Bones / Orthopedics

What are hinge joints? Anatomy and function

Hinge joints are a type of joint that functions much like the hinge on a door, allowing bones to move in one direction back and forth with limited motion along other planes. The fingers, toes, elbows, knees, and ankles contain hinge joints. Hinge joints are complex and contain many muscles and tissues. Osteoarthritis and trauma […]

Bones / Orthopedics

What can cause shoulder cracking or popping?

Hearing a cracking or popping in the shoulder can be unsettling. However, unless it accompanies pain, swelling, or other symptoms, joint cracking and popping are generally harmless. Cracking, clicking, and popping sounds are quite common in the joints. Doctors refer to this as crepitus. Though crepitus happens often, the reason that joints pop is not […]

Bones / Orthopedics

Locked knee: Causes and what to do

The knees are two of the most important joints in the human body. Aside from supporting a person’s body weight, the knees enable everyday activities, such as standing up, walking, and climbing stairs. As a result of such frequent use, the knees are prone to injury and degeneration. Both can lead to locked knee, which […]

Bones / Orthopedics

What is plantar fasciitis?

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What to know about a sprained toe

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What to know about leg cramps at night

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