Rheumatoid arthritis frequently affects the joints of the foot and ankle; commonly the joints that connect the toes to the foot (called the metatarsophalangeal joint or MTP joint). This is what we usually call the ball of the foot. And it can also affect the smaller joints of the toes. Similar to other joints, RA can cause synovitis in the MTP joints, causing pain, swelling and joint erosion and deformity eventually making it difficult to stand, walk and to wear shoes comfortably. Since the big toe and the fifth toe to tend to bear the most pressure, these joints are the most often affected. In children, RA in the joints of the foot causes similar pain, swelling and joint deformities that also affect the proper bone growth and development of the joints.
In fact, studies have shown that 90% of people with RA have painful feet or ankles at some point during the course of their disease. Other studies have varied about how many joints are affecte...
Recently, I opened my car trunk and noticed my stash of tennis balls. I’ve got quite a collection and have started keeping these in a big bucket to use when friends and I decide to go hit tennis balls. But if you stop and think about it, there are a lot of fitness-based uses for these bright green orbs. Here are a few that I came up with off the top of my head. 1. Tennis – Even I’ll admit, that’s an obvious one. I used to play loads of tennis, including singles matches that would last 2-3 hours. The Cleveland Clinic notes that tennis provides physical, physiologic and psychological benefits. For instance, this sport is great for cardiovascular health, and can improve balance, agility and mobility. You also can burn a lot of calories. A woman who weighs 135 pounds can burn 330 calories while playing an hour of doubles tennis and 420 calories when playing a singles match. And an average-sized man can burn 425 calories playing doubles tennis for an hour; if h...
Scrotal swelling is abnormal enlargement of the scrotum, the sac surrounding the testicles.
Swelling of the scrotum; Testicular enlargement
Scrotal swelling can occur in males at any age. The swelling can be on one or both sides, and there may be pain. The testicles and penis may or may not be involved.
is a serious emergency in which the testicle become twisted in the scrotum
and loses its blood supply. If this twisting is not relieved quickly, the testicle may be lost permanently. This condition is extremely painful. Call 911 or see your health care provider immediately, because losing blood supply for just a few hours can cause tissue death and the loss of a testicle.
Certain medical treatments
Congestive heart failure
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