05 Jul What’s that Pain in My Hand or Foot?
We often take our hands and feet for granted until something goes wrong. At Mend Clinic, many patients complain of pain in their hand or foot, but often can’t remember how the pain started and can have trouble describing it. Fortunately, with orthopedic doctors on staff seven days per week, you likely won’t need a referral when you come into Mend Clinic with this common ailment. Most often, foot and hand pain is caused by a strain, sprain, or tendinitis.
A Sprained Ankle
A sprain occurs when there’s an over-stretching or tear of a ligament. Ligaments are the fibrous tissue that connects bone to bone. There are a lot of them in the hands and feet because we have so many bones in these locations. A strain occurs when there is an over-stretching or tearing in a muscle or tendon. Tendons are the fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone. You can have a sprain or a strain in the hands and feet, but sprains are a little more common.
Tendinitis and Inflammation
Tendinitis is a common condition that’s caused by inflammation in the tendon. This might be from overuse, infection, or a rheumatic disease like rheumatoid arthritis. It sounds pretty serious, and it can be without treatment. However, tendinitis is also pretty common and is usually caused by overuse. We’re especially at high risk for tendinitis in the hands these days because so much work is done on a computer and technology addiction is a very real epidemic. All those hours you spend on your phone can add up to an over-worked tendon in the hand.
Symptoms of Sprains and Tendinitis
Both sprains and tendinitis can have various symptoms depending on the person, the location of the injury, and the severity of the injury. A doctor will quickly be able to assess the most likely type and cause of your injury—while ruling out more dangerous scenarios such as cellulitis (an infection that can present like tendinitis during earlier stages).
Sprains and tendinitis are easily treatable and will not cause permanent damage if they are treated right away. However, don’t avoid seeing the doctor in hopes the pain will go away on its own. That can be dangerous, such as if the tendinitis is caused by an infection or you have an undiagnosed rheumatic disease. Walk into Mend Clinic any day of the week and be seen fast by an orthopedic specialist.