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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Pressed my left foot to hard on a peddle felt something crunch been in pain ever since, had X-ray doctor said i, ve got arthritus and live with it. I feel a pad underneath foot and cannot walk.

Pressed my left foot to hard on a peddle felt something crunch been in pain ever since, had X-ray doctor said i, ve got arthritus and live with it. I feel a pad underneath foot and cannot walk.

Best to be seen: If you cannot walk after having this happen, I suggest being seen again. It is possible that you have a fracture that cannot be seen on a plain xray. It is not uncommon to find a fracture on an MRI that cannot be seen on plain xray. Hearing a crunch sound and not being able to walk are good clues of a possible fracture. I suggest elevation, rest, and crutches for now to prevent weight bearing. ...Read more

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I have a knee that has given me pain had a xray and ultrisound starting arthritis .now both feet on the outside in the center of my foot give me pain ?

I have a knee that has given me pain had a xray and ultrisound starting arthritis .now both feet on the outside in the center of my foot give me pain ?

Eval. Foot pain too: You need to be evaluated for your foot pain also. Sometimes it can be related to the knee arthritis. Often times people compensate for pain in their lower extremities which can cause pain in the general area where I think you are describing, but the foot pain may not be related as well and may have to do something else. For work up of your foot pain see a podiatrist or foot & ankle specialist. ...Read more

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Foot swollen, pain on top of ft. When walking. Some redness. Xray neg labs neg for gout, cellulitis, arthritis. No trauma. Calf tight when flexed?

Foot swollen, pain on top of ft. When walking. Some redness. Xray neg  labs neg for gout, cellulitis,  arthritis. No trauma. Calf tight when flexed?

Foot swelling: Don't be shy about getting reevaluated as sometimes tests we do are normal early on. Is the other leg involved , ? Do u have stiffness of the ankle joint ? Sometimes the problem can be coming from the ankle joint. ...Read more

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Nothing showed on my X-ray but my big toe feels like its jammed and if i bend it to a point it's going to break. It doesn't bend as far as the other?

Nothing showed on my X-ray but my big toe feels like its jammed and if i bend it to a point it's going to break. It doesn't bend as far as the other?

Sounds early: You may be getting the start of what is called a hallux limitus or a jamming of the joint causing restricted motion and what may lead to complete loss of motion as the condition progresses....X-ray changes and spurring of the bones usually follow as the condition worsens. Have a podiatrist check it out and advise you further. ...Read more

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What is done for a stubbed big toe- if X-ray done and it is broken does it get a cast?

What is done for a stubbed big toe- if X-ray done and it is broken does it get a cast?

Broken big toe: Assuming the toe fracture does not need surgery due to a displaced fracture, a boot, crutches or surgical shoe should be adequate. Likely a walking boot (ankle high) is adequate. But, like any fracture, the more you walk and put pressure on the foot, the longer it may take to heal. ...Read more

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A can fell on my big toe lac is nail to cuticle. cleaned and bandaged. Dr said X-ray shows chip in bone. Should I consult specialist or just heal ?

A can fell on my big toe lac is nail to cuticle. cleaned and bandaged. Dr said X-ray shows chip in bone. Should I consult specialist or just heal ?

Chip off the old....: There is no harm in seeing a specialist. Depending on the location and size of the chip, it might just be possible to use a splintage technique to minimize potential problems from the loose chip. Splinting may even increase the chances of the chip's ability to heal back on. ...Read more

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I broke my toe that's next to my big toe just after Christmas, the X-ray showed it was in pieces at the end of my toe, it's still swollen, red, sore a?

I broke my toe that's next to my big toe just after Christmas, the X-ray showed it was in pieces at the end of my toe, it's still swollen, red, sore a?

Root Damage?: It's time to have the toe re-evaluated. The difficulty you are having know is either being caused from the bone or the nail. It is not all that unusual for the nail to become ingrown due to nail root damage during the fracturing of the toe. The timing makes sense. Have an expert do the re-evaluation. ...Read more

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X-Ray revealed I fractured a big toe. Do I need to go back to PCP for a splint/other procedure? Is it safe to deal with it on my own, or is that bad

Toe: It all depends on how bad the fracture is and what part of the toe it involves. If you get poor healing from not receiving the right treatment, then you will be stuck with a permanent poor outcome. I would recommend that you get in to your physician and make sure your treatment is the right for your situation. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was playing soccer and a guy stepped on my foot. My left big toe now has like a clicking sound when i twist it. An X-ray has revealed no broken bone?

You may : Have a soft tissue injury, like a torn extensor hood apparatus, tissue which holds the tendon down and so you may be hearing the extensor tendon moving out of place. A dynamic ultrasound or MRI can confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have had MRI and X-rays. How come my big toe has two bumps on it and can't bend. Very painful to walk any ideas?

I have had MRI and X-rays. How come my big toe has two bumps on it and can't bend. Very painful to walk any ideas?

It is not clear: You have not told us your age and not told us the xray results. The results are most important and your statement suggests arthritis. If you have inflammatory process such as gout this may be part of the cause. The ortho doctor needs to give you the results and need to follow the recommendations. ...Read more

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I went to a doctor; X-rays confirmed a big toe avulsion fracture. How long should I wear the small boot I was given? What if it feels better sooner?

I went to a doctor; X-rays confirmed a big toe avulsion fracture. How long should I wear the small boot I was given? What if it feels better sooner?

Fractures: Generally take about 6-8 weeks to heal. You pro pulse off your big toe so best to use that full time. Having said that you should follow up with your treating doc who can base decision on your X-ray findings which we know nothing about, ...Read more

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I think i may have broke my toe. Absent an x-ray, how can I be sure that it's broken and not just badly "stubbed"?

I think i may have broke my toe. Absent an x-ray, how can I be sure that it's broken and not just badly "stubbed"?

Toe Broke?: It may be hard to tell the difference as some fracture are not painful and some contusions can be very tender. If the pain is not better in 2 week, i would recommend you seek care and an xray. ...Read more

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How do I know my toe is broken? When do you need an x-ray?

How do I know my toe is broken? When do you need an x-ray?

You don't: Unless there is severe deformity of the toe an x-ray would be needed to see if it was fractured. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my toe is broken or if it's only a contusion? I don't want to have X-ray

Buddy tape/Surg shoe: First you should really get a x ray to rule out a fracture. However, applying a toe strapping with the affected toe with the adjacent one minus the big toe (big toe moves independent from the other toes). If its the big toe that is involved then strap it to the midfoot. Then pleae apply a rigid sole shoe or surgical shoe. ...Read more

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Had an X-ray and was told I have fractured 2nd & 3rd toe. What exercise can I do? I would like to still do cardio workouts. Thanks!

Had an X-ray and was told I have fractured 2nd & 3rd toe. What exercise can I do? I would like to still do cardio workouts.
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It depends...: It really depends on the severity of the fractures. The doctor who took the x-rays should tell you this. If the fractures are minor and stable, you should splint the toes and wear a stiff, supportive shoe. Low-impact exercises like the elliptical machine and recumbent bike are possible options. Swimming is also very low-impact and great for cardio. Before you begin, please ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more