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Foot Ankle

Bunion Splint

A bunion splint is a brace that stretches the tendon and toe muscles by pulling the big toe away from the second toe. Using a splint realigns the toe and slows the progression of a bunion. Doctors may recommend this option before pursuing a bunionectomy.

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Tendinitis

Tendinitis occurs when a tendon becomes inflamed, usually from exercising. Sports injuries or overuse are usually to blame for this type of injury. Poor posture and failing to stretch before and after exercising can also trigger tendinitis. What are the signs and symptoms of tendinitis? Pain and tenderness in the area Inflammation and swelling Read more

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Metatarsalgia

A common condition, metatarsalgia is inflammation of the ball of the foot that is painful and debilitating. Nonsurgical treatment includes rest, ice, elevation, anti-inflammatory medicine and physical therapy to regain use and flexibility. Orthotics and foot pads also are known to alleviate pain from metatarsalgia. What are the signs and symptoms of metarasalgia? Swelling and Read more

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Congenital Short Metatarsals

Congenital short metatarsals are a hereditary condition in which one or more toes is unusually short. It is caused by early closure of the growth plate. In extreme cases, it can cause problems with walking. What are the signs and symptoms of congenital short metatarsals? One or more toes is shorter than the others Pain in Read more

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Hammertoe Surgery

Usually performed as an outpatient procedure, hammertoe surgery is recommended when other therapeutic options are exhausted. During surgery, your doctor may remove part of the toe bone, cut the ligaments and tendons, and insert pins to help straighten the toe. Related Articles: What Is a Hammertoe?

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Hammertoe Treatment

If hammertoe is not painful, most people live with the condition. Patients with hammertoe should wear shoes that are a half-inch longer and avoid narrow shoes. Physical therapy may be prescribed to increase flexibility and reduce pain. Corn pads and cushions can be used to protect the area as needed. More serious cases that cause Read more

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Bunion Removal

Bunion removal, or a bunionectomy, is surgery to remove a bunion. Your doctor may recommend this procedure after other therapeutic options are exhausted. It is also a common treatment for patients who have bunions that make it painful or impossible to walk. During surgery, your doctor may remove part of the metatarsal head, the bump Read more

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Bunionectomy

A bunionectomy is surgery to remove a bunion. Your doctor may recommend this procedure after other therapeutic options are exhausted. It is also a common treatment for patients who have bunions that make it painful or impossible to walk. During surgery, your doctor may remove part of the metatarsal head, the bump along the inside Read more

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Hammertoe

Hammertoe is when one or more of your toes elevate. It can be caused by sudden injury or over time as the tissue wears out because of aging. In some cases, hammertoe causes the knuckle of the toe to become prominent and rub up on the top of the shoe. What are the signs and Read more

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Bunion

A bunion occurs when the big toe begins to drift toward the outside of the foot. The result is a bony bump that forms on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. What are the signs and symptoms of a bunion? Visible bump at the lower joint of the big Read more

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