This is the first in a series of blogs I hope to be writing about common injuries that can be sustained as a result of pursuing fitness. As good as exercise is for us, we must be aware that even the best of intentions can go awry at times.
Plantar fasciitis (pronounced plan tar fashee it is ) is an extremely common condition that usually plagues long distance runners and walkers. Simply put, it is inflammation of the connective tissue in the heels of the feet, presumably from repeated trauma, though the exact cause is still somewhat of a mystery. The symptoms are classic and people will commonly complain that they have excruciating pain in their heels or bottoms of their feet when they first place their feet on the ground upon getting out of bed in the morning and with the first few steps of the day. The pain gradually begins to subside over the course of the day but still occurs if the individual stands up after having been off his/her feet for a period of time. The pain...
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...
Most people who experience “sciatica” are really experiencing the shooting, searing sensation of neurogenic pain (pain coming from a nerve) as discussed in the previous article, “Sciatica: What is it?” As mentioned, nerve pain can affect both the arms and legs depending on whether the pinched nerve is in the neck or low back. When a nerve is pinched by a herniated disc, the nerve becomes inflamed. Thus, the most potent anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, are used to control the inflammation around the nerve and stop the nerve pain. These steroids are placed next to the nerve by a procedure called an epidural steroid injection (ESI). For the past 50 years, millions of dollars have been spent on epidurals despite the fact that these injections do not cure the problem. ESI’s only temporarily provide symptom relief for nerve pain. Sally, a young woman who has just herniated a disc, still has burning pain that goes all the way down her leg. Relentlessly, ...
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