Rheumatoid arthritis frequently affects the joints of the foot and ankle; commonly the joints that connect the toes to the foot (called the metatarsophalangeal joint or MTP joint). This is what we usually call the ball of the foot. And it can also affect the smaller joints of the toes. Similar to other joints, RA can cause synovitis in the MTP joints, causing pain, swelling and joint erosion and deformity eventually making it difficult to stand, walk and to wear shoes comfortably. Since the big toe and the fifth toe to tend to bear the most pressure, these joints are the most often affected. In children, RA in the joints of the foot causes similar pain, swelling and joint deformities that also affect the proper bone growth and development of the joints.
In fact, studies have shown that 90% of people with RA have painful feet or ankles at some point during the course of their disease. Other studies have varied about how many joints are affecte...
In the political war on obesity which side wins? A Chicago Tribune special report offered the following answer, "the side with the biggest wallets." And in this case that would be? The food and beverage industries, again and again. In fact, according to the article, they have never lost a significant political battle in the US, despite the increasing data suggesting that unhealthy food and the marketing efforts that highlight its mouthwatering existence, is contributing significantly to the epidemic we call childhood obesity. Soda tax....not happening.....legislation to reduce salt, sugar, fat in kid's foods....didn't happen (though some companies have adopted voluntary efforts). Lobby expenditures have risen substantially in this sector along with voluntary pledges, but legislation has been "killed' repeatedly and effectively.
So what can you do and what changes can you make to minimize the obesity risk for your kids and work on your own issues, if you struggle with weight? Re...
Premenstrual tenderness and swelling of the breasts; Breast tenderness - premenstrual; Breast swelling - premenstrual
Self-care tips include:
Eating a lower fat diet
Avoiding caffeine (coffee, tea, and chocolate)
Avoiding salt 1 - 2 weeks before your period starts
Getting vigorous exercise every day
You should perform a breast self-examination every month.
A well-fitting bra should be worn day and night to provide good breast support.
The effectiveness of vitamin E, vitamin B6, and herbal preparations such as evening primrose oil are somewhat controversial and should be discussed with your health care provider.
Birth control pills may be prescribed to decrease symptoms.
Diuretics (water pills) taken in the premenstrual phase may reduce breast swelling and tenderness.
A prescription medicine called Depo-Provera is available for those who experience premenstrual breast swelling and tenderness. This d...
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