Podiatry Factoid

About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of diabetic nerve damage, which in severe forms can lead to lower limb amputations. Approximately 56,000 people a year lose their foot or leg to diabetes.
Glossary - M

Madura foot - mycetoma of the foot.

March foot - painful swelling of the foot, usually with fracture of a metatarsal bone, after excessive foot strain.

Mendel-Bechterew reflex -dorsal flexion of the second to fifth toes on percussion of the dorsum of the foot; in certain organic nervous disorders, plantar flexion occurs.

Metatarsus - the part of the foot between the ankle and the toes, its skeleton being the five bones (metatarsals) extending from the tarsus to the phalanges.

Miconazole - a topical antifungal agent available in two formulations: one for dermatophytic infections such as Athlete's foot, and the other for vulvovaginal candidiasis.

Monodactyly - the presence of only one finger or toe on a hand or foot.

Morton's neuralgia - pain in the metatarsus of the foot.

Morton's toe - tenderness or pain in the metatarsal area of the foot and in the third and fourth toes caused by pressure on a neuroma of the branch of the medial plantar nerve supplying these toes. The neuroma is produced by chronic compression of the nerve between the metatarsal heads. Called also plantar neuroma and Morton's disease, foot, or neuralgia.

Mycetoma - A chronic, slowly progressing bacterial or fungal infection usually of the foot or leg, characterized by nodules that discharge an oily pus.