Primates, including human beings, are separated from the rest of the animal kingdom by one important digit - the first digit, the thumb. Imagine trying to hold onto a needle, a pen, or a hammer without a thumb; nearly impossible. That is why when the thumb becomes painful and useless a person can lose a job, lose a hobby, and lose the ability to live independently. Three common conditions affect the thumb: arthritis , de Quervain's Tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome . Unfortunately, these three conditions usually go hand-in-hand and attack the same thumb.
In order to understand the thumb, one must know about the most important joint which is at the base of the thumb and called the carpometacarpal joint (CMC joint). The first CMC joint is the only CMC joint that has full range of motion: abduction, adduction, flexion, extension, and rotation. This motion is what gives the thumb full function for grasping, holding, pinching, and squeezing. And out of all the motions of the thum...
The middle joint of the toe is bent. The end part of the toe bends down into a claw-like deformity. At first, you may be able to move and straighten the toe. Over time, you will no longer be able to move the toe.
A corn often forms on the top of the toe. A callus is found on the sole of the foot.
Walking or wearing shoes can be painful.
Signs and tests
A physical examination of the foot confirms that you have hammer toe. The health care provider may find decreased and painful movement in the toes.
When my hands and feet started hurting about a year after I finished chemo, my oncologist said I had, " Taxol toes ." She went on to explain that a more accurate term is peripheral neuropathy, which means nerve damage in the extremities--hands and feet.
My hands and feet felt like they were asleep. I frequently dropped things, and I had trouble walking on uneven terrain and steps because I wasn't getting accurate information from my nerves. For some people neuropathy can be severe enough that they have to go on disability.
If you are going to be taking a taxane chemo drug like Taxol or Taxotere , you should ask your oncologist about possible precautions to reduce the chances of getting peripheral neuropathy.
The Mayo Clinic suggests eating a diet rich in Vitamin B-12 foods like meats, fish, eggs, and fortified cereals. Some oncologists prescribe B vitamins, but be sure to talk to your oncologist before taking any supplements because sometimes they can interfere ...
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