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Finding the Right Athletic Shoe
Source:
Health Day

While it will do some damage to your bank account, you need a sport-specific pair of shoes for any activity you do more than three times a week. Otherwise you risk injury and may hamper your performance.

For arthritis in the big toe, surgeons offer new option
Source:
Medical Xpress

The size and shape of a miniature marshmallow, the implant is made from saline solution and polyvinyl alcohol—the same material as in soft contact lenses. The material compresses slightly under pressure, much like real cartilage.

FDA clears absorbable foot and ankle implant
Source:
MedTech Dive

Ossio announced Monday it received FDA 510(k) clearance for a bioabsorbable orthopaedic fixation implant for foot and ankle conditions that leaves behind no permanent hardware. The material integrates into the surrounding anatomy in 18 to 24 months.

Exercise injury prevention: Protecting your ankles
Source:
Medical Xpress

Guarding against injury means increasing both flexibility and strength. Target the muscles that support your ankles to protect your joints by strength-training two or three times a week on alternating days and always after you've warmed up.

Three weeks in a cast may be just as good as six for healing ankle fractures
Source:
Science Daily

Wearing a cast or ankle support for three weeks may be no worse than the usual six weeks for healing ankle fractures, suggest the findings of a randomized controlled trial.

Foot and Ankle Injuries in Football
Source:
GlobeNewswire

Whether you’re a professional football player gearing up to win the championship title this Sunday, or just a fan planning a pick-up game during halftime, you should be aware of common foot and ankle injuries seen in football.

Overview of Achilles Tendinosis
Source:
Verywell Health

Achilles tendinosis is a common problem of the Achilles tendon. Unfortunately, many patients and doctors alike confuse the term Achilles tendonitis with Achilles tendinosis. Achilles tendinosis is a chronic problem that is characterized by microscopic tears of the Achilles tendon.

Health Tip: Understanding Orthotic Inserts
Source:
HealthDay

Custom orthotics are specially made devices designed to support and comfort the feet, ankles and legs.

How to Treat and Prevent Bone Spurs on Your Feet
Source:
Healthline

A bone spur is a growth of extra bone. It typically develops where two or more bones meet. These bony projections form as the body tries to repair itself. Bone spurs can feel like a hard lump or bump underneath the skin.

What’s Causing My Feet to Cramp at Night, and How Can I Get Relief?
Source:
Healthline

A foot cramp can strike out of nowhere, waking you from a sound sleep. You may suddenly feel the muscles tighten or knot up for anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes at a time.

Foot massage techniques and benefits
Source:
Medical News Today

At the end of a long day, many people enjoy giving or receiving a foot massage. Foot massage can aid relaxation and may relieve muscle aches.

Protect Your Feet and Ankles from Winter Weather
Source:
PR Newswire

The winter months bring snow, ice, and increased foot and ankle injuries, according to foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons. As we plan for the next couple months of winter weather, the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) offers guidance to protect your feet and ankles.

Physical Therapy for Foot Drop
Source:
Very Well Health

If you have an injury or illness that results in impaired function of the muscle in the front of your shin, then you may suffer from foot drop. Foot drop occurs when the anterior tibialis muscle that helps lift your foot up does not function properly.

Diabetic Foot Ulcers Heal Quickly with Nitric Oxide Technology
Source:
Podiatry Canada

Diabetic foot ulcers can take up to 150 days to heal. A biomedical engineering team wants to reduce it to 21 days.

Foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons offer tips for diabetic foot care
Source:
Podiatry Canada

November is National Diabetes Month, a time to focus on a disease that affects over 30 million people in the US. The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society® (AOFAS) raises awareness around the potential foot complications caused by diabetes and offers tips on how to prevent them.

What should I do if my child is pigeon toed?
Source:
Medical News Today

Seeing a child's toes point inward may cause concern for a parent. However, this common and painless condition, known as pigeon toe or pediatric intoeing, is common in children up to the age of 8 years.

3 Ways Your Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeon Treats Arthritis
Source:
PR Newswire

Almost half of the population in their 60s and 70s has arthritis in their feet or ankles. In recognition of World Arthritis Day 2018 on October 12, the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society® (AOFAS) raises awareness for this painful condition and offers a guide to treatment options.

How does rheumatoid arthritis affect the ankles?
Source:
Medical News Today

In this article, we take a close look at how RA affects the ankles, including the symptoms, and how people can relieve pain and swelling.

Ankle Pain When Walking
Source:
Healthline

Your ankle is a complex grouping of bones, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. It supports your weight while standing, walking, and running. It’s quite common for injuries or conditions to affect your ankle and this can cause pain while walking.

