Liver problems may be caused by viruses such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, primary liver cancer, cancers that spread to the liver from other areas, excessive alcohol intake, certain medications and gallbladder disease. Liver conditions can cause rapid decline in liver function, so you need to determine the cause so treatment can begin. Take these steps to check for liver problems. Individuals get "hammering of digits" mainly due to biomechanical abnormalities during walking. Although there is an increase in occurrence with those who have flat feet, contracted toes can show up in all types of feet. Poor shoes and genetics can play a role in contributing to the development of these deformities. MTP synovitis causes pain in the forefoot and sometimes results in an overlapping of the toes. There is often a swelling on the top of the foot near the toes. Patients may experience difficulty walking and wearing shoes as the foot becomes more and more inflamed. The disorder is typically diagnosed through a physical examination and medical history, although at times an X-ray or diagnostic imaging test such as an ultrasound or MRI is necessary. Apply heat to your affected muscle. Take a warm shower or bath to help the muscle relax. Apply a heating pad or hot water bottle to the muscle. The heat allows your muscle to loosen. Atlanta Hammertoe surgery involves straightening the toes back into a natural looking appearance. As with most surgery, there are multiple procedures available, which will be determined based on the structural nature of your toes. Other factors that are taken into consideration include your age, numbers of toes that require correction, and severity of the contractures. Arthritis is not a disease, it is a term that covers more than 100 medical conditions categorized according to their symptoms and causes. Osteoarthritis is definitely the most common of them all, and rheumatoid arthritis , juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and infectious arthritis or septic arthritis are other common names of different arthritic conditions and symptoms. Because plantar warts are spread by skin contact the easiest way to avoid infection is to wear sandals or shoes on public floors such as locker rooms and showers. There is currently no cure for HPV. Treatments have been discovered that can remove symptoms and sometimes send the virus into remission. Even with treatment the lesions may reoccur from surviving cells in the infected skin around the lesion. Osteoarthritis occurs due to the missing cartilage elasticity. Two bones, joints, ligaments and track their ends covered by cartilage, which acts as a cushion and shock absorbers, as well as avoiding the two bones from rubbing each other's position. When a person swings his or her arms, s/he often does so as a substitute for that twisting movement at the waist; s/he does what I call, "the refrigerator walk," a term that makes sense if you've ever watched someone walk a refrigerator across the floor, which moves as a single block. How labored that is! There is a tendency among people who don't have freedom and responsiveness at the waist to tighten the hip flexors too much to bring the leg forward in stride. That can lead to excessive muscle fatigue and joint compression. Toenail fungus transfer easily at common places such as the locker room, swimming pool or even at the spa. In this disease the nails appear yellowish or even brown. The nails become thick, wastes accumulate below the nails which stink, and wearing shoes become painful. Home remedies for toenail fungus include the use of items commonly available at and easily accessible. For example a mouth freshener can be used as an antiseptic to keep your nails looking healthy and clean. Tea tree oil is good antiseptic as well as a fungicide. Using it directly on the nail or dissolved in olive oil rids the nail off the fungus!