To diagnose an ankle sprain, your doctor will ask about how the injury occurred and will perform a physical exam to look for tenderness. He or she may seek x-rays to rule out broken bones and may order an MRI for further evaluation.
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What is achilles tendinopathy?
Achilles tendinopathy means that you have tiny tears in your Achilles tendon, which connects your calf muscle to your heel. This problem causes pain and makes it hard to move your foot and ankle. Achilles tendinopathy is also often called Achilles tendinitis.
Tendinopathy is not the same as a large Achilles tear or rupture. But it does weaken your tendon and make it more likely to get a large tear.
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What is hallux rigidus?
Hallux rigidus is a progressive condition that affects the base of the big toe, making it difficult to bend the toe up or down. This joint, called the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, is important because we use it to push off and it has to bend with every step. If it starts to stiffen, walking and many other motions can become difficult and painful.
In its earlier stage, when motion is only somewhat limited, the condition is called hallux limitus. But as the problem advances, the toe’s range of motion gradually decreases until it reaches the stage of “rigidus,” or what is sometimes called a “frozen joint.”
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