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My father has swollen toes since last 5 days and has been taking pain killer once a day because of extreme pain. What should we do. His uric acid level is normal.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical Cardiology, MBBS, certificate course in rheumatology and joint disorders.
General Physician, Ghaziabad
My father has swollen toes since last 5 days and has been taking pain killer once a day because of extreme pain. What...
Get his bp and blood sugar f/pp checked and up ;oad reports and also up load picture of toes. Good luck.
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Tennis Toe - How To Avert It?

MBBS, DNB - Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Knee and Hip Replacement, Fellowship in Joint Replacement & Arthroscopy
Orthopedic Doctor, Pune
Tennis Toe - How To Avert It?

Tennis toe is also known as runner’s toe since athletes are mostly runners; skiers and tennis players also get this injury often. Due to its ugly appearance, tennis toe is also known as a black toenail. This injury causes bleeding under the toe along with moderate to heavy pain. Although it is not considered to be type 1 serious injury, it can still force an athlete to abstain from participating in any events. The blood from the toenail might take its own sweet time to get out of the way. As a result, the recovery time for this injury can last for weeks together. This, unfortunately, is also an ideal condition for infection to set in.

How does it happen?

This condition may arise because of the friction between the toenail and the running shoes or constant downward pressure on the toe. In case if the shoe is tighter than normal, it can damage the toenail. If on the other hand, the shoe is very loose, it can result in similar condition due to heavy pressure on the nail. Tennis toe can also arise in a situation, if the toe constantly bangs the shoe from inside. Extreme hot weather may also result in toe swelling. Finally, one may encounter tennis toe if a blow is faced on the toe. Irrespective of the cause, the blood clots inside the nail resulting in swelling and pain. Too much damage might result in falling off of the toenail altogether.

Treatment plan:

1. If the tennis toe is minor, the injury resolves all by itself
2. The toenail should be clipped together to ensure that it does not result in any friction with the shoe.
3. During the injury, it is advised that a person wears bigger size shoes with wider toe space so that it does not result in any further irritation.
4. If the toenail is torn, make sure to tap it up so that adequate protection is there from outside forces.
5. In case the injury is serious a doctor might have to intervene and drain the blood with a surgical instrument.
6. Another medical solution is to remove the toenail surgically, drain the blood and tape it up for a good one week until new nail formation takes place.

Precautionary measure:

1. Running shoes should be at least half a size bigger than the normal size.
2. Toenails should be regularly trimmed in order to avoid any injury.
3. If a person has a tendency of sweating too much, it makes sense to wear a pair of socks at all times.
4. While running, shoe laces should be tightened to avoid sudden friction between the toe and the shoe resulting in tennis toe.

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Hammer Toe - How To Handle It?

Dr.Pallavi Singh 91% (64ratings)
BPTh/BPT, Vasyli Certification
Podiatrist, Mumbai
Hammer Toe - How To Handle It?

Hammer toe is a condition where the toe of the patient becomes deformed. The appearance of the toe will bear a downward curl that will make it look abnormal. This condition can mostly be seen during one childhood itself, and it usually is known to affect the second or third tow on the foot. Let us find out more about the symptoms, risk factors and treatment for this condition.

- Symptoms: The sheer discomfort of walking around with a hammer toe is one of the first symptoms of the condition. The permanent damage will be visible in the way the toe curls and becomes deformed. The formation of corn or calluses is also a common symptom of this condition, while some patients may also experience the growth of claw-like toes. Most patients feel pain when they are walking or running even as inflexibility sets in, which makes it difficult to flex the foot or stretch and wiggle the toes properly.

- Risk Factors: While the most common causes of the hammer toe remain an injury or even arthritis, it may be seen that those with family history and prolonged use of high and pointed heels may be at risk more than others. This deformity can happen at birth or may progress as age catches on, depending on the risk factors at play. Also, when the patient suffers from the growth of calluses, corn and bunions that go untreated for a long time, it may manifest into a hammer toe eventually. This happens because these growths can make the layer of the skin thick and lead to a perpetual formation in the area due to the constant friction that also causes pain and discomfort. People with a high foot arch are also at risk of developing a hammer toe.

- Treatment: The podiatry specialist is the best person who can help with the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. A mild hammer toe can be treated by wearing more comfortable footwear with pads to treat corns and other growths. For a severe condition, orthotic insoles can help. Orthotic insoles are much better than surgery.

Ensure that you report the smallest and most persistent changes to your doctor so that treatment can take place well in time.

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I want to know about the side effects of wearing high heels and and bunions problems.

MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
A bunion forms when your big toe points toward the second toe. This causes a bump to appear on the inside edge of your toe. Bunions are generally thought to be genetic. They occur because of faulty foot structure, which is inherited. Some conditions that contribute to the development of bunions include flat feet, excessively flexible ligaments, and abnormal bone structure.
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Right leg ankle joint got swelling and has too much pain from hip to toe. Also done an x-ray but our area general doctor couldn't tell what happened. Mom had uric acid in the past. For now, I couldn't tell if she has or not.

Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
Right leg ankle joint got swelling and has too much pain from hip to toe. Also done an x-ray but our area general doc...
•do contrast bath ie. Take two tubs in one you can fill hot water (ie. Bearable heat) to immerse the feet in the tub and you will have good effect ie. Warmth effect. Further to that wipe with towel and immerse the feet in the cold water (ie. Ice water bath) which will help you to reduce the inflammation. Once this is done you can do some ankle movements to both the feet which will help you to boost and improve the blood circulation. As I said over the phone please use anklet which I have already sent by whats app and you can use mcr chappals which will help you to reduce the weight falling on the injured front portion of the foot. If you have the habit of using shoes then you can keep removable insoles which can be used inside the shoes and that acts like a shock absorber and which will also help to reduce and prevent the weight falling on the injured foot. This is the way to reduce the inflammation through home remedy. If the pain persists say for example after doing for 5-7 days then you have to consult physiotherapist where they will treat you with infra red radiation. But this is quite a rare treatment, if in case it is not available, let me know we can send it to you by courier. It is quite expensive but you will feel good results with that. This will help you to reduce the inflammation in the bone ie. Which is caused by the table which fell on your foot. You can thrombophob ointment to reduce the contusion and also to loosen and break the blood clot which is there in the front portion of the foot. It will also help you to change the skin colour. If the pain is too much then you can take ultracet tablet every day in the night. Keep two pillows under the ankle while sleeping on the bed which will help you to reduce the swelling. Hope you recover with this. And also please share your feed back if you become better. If you do not become better too pls let us know so that we can give some alternate solution. Please send your address so that we can send the products ie. Anklet to use it in the ankle / foot, mcr chappals for your size and also the removable foot insole.
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I am 24 with mental health issues. My big toe on left foot is swollen and keep getting tremors. Discharge from underneath nail and blue patch on nail.

Homeopath, Hooghly
You are having fungal infection in nail swelling may be due to this, visit a general physician for this purpose.
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Swelling in both feet. I have bp and mild diabetes. What medication will help along with physical therapy.

Internal Medicine Specialist, Kendujhar
Swelling in both feet. I have bp and mild diabetes. What medication will help along with physical therapy.
Hello, thanks for your query on Lybrate "as" per your clinical history is concerned do a clinical examination by your family doctor now, check blood pressure and fasting blood sugar and tell the doctor to adjust medication doses, discuss with your treating doctor about following investigations (tsh, ecg echo and kidney function tests) to rule out heart failure and kidney failure. Do it on tomorrow as it is a medical emergency hope that helps.
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Ingrown Toenails - Diagnosis, Treatment And Pain Management!

Dr.Pallavi Singh 91% (64ratings)
BPTh/BPT, Vasyli Certification
Podiatrist, Mumbai
Ingrown Toenails - Diagnosis, Treatment And Pain Management!
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Can I use indocap sr and febuxostat for gout treatment, I have swelling and pain at 1st toe.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD Preventive Medicine, PG Diploma Diabetes
Endocrinologist, Kanpur
Can I use indocap sr and febuxostat for gout treatment, I have swelling and pain at 1st toe.
Tab febuxostat can be taken regularly but indocap cannot be taken regularly as it may cause renal toxicity in long run. Best wishes.
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Some Exercises To Treat Foot Pain!

Physiotherapist, Kolkata
Some Exercises To Treat Foot Pain!

Foot pain is characterized by a feeling of pain in the feet. The symptoms of feet pain can be felt in the heel, instep, arches, toes and sole of the feet. Usually, foot pain can be treated at home but if the symptoms become severe then you should consult a doctor.

Foot pain can be caused by the following factors:

1. It can occur from an injury
2. Obesity often leads to too much weight pressure on the feet, thus causing pain
3. Aging weakens the bones and muscle causing pain
4. Too much physical activity within a short period of time
5. Deformities in the foot
6. Broken bones
7. Arthritis and gout
8. Stress fracture
9. Nervous system damage
10. Sprains

The various exercises to treat foot pain are -

1. Plantar fascia stretch

The exercise requires you to sit down in a comfortable chair, and then roll the arch of your foot on a round object. Repeat this exercise for some time in all directions.

2. Sitting plantar fascia stretch
You need to sit in a chair and then cross one of your feet over your knee. Take hold of the toes and pull them towards you till they are comfortably stretched. 

3. Towel pickup
Place a towel on the floor and place your feet on it. Scrunch your toes to pick the towel up and release.

4. Wall push
You face a wall and lean by placing your palms on the wall. Then keeping the back leg straight and bend the front knee towards the wall till you feel a comfortable pull on your calves.

5. Achilles tendon stretch
Loop a towel on the ball of your feet and pull the toes towards you. As you pull the towel, remember to keep your knees straight. Hold this position for at least 25 seconds and then release it. Do the same for the other foot and repeat 4 times.

Apart from the above mentioned exercises, electrotherapies like UST, IFT, etc. are also very effective in treating foot pain.

All of the above exercises need to be performed regularly to get the full benefit of these stretches. You may also use comfortable footwear to prevent the pain from coming back.

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