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At first, you might notice some pain, numbness or tingling in your fingers that comes and goes.
You might also experience weakness in your hand — to the point where you actually drop something.
Gradually the symptoms become more frequent, sometimes sending pain shooting from your hand up into your forearm or even your shoulder.
The cause could be carpal tunnel syndrome.
Your carpal tunnel is a small passageway in your wrist for your median nerve and tendons that connect to your fingers. When that passageway narrows, it puts pressure on the nerve, causing the painful symptoms.
It takes a perfect storm of conditions to bring on carpal tunnel. Often there is no single cause, which makes prevention difficult.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers a list of potential risk factors, including:
Physicians often recommend non-surgical therapies before surgery. Our board-certified orthopedic specialists and physical and occupational therapists will work with you to resolve your issue using splints/casts, steroid injections, anti-inflammatory medication or other non-surgical therapies.
Plantar fasciitis is another common ailment. It’s similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in that it doesn’t have one definitive cause.
The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot along the bottom of your foot. When the ligament is irritated, it can cause pain in your heel and stiffness in your foot.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons lists several risk factors for this condition as well, including:
Plantar fasciitis is also primarily treated with nonsurgical therapies, including rest, ice, medication and exercise. Most cases of plantar fasciitis are healed through nonsurgical means.
If you think you may have carpal tunnel syndrome or plantar fasciitis, see your primary care physician for an exam.
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