Why are my feet swollen?
Source:
Medical News Today

A person might experience swollen feet for a number of reasons. Some causes, such as minor injury, are apparent and easy to treat. Others, however, may be signs of a serious underlying health condition

Lawnmower injuries a persistent source of serious injury and high costs, new study affirms
Source:
Science Daily

In what researchers call an unusually comprehensive analysis of nationwide data, they conclude that the rate of lawnmower injuries persists at close to 6,400 a year, most of them requiring surgery and hospitalization, and costing an average of $37,000 per patient.

Total ankle arthroplasty offers patients greater range of motion and less pain
Source:
Science Daily

New research reveals patients with end-stage ankle arthritis can expect enhanced quality of life within six months of surgical reconstruction.

Causes and home remedies for toe cramps
Source:
Medical News Today

The toes and feet bear the weight of the body every day. People may squeeze them into tight-fitting shoes or subject them to pressure while playing sports, making toe cramps a common complaint.

Footwear habits influence child and adolescent motor skill development
Source:
Science Daily

Researchers show that children and adolescents who spend most of their time barefoot develop motor skills differently from those who habitually wear shoes.

First Steps To Care For An Ankle injury
Source:
Foot

By nature our feet and ankles are biomechanical wonders–miraculous in their strength, form and functionality. However, at the same time they are constantly susceptible to injury.

Sole Care: How Runners Can Reduce Foot Injuries
Source:
Competitor

Two days after the Cry Me a River! 50K race, Jessica Maveus, a prosecuting attorney in Illinois, hobbled around the office and courtroom in heels.

Understanding Foot Fractures And How To Treat Them
Source:
Competitor

Foot fractures, also known as Jones fractures, typically affect the fifth metatarsal, which is near the outside of your foot, and occur in varying degrees of severity for athletes.

Swelling, time to surgery did not affect wound complications after ankle fracture surgery
Source:
Healio

Researchers found preoperative ankle swelling and time to surgery were not associated with a change in soft tissue outcomes after ankle fracture surgery. The study also revealed few postoperative wound complications.

Low-cost prosthetic foot mimics natural walking
Source:
MIT

Prosthetic limb technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, giving amputees a range of bionic options, including artificial knees controlled by microchips, sensor-laden feet driven by artificial intelligence, and robotic hands that a user can manipulate with her mind.

Ankles with varus, valgus or neutral alignment had similar outcomes after ankle arthroplasty
Source:
Healio

Results published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery showed patients with either varus or valgus malalignment of the coronal plane tibiotalar angle who underwent mobile-bearing total ankle arthroplasty had similar outcomes compared to patients with neutral alignment.

What are the treatments for plantar fibroma?
Source:
Health Line

A plantar fibroma is a noncancerous or benign growth in the arch of your foot. It develops in the plantar fascia, which is thick, fibrous tissue at the bottom of your feet. This tissue covers the area from your heel to your toes and stabilizes your foot arch.

Pack the right shoe for your summer vacation
Source:
Medical Xpress

Summer is here and if you're ready to jump in feet first, be sure you're wearing the right shoes. A podiatrist at Baylor College of Medicine offers tips on finding the right shoe for different types of summer vacations.

What causes a bump on the bottom of the foot?
Source:
Health Line

Bumps on the bottom of the foot can have a number of causes. Some bumps will go away without treatment. Others need in-home treatments or treatments from a doctor. Calluses can form if one area of your skin experiences a lot of friction. This can be caused by your shoes.

What to know about bone spurs?
Source:
Web MD

Bone spurs (also called osteophytes) are smooth, hard bumps of extra bone that form on the ends of bones. They often pop up in the joints -- the places where two bones meet.

Health Tip: Choosing Athletic Shoes
Source:
Health Day

Buy footwear from a specialty store, where the staff can offer advice and fit you for the right shoes. Try on shoes later in the day or after a workout, when your feet are larger. Try on shoes with the socks that you will wear during athletics.

Surgical technique improves sensation, control of prosthetic limb
Source:
MIT

Humans can accurately sense the position, speed, and torque of their limbs, even with their eyes shut. This sense, known as proprioception, allows humans to precisely control their body movements.

Expert Pointers for Avoiding Basketball Injuries
Source:
Health Day

Basketball provides a great full-body workout. But there are steps you should take to reduce your risk of knee, ankle and foot injuries, an orthopedic specialist says.

Are Pricey Orthotic Insoles Worth It for Heel Pain?
Source:
HealthDay

For people with chronic heel pain, costly "custom" shoe inserts are probably a waste of money, a new research review suggests

Casting, surgery equivalent over long term for unstable ankle Fx
Source:
Medical Xpress

For older patients with acute unstable malleolar fractures, equivalence in function between close contact casting and immediate surgery strategies persists at three years, according to a research letter published in the March 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

What causes the outside of your foot to hurt?
Source:
Medical News Today

Lateral foot pain is pain that runs along the outer side of the foot and ankle. It can occur before, during, or after activities such as walking and running. Lateral foot pain can make it difficult for people to move around or even stand.

