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What is sesamoiditis?

What is sesamoiditis?

Inflamation: It is inflamation of the sesamoid bones which are under the 1st metatarsal head. ...Read more

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Metatarsalgia (Definition)

A broad term used to describe pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. The most common causes are overuse during physical activity, tight fitting footwear with an elevated heel, and those who run barefoot when ...Read more


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What exactly is sesamoiditis?

Sesamoids: Are two bones found under the first metatarsal. -itis ususally connotates inflammation. However, pain in the sesamoids whether inflammation is present or not is commonly referred to as sesamoiditis. ...Read more

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What is tendonitis?

What is tendonitis?

Swelling of tendon: -itis means inflammation of. Tendonitis is inflammation ( usually equates to redness, pain, swelling) of a tendon. Often due to overuse or friction due to strenuous activity. ...Read more

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What exactly is a calcaneal spur?

What exactly is a calcaneal spur?

Heel bone spurs: Caused by damage to heel bone over a long period of time as a result of chronic inflammation of the achilles tendon in the calf or the plantar fascia on the soles of the feet. [see image for example of each]. ...Read more

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What is pronation?

What is pronation?

In the feet,: Pronation is seen as a flattening, or lowering of the arch as you bear weight on the foot. The opposite is supination, or the raising of the arch. Both are normal parts of the gait cycle. Pronation occurs from the time your heel contacts the ground until (normally) midstance, when the foot begins to supinate to provide the leverage to propel you forward. Pronation provides shock absorption. ...Read more

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What is a heel spur?

What is a heel spur?

Bony growth on heel: A heel spur is a bony growth usually at the insertion of the plantar fasscia of the foot. With continued stress on the foot, the bony growth can grow to a point of causing pain. It has a "beak like" appearance. If you are having problems see an orthopedist, foot and ankle specialist or a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What is a heel spur?

What is a heel spur?

Bone spur on heel: A bone spur on the heel can be on the bottom of the heel or the back of the heel. Based on the location and the pain the treatment can be different. The most common is the bottom of the heel and here are some resources. www.centralmasspodiatry.com/heel I you want to clarify the problem let me know ...Read more

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What is fibromalagia?

What is fibromalagia?

Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a collection of symptoms of persistent widespread pain, stiffness, fatigue, poor sleep, anxiety, depression, & often with other unexplained symptoms. It typically occurs in young or middle-aged women, but can affect anyone. We don't know what causes it, but drugs that affect the nervous system (like anti-seizure drugs) seem to help, so it may be a type of neurological disorder. ...Read more

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What is orthotics?

What is orthotics?

Fabricated supports: Custom made foot supports are fabricated to models of your feet, and incorporate corrections for abnormalities in the foot structure and/or function. See a podiatrist or orthotist for these devices. ...Read more

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What is bursitis and what is tendinitis?

What is bursitis and what is tendinitis?

Inflammation: A bursa is a pocket of fluid that provides a buffer between muscle and bone. Inflammation of the bursa either from overuse or injury can lead to bursitis. A tendon attaches muscle to bone. Inflammation of the tendon either from overuse or injury can lead to tendonitis. ...Read more

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What is morton's neuroma?

What is morton's neuroma?

Let try to help: Morton's neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. Morton's neuroma may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock. Doctors don't understand exactly what causes morton's neuroma. Thanks. ...Read more

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What exactly is plantar fascitis?

What exactly is plantar fascitis?

Inflammation: It a inflammation of plantar fascia, common in diabetics, it is due to inflammatory changes in plantar fascia it causes severe pain while walking, steroid injection may help along with distribution of weight with supports. ...Read more

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What is fibromalygia?

What is fibromalygia?

Criteria for FM: Fm is a common syndrome associated w/widespread pain; may be accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbances, stiffness, cognitive/ memory problems, anxiety, depression. To meet criteria for diagnosis: widespread pain in all 4 quadrants of body for >3 months and 11-18 tender points (determined by md). New criteria have been proposed referring to a "widespread pain index" and a "symptom severity score". ...Read more

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What is a tendon?

What is a tendon?

Tendon: A tendon very simply is the structure that connects muscle to bone allowing the muscle to thereby "do it's thing" i.E move the bone. ...Read more

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What is podagra?

What is podagra?

Gout of big toe: Podagra is the medical name for sudden onset of pain, redness, swelling, and heat in a big toe caused by gout. It usually reaches maximum pain within 24 hours. ...Read more

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What exactly is a 'drop foot'?

What exactly is a 'drop foot'?

Paralysis: Drop foot is due to either a paralysis of the muscles that lift your foot or a severe weakness of that muscle group. There are multiple causes. ...Read more

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What is a footdrop?

What is a footdrop?

Footdrop: Footdrop is weakness of the dorsiflexors of the ankle usually the anterior tibial muscle most commonly caused by entrapment of the peroneal nerve at the fibular head. ...Read more

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What is supination?

What is supination?

Turning the palm up.: When you turn your palm up to the sky, that is supination. Think of holding a cup of soup (supination). ...Read more

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What is tarsal coalition?

What is tarsal coalition?

A fusion: It is a fusion of usually just two of the tarsal bones. This fusion is abnormal and often takes place where a joint should be - instead of a joint, the two bones are fused together. Sometimes they are asymptomatic and sometimes they cause a number of serious problems. A lot depends on what bones are involved. ...Read more