How To Treat Bunions
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A bunion is a deformity that is mainly made up of a lateral deviation of the great toe which enlarges due to a tissue or a bone. It is a serious foot problem. These are formed within the foot and not on the surface of the foot. An arthritic condition and  a result of bone degeneration it is found as  a lump on the outside portion of the big toe. Bunions are seen near the joint of the toe and sometimes  [...]

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The Perils of Ignoring Heel Aches

Submitted by on October 22, 2010 – 1:12 amOne Comment

Pain is the main enemy of the body. Everything we do in life is to keep pain at bay – be it of any kind. Pains are bad, but sometimes protective and alarming. Pains that occur after a silent injury or before the actual show up of a chronic disease are quite helpful as they alarm us about some thing wrong happening with our body. For the sake of an example, the pain, while a sprain occurs in an ankle, warns one about the forthcoming problems that may be caused by the fraying and bruising of the ligaments inside.

Many a time, pain in the heels is taken for granted. People think that the pain is due to nothing but the whole day’s tiresome and the extensive pressure that is put on the feet while carrying out the tough activities of the routine. There may be severe problems that this pain may be warning one of. Pain in the heels is an initial symptom of the abnormalities of walking due to which immense pressure if put on the foot and esp. the heel. The pain may also be a result of some injury or bruise occurred while walking or running carelessly, or may be during drills and exercise, without attracting the notice of the bearer. Obesity is also a great cause leading to the heel pains, since the feet and heels have to bear and balance the extra weight. Also, use of poorly designed footwear, which might be fancy but uncomfortable, like high heeled shoes and sandals, is also one reason for pain in the heels.

Heel bone represents the largest bone in the human foot. It possesses 33 joints and is trapped between the network of over 100 tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Like all other bones of the body, heel bone is also susceptible to injuries, in fact more prone due to the extensive support it provides to the whole body in the day long activities. Most difficult, dangerous and tiring tasks of the day are to be done with the compulsive involvement of feet, like walking, running, jumping, standing, etc. At such times, the front bones of the feet are less at trouble since they are more in number and hence share the pain. But most pressure and load is bore by the heel bone and hence heel is the most painful part of the entire foot.

Heel spurs are common causes of heel aches. A heel spur is a bony growth under the surface of the heel bone. It can be visible in X-rays as it appears to be a protrusion extending about half an inch forwards. Heels spurs are caused due to excessive strain on the ligaments and muscles of the heel bone and the stretching the of the long tissue band that connects the ball of the foot to the heel.

The various other issues related to the occurrence of heel aches are the types of inflammations named tendonitis, fasciitis, and bursitis. With time, if proper treatment and care is not provided to the heels and the feet, the stress can overtake and as well as bone spurs and deformities, diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and gout disease can creep in. Hence, it is necessary to consider these minor heel aches to be very essential and consult a doctor as soon as possible. The treatments suggested can include rest as the basic factor, along with exercise, medicines, taping and change in the type of shoes worn. In rare cases, patients of severe and chronic heel aches do need surgical ways out to treat the problem.

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