Bones & Joints

Bones & Joints

A Message From The Medical Editor

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Welcome to Foot & Ankle Health, the latest in our series of reports that deliver important health information to hundreds of thousands of people each year.
We often take the health of our feet and ankles for granted, even though they provide the support on which the rest of our  … Read More

5. Easy Exercises for Foot and Ankle Health

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The 15 exercises illustrated in this final chapter of Foot & Ankle Health are designed to increase circulation, range of motion, balance, strength, or a combination of all. Increase or decrease the difficulty by adjusting the:

Number of repetitions (reps)
Number of sets (the number of repetition cycles for any particular exercise  … Read More

4. Preventing Foot and Ankle Problems

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As with most medical issues, it’s easier to prevent many foot and ankle problems than to treat them or live with them. As such, there are certain factors to keep in mind.
It helps if you wear the right kinds of shoes and socks, and keep your feet relatively clean.
And there  … Read More

3. Non-Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Conditions

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The 17 conditions listed alphabetically in this chapter are non-orthopaedic in nature. They can affect bones, muscles, and the structures surrounding joints and can cause just as much discomfort as orthopaedic issues.
Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot is more common in men than in women and more common in older adults than in  … Read More

2. Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Conditions

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Orthopaedic conditions directly involve bones, muscles, and joints. Of the 38 conditions covered in this report, 20 are orthopaedic in nature and are described in this chapter. The 17 non-orthopaedic conditions are discussed in Chapter 3.
Achilles Tendinitis
The Achilles tendon runs along the back of the lower leg, connecting the calf  … Read More

1. Foot and Ankle 101

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Feet and ankles are complex, strong, and durable, but not perfect or invulnerable. Your two feet may not be the same size. They get wider and longer when we stand up and can become larger than normal at the end of a day. Some people have feet with high arches,  … Read More

Massage Eases Knee Osteoarthritis

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People with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee may have a pleasant nonpharmacologic treatment to consider. According to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine in December 2018, whole-body Swedish massage can significantly reduce pain and stiffness and improve mobility.
Study Methods
Researchers enrolled 200 patients with OA and randomly  … Read More



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