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Parathyroidism Foot Pain

Updated April 17, 2017

Parathyroidism, also known as parathyroid disease or hyperparathyroidism, is a medical condition in which the parathyroid glands function improperly. The parathyroid glands are four pea-sized glands located in the neck. This condition can cause foot pain as well as a range of other symptoms.

Parathyroid Function

The main function of the parathyroid glands is to secrete a hormone called PTH. Your body uses PHT to maintain proper levels of calcium and phosphorus in your blood.

Parathyroidism Effects

In parathyroidism, a dysfunction in your parathyroid glands, sometimes a small non-cancerous tumour, causes your glands to produce too much PTH.

Significance

Elevated levels of PTH in your blood can cause your body to remove too much calcium from your bones, weakening them.

Foot Pain

The process of removing calcium from your bones that results from parathyroidism may cause pain, usually in the limbs and often in the feet. In addition, bones weakened by parathyroidism are more brittle and can break easily.

Treatment

According to the National Institutes of Health, most cases of parathyroidism are treated by surgery to remove the malfunctioning gland. There's about a 95 per cent success ratio. In addition, some drugs called calcimimetics may be able to improve this condition.

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About the Author

Abe Robinson has been a freelance writer since he graduated from college in spring 2009. He has written for a variety of websites and has provided content for the University of Chicago's "Ceremonial Words – Ritual Acts." He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from that university, receiving honors for his B.A. Thesis "Anglo-American Perceptions of Japanese Imperialism in Taiwan."