Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What Are Heel Spurs and How To Deal With Them...

Heel spurs are sharp bony nodules that form due to chronic pressure around the heel. 

It can also develop from an underlying medical condition. These deformations of the foot are usually painless. However, if you experience any kind of discomfort then you may be required to attend to the cause of the heel spur before determining the treatment method.


Heel spurs are often linked with plantar fasciitis, which is an engorgement of the ligament that runs down the base of your foot and connects the heel bone to the toe. Chronic irritation and inflammation to this connective tissue can lead to the development of a heel spur.

Heel spurs are common among athletes who partake in repetitive sports which entail running and jumping. Spur can also form due to aging, obesity, side effects of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. People who suffer from chronic backache, have weak calf muscles or have poor blood circulation also face the threat of developing heel spur.


Since heel spur grow in the tendons region, it can be a continuous cause of pain in the foot. You may also experience stiffness or soreness upon waking up in the morning. Additionally, when you apply weight on your feet to walk or run, the sting can be excruciating and unbearable. This twinge usually subsides during other activities when the muscle tissues and tendons are relaxed and loose, but it keeps coming back on a regular basis.

The pain in the heel is in fact caused by swollen tendons and not the spur. The heel spur worsens and rubs against the tendons area in the heel, thus making them inflamed and irritated. Tender and warm heel is another significant sign of inflammation.


In all probability you will be able to find out if you have a heel spur after an X-ray is recommended by your doctor. An X-ray will expose the spurs or calcium deposits that form in response to the strain on the plantar fascia.


Rest: resting the heel is an essential aspect of heel spur treatment. A break from long walks, running or other physical activities that batter the heel against a solid surface can aid the pain to disperse.

Cold compress: applying ice packs assists in easing the pain that arises due to swollen tissues in the heel. It alleviates few symptoms and offers respite from severe pain.

Massage: massaging the foot along with the lower leg can assist in loosening the tightness, break-up scar tissues as well as adhesions and reduce the strain on the heel spur.

Exercises: there are certain exercises and stretches that grant relief from pain. Stretches such as cross leg and stair and hand towel pull are effective heel pain exercises.

Surgery: in certain rare cases, surgery is required to treat heel spur. In this mode of treatment, the spur causing pressure on the heel bone is surgically removed.

Medicines: apart from the various treatment approaches, certain anti inflammatory medications also aid in reducing the pain caused due to heel spur.

Overall, to effectively treat heel pain, it is imperative to recognize the cause and forestall the factors that can develop and intensify heel spurs.

To Your Health!

Jeff Beeman
Marketing Affiliate / Blogger

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Hypothyroidism and its various treatment approaches

The conventional model of treatment is based on supplementing the hormone that is deficient in the body.

There are other modes of treatment too, practiced by alternative health professionals who do so by providing certain natural thyroid hormone supplements.

Here are some of the common forms of treatments

Treatment Using T4 (Thyroxine) Supplementation
This is the most common mode of treatment practiced by majority of the doctors. T4 is the non active form of thyroid hormone and it is believed that the body cells can convert it to T3, the active thyroid hormone. Various prescriptions medicines such as Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothyroxine etc. are used to supplement T4.

Treatment Using Iodine Supplementation
Another common method to treat hypothyroidism is by using iodine supplements. This method is based on the belief that all cases of hypothyroidism manifested as goiter are caused due to iodine deficiency. However, this may be the case historically, but nowadays, majority of cases of goiter are caused due to excessive estrogen hormone preventing the release of thyroid hormones from the thyroid gland. 

Treatment of Hypothyroidism: The Natural Way
What you eat has a great impact on your thyroid gland and its optimal function. Eating the right foods can actually correct the underlying problem in your thyroid gland. Eating right also involves avoiding those foods which may cause a negative impact on the functioning of your thyroid gland. One such food is soy as it increases the production of estrogen hormone in your body which in turn leads to hypothyroidism.

A 3 step approach

Step 1: Dietary modifications
A well balanced and nutritious diet is very important to maintain healthy body and mind including the thyroid gland. The functioning of thyroid gland is disrupted if you do not take all the necessary nutrients required by your body in your diet. Apart from eating the necessary nutrients, dietary modifications also involve avoiding those foods which inhibit the functioning of thyroid gland thereby leading to hypothyroidism.

Step 2: Lifestyle Modifications
Stress plays an important role in inhibiting the functioning of thyroid gland. Hence, controlling stress through various lifestyle modifications can go a long way in healing your thyroid gland.

