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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   Hi, for the past month, my feet hurt. They feel as if I landed flat on them from jumping. My toe joints in particular feel achy. I thought it was my shoes, so changed to another pair. Well, it still feels that way. This past I started running again, also thinking this may help. Still the same. Any idea?
Oh, I am 49 and have never had arthritis or any other issues like that
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr.XXX here
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know your height and weight?
User :   5'8" and 185 pounds
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   that is fine
Doctor :   How about pain and movement in the fingers?
User :   None
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   does this pain in the toes after walking or present all time?
User :   Only when I am on my feet.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is it present on all the toes and on both sides?
User :   I think so.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Can you tell it exactly?
User :   yes all the toes except maybe my littlest toes.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   and equal on both sides?
Doctor :   that is the right and the left
User :   yes. If it helps, I have a cuff and it reads 103/66 with pulse of 56
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Did you have any fever of late?
User :   No. However, from December until about a month ago, my job was more sedentary. Now I am on my feet all the time. The weekends do not seem to help though.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   How about the knee and the ankle joints?
User :   They are fine. My knee joints do click when I squat and rise. But they have done that since I was a teenager.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Oh, I just remembered something.
Doctor :   Sure
Doctor :   Let me know
User :   For the past few months, my right knee when I am squatting as in picking up something, all is well until I start to get up. Then the pressure in my right knee feels like it is going to explode. Some days worse than others.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   for now since it has been a long standing pain
Doctor :   first of all try to esnure
Doctor :   that your toes are not packed tight in the shoes
Doctor :   they should be free enough
Doctor :   for movement
Doctor :   next is dip your feet in hot water daily for 20 minutes, 2 times per day
Doctor :   that shall help to improve the circulation
Doctor :   and ease the pain
Doctor :   and the last is exercising the toes
Doctor :   that is moving your toes in all possible directions
Doctor :   like downwards, upwards
Doctor :   and sideways
Doctor :   follow this for 3 weeks
Doctor :   and report back to me telling the progress
Doctor :   Is that fine with you?
User :   O.K. 2 questions, 1. How can I be sure to get you? 2. As mentioned, I just started running again, not much, 3-5 miles every other day. Can I keep that up?
Doctor :   for first question
Doctor :   ask for Dr.XXX
Doctor :   they shall redirect if someone else has picked the chat
Doctor :   in case I am not available
Doctor :   the doctor can see the chat history
Doctor :   and provide the necessary guidance
Doctor :   and for the second query
Doctor :   if the running is not worsening your pain
Doctor :   I do not see any need to stop it
Doctor :   You can continue that
User :   O.K. then, I will try that. Thanks for helping. I will let you know how it goes.
Doctor :   Sure
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting, bye for now
User :   Bye
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