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Foot Injury If you suspect that you have broken or fractured bones in a toe or foot, call a doctor, who will probably order x-rays. Even if you can walk, you still might have a fracture. People are often able to walk even if a foot bone has been fractured, particularly if it is a chipped bone or a toe fracture. Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to treat mild pain caused by muscle inflammation. Aspirin is the most common NSAID. Others include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, Rufen), ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis KT), naproxen (Aleve, Naprelan), and tolmetin (Tolectin). A gel containing ibuprofen can be applied to sore joints. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is not an NSAID, and although it is a mild pain reliever, it will not reduce inflammation. It is important to note that high doses or long-term use of any NSAID can cause gastrointestinal disturbances with sometimes serious consequences, including dangerous bleeding. ...
X-rays are an excellent diagnostic tool for assessing hip problems. X-rays can be taken from the front ( anterior view) or from the side ( lateral view). An oblique view is taken at an angle between the front and side or back and side. In this study, researchers use the frog-leg lateral view to look for hip impingement . The frog-leg view is taken with the patient lying down. The hip and knee are both bent or flexed. The hip is rotated outward. The upper leg and knee are moved out to the side, away from the body. The foot stays close to the body along the inside of the opposite knee. Impingement means some structure is getting pinched or pressed up against the bone. One particular type of impingement called cam impingement is the focus of this study. With a cam impingement, the round head of the femur (thigh bone) presses up against the front rim of the acetabulum (hip socket). There is a thin layer of cartilage called the labrum along the rim of the acetabulum. The pinched labrum causes pa...
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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