Step 3: Balanced Hormonal Levels
Our body's hormonal system is very complex and intertwined. Hence, if level of one hormone is off track as in hypothyroidism, it also affects the levels of several other hormones. The dietary and lifestyle modifications though work in maintaining this balance; still, your body may require some temporary hormonal supplements to speed up the process of healing of the thyroid gland.

Advantages of Following this Natural Dietary and Lifestyle Approach to Treat Hypothyroidism:

1.Symptoms of hypothyroidism start improving thus leading to a better quality of life. However the improvement is gradual and not overnight.

2.There is gradual increase in body energy and motivation.

3.One of the important symptoms of hypothyroidism is mental fogginess due to improper sugar storage. Glucose or sugar is vital for the functioning of brain. One of the biggest improvements with this approach that the sugar storage functions of liver improves providing the much needed sugar to brain. Hence, your mental fogginess gives way to mental clarity.

4.You are able to decrease both the physical and mental stress levels, thereby increasing your capability to handle stress of any kind.

5.You will also decrease your risk of developing various types of cancer apart from getting cured of hypothyroidism.

6.If you are overweight, you will be able to gradually lose weight and also manage it in the long run. Most of the weight loss programs prevalent today put much stress on the body, including the thyroid gland, thus suppressing it. As a result your metabolism slow down and makes the weight loss difficult and temporary. However by following the natural approach, your hormones become normal and your metabolism is increased. As a result you lose weight gradually and permanently.


To Your Health!

Jeff Beeman
JBNET Marketing

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What Is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is a common problem faced by millions of people around the world. 

Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid glands fail to produce enough hormones. In such a condition, the hormones fail to stimulate the metabolism system of the body and slow down the processes of the body. Various research carried by medical experts have deduced that the occurrence of Hypothyroidism is more common among people above the age group of fifty years that in a lesser age group bracket, but it does not mean that people who are less averse to it will stop taking precautions. Hypothyroidism increases the cholesterol level and makes a person more immune to heart disease and diabetes.


Certain symptoms of Hypothyroidism in the initial stages may include weakness of the body, mental fatigue, and increase in the normal weight, depressive behavior, headache, and stomach pain, feeling excessive cold, pains in the body, pain in the joints, Constipation, hair fall, brittle nails, pale face, muscle pain and more. These are some of the normal symptoms that one can go through while facing Hypothyroidism.

In the later stage when the problem increases, the symptoms may include a loss of memory, improper speech condition, drowsiness, dizziness, memory loss in frequent periods, irregular menstrual condition, dry skin, loss of appetite, muscles spasms and more. Pregnant women will have regular spells of dizziness and children will have to suffer from various developmental problems like stagnant height, excessive weight gain and memory problems.

Causes of Hypothyroidism:

As mentioned earlier, Hypothyroidism is a common disease and may occur due to a variety of reasons. It may occur due to unhealthy and unhygienic eating habits leading to thyroid problems. Eating sugary or starchy food and junk foods may often give trouble to the thyroid glands. Surgical removal of the entire thyroid glands, chronic stress, Autoimmune Diseases like Hashimoto's thyroiditis and atrophic thyroiditis that can appear suddenly and radiation treatment, which tends to harm the thyroid glands are some of the other causes that may cause Hypothyroidism.

Congenital Hypothyroidism, a term used when a child is born without a thyroid gland or has a dysfunctional one is also quite common among children. Viral or Autoimmune Thyroiditis leads to Hypothyroidism and so does any disease in the Pituitary gland. Certain medications like Lithium and interferon alpha have also been known to cause side-effects causing Hypothyroidism. Other causes may include consuming low or no iodine and infiltration by bacterial agents that harm the thyroid glands.

Hypothyroid Treatment

One of the most common treatments recommended by doctors is to replace the thyroxine with another thyroid hormone called levothyroxine. This option is very safe and does not require you to incur huge expenses on medical bills. But for this, the metabolism rate of the body is needed to be checked to make it normal and only then it should be done. There are various other treatments that are available too, but this particular treatment is considered much safer than the rest. Natural treatments are also available, but that depends on the severity of your condition. If levothyroxine is just on stage one, these treatments are often found to be beneficial.

Hypothyroidism is not an incurable disease and with time, medications and precautions, the treatments will be helpful in the long-term. The most important part to consider is that you must immediately consult a doctor in case you start seeing the symptoms.

To Your Health!

Jeff Beeman
JBNET Marketing

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