We've passed the mid-way point in National Diabetes Month , which calls for awareness and education of diabetes to the general public and fostering a sense of community for all who have diabetes. Diabetes is affecting more and more people and their families and friends every year - to the tune of 23.6 million in the U.S. alone , hence this push for outreach and education are both necessary and noble. I hope that this sense of unified community begins from within the Diabetes Community itself, where I've found a fracture between those with Type 1 and those with Type 2. There have been times when I've been privy to comparisons, comments and banter (sometimes none to friendly) that have been tossed between the two D camps. The division between the two conditions can be likened to some of the other schisms that have occurred in cultures or religions, creating two distinct factions, like the Protestants v. the Catholics, or the Orange Irish v. the Green Irish, or Working Moms v. ...
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.
Despite the fact that the U.S. Congress declared 2000 - 2010 to be The Decade of Pain Control and Research, an article in this month's journal The Lancet reveals that little has changed for those who live with chronic pain. Researchers, led by Dennis C. Turk, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Research at the University of Washington School of Medicine, reviewed medical literature for the past decade, including systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and guidelines on osteoarthritis, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, and low-back pain. What they found was something of a good news / bad news scenario. Good news: Scientists now have a better understanding of the underlying pathology of pain – how and why we feel pain. Bad news: This new-found understanding has not yet translated into more effective treatments for patients. The researchers surveyed a number of different treatments and found:
Only about half of patients treated had any reduction in their...
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