Sinus Tarsi Syndrome

Have you ever suffered a sprained foot or ankle while playing sports or be unlucky enough to have them while you are just simply walking or running? What if you really do manage to get one but no matter what you do to it, it simply does not heal properly? Well sometimes a sprain isn’t really a sprain at all but is a symptom of another affliction altogether. The Sinus Tarsi Syndrome is one such thing. You may think it as a common sprain initially, but it really does not respond to common sprain treatment and careful observation by a qualified practitioner is needed to address it properly.

What is the Sinus Tarsi Syndrome?

The Sinus Tarsi is the region on the outside of your foot between the ankle and the talus bone. It looks like a kind of depression on the area and in it contains ligaments, nerve endings, veins and arteries. It is a sort of junction between the structures of the foot that anything that affects nearby areas has a chance to affect the Sinus Tarsi. Any condition that affects the Sinus Tarsi is called a Sinus Tarsi Syndrome.

What Causes Sinus Tarsi Syndrome?

The main reason of it developing is if you have severely pronated foot (flat footedness), wherein structures that form the arc in the foot are weak or is compromised. It is also known to occur after spraining on the foot, and may also be precipitated by repeated stress, acquired from either walking or running, bearing down on the area.

What are the Signs that you have Sinus Tarsi Syndrome?

People who have Sinus Tarsi afflictions usually feel pain on the outside of the foot near the ankles. Tenderness and swelling in the area are also sometimes exhibited, while stiffness and pain are typically felt after long periods of rest or is unused. The pain usually subsides to a lesser degree once the area has been warmed up considerably, but jacks up again when walking upon inclined or uneven surfaces where the foot is sort of twisted or deformed.

How is the Sinus Tarsi Syndrome Treated?

Initial response to the condition requires the placement of ice and elevation of the area affected once the pain sets in. Resting of the foot is a must and taking of pain medicine could help alleviate the pain that is experienced. Continued treatment programs includes, among other things, anti-inflammatories, immobilization, sport ankle sleeves, oral or injected steroid and podiatric shoes to maintain proper foot posture. Surgery is not often required but physical therapy on the area is highly recommended.

Sinus Tarsi Syndrome is a problem which often occurs following any injury to the foot such as ankle and other foot sprains. It usually also happen to people who are flat footed or have overused their feet for prolonged periods of time. Diagnosing it properly and timely is very important to significantly decrease the risk of exacerbating it. Simple treatments work efficiently most of the time and surgery on the area is rarely advised but should be contemplated if the basic treatment is deemed inadequate.

Published: June 18, 2014

Be Wary of the Signs of a Stroke

Have you ever experienced a sudden pain in right arm or numbness in left arm without any reason for it to be happening in the first place, like physically injuring it? Well you better take heed of it and never brush it off like it’s something simple and ordinary, or else risk suffering something terribly heart wrenching.

Sudden pain in these areas could mean a variety of things ranging from the innocent to the more serious ones and only a thorough checkup by a specialist could factually define what it is that is bothering you. But in everything that has gone wrong in our body, specially the sudden ones, it is better to expect the worst case scenario and be proven wrong than to just brush it off and die by it eventually. It is always safe to be prudent in everything that we do.

Sudden pain in the right arm is a symptom common to many an illness and typical maladies that has it in its list of warnings include Syringomyelia (cyst in vertebrae), Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (compressed nerves in the collar bone area), Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (same as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome but in the elbow), or it can also be a symptom of an oncoming stroke among other things. So we can clearly see what we must guard against it if ever we come to experience such pains and immediately take measures against it.

On the other hand, numbness in the left arm also has several illnesses and injuries directly connected to it. Primary of which are Fractures, Brachial Plexus Injuries, Ganglion Cyst (non-cancerous growths on hands and wrists), Crutch Palsy (also known as Radial Nerve Dysfunction), vitamin deficiencies, vascular disorders and also is a warning of an impending stroke.

Judging by several similarities of both of the mentioned disorders, we can now clearly see a pattern with regards to both of these afflictions and we can now also deduce what it is that we must guard against, if ever we experience pain in whichever arm and also numbness and tingling in either one of them. It is the possibility of suffering a debilitating stroke that we must be always wary of.

