Oh My Aching Feet? Advice for Bunion Pain Sufferers


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Who ever named it a “bunion?” Probably the same person who named an enlarged thyroid a “goiter”, but seriously, bunions are the common description of a bump on the side of the big toe. Really they are much more than that.

Bunions are known in medical terms as Hallux Abducto Valgus which in English is a crooked big toe joint with a bump on the side. This is actually a progressive misalignment of the big toe joint which starts with a slight leaning of the big toe toward the second and then gradually produces the characteristic bump and joint symptoms. In the late stages of progression, the big toe actually can overlap or underlap the second and cause reactive hammertoes (contracted) of the other toes. Even though they are extremely common, most people wait until they have significant symptoms and deformity before they seek medical attention. Often they have had pain in shoes and with activity for years when they finally come into the office. This is because many peolpe think they always require surgery for pain relief.

What causes bunions? No, it’s not always the shoes! (But, they don’t help) Bunions are caused by the faulty biomechanics of your foot structure that you inherited. Couple that with high heeled shoes or even just shoes that crowd your toes (listen up guys who wear cowboy boots!) and you are prone to the formation of bunions.

Bunion symptoms are characterized by redness, swelling, grinding of the joint, burning pain, and occasional numbness.

Diagnosis of a bunion is done by x-ray findings together with physical exam. A bump is not necessarily always Hallux Abducto Valgus, so a complete podiatric exam including x-rays should be done to evaluate your condition. Many people actually have arthritis of the big toe joint or even just a cyst overlying the joint and think they have bunions.

Treatment includes shoe gear modification, an orthotic device to control the abnormal biomechanics, padding, anti-inflammatories or injection therapy to decrease inflammation, and at the later stages, surgery.

When is surgery needed for bunions? If you have pain every day, in every pair of shoes you own (including your athletic shoes) and you have treated your condition with conservative therapy without any relief; it’s time to discuss bunion surgery. Surgery should never be contemplated without pain and activity limitations. There are many advances in bunion surgery and varied procedures depending on your foot type, the stage of your deformity, your activity level, your medical history, and your age. Make an appointment to discuss surgery with your podiatric foot and ankle surgeon if you have progressing symptoms.

Bunion surgery, done by a board-certified podiatric foot and ankle surgeon, has a 96% satisfaction rating according to a recent survey by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. 96% of the survey respondents identified pain relief as a desired outcome of the surgery, and 86% also said they hoped to improve their walking and increase their physical activity following surgery. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 representing “much pain,” the survey respondents averaged a score of 7 when assessing their pain before surgery, and the average score dropped to 2 when they assessed their pain six months after the operation. 92% said they were able to increase their physical activities — walking, running, golf, tennis, exercise — and 90% said they would recommend bunion surgery to others. This is great news! Many people fear the surgery more than pain every day in their shoes! Obviously, this fear is unwarranted!

Fear of surgery should not keep you out of the office because 80% of patients who come in asking for bunion surgery leave with a conservative treatment plan. Get your questions answered! Call or contact your podiatric foot and ankle surgeon today. Living with bunion pain can be a thing of the past.



Bunions can be treated! For more information on foot and ankle health, visit our website at www.faant.com or my blog at www.myrundoc.com

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Exploring Causes of Joint Pain

Joint pain, also known as Arthralgia, affects hundreds of millions of people around the world. As you can likely guess, the most common causes of joint pain involve arthritis. Arthritis has more varieties than any other disease. At present time there are over one hundred different varieties of arthritis.

This obviously puts arthritis at the top of the list. Some of the symptoms of arthritis are Stiffness of a joint after a period of rest. Such as when getting out of bed in the morning or standing up after watching a movie. A crunching feeling, or the sound of bone rubbing on bone is another indication, as is swelling and or tenderness in one or more joints.

Unfortunately there is no single test to determine if you have osteoarthritis, but your health care professional will likely use a combination of tests to diagnose osteoarthritis. It is sort of a process of elimination, as well as diagnosing. What happens with osteoarthritis is that the cartilage in the joint begins to break down, and then continues to disintegrate, until there is no cushioning of the bones in the joint at all.

