Sunday, December 11, 2005

Mortons neuroma

Hi again,
here's my latest post on Podiatry Source.
Have you ever wondered about Mortons Neuroma. Yes a condition whereby an enlarged neProblems often develop in this area because part of the lateral plantar nerve combines with part of the medial plantar nerve here. When the two nerves combine, they are typically larger in diameter than those going to the other toes. Also, the nerve lies in subcutaneous tissue, just above the fat pad of the foot, close to an artery and vein. Above the nerve is a structure called the deep transverse metatarsal ligament. This ligament is very strong, holds the metatarsal bones together, and creates the ceiling of the nerve compartment. With each step, the ground pushes up on the enlarged nerve and the deep transverse metatarsal ligament pushes down. This causes compression in a confined space.

Keep your feet warm this winter

Cold feet are a real problem this time of year , so you do need to take care and keep them warm. Have a look at some recent articles and see for your self. Happy reading Best wishes of this holiday season.
Cold: “A viral infection characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the upper respiratory passages and usually accompanied by malaise, fever, chills, coughing, and sneezing. In this sense, also called common cold, coryza.”

Influenza: “An acute contagious viral infection characterized by inflammation of the respiratory tract and by fever, chills, muscular pain, and prostration.”
Gastroenteritis (aka: Stomach Flu, 24-hour flu, intestinal flu, food poisoning): “Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines”  characterized by vomiting and diarrhea. Although sometimes called “flu,” gastroenteritis is not caused by influenza viruses; it can be caused by various other viruses or by bacteria. Gastroenteritis is a totally different condition from “the flu” (influenza), “flu shots” do not protect you from gastroenteritis, and the discussion herein does not apply to gastroenteritis, only to flu caused by influenza viruses.
From the American Heritage Dictionary.