A stroke, also known as cerebrovascular accidents (CVA), is an emergency medical condition that is brought about by the loss of brain function due to the blockage of the arteries that brings blood into the brain. These blockages are caused by either a hemorrhage or fatty deposits inside of the arteries inhibiting the proper flow of blood. A stroke may prove to be fatal in a short time if necessary aid is not immediately applied as brain cells tend to die quickly with the absence of air.

So if ever you feel the sudden onset of pain or tingling in either of your arms, coupled with weakness on either side of your face and difficulty in talking, it is recommended that you call 911 immediately or have a person accompany you to the nearest hospital quickly as these are the classic signs of a stroke that is about to happen. Knowing about it is a step towards you keeping your life.

Published: June 2, 2014

Bananas for Dogs, Why Not?

Ever wonder about something so simple and common that it seems very ordinary, yet you are amazed that it is only now that you have even thought about it? I’m talking about the question of can dogs eat bananas. A somewhat innocent yet whimsical question you probably haven’t encountered before, but I’m willing to bet that you really don’t know the answer to that, do you?

Monkeys are a shoe in for this banana eating stereotype but dogs are another matter completely. We all know that most dogs have an affinity with bones and the likes, but with recent advances with regards to pet feeding, we are already being conditioned to always using factory made and mixed dog foods to feed our dogs with regularity, as there are even several kinds of it to suit everyone’s particular needs and taste. There is even a hypoallergenic dog food variety for those who can’t stand the regular mix and also the wet and dry ones for those with discerning tastes, but bananas?

Bananas are sweet and soft kinds of fruits that are usually of an elongated tube shape, although slightly bent at the ends, and usually are colored yellow but are also known to have green and orange varieties. They are primary sources of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, Potassium, Vitamin B6, electrolytes and other substances that are generally good for our health. So does it follow that if it is good for us humans, then it would be safe to say that it is too for our pets? Well, in the case of our pet dogs, it kind of is.

Because of their sweet nature and sugary content, bananas can be even fed to our dogs as treats. It is particularly good for them too, especially to large breeds of dogs, working dogs and dogs that are very active, because it delivers to them the boosts of energy they need to maintain their health.

Other benefits of bananas to dogs are their potassium content which limits the occurrence of cramping in dogs, which they are always wont to do especially during long walks and strenuous activities. Bananas are also found to contain trace amounts of norepinephrine and serotonin, compounds known to be the harbinger of joyful mood and happiness, which is a good thing as nobody wants a particularly grumpy pet.

Bananas are also recognized to act as a sort of a protector of the stomach and the digestive system by inhibiting excess acid secretion in these areas thereby lessening the risk of damage due to ulcers and other adverse conditions. So there you go, bananas can indeed be fed to dogs and might also be beneficial to the dog’s general state of health and well-being.

Now the only question that hinders you from doing so eventually is whether your dog would like the taste of a banana or not. Dogs, like people, also have different tastes and different reaction to everything, and we really don’t want to force anything to our beloved pets do we?

Published: May 6, 2014

Two Most Deadly Diseases in cats

Did you know that the two leading causes of deaths in cats besides accidents and natural deaths are roundworms and pancreatitis? They are the two most common diseases in cats whose cure is rather easy to administer but usually aren’t treated properly, owing to both of the diseases hard to detect nature as well as the cat’s tendency to never show any obvious signs of having them. But these diseases are serious enough to warrant our immediate attention as the lives of our pets are in peril if ever they do manage to contract them.

Roundworms in cats are a kind of intestinal parasite that is very common in the feline population. They have a round body and may grow up to six inches long when mature, probably longer with age. They possess a whitish brown coloring and are very similarly looking to cooked spaghetti noodles if you think about it and are usually located in the cat’s intestines, wriggling around and living off nutrients eaten by its host.

They are fairly widespread that even kittens are always known to have them. There are several modes of infection for these roundworms such as through ingestion of infected food, breastfeeding from an infected mother cat and eating live prey, like rodents, that harbors roundworms. Typical symptoms of roundworm proliferation includes a potbelly, vomiting and diarrhea, dull coat, lethargy and unexplained weight loss.

Besides the chemical and artificial way of treating round worms, there are natural alternatives to doing such. Herbs like Wormwood and Ruta Graveolens, acts like intestinal tonics whose way of treatment is by promoting regular intestinal purging to get rid of these parasites. Other helpful plants are Neem and Clove which both act like nature’s pest repellant that halts the forming of an infestation in its early stages.

