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Back when sailing, fishing, whaling, maritime, and war ships were a larger part of our culture and livelihoods, sailors would often drop heavy objects on their feet. Ouch! 

The term ship foot is believed to have originated with sailors on gun ships. After a cannon recoiled it would often strike the sailor's toe. The toe and toenail would then bruise and if the impact was strong enough, the toenail would die and fall off the toe. 

Today, this term can be used in any situation, not just ships, and can often accompany toe fractures. Symptoms may include discoloration of the toenail, usually bruising in blue, purple, black, or red. You may notice trapped blood under the toenail as well, along with blisters and cracked skin. 

Podiatrists will often recommend the R.I.C.E. course of treatment for a ship foot- rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Even if a toe fracture accompanies ship foot, your podiatrist will still recommend R.I.C.E. The discoloration of the toenail will eventually grow out. If the toenail is cracked or blood is coming from under your toenail it may be necessary to remove the toenail. 

While recuperating from this injury, you may experience pain in your foot, legs, or back as you alter your gait to take pressure off your injured toe while you walk. It is crucial to follow the R.I.C.E. procedure to avoid affecting other parts of your body. 

Reference: Wise Geek

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Last Wednesday 2013 Tony nominee Nathan Lane injured his foot during a performance of The Nance and had to be replaced by his understudy Stephen DeRosa. Despite the injury, Lane was back on the stage at the Lyceum Theatre last Thursday. 

According to a phone interview with the New York Times Arts Beat, the Birdcage actor injured his foot and leg during the play's first act when Lane stepped off the production's turntable, which spins around to allow the sets to transform from a burlesque house to the apartment of Lane's character, Chauncey Miles.

"The turntable was moving very quickly and I misjudged it, and had one foot on the stage while the other was still on the turntable, and it pulled my leg," Lane said. "It twisted badly. I'm seeing a physical therapist today, and we'll see. I hope to be back in the show tonight."

The Nance tells the story of a 1930's era homosexual burlesque performer named Chauncey Miles. A "nance" was a show business term for a stereotypically camp homosexual man, who struggles with his own identity and society's hypocrisy towards homosexuality. In The Nance Playwright Douglas Carter Beane tells the story of a homosexual man living and working in the secretive and dangerous gay world of the 1930's New York City. The play runs through Sunday August 11th. 

References: Broadway World

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Freiberg's Disease is a painful condition that affects the second metatarsal head. This is the bony knuckle in the ball of the foot behind the second toe. It can also affect the third and fourth metatarsal bones, but they are less commonly affected.

More than 80% of cases are females, and most of those are women up to the age of 20 years. Children who are athletes are often most commonly affected, especially those who are on their toes a lot in sprinting or jumping. The primary complaint is often vague forefoot pain, worsened by activity and weight-bearing and relieved with rest.

Freiberg's Disease occurs in children when there is a disruption of blood flow to the tip of the bone because of excessive pressure. It happens at the site of the growth plate, which closes in adolescence and therefore does not affect adults. In some cases a mechanical cause is thought to be the reason for the condition. A traumatic event, such as a heavy blow, or several small incidents can also cause Freiberg's Disease.

Freiberg's Infarction is the term applied when it occurs to children. Infarct means tissue death because of lack of blood. It is likely the excessive pressure causes a small fracture to occur within the cartilage growth plate that is between the long shaft of the metatarsal bone and the head, cutting off the blood flow. On an x-ray the area will be transparent as calcium leaves the bone, which will collapse on itself. The process takes about a year and when it is complete, the bone will be denser and whiter. An x-ray will also show the flattening of the rounded tip of the metatarsal bone and thickening of the shaft.

Freigberg's Infraction is applied to adults where the x-rays are similar. Most people have two or three arteries supplying blood to the area, but some have only one artery, making possible bone death. In others, the first metatarsal does not function properly and shuns its share of the body weight over the second, third, and fourth bones.

Treatment includes examination of the foot, which should show the area to be swollen, stiff, and painful. To find the tender spot, the podiatrist will flex the toe back as far as possible to expose the end of the metatarsal as well as the bottom surface. Treatment will focus on reducing the pressure on the second metatarsal head, by deflecting the pressure away from the area, causing the first metatarsal to take its share of the weight.

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The foot is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and numerous tendons. Complex biomechanics keep all these parts in the right position and moving together. Given these intricacies, it is not surprising that most people will experience some problem with their feet at some time in their lives.

Within each foot, the essential structure can be summed up as follows:

  • Seven short metatarsal bones make up the heel and back of the instep.
  • Five metatarsal bones spread from the back of the foot toward front and make up the structure for the ball of the foot. Each metatarsal is associated with one of the toes.
  • Fourteen phalanges, small bones, form the toe structure.
  • Tarsal and metatarsal bones provide the structure for the arch of the foot.
  • Bands of ligaments connect and hold all the bones in place. 
  • A thick layer of fatty tissue under the sole helps absorb the pressure and shock that comes from walking and everyday movements.

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