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There are about 200 different musculoskeletal conditions. Arthritis is a term used by doctors to describe inflammation within a joint, while rheumatism is a more general term that's used to describe aches and pains in or around the joints. Because there are many possible causes of these pains doctors don't often use the term rheumatism and will usually refer to these problems either by a specific diagnosis or according to the part of the body affected. Doctors sometimes use the term 'musculoskeletal conditions' or 'the rheumatic diseases' to refer to a whole range of conditions that affect the joints. 

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    Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain. We explain a bit more about fibromyalgia, what causes it, how it’s diagnosed and treated, and the importance of self-help measures.

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    Foot and ankle pain

    The foot has a complex structure and most people take around a million steps a year, so it’s not surprising that our feet and ankles can be prone to arthritis and related problems.

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