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...
Swelling of the scrotum; Testicular enlargement
Apply ice packs to the scrotum for the first 24 hours, followed by sitz baths to decrease swelling.
If the pain is severe, place a rolled-up towel between the legs just under the scrotum to help relieve pain and reduce swelling, but get medical attention to make sure it is not a torsion.
Wear a loose-fitting athletic supporter for daily activities.
Avoid excessive activity until the swelling disappears.
Call your health care provider if
Call your health care provider if:
You notice any unexplained scrotal swelling
The swelling is painful
You have a testicle lump
What to expect at your health care provider's office
Your health care provider will perform a physical examination and take a medical history, which may include the following questions:
When did the swelling develop?
Did it develop suddenly?
Is it getting...
The list of tips for sore feet is not complete without mentioning the butt muscles. This group of muscles may be the laziest in the entire body. When the butt muscles become weak, the entire leg is affected, including the feet. Everything starts to turn inward. The thigh bone rotates inward causing "knock-knees." The ankles turn inward to the point that the arch of the foot can become plastered to the ground. This misalignment of the leg leads to a chain reaction of chronic pain.
Anyone with back, hip, knee, ankle, or foot pain should remember to strengthen the butt muscles. The easiest and most practical way to improve strength in the buttocks is to stand on one leg. Go ahead and try it (if needed, hold onto a chair for safety). Your beltline should remain parallel to the ground and your body should remain upright. If that was difficult, try it again only this time focus on tightening the butt cheek on the same side you are standing on. Once the butt muscles engage, the leg be...
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