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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 ...
Lymphedema, a painful (and, in its worst incarnation, potentially life-threatening) condition suffered by many breast cancer survivors, has long been seen as collateral damage from treatment. You have lymph nodes removed (as about 80% of us do at the beginning of treatment), you’re at risk for lymphedema. You have radiation, you may be at risk for lymphedema. You’ve at least heard of lymphedema, right? It was the title of one of those little pamphlets the oncology nurse gave you after you’d been diagnosed. You know, the one you threw on the counter or stuffed in a grocery bag, vowing to read when you weren’t so distracted with thoughts of death. Only then you started treatment, and things got busy, and you never did get a chance to read that little printout. When you have surgery on your breast, and one or more lymph nodes under your arm are removed to check for cancer, your whole system on that side is affected. Along with the nodes come some of the vessels; s...
Alternative Names Swollen gums; Gingival swelling Home Care Improve your nutrition if it is poor. Avoid gum irritants such as commercial mouthwashes, alcohol, and tobacco. Change your toothpaste brand and avoid using mouthwashes if your swollen gums are caused by sensitivity to toothpaste or mouthwash. Use good oral hygiene . See a periodontist or dentist at least every 6 months. If your swollen gums are caused by a reaction to a drug, talk to your doctor about using a different type of medication. Never change medications without first talking to your doctor. Call your health care provider if Swelling is severe, persistent, or is accompanied by other unexplained symptoms Discomfort is associated with swelling What to expect at your health care provider's office The dentist will examine your mouth, teeth, and gums. You will be asked questions about your medical history and symptoms, such as: Quality
Do your gums bleed ? Time pattern
Did the swelling begin recently? Are they always swollen? Does th...
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