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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 ...
It is time those of us with multiple sclerosis salute the quiet, unassuming symptom known as "f oot drop ." While other higher profile subjects (CSSVI, spasticity & bladder function) steal the MS spotlight, the lowly foot drop awkwardly stumbles along like the shy girl at a middle school dance.
With foot drop, it is difficult to pick up your foot with each step. The foot actually "folds under" and you end up dragging it, scraping the top of your shoes. In fact, that's what makes it so easy to spot a "foot-dropper," as we are the only people to wear out a pair of shoes - ON TOP! From the looks of my shoes, one would assume I walk on my toes more than a ballerina!
Foot drop seems innocent enough, but is actually quite dangerous as it is the leading cause of falls with MS. A simple solution to correct your foot drop may be an AFO (Ankle-Foot Orthosis).
An AFO is a bracing device worn on your lower leg that helps pick-up those lazy, little piggies,...
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...
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