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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...
More and more studies show that controlling patients' pain and getting them moving after a total knee replacement (TKR) gives the best results. Doctors are looking for ways to do this. Managing patient's pain in the first 24 hours after surgery seems to be an important key. Better pain control is gained by giving the patient general anesthesia along with a local nerve block at the time of surgery. One of the nerves often blocked is the femoral nerve, which forms from nerve roots in the low back and runs down the front of the thigh. Blocks are also done to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a major nerve that goes down the back of the thigh to the lower leg and foot. This study compared a femoral nerve block alone to a "double block" of the femoral nerve and the sciatic nerve. Pain levels and amount of opiate used were measured every four hours for the first 24 hours. The authors found that patients receiving the double blocks used less pain medication after TKR than those getting ju...
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