Degenerative arthritis is just another name for osteoarthritis, it stems from the fact that the cause of osteoarthritis is the cartilage disintegrating, hence the degenerative label. They refer to it as Primary osteoarthritis when, as in most cases, the cause of the arthritis is unknown. Otherwise they will refer to it as Secondary osteoarthritis.

Secondary osteoarthritis is the result of either another disease, or another underlying condition. The most common contributing factors are infection, diabetes, obesity, repeated injury, and or surgery to the joint. Another factor that may contribute to secondary osteoarthritis is if you had abnormal joints at birth. This is commonly referred to as congenital abnormalities.

Rheumatoid arthritis is another form of arthritis that many people suffer from. This form of arthritis can affect other organs of the body other than just the joints. This is apparently because it is a rheumatic disease. A rheumatologist, is a doctor who either has specialized training, or lots of experience in dealing with arthritis.

Osteonecrosis causes painful joints, because it affects the bones in the joint. It can affect bones in areas other than in joints as well. The blood flow is either restricted, or cut off completely, and therefore can’t supply oxygen to the bones. Once this happens the bone begins to die, and eventually, depending on time and other factors will collapse. Other common names for osteonecrosis are avascular necrosis, and aseptic necrosis.

Bursitis affects people in a wide range of age groups. In our body we have what you call a bursa, or in plural bursae. We have 160 of these in our bodies, and they are largely found in the area of joints. A bursa is basically a fluid-filled sac, normally tiny, whose main purpose is to reduce friction between tissues in the body. When this bursa becomes inflamed, this is what they call bursitis. If infection is ruled out as a cause, in other words if you don’t have infectious bursitis the most common types of treatment will include rest, ice compresses, and medications for pain, and also as an anti-inflammatory treatment.

Joint pain, also known as Arthralgia, affects hundreds of millions of people around the world. As you can likely guess, the most common causes of joint pain involve arthritis. Arthritis has more varieties than any other disease. At present time there are over one hundred different varieties of arthritis.

This obviously puts arthritis at the top of the list. Some of the symptoms of arthritis are Stiffness of a joint after a period of rest. Such as when getting out of bed in the morning or standing up after watching a movie. A crunching feeling, or the sound of bone rubbing on bone is another indication, as is swelling and or tenderness in one or more joints.

Unfortunately there is no single test to determine if you have osteoarthritis, but your health care professional will likely use a combination of tests to diagnose osteoarthritis. It is sort of a process of elimination, as well as diagnosing. What happens with osteoarthritis is that the cartilage in the joint begins to break down, and then continues to disintegrate, until there is no cushioning of the bones in the joint at all.

Degenerative arthritis is just another name for osteoarthritis, it stems from the fact that the cause of osteoarthritis is the cartilage disintegrating, hence the degenerative label. They refer to it as Primary osteoarthritis when, as in most cases, the cause of the arthritis is unknown. Otherwise they will refer to it as Secondary osteoarthritis.

Secondary osteoarthritis is the result of either another disease, or another underlying condition. The most common contributing factors are infection, diabetes, obesity, repeated injury, and or surgery to the joint. Another factor that may contribute to secondary osteoarthritis is if you had abnormal joints at birth. This is commonly referred to as congenital abnormalities.

Rheumatoid arthritis is another form of arthritis that many people suffer from. This form of arthritis can affect other organs of the body other than just the joints. This is apparently because it is a rheumatic disease. A rheumatologist, is a doctor who either has specialized training, or lots of experience in dealing with arthritis.

Osteonecrosis causes joint pain, because it affects the bones in the joint. It can affect bones in areas other than in joints as well. The blood flow is either restricted, or cut off completely, and therefore can’t supply oxygen to the bones. Once this happens the bone begins to die, and eventually, depending on time and other factors will collapse. Other common names for osteonecrosis are avascular necrosis, and aseptic necrosis.

