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Open communication could help amputees cope with limb loss

July 28, 2015

Open communication with family members and friends could help upper limb amputees cope with emotional issues, according to a speaker at the Amputee Coalition National Conference. Each patient faces unique challenges, but many experience feelings of lost independence or identity, Ruth M. Morris, LMSW, MPH, medical social worker at Advanced Arm Dynamics, said.

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When the big toe becomes a big problem

July 28, 2015

The big toe joint. Also known as the first metatarsophalangeal joint, or MTPJ. It’s not something most of us ever really think about

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ACFAOM’s Annual Clinical Conference @ The National a Success!

July 28, 2015

ACFAOM 2015, the Annual Clinical Conference of the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine, held last Wednesday in Orlando, was deemed a big success by the approximately 100 DPMs who attended.

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Speaker: Pedorthics, podiatrics are complementary

July 28, 2015

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Telemonitoring of diabetic foot ulcers might lead to more death

July 28, 2015

Telemonitoring of diabetic foot ulcers involves remotely monitoring patients who are not at the same location as the healthcare provider. Patients communicate with a specialized ulcer nurse or physician at an outpatient clinic through telephone or other monitoring devices. Even though telemedicine is growing rapidly, its role in diabetic foot ulcer care is uncertain

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Is judo a fix for flat feet?

July 28, 2015

Judo training may help to prevent flat feet and other foot deformities in children, says a study published online in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Boys who regularly practiced judo had significantly higher foot arches and better balance than a control group of relatively inactive boys, the study found.

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Patients with ankle instability respond to auditory feedback by changing gait

July 28, 2015

Plantar pressure-based auditory feedback is associated with changes in plantar pressure and muscle activation during gait in patients with chronic ankle instability, according to research from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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What Is the Clinical Utility of the Ankle-Brachial Index in Patients With Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Radiographic Arterial Calcification?

July 27, 2015

The purpose of this study was to analyze the influence of radiographic arterial calcification (RAC) on the clinical interpretation of ankle-brachial index (ABI) values in patients with diabetic foot ulcers. We analyzed a retrospective clinical database of 60 patients with diabetic foot ulcers from the Diabetic Foot Unit (Complutense University, Madrid, Spain) between January 2012 and March 2014. For each patient, anteroposterior XR-plains were evaluated, and the ABI and toe-brachial index (TBI) were assessed by an experienced clinician

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Studies cite benefits of tavaborole for onychomycosis

July 21, 2015

Two recent phase III studies point to a new topical agent as an effective treatment option for onychomycosis. The studies, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology , focused on the use of tavaborole (Kerydin, PharmaDerm) for adults with distal subungual onychomycosis affecting 20 to 60 percent of a great toenail

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Metatarsus adductus increases risk of hallux valgus deformity

July 21, 2015

Metatarsus adductus may increase the risk of the radiographic recurrence of hallux valgus deformity regardless of the surgical procedure performed, according to data presented at the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society Annual Meeting.

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