Another area of concern is about the resurgence of pancreatitis in cats. Pancreatitis is the swelling in the pancreas of cats which is mainly due to a diet of highly processed foods and fats. Other known causes of it are trauma to the area of the pancreas and also of the ingestion of food that is tainted by pesticides and other toxic substances.

Typical symptoms that your cat has pancreatitis are dehydration, lethargy, poor appetite, vomiting and increased rate of breathing. Pancreatitis is a very dangerous disease if not treated properly as it can lead to several unfortunate circumstances such as kidney failure, respiratory failure due to the buildup of fluid in the lungs, blood coagulation and ultimately even death.

The natural treatment of Pancreatitis in cats involves the administering of voluminous fluid therapy as well as the maintaining of the electrolyte balance in the cats body. Plants like turmeric, milk thistle, ginger, basil and dandelion acts to alleviate pancreatic pain and is also responsible for the normal production of pancreatic enzyme needed for digestion. It is also a must to tweak the cat’s diet, staying away as much as possible from foods that are high in fats and proteins.

As was said earlier, these dangerous and often fatal diseases are relatively hard to notice on our pets. What is needed is a general attentiveness by us pet-owners, on the subtle changes in the way our pets behave and acting on it post haste, as they cannot do so on their own, and their lives really depends on it.

Published: March 30, 2014

Does Your Boyfriend Control You?

Many of us, most particularly of the feminine persuasion, pass through various stages in life wherein we do seemingly mindless kinds of actions. Some of which tends to put into question, the sanity of our being, under the influence of that thing called love. The things we get ourselves in and the things that we do for it, sometimes really do defy good judgment and reason as to say that love is really an indefinable thing or that it is blind just to name a few clichés.

One such dilemma, amongst other things, is of why some women insist on staying with an overly controlling boyfriend. The reasons surrounding such relationships we truly may not know fully about, but the basic tenet of freedom among us human beings seems to be acceptingly surrendered by one party in this kind of union.

Maybe the offended party, most usually females, lack the proper self-esteem needed to recognize the abuse, or maybe she truly loves her boyfriend amidst of it all. Maybe she is too afraid that she’ll never find another boyfriend after this one or is not very versed on how to get over someone that she’d rather stick with what is already available, even if she’s already suffering from it hoping that eventually he’ll change for the better. A baseless if not foolish hope of what could have been.

So what are the sure signs that you have an overly controlling boyfriend?

He’s putting you down constantly

He sees the wrong in everything you do and always makes it a point to show that you can’t do anything right without his help. He is subtly destroying your self-confidence which eventually makes you dependent on him for everything.

He abhors you having fun without him

It’s okay for you to have fun, as long as it is with him only. Going out with your friends is a big mistake with him, and if you ever thought of bringing him with you, he’ll never interact with your buddies and will make sure you’ll have a rotten time.

He’s boxing you in his world

You can’t really do anything without him and you kind of lose your freedom from doing things. He has his own rules about your relationship which are absolute and you can’t reallyobject to it.If and when you do confront him about it and somehow make a stand, he’ll break down and make you pity him which is a kind of an emotional blackmail.

Other traits of a controlling boyfriend include his insecurity towards you and the way he always doubts everything that you do. He always finds ways to get jealous even with your friends and family. So if you find these things in your current boyfriend, you better run as fast as you can the other way and leave him. Don’t wait for him to eventually get violent as that is the next logical stage to his controlling ways. Always remember that you went into a relationship for a life of love not a life of fear.

Published: February 7, 2014

INFJ and INFP Relationships

INFJ Relationships and INFP Relationships, what are they really? Both carry the word relationship in them but that is where their similarities end and their differences commence. Are these kinds of relationships about people? Is it between animals of like kind, plants, or the whole of nature perhaps? What’s the difference between them if any? And how does it affect us all with our everyday living and such?

You probably are aware of them but just don’t know what they are called and chances are, you might even belong to either one of them. INFP & INFJ Relationships are part of what is known as the Myers-Briggs personality type pairing system wherein people are subdivided into sections depending on their view of things and how they behave in certain circumstances.

INFP’s (introversion, intuition, feeling, perception) are fragile, nurturing and assertive kinds of people. They are the cautious dreamers willing to sacrifice their all for whatever it is that they believe in and are doggedly loyal to something once they set their minds into it.

