In the time leading up to hip replacement surgery, you were looking forward to living pain free. But now months after the surgery, you are disappointed with your reality of living with ongoing pain or even worse pain than you had before. What went wrong? Why aren’t you experiencing the pain-free life that you dreamed of? A few things can be going wrong and preventing you from the best possible results after the replacement of your hip.
First and foremost, you might be caught in a painful triad of arthritis involving both the hips and the spine. Replacing one or both hips does not solve the back pain. And fusing the back does not solve the hip pain. The hip-spine connection is frequently encountered in the elderly because all of these parts have deteriorated over time. 1 Sometimes hip arthritis is misdiagnosed as low back pain. Sometimes low back pain is misdiagnosed as hip arthritis. And many times both are seen together in the same person. Even someone who has had t...
The experience of nerve pain is described with a variety of terms: burning, hot poker, itching, tingling, lightening, shooting, electrical, and so on. In medical terms, words like hyperalgesia and allodynia are used. Hyperalgesia means that an area is overly sensitive to painful (noxious) stimuli like a pinprick. Allodynia means that an area is overly sensitive to normally non-painful (non-noxious) stimuli like light touch. Both of these phenomena are hallmarks for nerve pain.
Many common ailments cause nerve pain. The most recognizable cause of nerve pain is diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The nerve damage caused by abnormal blood sugar levels cause the nerve to dieback in a "stocking and glove" distribution. First, the area of the foot and ankle region (stocking area) is usually affected with numbness and tingling. As the neuropathy progresses, burning pain will begin as well. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a classic example of nerve pain that is generated in the peripher...
In the first segment , we covered what things could be causing our feet to hurt. In the last segment we covered symptoms and how to report them to our doctor. In this segment, we will review treatments options for our painful feet.
Did you know our feet talk? It’s true; our feet can tell us about our overall health. Take a minute to review what our feet tell us, here . This slideshow covers many of the topics we reviewed in the first segment and gives us a clear picture of how our feet talk to us in more ways than one.
The Next Step
What a metaphor—one-step at a time. If our foot pain is more than soreness from normal wear and tear created by their performance under pressure, it’s time to consider a treatment plan. Plans vary with what is causing our foot pain, it is not a one-shoe-fits-all approach. Foot pain can have a variety of causes , symptoms , and individualized treatments.
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