23
Nov

Your Bunion Surgery: What to Expect

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Many have heard the term bunion, or heard others complain about painful bunions, but that does not always imply that the medical definition is known or fully understood. For those suffering from painful bunions or requiring surgery for bunions, it may be said the true understanding only comes with experience. However, bunion surgery is becoming more and more commonplace. A basic knowledge of the working of the foot and what to expect after bunion surgery may be helpful for both patient and caregiver.

By definition, a bunion is a type of foot deformity where the big toe turn outward. The first joint, where the toe meets the foot, turns out while the tip of the toe turns into the other toes. The now outward turned joint is made of soft tissue and bone and over time may be subjected to additional wear and tear, and with this, may become larger in size. This prominent and enlarged joint, which is considered deformed due to its outward turn, is the bunion.

Bunions are mainly caused by the wearing of ill fitting and narrow toed shoes over long periods of time. In a minority of cases, bunions are due to joint diseases such as arthritis or to hereditary causes. Knowing that ill fitting and narrow toed shoes are the most common culprit, it is not shocking to learn that most sufferers of bunions are women. High heels, narrow toed shoes and shoes that are too tight or too small are often the culprit. For some podiatry patients, bunion pain and relief can come from non surgical remedies, but for others, surgery is a must.

Cues that surgery is the recommended course of action may include pain that is not alleviated with non surgical measures, a big toe that is overlapping the smaller toes, constant and consistent pain that affects mobility, decrease in foot motion. Depending on the cause and severity of the bunion, the surgeon will determine the proper type of bunion surgery. There are six main types of bunion surgery: osteotomy, resection anthroplasty, exostectomy, arthrodesis, tendon/ligament repair. Regardless of the type, surgery for bunions is driven by the cause to relieve pain, correct deformity and realign the joint as needed.

Typically the surgery is performed as an outpatient surgery and the medical team will determine if local or general anesthesia is needed. Once the surgery is complete, there is normally a brief recovery in the hospital before heading home. The surgeon will normally prescribe several homecare routines, which will normally include instructions on changing the dressing, staying off the foot, pain medication, when shoes may be worn again and even some home exercises. Post surgery there are normally visits to the surgeon’s office to assess the healing and progress of the realigned joint.

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Categories : Foot Health
19
Nov

Choosing a new Hot Tub/Whirlpool can actually be somewhat of a huge task. With so many whirlpools out there, I assumed Jacuzzi was the only brand on the market. I found out real soon, what an array of shapes, sizes and bells and whistles that go along with them. Gone are the days of a simple round early 70’s style Jacuzzi steel tub wrapped with a bunch of wooden planks, and some contraption that heats the whirlpool like some scene out of a “Road Runner” cartoon.

Just like me, I bet you’ve worked a long day trying to please your customers and sitting in that so called ergonomic office chair. Probably better off sitting on a wooden tree stump. Let’s not forget the traffic on the way home. You’ve finally made it home ready to relax! In what? A 60 inch steel rectangular bathtub or a Jacuzzi handed down to you from your grandparents after they moved south? They were probably held together by Duct tape. Your grandparents figured, hey the astronauts used it! Yeah but that was new tape, not tape used to get the dog hairs off the couch. Gross!

These days hot tubs or whirlpools. Depending on how you perceive these marvels of bathing, come in different sizes and shapes, and materials too. I’ve seen them made from wood, acrylic and age old steel. Sure OK so you saw that movie with Mel Gibson where the house blows up and he hides in a steel tub.

Maybe you didn’t see the movie, but I’m positive you have heard, in case of tornado hide in your steel bathtub.

I’ll assume it’s so they find your dead body sparkly clean for the funeral. I mean really, all your close friends will be their! Sorry didn’t mean to be so morbid. But with these modern times, it’s time to get rid of that old steel tub and seriously look into investing in a whirlpool for your home.

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Categories : Fitness
16
Nov

Home Cure for Bunions

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How do you know if you have a bunion? If the joint connecting your big toe to your foot has a painful and swollen bump, you may have a bunion. The enlargement that is seen is actually a misalignment of the big toe joint.