INFP’s strengths include being concerned, caring, perceptive, loyal, driven, diverse, flexible, and versant of the space that others need to move in. While their weaknesses include shyness, always needing praise and affirmation, utmost distaste for conflict and criticism, difficulty in putting people in their proper places, keeps feelings to himself, idealistic predilection, and the tendency of always blaming oneself for everything that goes wrong.

INFJ’s (introversion, intuition, feeling, judging) on the other hand, are people who are very systematic of everything that is included in their outside being. They are the confidants of all and always strive to maintain peace while helping others. They are also fiercely private and acutely committed to whatever they believe in that they oftentimes dwell in a place of guarded nuances and hope.

INFJ’s strengths include them having the propensity of being amiable and affirming kinds of people, dedication in making each relationship work, constant validation of the feelings of others, excellent interpersonal communication, as well as being extremely good listeners and very committed to the relationship that they are in. While their purported weaknesses include their half-hearted way of not giving it all, their supposed impracticality with everyday living especially with money matters, and also of their unusually high expectations of their true worth.

INFP and INFJ kinds of people tend to go well with each other. With both their supposed distaste for superficiality and initial reactions and impressions of things, they somehow get to meet on common grounds, thereby building intimacy between the two. Their common introversion and difficulty of expression brings harmony and trust to their relationship knowing full well that either one of them feels the same way about whatever it is that they encounter.

As with all kinds of relationships that seem to prosper, finding common ground between all the parties involved is the key. One must learn to disregard any conventions or sectioning that brings separation and work towards harmony in the relationship instead. It all boils down to each person’s ability to bend that makes a relationship truly successful.

Published: January 20, 2014

So Much Fuss about Nothing

Relationship anxiety is truly tough on a person’s rational well-being. It is the fear of rejection and the angst of thinking that someone really doesn’t love you at all, that acts as stumbling blocks to normal thinking and also serves as some sort of constant stress that always affects our already burdened immune system.

Most of us are occasionally affected, in varying degrees, with the ups and downs of a human relationship, but it is those persons who have much stronger levels of connection anxiety and are very sensitive to perceived signals that their partners will always bolt, that seems to suffer much more. It is also them who always try to get guarantees because they see their partner’s conduct as entirely negative in nature, so even if it really doesn’t show, they really do suffer from their condition.

Studies have stated that relationship anxiety, in reality, really does have bad effects on one’s total health, be it mental or physical, but unfortunately it also not mentioned of how the stresses of anxiety and a person’s health integrated with each other. It is now dependent on the sufferer to be aware of what is happening and immediately find ways of alleviating it. Although it is really hard for a sufferer to admit to his or her crisis, probably because of denial or steadfast stubbornness, it is then up to the person’s circle of friends or family to help treat, and more importantly guide the person towards recovery.

Although there are many ways to tackle anxiety, most in the form of highly advertised modern drugs and procedures, it is the natural way of treatment that seems the best. Most drug supplements for anxiety are just chemicals that interfere with the body’s normal process and not treat the problem at its source, which really is just inter personal interaction and inborn thinking.

First thing that comes to mind is to ditch the person that is the object of anxiety, but we don’t really want that do we. Some suggests several household items that can help us with it. Items like chamomile tea, valerian, lemon balm, lavender and even chocolates for that matter do wonders to people suffering from anxiety. A good exercise program, jogging or some brisk walking always tends to clear up the mind. Practicing meditation and consciously always being mindful of things also really helps a lot.

Anxiety comes from false perception of things, so it is that which we need to change. We have to start thinking positively about everything and we need to see the best in every situation, we are all beautiful and everything in this earth is good. If we start thinking like that, then everything will be just fine.

Published: December 10, 2013

All About Bunions

Bunions and onions, sounds nearly the same but vastly so different in many ways. The only similarity between the two is that both can make you cry like a baby. Onions by the release of sulfenic acids that reacts to the air, forming minute sulfuric acid crystallites that kind of burns when it comes in contact with the nose and the eyes, while bunions just hurts like that fiery place we all don’t want to end in.

Bunions are hard things, both in form and function. It is actually your big toe, or the extension of it, that sorts of protrude beyond its natural place. Bunions usually form when the big toe in your feet pushes against the toe next to it, either over or under the next toe, which usually results in the joint of the big toe to kind of stick out awkwardly on that particular side of the foot.

What causes bunions?

