Look at your foot and ankle, without them you would not be able to walk to the store, dance to your favorite tune or drive a car. The foot and ankle are at times our only contact point with the earth and the things we do on earth. If something goes wrong with these important body parts, your whole world can fall apart.
Notice how complicated your foot is from heel to toes. Each foot has 28 bones and 30 joints ; now that is one complicated piece of equipment! Just above your foot is the ankle joint where the shinbone (tibia) rests on top of the talus (the uppermost foot bone). Because of the complicated anatomy and high degree of stress on the foot and ankle complex, this area has a frequent amount of over-diagnosed, under-diagnosed, and misdiagnosed conditions. You and your doctor need to understand that certain conditions can masquerade as others. Falling into a trap of an imposter can give you a never-ending cycle of unhappy feet.
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“ 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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