Everyone knows about pain – it hurts, but what if that pain does not subside, or pain medication fail. In this article, I will introduce you to a pain known as the ‘sympathetic pain syndrome’.
Pain arises because of insult or injury. A process known as inflammation kicks off, and clinicians recognise redness and swelling as part of the so-called cardinal signs.
Wills liked to garden but developed a small tear in the skin at the base of his calf tendon. This soon developed into a serious leg infection which endangered his leg and life. With hospitalisation, he required a skin graft. His tale is one of warning and hope.
Fascinated by a problem with my pond leaking I realised this was a useful medium to describe how we might go about diagnosis with a few descriptions of the elements that can be applied to our human workings (physiology).
As a child of the late fifties, I had my feet measured with loving care. It was an independent shoe outlet called Pomfret’s. As the years went by the father moved on and left it to his son John, a smart forty-something man with tight but neatly creased trousers, and sharp-pointed slip-on shoes. His haircut might have come from the days of Elvis Presley.
This brief overview of foot health might help readers understand a little more about why we should look after our feet.
As far as health is concerned a walking aid provides stability by increasing support for the body under our feet. Walking aids offer different benefits and so I thought I would compare two types of movement. One is called trekking, the other Nordic walking. The aids or poles used are therefore called trekking poles or Nordic walking poles. For many, it might seem using a pole or a stick appears as a weakness. Serious walkers benefit from such aids.
In this series we are discussing revision surgery and the first toe, often associated with a painful bunion. The joint surface was damaged but the left side less than the right. Bunions frequently have loss of the surface of cartilage resulting in stiffness. The surgeon must decide which of the 150+ operations is best suited.
Professional dancing is a tough career. Not only does it require absolute dedication and sacrifice of education and some pleasures, but such extreme focus can lead to a plethora of injuries that can linger into later life. The life span of a dancer at the top of her game is dependent on many factors. Jenny Murray agreed was interviewed for ConsultingFootPain and agreed to share her experience as a professional dancer. She took me back through some her career and we discussed what this meant to her and of course for her health in particular
This is Tom’s story and his ongoing stiff toe joint painWhen things don’t go to plan what do you need to know? Throughout, clinician comment will elaborate on the story line. Please read the other cases on ConsultingFootPain as these paint a different picture starting with the Introductory article.
I joined Tom two months after surgery in a UK National Health Service Hospital. Tom was 70 at the time of surgery.
It might sound all very obvious, do we get big toe surgery right first time. Indeed yes this does happen.This series covers different patient stories taken from their own words. All had stiff big toe joint pain. Some have worked, others less so. This is Leah’s story.