There are many things that can lead to bunion formation. One of the causes is having abnormal biomechanics like overpronation of the foot. Other causes are previous sprains, fractures, nerve injuries, loose ligaments, and low muscle tone. Genetics also plays a role in bunion formation. The risk is increased if other members of the family have bunions. Gout and rheumatoid arthritis is also said to be associated with the condition.

Using poorly fitting shoes is likely to make an existing bunion worse. High heels also cause considerable strain on the toe joint because they tend to push your body weight onto the front of the foot.

Below are home treatments for bunions that can ease the pain and discomfort.

Taking nonprescription medicines such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen following the recommended dose can help relieve toe pain. Elevating the foot can help reduce inflammation. Applying ice to the painful joint is another way to ease pain.

Using orthotics, arch supports, or bunion pads at the bottom of the foot redistributes weight and takes the pressure off the big toe.

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Categories : Foot Health
12
Nov

Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia

According to WebMD, “fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal condition after osteoarthritis.”

Symptoms include widespread muscle and joint pain and fatigue. It can lead to depression and social isolation and is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood.

Because there is no remedy and the cause is not understood, some people find that natural remedies for fibromyalgia help. Keep in mind that because there are few studies on these treatments, the best way to find out if they work is to try them. Talk to your doctor first, though-this article is not intended to replace his or her advice.

Suggested Essential Oil Protocols

  1. For pain, use wintergreen, helichrysum, lavender, rosemary, and thyme. Massage 1-2 drops of each, diluted, on the location. Apply as a warm compress over the affected area.
  2. Nutritional Balance: Make sure you take vitamins. Take supplements that have potent levels of essential nutrients and metabolic factors for optimal health.
  3. Make sure you get plenty of both vitamin D and magnesium. These have both been found to be low in people with fibromyalgia. Vitamin D does have some effects on nerve and muscle function, however, some studies have shown that low levels of this vitamin may be associated with chronic pain.
  4. Cellular Support and Healing: 8 drops of DDR prime 2 times per day. This essential oil blend is formulated to support healthy cellular response, repair, and regeneration. It provides antioxidant protection and a healthy response to cellular stressors. You can also try 2-4 drops of frankincense under the tongue or internally with a spoonful of honey.
  5. Strengthen the Immune System: PB Assist to support healthy digestive functions and immunities. PB Assist is a blend of pre-biotic fiber along with 6 strains of probiotic microorganisms in a veggie cap that encourages culture adhesion and growth.
  6. Gastrointestinal Support: It is thought that one root cause of autoimmune disorders is Candida. According to WebMD, “Candida is a species of fungus that can live the mouth and digestive tract of both men and women”. To fight candida naturally, use 3-5 drops each of cinnamon, melaleuca, lemon, and oregano essential oils in a veggie cap and take it internally. You can also rub these oils on the bottoms of your feet or diluted on your abdomen.
  7. Emotional Support: Emotional support is important when you have fibromyalgia. There are many essential oils that will alleviate the symptoms of depression. Among them are: lemon, frankincense, lavender, bergamot, Elevation, and Balance.

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Categories : Fitness
8
Nov

Today, the most followed surrogacy procedure is the gestational surrogacy process. It is the type of surrogacy where the surrogate mother will carry the child that was conceived by using the intended couples’ sperm and eggs or using the donor’s sperm and eggs. In this type of surrogacy, the surrogate carrier is not biologically linked to the child. To retrieve and fertilize the eggs from the female partner, a process called InVitro Fertilization (IVF) is required. The sperm and eggs will then be combined to create embryos and selected number of embryos will be transferred to the uterus of the actual surrogate mother.

Gestational surrogacy is thought to carry less risk because the child is not biologically attached with the surrogate mother. But to be safe and to protect all the rights of all involved, a contract should be made before the process will start. There are several issues to be determined such as legal matters, medical and financial.

Legal Processes Associated With Surrogacy:

You can find many people who cannot give birth to their own child and are really disappointed but they don’t have to really worry about this a lot, there is a solution for their problem which is surrogacy. There are two types of surrogacy: Gestational surrogacy and traditional or genetic surrogacy. People generally prefer gestational surrogacy as it is the best method in which the surrogate mother will not have any biological relationship with the baby.

This is legally approved process but not in all countries. It is banned in few countries as getting parenthood in this way is illegal.

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Categories : Diseases