Eliminating fungal infections can be difficult and extremely frustrating. Sometimes, ringworm can be misdiagnosed as eczema or other forms of dermatitis. Either way, research has indicated that a particular type of honey known as "Manuka Honey" is effective in treating these conditions. Since fungi are microorganisms, the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties present in Manuka Honey get right to work at destroying these microorganisms. In addition, Manuka Honey has been proven to have very powerful antifungal properties, making it an ideal substance to treat fungal infections. Manuka Honey is also effective in treating eczema so if there is a misdiagnosis, the condition should still be rectified. In two words, heel pain. Plantar fascia is the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot; it connects to your Achilles tendon which connects to your gastrocnemius or calf muscle. The weakest link in this connection is at the heel. Tiny micro tears and inflammation occur in the fascia at the heel resulting in pain. It is the most common cause of heel pain we see. It is characterized by pain first thing in the morning or pain after you have been sitting for a period of time. Once you take a few steps the pain generally improves. What causes it? Degrees below zero. Wind chills of -40. Many places are experiencing frigid conditions across the nation. You can keep your cold. We can claim our name to fame by topping that when it comes to winter. How would you like to live in the area that gets the most snow in America? Houston becomes paralyzed with a light dusting and the city stops. They've fired up the zydeco a couple times to celebrate flakes falling on the bayous of Louisiana. A couple of inches is an inconvenience in the midwest. In this neck of the woods, we measure by feet. Put your ruler away. Ulcers occur most often on the ball of the foot or on the bottom of the big toe. Ulcers on the sides of the foot are usually due to poorly fitting shoes. Remember, even though some ulcers do not hurt, every ulcer should be seen by your health care provider right away. Neglecting ulcers can result in infections, which in turn can lead to loss of a limb. One of the biggest threats to your feet is smoking Smoking affects small blood vessels. It can cause decreased blood flow to the feet and make wounds heal slowly. A lot of people with diabetes who need amputations are smokers. Additional Resources Top water plugs are another good option, but they only work with a running tide and during overcast or foggy days, when the fish can't get a good look at the plug. They also work in the dim light of dawn, but it isn't very safe to be crossing over to the island in the dark unless you are a very good navigator and there is radar on the vessel. It isn't fun to end up on the bow of a barge as it is being towed east or west by a big tugboat.