Leg Ulcers Treatment

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Ulcers are breaks in the skin which fail to heal by themselves and may be accompanied by inflammation. Ulcers can occur anywhere on the body, however for this editorial I am specifically going to limit this to foot and leg ulcers.

A foot or leg ulcer is an open sore on the foot that looks like a red crater on skin. A leg ulcer can be shallow and only break through the surface of the skin or it can be very deep, extending through the full thickness of skin exposing tendons and bones. Leg ulcers are located mostly on the side of the foot or on the top or tip of the toe.

If leg ulcers are not treated quickly, they can get infected with serious consequences. Leg ulcers can develop into an abscess and spread through skin and into the bone. This can lead to gangrene or the death of the tissue. Read More…

Do You Suffer From Swollen Feet Or Ankles?

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Swelling of the feet and ankles is a particularly common problem. The medical name for this condition is oedema and this occurs when fluid is retained outside of the cells of the body. Feet and ankles normally swell up when there is something wrong with the foot itself, such as a sprain or fracture, or this may be associated with surgery, high blood pressure, being overweight, during pregnancy or due to excessive salt in our diet. These are just some of the main reasons for swollen feet and ankles.

Gravity pulls fluids down to the legs and ankles and under normal circumstances the contraction of muscles in the legs compresses the veins and helps counteract gravity by moving blood back to the heart. Inactivity and the way you sit can contribute to fluids moving from the blood into the surrounding tissues.

In addition to the swelling, inactivity greatly increases the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) which is a serious condition where a blood clot forms in the deep veins within the muscles. The biggest concern with the formation of a blood clot in the deep veins is the risk that this clot may dislodge and shoot to the lungs. If the clot is big enough then this can be fatal. Read More…

The Health Benefits of Black Garlic

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Garlic has been used as a medicinal herb since medieval times right up to the modern era where its benefits have been observed and scientifically proven. Historical records indicate that garlic had been used as medicine as a diuretic, digestive aid, antibiotic, anti-parasitic, for colds, infections and a wide variety of other ailments.

If garlic did not work well for so many ailments, it would have fallen out of historical records but because of its multi-faceted health benefits, garlic has been extensively researched over the last two decades and is now truly cemented in medical and human history. Read More…