Arthritis of the foot and ankle makes each step painful, each activity difficult and life barely tolerable at times. And when one side starts to hurt, the other side can quickly follow in an avalanche of aches and pains. If you are desperately seeking solutions to your foot and ankle pain, here is a list that may provide you with a fresh new direction towards feeling better with each step you take.
Shoe Wear: Most people start here for a solution to foot and ankle pain. The power of a good shoe is not to be underestimated. My favorite source for hard to find shoes like wide shoes, deep shoes, and shoes with “rocker bottoms” is www.footsmart.com .
Topicals: Conveniently, foot and ankle pain lends itself to topical solutions because the painful structures are relatively superficial. An example of a topical worth trying is over the counter Aspercreme. An alternative topical anti-inflammatory available by prescription is PennsAid . And don’t forget that ice i...
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...
Vein stripping is surgery to remove varicose veins in the legs.
Vein stripping with ligation, avulsion, or ablation; Saphenous vein ligation
Varicose veins are swollen, painful veins that have filled with blood. They usually develop in the legs.
Normally, valves in your veins keep your blood flowing forward, so the blood does not collect in one place.
The valves with varicose veins are either damaged or missing. This causes the veins to become filled with blood, especially when you are standing.
Vein stripping for this problem is done to remove a large vein in the leg called the superficial saphenous vein.
Vein stripping takes about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Most people receive either:
and will be unconscious and unable to feel pain.
, which will make the lower half of your body feel numb. You may also get medicine to help you relax...
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