Arthritis refers to joint inflammation, but the term also is more loosely used to describe any disorder that affects the joints. It is a symptom, rather than a specific disease. Arthritic conditions fall into a wider disease category known as “rheumatic diseases.” There are more than 100 types, each with
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Gout in foot, instep, and ankle areas is common, affecting up to 8 million Americans today. The condition has been recorded throughout history, affecting many famous people—the most notorious of whom was Henry VIII, renowned for his lavish diet of rich food and copious amounts of alcohol.
What is gout? It’s
If you’re suffering from the pain and discomfort of gout, foods containing high levels of purine—among them organ meats and certain seafood—should be avoided. But what about foods that are safe to eat and might even help improve your condition?
Gout is caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in
There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The two most common causes of chronic disabling arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and each has its own chapter in this report. In this chapter, we look at other common types of arthritis: gout, pseudogout, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis
There are more than 100 types of arthritis, so when it comes to diagnosis the first challenge is to determine the cause of the inflammation. The second challenge is to evaluate the extent of tissue involvement and level of disease. For example, is there an acute and self-limiting inflammation of
If you have pain, stiffness, warmth, swelling, or redness in a joint or joints, you may well have arthritis. Arthritis is defined as inflammation of one or more joints. It is the most common cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 54 million Americans (about one in
The heel of the foot is sometimes called the “hindfoot,” and people understandably think of it first as a bone, also called the calcaneus. But there are actually many different types of tissue that make up the heel. Disorders of any of these tissues and the structures they form can
Our ankles are complex structures composed of four bones, the tibia and fibula (bones of the lower leg), the calcaneus (heel bone), and the talus (a small bone between the tibia, fibula and calcaneus), along with multiple tendons and ligaments.
Cushioning between the bones in the ankle is provided by
Q: In a recent issue, you mentioned that a new mattress can help ease back pain. Do you have any tips on the best type of mattress?
A: A medium-firm mattress suits most people, since it provides support while also allowing some “give” for pressure points like your shoulders and hips.
Q: I’ve recently noticed a slight bulge behind my knee. I have osteoarthritis in the joint, and I’m wondering if the swelling is connected to this?
A: It sounds as if you may have a baker’s cyst. These occur due to a buildup of synovial fluid (a viscous fluid that lubricates