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Herbal Treatment For Big Toe Pain
What's the treatment an longterm medication for ankle bone spurs and big toe joint spur if there is pain an symptoms?
Bone spurs: Having bone spurs on those joints usually means there is arthritis of those joints most likely from an injury since you are only 22 years old. Typical arthritis takes many more years to develop. O-T-C anti inflammatory medication may help. However, long term use is usually not recommended. There are some topical anti inflammatory meds that can be prescribed. Best to see your Foot Specialist. ...Read more
Depends: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Tried NSAIDS for plantar fasciitis pain which offered no relief. Is time and ice the best medicine to treat?
Time & ice: are excellent to use for plantar fasciitis. I also highly recommend stretching at least 3x/day, massaging the area with an anti-inflammatory (natural or prescribed), wearing supportive shoes, not going barefoot when walking, and refraining from aerobics or jogging for around 6 weeks! NSAIDS and local steroid injections can be used, however not always needed. Surgery is not typical. Get better! ...Read more
Flexor/extensor: The tendon on the top of the big toe joint is called the Extensor Hallucis Longus. The tendon on the bottom of the big toe joint is called the Flexor Hallucis Longus. A tear of one of these would just be called a tear of that tendon. A complete tear would require surgical correction with suture or grafts. A partial tear may be treated with casts and non-weight bearing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Painkillers are giving little or no relief for my heel pain. Is there any treatment for this by acupuncture?
Podiatrist: Some people say acupuncture helps. Best approach is to see a podiatrist to determine the actual cause of the heel pain. The pain is normally caused by a mechanical problem with the way the foot is functioning. Acupuncture or other similar treatments may address the symptoms only without addressing the cause, and this may to lead to only temporary results and higher chance for recurrence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Painful toes: An infected toe with or without a fungal infection should not be ignored. Many toe infections can go from a mild one to a severe one in days. The best way to address this problem is to try a topical antibiotic for a day and see if it gets better; if there's no improvement, seek the help of a Podiatrist. For foot fungus, the same approach applies. Try an OTC product, but see a Podiatrist ASAP. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Looking for a podiatrist/orthopedic specialist advice. Does a foot splint for the big toe get rid of mild bunions or prevent it from becoming worse?
Unlikely: 'splints' for hallux vagus deformity and bunions have little effect on natural history or progression . Bunion pads, wider shoes , nsaids may help.Deforming forces which result in hv often progress. See an ors w/ foot/ankle fellowship training or your local orthopedist.Best of luck! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Pa prescribed azithromycin for big toe infection -(skin around the toe.) is this a good medication for this? How many days to see improvement.?Thanks.
Yes: Azithromycin is good for the types of bacteria that cause skin infections, but there are others that work better. Many times the toe infection is due to an ingrown toenail and the nail needs to be treated or the infection will return once the antibiotics are stopped. If your toe looks like the picture it is an ingrown toenail. An antibiotic for skin infection should work within 2-3 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a podiatrist: Corns are callouses on the toes and are caused mainly by shoe irritation over a period of time. They can just be trimmed by a podiatrist, but will usually come back. The real cause is bony enlargement or malpositioning of the toe. There is a real simple surgery to smooth off the underlying bone and the corn should go away permanently. You can also have your shoes stretched or wear wider shoes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the alternative treatments available for heel and knee joint pain other than painkillers?
What treatment is available for finger contraction in severe rheumatoid arthritis. Is urgent treatment needed for fingers contracted over 12 hrs?
Nerve or joint: You may have subluxation of the finger joint or a dislocated joint. The finger problem can also be due to abnormal pull of a tendon that has slipped. Hopefully that there is no nerve paralysis causing your finger deformity. Yes you should see your rheumatologist as soon as possible who may refer you to an occupational therapist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bunionette on left foot- painful to walk, wear shoes. Treatment options? Is surgery only way to get rid of it for good?
Mostly shoes..: Relief from the pain caused by a bunionette is based on the severeness of the bunionette deformity. Milder deformities can usually be successfully treated with a shoe style change or by wearing an accomodative type pad attached to the skin. As the severity increases, the need for surgical correction becomes a more suitable answer. Consult with a Healthtap specialist for a more directed answer. ...Read more
New diagnosis of lower spine arthritis. I am 62 .Any treatment available beyond palliatives and pain relief? Can it be cured?
Pain in the back: I have degenerative disk disease myself. I find that the over the counter preparation called: osteo-bi-flex really helps, but it takes a month or two to kick in. It contains glucosamine, chondroitin and something called msm. Be sure and discuss with your physician and good luck to you. ...Read more
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