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Having inflammation on toe. having pain in soles, stiffness in lower back and diffuse problems. Cause? What can be done?

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Dear Dr,

I'm writing to you on behalf of my female friend. These past few years she has been suffering from several different kinds of problems.

In 2010, she started getting inflammations in her toe (possible bursitis) which now comes and goes about 4 times a year. She also started getting pain in her foot soles when walking.

In 2011 she stated experiencing pain and stiffnes in her lower back and started getting muscle inflammations near her shoulder blade whenever lifting her arms.

2012, difuse problems with her hips when walking.

2013. She got home after a 40 min walk experiencing pain in her right hip. The pain could be described as burning and the hip felt very stiff. She says that it feels like the pain is either coming from the muscles in the hip or the joint. Her hip is so stiff that it actually feels like one leg i shorter than the other. She has problems walking because of the pain.

What could be the root cause of all of this (inflammations?) and what can be done about it?

Currently the biggest problem is the pain in the hip. We've tried etoricoxib, ibuprofen, paracetamol but nothing helps.

Posted Sun, 23 Jun 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 3 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
The pain in the hip that your friend is having is likely to be due to a muscle spasm, ligament or labral tear or arthritis- may be infective.
Since the mild pain killers are not helping her, she needs absolute rest and oral muscle relaxants in combination with the pain killers.
Doing a hot fomentation in the area will also help in decreasing the stiffness.
The pain in the soles is likely to be due to plantar fasciitis which can be taken care of with mild pain killers and hot compress. Get HEEL PADS, wear them at heels, and wear soft sole shoes.
This would off-load her heels of the pressure generated from body weight and will reduce inflammation and pain.
Right now she needs to consult an Orthopedician for a physical examination so that he can prescribe proper muscle relaxants after necessary investigations.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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