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Environmental Factors Behind Thyroid Disease | Wellness Clinic

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the base of the neck. It's in charge of releasing essential thyroid hormones which control the body's metabolism, the way the body uses energy. The thyroid gland's hormones regulate vital body functions, such as breathing, heart rate, central and peripheral nervous systems, body temperature and more.

What causes autoimmune thyroid disease?
As essential as the thyroid gland is, however, the body's own immune system can sometimes malfunction and attack this important endocrine organ, ultimately affecting its function. Autoimmune thyroid diseases, like Hashimoto's thyroid disease and Graves' disease, have been on the rise in the United States. While the diagnosis of thyroid disease has increased, many doctors still don't know the cause of the issue, but these have been linked to several factors.

Environmental Factors for AITD
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Morton's Neuroma and its Symptoms

Morton's Neuroma and its Symptoms - El Paso Chiropractor
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Morton’s Neuroma is a condition most frequently diagnosed among athletes. Identified by a thickening of the nerve tissues found in the ball of the foot, Morton’s neuroma most commonly affects the nerve that travels between the third and fourth toes.

The thickened nerve tissue may be caused by irritation, trauma from injury, or constant pressure on the nerves of the toes. Morton’s neuroma has also been found to occur more in women than in men. This condition is commonly known to be caused by improperly fitting shoes or shoes with high heels or pointed toes. This type of footwear often compresses the nerves in the toe area, making these become numb. 

Wearing improper footwear during strenuous physical activities, such as running, adds stress to the toes, which may eventually cause foot complications to develop. There are no visible signs for Morton’s neuroma, such as an outward lump. Common symptom of the condition include a burning sensation, pain, and tingling in the ball of the foot that travels into the toes. The pain usually may intensify when wearing shoes or when participating in physical activity. Although considered rare, the symptoms of Morton's neuroma may continue during night or with rest.

Morton's Neuroma and its Symptoms - El Paso Chiropractor

If an individual experiences these symptoms, the first option to take should be getting the appropriate footwear. With the right type of shoe, any unnecessary pressure will be minimized. Lifestyle changes may also be recommended in order to avoid further injury to the foot. People affected with Morton’s neuroma should rest their feet as much as possible to avoid nerve irritation.

By Dr. Alex Jimenez

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