Alternative Names Pain - heel Home Care Rest as much as possible for at least a week. Apply ice to the painful area. Do this at least twice a day for 10 to 15 minutes, more often in the first couple of days. Take acetaminophen for pain or ibuprofen for pain and inflammation. Wear proper-fitting shoes. A heel cup, felt pads in the heel area, or an orthotic device may help. Night splints can stretch the injured fascia and allow it to heal. Additional steps: Apply moleskin to avoid pressure if you have bursitis. See a physical therapist to learn stretching and strengthening exercises. These help prevent plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis from returning. Call your health care provider if Your pain is getting worse despite home treatment There is little progress after 2 to 3 weeks of home treatment Your pain is sudden and severe You have redness or swelling of your heel or you cannot bear weight What to expect at your health care provider's office Your doctor will take your medical history and perform...
“ You have Sero-negative RA,” my new rheumatologist. Dr M said. She was mater-of-fact. No doubt in her voice or her demeanor. My reply was, “I know.”
I was strangely calm that day, May 10 th , 2011. I had known in my heart for years that had RA. The bone erosions on my hand x-rays have confirmed my self-diagnosis.
When I was 37 years old, I had a Bakers's Cyst in my right knee that burst and turned my leg black and blue. I went to the walk-in clinic because it was painful, and I had no idea what it could be. The doctor there diagnosed a Baker's Cyst. He said those usually show up in people who walk a lot. He looked puzzled, and then said to come back in if it swelled up again, and he would drain the fluid. That was it.
I should provide a little background here. I was reared in a small town in Ohio. I am a Mid-westerner born of parents who both grew up in West Virginia. Those of you familiar with that part of the US know that we are &ldq...
X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, just like visible light. In a health care setting, a machines sends are individual x-ray particles, called photons. These particles pass through the body. A computer or special film is used to record the images that are created.
Structures that are dense (such as bone) will block most of the x-ray particles, and will appear white. Metal and contrast media (special dye used to highlight areas of the body) will also appear white. Structures containing air will be black, and muscle, fat, and fluid will appear as shades of gray.
How the test is performed
The test is performed in a hospital radiology department or in the health care provider's office by an x-ray technologist. The positioning of the patient, x-ray machine, and film depends on the type of study and area of interest. Multiple individual views may be requested.
Much like conventional photography, mot...
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