To initially diagnose osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), your doctor will conduct a physical exam to assess for tenderness, stability of the ligaments and tendons and range of motion. Sometimes, it is necessary to aspirate the joint fluid for diagnostic purposes. X-rays can reveal signs of arthritis, loose bodies, chip fractures and other bone abnormalities. Your doctor may also seek more sophisticated imaging studies, such as MRIs, CT scans or bone scans.
David M Grace, DPM
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Do high heels increase the risk of foot problems?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredWomen's heels have gotten taller than Heidi Klum. The upshot: Foot pain is rampant. It's not just bankers who are getting rich in this economy. Foot doctors are doing fabulously, too, though somewhat to their dismay. As the average height of fashion heels has gone from 3 inches to 5 to 6 inches, women's visits to podiatrists for foot problems and toe woes have soared an estimated 75% in the past few years. Eight out of 10 women say their shoes are painful.
How do I reduce ankle swelling?
Swelling is a common and important part of inflammation. Although it is a natural response when the body works to heal itself, swelling can be painful and hard to get rid of if not managed correctly. The best way to control and reduce swelling is to ice and elevate your ankle. Applying ice will cause blood vessels to constrict so there is not as much fluid leaking out of the injured structures, which causes swelling. Ice can be applied for 20 minutes at a time while you are elevating the ankle.
By elevating the ankle, gravity will help disperse the fluid that has accumulated in the ankle to the rest of your body. The higher you can elevate your ankle the more beneficial it will be to reducing swelling. (This answer provided for NATA by the Eastern University Athletic Training Education Program)Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
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