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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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  • Feet footwear and arthritis

    Hammer toes

    Hammer toes is a condition that causes your toes to become permanently bent and is often linked to poorly fitting shoes.

  • Vasculitis

    Henoch–Schönlein purpura

    Henoch-Schönlein purpura is a type of vasculitis – inflammation affecting small blood vessels, which can cause a range of different symptoms including a skin rash and joint pain.

  • Hip pain

    Hip pain

    Hip pain is a very common problem but it’s not usually a sign of arthritis or any other underlying medical condition. We give details on causes of hip pain, treatments for it and self-help tips.

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