Stiff big toe - a kind of arthritis

November 10, 2012

 stiff thumb
 Stiff big toe - a violation related to the joint at the base of the thumb. It causes pain and stiffness in the joint, and eventually the patient becomes more difficult to move them. The rigidity of the big toe - is a form of degenerative arthritis. Many patients confuse this disease with bursitis Bursitis - if you have trouble walking  Bursitis - if you have trouble walking
   the big toe, but they are two completely different disorders that require different kinds of treatment.

 Stiff big toe - a kind of arthritis


The most common causes of the rigidity of the big toe - malfunction and structural abnormalities of the foot, which may lead to osteoarthritis of the thumb joint. This kind of arthritis that results from deterioration, often develops in people who have defects that affect the operation of the foot and big toe. For example, people with flat feet Flatfoot - help physiotherapy  Flatfoot - help physiotherapy
   particularly prone to develop rigidity of the big toe. Some people find that the violation is transmitted from parents - or rather, inherited foot type, exposure to it. Work related to the heavy load on the foot, can also cause stiffness of the big toe. Thumb injury, inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis - when the sore joints  Rheumatoid arthritis - when the sore joints
   and gout, are also among the possible causes of this disorder.

 Stiff big toe - a kind of arthritis


Early symptoms of stiffness of the big toe:

  • Pain and stiffness in the thumb with a load on it - for example, when you walk, stand, and so on);
  • The pain and stiffness, worse in cold, damp weather;
  • Difficulties in certain types of activity (running, sit-ups);
  • Swelling and inflammation around the affected joint.
  • As soon as the disease develops, there may be additional symptoms, including:
  • Joint pain even at rest;
  • Discomfort or pain when wearing shoes that used to be easy;
  • Dull pain in the hip, knee and lower back due to changes in gait;
  • Lameness (in severe cases).

 Stiff big toe - a kind of arthritis


The earlier it is diagnosed the violation, the easier it is to treat. Therefore it is best to consult a doctor as soon as you notice the first symptoms. During the process of diagnosing doctor conducts a visual inspection of the foot, move your thumb to determine the range of motion. X-rays will reveal arthritis Arthritis - a variety of forms and complications  Arthritis - a variety of forms and complications
 , Bony growths with other possible anomalies.

 Stiff big toe - a kind of arthritis


In many cases, early treatment helps to prevent or postpone the surgery. In mild to moderate cases, the rigidity of the big toe can be used the following treatments:

  • Acquisition of comfortable shoes. Shoes with wide toes have minimal pressure on the thumbs and may slow the progression of the disease. It may also be recommended in hard-soled shoes.
  • Orthopedic devices can improve the functioning of the stop. Which devices are necessary, the doctor will decide separately in each case.
  • Medications. To relieve pain and reduce inflammation, it can be recommended intake of oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.
  • Corticosteroid injections are used for the removal of more severe pain and inflammation.
  • Physiotherapy. Therapeutic ultrasound and other physical therapy can be used for the temporary relief of symptoms.

In some cases, surgery is the only way to reduce the pain. Choosing the type of procedure for the patient with a stiff big toe, the doctor takes into account the degree of deformation in the area of ​​the affected joint, age and activity level of the patient, and other factors. Depending on the length of the recovery period can vary greatly.

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Rheumatoid arthritis - permanent debilitating joint pain

May 29, 2012

 rheumatoid arthritis
 Rheumatoid arthritis Arthritis - a variety of forms and complications  Arthritis - a variety of forms and complications
   - This is common, but until the end and not the study of disease. Proceeds it is usually difficult, with constant exhausting pain in the joints and steadily progressive course. Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis - debunking myths about the disease  Rheumatoid arthritis - debunking myths about the disease
   should start as soon as possible.

 Rheumatoid arthritis - permanent debilitating joint pain

Why a person can begin rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic systemic (affecting the system of connective tissue) disease with a steadily progressive course. The main target of the disease are the joints, inflammation in autoimmune processes which are maintained, i.e. allergies own tissues, in this case developing an allergy to connective tissue. And as the connective tissue is the framework for the internal organs, they are also involved in the pathological process.

It is believed that in most cases of rheumatoid arthritis patients have a genetic predisposition to the disease. The starting point is the same infection, causative agents of which the body produces antibodies, after a while they start to show "aggression" and in relation to its own connective tissue. This happens because of the failure of certain parts of immunity Immunity - types and characteristics in children in adults  Immunity - types and characteristics in children in adults
 That leads to such disastrous consequences. Rheumatoid arthritis can begin after infection, trauma, with chronic toxicity (eg, chronic tonsillitis) and so on. Patients with aggravated heredity should be afraid colds, colds, cold damp climate.

Antibodies against own tissues are deposited mainly on the surface of the synovial membrane (the connective tissue capsule, which entered into a joint), damaging the cells. And since the onset of the disease is due to an infection, it also contributes to the development of the disease, producing biologically active substances that contribute to the rapid proliferation of the cells of the synovial membrane. Simultaneously, the bacteria secrete enzymes that destroy the cells of the synovial membrane.

As a result of these changes affected synovium first, and then the cartilage that covers the joint surface. Instead of cartilage on the articular surface gradually grows connective tissue, leading to the destruction of cartilage and bone and a change in appearance of the joint. The entire articular surface is covered with bony outgrowths of time, the work of the joint is broken.

Rheumatoid arthritis may have different shapes. It can develop in a joint form, but in some cases, the affected joint joins the defeat of the internal organs.

 Rheumatoid arthritis - permanent debilitating joint pain

How does the articular form of rheumatoid arthritis

This rare form of the disease begins acutely, usually selected the disease quickly. It begins with general malaise, which is not expressed sharply, so it can proceed unnoticed. The patient is slightly increased temperature, there is some weakness, the work is more than the usual fatigue. In the morning there is stiffness in the initially affected joints, which takes a few hours.

Joint damage begins, as a rule, small joints of the hands and feet, but perhaps an initial defeat and other joints (knee, ankle, elbow, and so on). Beginning at one joint, the inflammation often extended to other joints. This process proceeded slowly and imperceptibly.

As painful joints reduces its motility, there is a gradual decrease in volume (atrophy) of unemployed movement of muscles. Brushes these patients acquire distinctive look flippers with a deviation of the fingers to the side and inside. To stop rheumatoid arthritis are characterized by flat Flatfoot - help physiotherapy  Flatfoot - help physiotherapy
   and deviation of fingers outwards. The foot is completely deformed, that does not allow the patient to wear ordinary shoes.

All these symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are accompanied by joint pain. And if at the beginning of the disease were mild pain, over time, they grow steadily and become the main symptom of the disease. To join pain often sensory disturbances and cold extremities - this is due to lesions of the peripheral nerves.

 Rheumatoid arthritis - permanent debilitating joint pain

How is a form of rheumatoid arthritis with the defeat of the joints and internal organs

This form of rheumatoid arthritis is rare and often begins acutely. The temperature at the same time rises to high numbers, there are chills, malaise. Against this background, there is pain and swelling in multiple joints. Joint pain may be initially intense, paroxysmal or permanent. And visible signs of inflammation: the skin around the joints swollen and reddened, there is limited movement.

Of the internal organs may be affected by heart (in the form of myocarditis and endocarditis), kidneys (glomerulonephritis), lungs (pulmonary nodular lesion tissue) and so on.

Rheumatoid arthritis - a serious illness that requires early detection and regular treatment.

Galina Romanenko

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