Bunions usually are the result of too much pressure on your feet. They develop when the pressure of weight bearing and shifting, like when you walk or run, impacts unevenly on your foot. That imbalance of pressure on your foot causes the joints, particularly of the big toe, to eventually jut out of its normal position, forming the bunion. Other considered causes of bunions are heredity, congenital deformities present at birth, the wearing of ill-fitting and improper footwear and arthritis.

How are bunions treated?

There are many avenues available for the treatment of bunions, both surgical and non-surgical. Non-surgical methods include the use of cortisone injections to relieve and control the inflammation of the bunion. Custom footwear fitted with orthotics are the best shoes for bunions in that they slow the growth of the bunion, as well as tackle the foot’s innate biomechanical issues. There are also several stretching exercises which one could use to minimize the tension on the joint that has formed a bunion. But if all of the previous methods fail to address the bunion, a surgical intervention might eventually be needed.

Bunionectomy is performed to alleviate the pain as well as correct the deformity of a bunion. It is a fairly simple and less invasive procedure under local anesthesia, which will let you go home after the procedure is finished. But the healing process is fairly long and may take about six months, most of them with your foot in a cast, before your feet can function normally.

Why are bunion treatments important?

Besides the bunion sufferers decreased productivity in his daily living, probably owing to more downtime taking care and treating his bunions, the quality of life of a person with bunion also suffers. He can’t very well do even the simplest things because of his inability to use his feet, and his general health also goes with it. His inability to walk or run makes him use his car more often, he can’t always go out and do things, so he is generally at home watching television or in front of the computer while lounging at his air-conditioned room. His carbon footprint really jumps to a new high because of his bunions, and is contributing to the general pollution and energy drain that we men are won’t to do. And we all know that even one man’s high carbon footprint really affects us all in the scheme of things. So go out and treat your bunions and you might help save the earth while doing it.

Published: October 1, 2013

We Are All Affected

Ecology is defined by the Oxford dictionary as the scientific study of the interactions among organisms and their environment. It is basically an all-encompassing thing really, as it deems to seek the way of how things can live with each other and also the interaction they have with their environment. It is generally a study of the whole of the earth in general and life itself in particular as it also tries to explain subtly, how even the smallest and simplest of organisms can affect everything.

Take for example the lowly bees. Most of us generally just take them for granted and they even almost always get our undeserved ire, the moments we come in close contact with them. Little do we know that they are in fact, very vital cogs in the ecosystem that without them, life for us humans would be very different or worse non-existent.

Bees do the pollinating of most of our plants and pollination is the way plants reproduce. If plants are not allowed to reproduce, then they die and they become extinct. When plants go extinct, then the animal that eats them exclusively eventually does too and the cycle continues, like dominoes falling one after the other. We humans are not exempted from it as we are sort of like on the top of the food chain and whatever happens on the bottom surely will affect whoever it is on the top.

Another example is the problems that may occur when species that is native to one location is introduced to a new location. The species in question may die in his new environment if he is unable to adapt to it, or may eventually be the cause of the destruction of his new home, probably because he has tipped the delicate balance of the ecosystem that is already present there.

The Cory Catfish is one such creature that happens to be somewhat of a bane in some of the ecosystems that he is currently in. These catfishes are tropical fresh water fishes that are native to South America. They are quite small at about six centimeters long from head to tail but are known to get much bigger in their native habitat. They belong to the Callichthyidae family of armored catfishes and are generally bottom feeders, contented to feed from scraps of food that trickles from the surface.

Cory Catfishes, because of their size and bottom cleaning ways, are currently a hit with aquarium keepers. They keep about two to three of them in each tank to help keep the aquarium generally clean and they are very hardy fishes with a lifespan of about three to five years, longer when they are out in the wild.

The problem with them is when the aquarium keeper loses interest with his fishes. He may thought it will be well meaning and good for the fishes if he just releases them in the nearest lake or pond, little does he know that what he is doing is harmful to the environment. Cory Catfish are invasive species and takes over any area they are in so long as it’s freshwater. They breed relentlessly and choke out native fishes from their new area taking it as their own. It is very hard eradicating such unwanted infestation and no common catfish bait will work when they have already established themselves in an area.

There are still lots from where these examples came from and every one of them needs our attention badly. We should start minding ecology and not just bandy it around, waiting for the time it eventually affects us. Because when our time really does come, it may probably be too late.

Published: August 10, 2013