Archive For 03/28/2015

Treatment Options Available for People with Bunions

Various types of foot problems may not be life-threatening, but they can cause serious discomfort or pain to the sufferer especially since the foot carries the whole weight of the body when standing up or sitting down. I can still remember having a painful toe in the past and how it caused much pain whenever I walked. I’m sure that many of you have also suffered from other types of foot problems that have caused considerable discomfort or varying pain.

While some types of foot problems are very common, not many people are knowledgeable about how to treat them. I am talking in particular about bunions. Many people suffer from this problem discreetly and without taking any steps to improve their condition for lack of knowledge about this disease. Fortunately, it is not something serious or life-threatening, but it definitely can affect your normal routine.

A bunion is an enlargement of the big toe’s base joint. If it affects the joint of the smallest toe, it is called tailors bunion. The enlargement usually causes inflammation and pain in the joint area. In advanced cases, significant deformation of the toe is also noticeable. The larger the bunion is, the more pain it causes when walking.

Fortunately, there are various treatment options available for bunion sufferers:

Non-Surgical Treatment

  1. Wearing appropriate shoes. For minor cases of bunions, the symptoms associated with them can be easily reduced without medication or surgery. To achieve this, it is important for sufferers to wear the best shoes for bunions, which provide bigger space in the toe area and are more comfortable to wear. High-heeled and pointed shoes must be avoided.
  2. Use of orthotic devices. A doctor who specializes in foot disease, otherwise known as a podiatrist, would be able to assess your condition and determine if you will need orthotic devices such as shoe inserts, bunion pads and arch supports. Orthotic devices are designed to reduce the pressure in the affected toes, thereby reducing the symptoms of bunions.
  3. Anti-inflammatory medicines. These medicines may be useful for relieving inflammation. Over-the-counter pain relievers may also be taken in case of pain.

Surgical Treatment

In case there are no signs of improvement in your condition and your bunion is getting worse to the extent that it already is affecting your normal life, surgical treatment is the last option available. Also known as bunionectomy, surgery for bunion would attempt to realign the affected toe, correct the deformity, and restore the normal functioning of the toes. There are several variations of bunionectomy, and the type of procedure performed on a patient depends on the severity of the bunion, the age of the patient and other factors.

If you have a bunion, you should be proactive about its treatment to avoid unnecessary discomfort and pain. Except for surgery, most of your treatment options are inexpensive. If you are still unsure about whether you have a bunion or not, you could visit a podiatrist to diagnose your condition.

5 Types of Catfish That Can Make a Great Addition to Your Aquarium

People have different interests when it comes to pets. Aside from cats and dogs, rabbits and exotic animals are also gaining in popularity as pets. Aside from land animals, fishes are also popular as pets. I have visited several houses as well as restaurants with indoor or outdoor aquariums. And I must admit that they can add aesthetic value to the place. They also help entertain visitors, especially children.

While there are many species of fish that are suitable for aquariums, catfishes are perhaps one of the most versatile species that can make a delightful addition to your tank. With numerous types available in varying appearance, personality and purpose, you can easily find a catfish that will meet your preferences:

  1. Cory Catfish – Because of their peaceful nature, Cory catfish make a good addition to a community tank. They are bottom dwellers that feed on bottom scraps. However, they also enjoy eating fish foods as well as shrimp pellets and algae wafers.
  2. Pictus Catfish – This type of catfish can also live peacefully with any soft water aquarium mate, as long as it is not small enough to fit into the catfish’s mouth. Pictus cats are known for their pectoral fin, so extra care must be taken when catching them. Aside from leftover fish foods, they must also be fed with catfish pellets for complete nutrition. An occasional treat of small live food is also okay.
  3. Britle-Nosed Catfish – The Brittle-nosed cats are among the most sought-after aquarium catfishes because of their hardiness and ease of care. They are also peaceful and shy bottom-dwelling fishes that love to feed on tank algae and even dead fishes. They normally just come out during feeding time and in the evening.
  4. Clown Catfish – Unlike most aquarium catfishes, clown catfish prefer flowing or well-oxygenated water. They can peacefully cohabit with small groups of fish of at least four and generally stay at the bottom of the tank. They are not very difficult to feed as they will feed on almost any leftovers that settle at the bottom of the tank. They can also be fed with pellets and flakes as well as live or frozen foods.
  5. Otocinlus Catfish – Considered to be one of the smallest catfishes, otocinlus cats are another functional and attractive addition for your aquarium. They are very social and prefer to be kept with other fishes in small schools. They feed on algae as well as wafer food and vegetable-based flakes.

Most aquarium catfishes are difficult to breed in an aquarium setting. So if you want them, find a reliable breeder or a pet store that sells them.

One advantage of adding catfishes to your aquarium is that they are good tank cleaners. However, you must not completely rely on them to clean your tank. Regular cleaning is still required to make your tank a suitable living environment for your fishes.