What to know about cuboid syndrome
Source:
Medical News Today

Cuboid syndrome is a condition caused by an injury to the joint and ligaments surrounding the cuboid bone. The cuboid bone is one of the seven tarsal bones in the foot.

Study finds running with soft footfalls reduces injury
Source:
Medical Xpress

A study conducted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) finds that novice distance runners running with softer footfalls can reduce the risk of injury by 62 percent.

Study finds flatfoot reconstruction effective for older patients
Source:
Medical Xpress

Researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) presented study findings March 10 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) that were the first to compare the outcomes of reconstructions on older patients to those of a younger group.

What Your Feet Say About Your Health
Source:
HealthCentral

Your feet can tell you a lot about your general health condition or warn you of underlying health conditions. From pesky foot pain to more serious symptoms, such as numbness, your feet often show symptoms of disease before any other part of your body.

Single-center study indicates calcaneal avulsion fractures carry high risk of complications
Source:
Healio

A presenter at the Orthopaedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting said calcaneal avulsion fractures treated at a level 1 trauma center had a 60% complication rate.

High success rate reported for diabetic Charcot foot surgery
Source:
Science Daily

Nearly four out of five diabetic patients with severe cases of a disabling condition called Charcot foot were able to walk normally again following surgery, a new study has found.

Similar improvements in patient outcome measures found with ankle arthrodesis, replacement
Source:
Healio

Despite similar improvements in comfort and function after ankle arthrodesis or total ankle replacement, results published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery showed total ankle replacement performed with newer generation implants had better patient-reported outcomes.

Heel spurs: What you need to know
Source:
Medical News Today

A heel spur is a condition where a calcium deposit grows between the heel and arch of the foot. What are the symptoms of heels spurs and what increases a person's risk of developing them?

DePuy Synthes releases Continuous Compression Implants to improve outcomes of foot and ankle procedures
Source:
Healio

DePuy Synthes announced the availability of continuous compression implants for healing of reconstructive foot and ankle procedures to health care providers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

What is overpronation?
Source:
Virtual Sports Injury Clinic

Overpronation of the foot is not an injury itself but if you over pronate then you may be more susceptible to a number of sports injuries. It is often recognised as a flattening or rolling in of the foot but it is not quite as simple as that as the timing of when the foot rolls in is also important.

Lower complication rate seen with endoscopic vs open excision of os trigonum
Source:
Healio

Researchers performed a randomized controlled trial of 52 athletes with posterior ankle impingement syndrome. Overall, 26 athletes underwent open excision of the os trigonum and 26 athletes underwent endoscopic incision.

Age-Related Outcome of Mobile-Bearing Total Ankle Replacement
Source:
Healio

The aim of this study was to investigate clinical and radiographic outcomes in patients 50 years and younger vs patients older than 50 years undergoing total ankle replacement.

PVD Patients With TMA At Elevated Risk For Post-Op Limb Loss
Source:
Podiatry Today

A study presented as a poster at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Annual Scientific Conference found a significantly elevated risk of limb loss following transmetatarsal amputation (TMA) in patients with peripheral vascular disease (PVD).

Integra LifeSciences announces full launch of Cadence total ankle system
Source:
Healio

According to a company press release, the system was developed by four top foot and ankle surgeons and has been used successfully in more than 200 procedures since its initial clinical use more than 1 year ago. In that time, instrumentation updates and enhanced surgeon training have been introduced to further improve quality, patient safety and procedural efficiency.

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

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.

Elderly patients with foot pain at increased risk for falls
Source:
Healio

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.

When Is Heel Pain Nerve Pain?
Source:
Podiatry today

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.

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

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.

3D printing: Customized insoles for diabetes patients
Source:
Science daily

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.

Total ankle arthroplasty improved gait in patients with OA, rheumatoid arthritis
Source:
Healio

Total ankle arthroplasty yielded superior preoperative and postoperative parameters of gait among patients with osteoarthritis, while greater improvements in parameters of gait were found among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to study results presented at the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Annual Meeting.

Revisiting The Silastic Implant For The First MPJ
Source:
Podiatry Today

Investigators found significant improvements from preoperative measures at 24.8-month follow-up for both mean side-to-side differences and Lysholm scores in patients who underwent double-bundle ACL reconstruction using a special drill pin guide and reamer, along with a laser-guided device to facilitate a transtibial approach.

  • American Board of Podiatric Surgeons
  • American Podiatric Medical Association
  • The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine
  • SurgCenter of West Texas
  • The Hospitals of Providence
  • Foundation Surgical Hospital of El Paso
  • Texas Podiatric Medical Association