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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

    Achilles tendinopathy

    Achilles tendinopathy is a condition that affects your feet. We explain a bit more about this condition and we also suggest where you can get more information about foot pain.

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    Acute calcific tendonitis

    Acute calcific tendonitis is a type of calcium crystal disease. We explain a bit more about the condition and we also suggest where you can get more information.

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    Acute CPP crystal arthritis

    Acute CPP crystal arthritis is a type of calcium crystal disease. We explain a bit more about the condition and we also suggest where you can get more information.

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    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)

    Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis affecting the joints in your back, but it can also affect other joints and can be linked to a variety of other symptoms including chest pain, eye or bowel inflammation and fatigue.

  • Antiphospholipid syndrome

    Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)

    Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) causes blood clotting and recurrent miscarriage. We explain the causes, diagnosis and treatments, including self-help measures.

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    Arthritis

    Arthritis affects millions of people and can have a huge impact on their lives. We explain the main types of arthritis, their causes and symptoms, and the various treatments.

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