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  • 3D printing: Customized insoles for diabetes patients

    In the past, insoles for patients with diabetes were hand-made by orthopedic shoemakers. In the future, these specialist shoemakers will be able to produce insoles more cost-effectively thanks to new software and the use of 3D printers. This approach means the mechanical properties of each insole can be assessed scientifically and more effectively.

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  • Older age, obesity cited as risk factors for deep SSI after plate fixation of proximal tibial fractures

    Researchers of this study identified older patient age, obesity, alcohol abuse and specific fracture type as risk factors for deep surgical site infection among patients who underwent plate fixation for proximal tibial fractures.

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  • When Is Heel Pain Nerve Pain?

    Although clinicians may assume plantar fasciopathy is always the cause of heel pain, the heel pain may be due to multiple etiologies. Citing the diagnostic advantages of ultrasonography, peripheral nerve blocks and neurosensory testing, this author says one can provide more tailored treatment for patients.

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  • Elderly patients with foot pain at increased risk for falls

    Patients with severe foot pain have an increased risk for falling compared with those with less intense pain, according to recently published research in Gerontology.

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  • Antibiotic Use and Kirschner Wire Fixation in Forefoot Surgery: A National Survey

    In foot and ankle patients, the use of Kirschner wires is common, and the population in the typical foot and ankle practice has higher rates of comorbidities associated with infection. This study assessed national trends regarding the use of postoperative prophylactic antibiotic therapy in patients undergoing foot and ankle surgery treated with percutaneous Kirschner wires.

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