Swelling - Topic Overview
Swelling is an increase in the size or a change in the shape of an area of the body. Swelling can be caused by collection of body fluid, tissue growth, or abnormal movement or position of tissue.
Swelling - Home Treatment
Mild swelling will usually go away on its own. Home treatment may help relieve this swelling.
Women's Knees: How to Avoid Injury
Learn more from WebMD about knee injuries, which are far more common in women than in men, and how to avoid them.
Shoe Inserts for Plantar Fasciitis - Topic Overview
Orthotic devices include shoe inserts that can relieve the stress and stretching of your plantar fascia when you stand or walk. You can get the devices with or without a prescription. Orthotic devices you use for plantar fasciitis are usually made of plastic, rubber, or felt.Soft arch supports and heel cups can relieve your symptoms. They can help spread and absorb shock (from planting your foot) and ease pressure on your heel.If your heel pain is clearly related to abnormal inward twisting of the foot (pronation), an orthotic device with an arch support and heel cushion may help.Custom-made devices require a prescription. They are more expensive than nonprescription orthotics. Custom orthotics are made by taking an impression of the foot with a plaster cast and then designing an insert to control the specific mechanical problem. Before investing in an expensive custom-made orthotic device, you may want to try a nonprescription orthotic that you can get at drugstores, supermarkets, or
Ice for Heel Pain - Topic Overview
Treating the first symptoms of plantar fasciitis with rest and ice can help prevent your heel pain from becoming long-lasting (chronic). This treatment is less successful after the problem has become chronic.Ice your heel when you have pain, to control the inflammation associated with overactivity or high stress on the plantar fascia. There are a number of ways to do this. Your doctor may have suggestions on what works best.Ice massage. You can use an ice cube, but it's easier to use an ice cup for ice massage. To make an ice cup, fill a small paper or foam cup about two-thirds full, and freeze it until it is solid.To use the ice cup, peel off the top of the cup so about 0.5 in. (1.3 cm) of ice is showing. The remaining part of the cup is for you to hold on to.Rub the ice in small circles all over the painful area. As the ice melts, it will drip, so put a small towel under the area you are icing.If the ice melts down so the cup is touching your skin, peel more of the cup off.Continue
Walking Cast for Plantar Fasciitis - Topic Overview
A walking cast is a nonsurgical treatment for plantar fasciitis. Simpler treatments—such as rest, ice, heel cups, or cushions—are usually tried before a walking cast.Having your foot in a cast for several weeks causes some weakening of the foot, ankle, and calf muscles and some loss of flexibility. After the cast is removed, you will need some rehabilitation to restore strength and range of motion. But a cast forces you to rest your foot. This rest may be very helpful for relieving plantar fasciitis.Casting is somewhat more expensive and inconvenient than other nonsurgical treatments. But if less expensive treatments are not helpful, you often will have many more doctor visits. These visits add to the overall cost.A removable cast (CAM walker) can also be effective. But you must wear it 22 to 23 hours a day.
Decision Points About Surgery - Topic Overview
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Hammer, Claw, and Mallet Toes - Frequently Asked Questions
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Hammer, Claw, and Mallet Toes - Health Tools
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