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Emergency Room Merit?
When do particular body pains warrant a trip to the emergency room? E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork is joined by three top specialists to address viewer questions on the subject.
Surgical Solution for Hammertoe
* The following content contains images of an actual surgical procedure that may be graphic and disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.
Hammertoes get their name from the hammer-like appearance of the toe as it contracts at an unnatural angle. A hammertoe occurs when an imbalance of muscles and ligaments around the toe joint forces the middle joint to bend and become stuck in this position.
There are two types of hammertoes: Flexible and rigid. A flexible hammertoe is a milder form of the condition, where the toe can still be moved at the joint. If left untreated, the condition can exacerbate over time and reach the rigid stage, whereby chronic pain and stiffness of the affected metatarsal(s) can only be treated surgically.
Women are more prone to developing hammertoes, as a result of frequently wearing high-heeled or wedged shoes. Footwear that forces the feet into a slanted position increases pressure on toes, and if a toe stays in a bent position too regularly or too long, the surrounding muscles can tighten and the tendons can shorten. Due to friction created from contracted toes rubbing against the inside of shoes, another common complaint podiatrists hear about hammertoes are the development of calluses and corns.
Adrianne Curry's Skin Concern
You've heard the phrase, “beauty is only skin deep," but in the world of professional modeling, a skin blemish can significantly affect a career. So, when Adrianne Curry, the season 1 winner of America’s Next Top Model, noticed a strange rash developing on her face, she didn’t hesitate to have it examined by a dermatologist.
After meeting with Dr. Kirby, the cause of Adrianne's rash was determined, and she was prescribed a topical cream to clear her complexion. Find out the surprising source of Adrianne’s mystery rash, and see on how she is doing today.
More Tips and Treatments from Specialists
Endoscopic technology can save lives, diagnosing gastrointestinal disorders and determining proper treatments. Traditional endoscopies and colonoscopies, however, only enable doctors to see the esophagus, stomach and colon, leaving approximately 20 feet of unexamined small intestine. Gastroenterologist Dr. Su Sachar explains how a capsule endoscopy allows doctors to take a visual tour of the entire GI tract, without sedation or more invasive endoscopic procedures.
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