be caused by:
-- a protrusion at the base of the big toe, which can become inflamed. Bunions often develop over time from wearing narrow-toed shoes.
-- toes that curl downward into a claw-like position.
Calluses and corns
-- thickened skin from friction or pressure. Calluses are on the balls of the feet or heels. Corns appear on your toes.
Plantar warts -- from pressure on the soles of your feet.
-- also called flat feet.
Poorly fitting shoes often cause these problems. Aging and being overweight also increase your chances of having foot problems.
Morton's neuroma is a...
Osteonecrosis is the death of bone. Osteonecrosis can cause the hip to collapse. This condition affects the ball on top of the thighbone (femoral head) when the blood supply is cut off. Adults between the ages of 20 and 50 years are at risk for osteonecrosis if they abuse alcohol, take steroids over a long time, or have some kind of trauma to the hip. Treatment with surgery for early disease is usually successful. The goal is to prevent collapse of the femoral head. If it collapses, treatment is much more difficult. Total hip replacement is the most common treatment for patients over 50 years with bone collapse due to osteonecrosis. For patients younger than 50 with mild to moderate disease, the goal is to restore the round ball of the femur and to save the joint surface. This must be done to prevent collapse and before arthritic changes occur. Doctors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill propose using open surgery to inject cement into the damaged femoral head. The idea i...
Hand-foot syndrome (HFS), or Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysesthesia (PPE), is a side effect of some types of chemotherapy and other medicines used to treat breast cancer. Hand-foot syndrome is a skin reaction that occurs when a small amount of the medication leaks out of capillaries (small blood vessels), usually on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. When the medication leaks out of the capillaries, it can damage the surrounding tissues. Hand-foot syndrome can be painful and can affect your daily living.
Symptoms of hand-foot syndrome include:
tingling, burning, or itching sensation
redness (resembling a sunburn)
In severe cases of hand-foot syndrome you may have:
cracked, flaking, or peeling skin
blisters, ulcers, or sores appearing on your skin
difficulty walking or using your hands
The following breast cancer medications can cause hand-foot syndrome:
Xeloda (chemical name: capecitabine)
Adrucil (chemical name: 5-f...
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