Bursitis affects people in a wide range of age groups. In our body we have what you call a bursa, or in plural bursae. We have 160 of these in our bodies, and they are largely found in the area of joints. A bursa is basically a fluid-filled sac, normally tiny, whose main purpose is to reduce friction between tissues in the body. When this bursa becomes inflamed, this is what they call bursitis. If infection is ruled out as a cause, in other words if you don’t have infectious bursitis the most common types of treatment will include rest, ice compresses, and medications for pain, and also as an anti-inflammatory treatment.


If you suffer from painful joints you’re undoubtedly looking for a cure. Unfortunately the causes of joint pain are not yet curable, so we must focus on treatment and the removal of the pain symptoms.

Arthritis Pain Relief through Herbal Treatment

Arthritis is not a disease in itself. There is a general condition in which the joint becomes inflamed and causes great pain. Arthritis can be of many types but commonly three types are frequently seen. These are: -


(a) Rheumatoid arthritis(b) Osteoarthritis(c) Gout


(a) Rheumatoid arthritis – it is a kind of arthritis that is more associated autoimmune disorder that occurs due to attack of our immune system on the joints. It is also associated with the deformity in the body. It is commonly seen in people who are in their mid forties.


(b) Osteoarthritis – it is another form of arthritis that occurs due to age related changes. In this condition there is formation of osteophytes in the joints. The cartilaginous structure gets ossified and gets converted in the bone. This bone formation in the bone leads to the hindered movements and causes extremes pain whenever the joint is made to move.


(c) Gout – it is concerned with the formation of uric acid crystals in the joint. Due to any kind of deformity there is decreased in the serum uric acid metabolism thereby leads to the accumulation of uric acid in the joints. It is commonly called as the riches disease as it is more commonly seen in people who are well off.


Causes

Ageing
Over use of joints
Hereditary factors
Wrong feeding habits
Infections
Metabolic disorder

Symptoms

Pain in joints
Swellings in joints
Restricted movements
Redness over joint
Deformity of the joint
Cracking sound on movements.

Treatment


Though the anatomical changes are very difficult to be reversed but their have been certain ayurvedic preparations that are extremely helpful in suppressing pain and prevent any further damage to the joint. Belo are few ayurvedic herbs that are very effective in curbing arthritis.

Ashwagandha (withinia somnifera) – it is one of the best herb that has the potential to suppress pain and inflammation. It has certain properties that are very helpful in reducing the vata dosha in the body that is solely responsible for causing all pains and inflammation in the body. Ashwagandha is a medium sized plant that is easily found in areas having warmer climatic conditions. The roots of Ashwagandha are the plant parts that are being used to make medicines. Generally Ashwagandha is taken in as powder form but it is now available in capsules and syrup forms also.
Guggul (commiphora mukul) – Guggul is one of the most prestigious herbs that has been very popular among ayurvedic physicians. Guggul is vata suppressant and hence is widely used to treat vata related disorders. Guggul not only reduces pain in the body but is also responsible in suppressing any kind of inflammation and edema that occurs in the body. Various preparations like mahayogaraja Guggul, laxadi Guggul, rasnadi Guggul and gokshuradi Guggul that are being widely used to curb any kind of pain in the body.
Rasna (pluchea lanceolata) – Rasna is an excellent analgesic and has excellent results in suppressing pain in the body. It is a small plant that can be used in preparing various forms of preparations. It is used as powder, decoction and oils. It has the potential to reduce the vata dosha in the body and is very successful in curbing its effect.
Arthcare oil – arthcare oil is one of the prestigious ayurvedic preparations that have been found extremely helpful in treating various pain disorders like arthritis, musculoskeletal disorders, backache, joint pains, wounds etc. It has been empowered with the wonders of certain ayurvedic herbs like errand (ricinus communis), Rasna (pluchea lanceolata), devdaru (cedrus deodara), shuddha Guggul (commiphora mukul), rasone (garlic), marich (black pepper), nirgundi (vitex negundo), ajwain (trachyspermum) and til tail (seasum). These all herbs are famous for their activities in suppressing and curbing any kind of pain and inflammation that might occur in the body. The oil is gently massaged on the affected part and then hot fomentation is done. This is the simple procedure that is all you have to do to get relief from the pain and arthritis.


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