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Fibular Nailing Seems an Effective Strategy to Decrease Treatment Crude Costs for AO-Type 44B Ankle Fractures in Elderly Patients

May 1, 2016

In the article, “Health Care Usage and Related Costs in Fibular Plating for AO Type 44-B Ankle Fractures in a Belgian University Hospital: An Exploratory Analysis,” which appears in this issue (1), we show that the costs for the operative treatment of unstable ankle fractures (AO type 44-B) strongly correlate with the length of stay (LOS) of the patient. In turn, the LOS itself is influenced not only by easily objectifiable variables such as treatment type and patient age but also by more difficult to measure parameters such as the level of process standardization and individual preferences of the surgeon, the patients, and their families.

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Foot health education provision for people with rheumatoid arthritis–an online survey of UK podiatrists’ perceptions

April 26, 2016

Patient education supports general disease self-management and in relation to foot problems, it is recommended as a key intervention for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Further, it is known what the foo…

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Biomechanists explore effect of obesity on falls

April 5, 2016

People who are obese fall and injure themselves at a higher rate than those who are normal weight and scientists and clinicians are working to identify the specific biomechanical variables involved in their falls in hopes of finding ways to prevent them. Identification of mediating factors as well as clinical interventions to help obese individuals safely recover from slips, trips and other falls are also key research goals.

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Charcot foot operations help diabetes patients walk normally again

April 5, 2016

A growing number of diabetics are being diagnosed with a debilitating foot deformity called Charcot foot. Charcot foot often confines patients to wheelchairs, and in severe cases can require amputation.

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Segmental forefoot kinematics could influence risk of ulceration

April 5, 2016

Metatarsals do not move as a unit By Katie Bell Diabetes mellitus and peripheral neuropathy are associated with altered movement in individual metatarsal segments that is not always consistent with movement of the forefoot as a whole, according to research from Chicago that may have implications for foot ulcer prevention. “We think differences in the magnitude and quality of motion between individual metatarsals may be related to the location of tissue breakdown,” said first author Frank DiLiberto PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago. “Further work should be performed to fully delineate this potential relationship.” The study included 15 participants with diabetic peripheral neuropathy who did not have deformity or ulceration and 15 healthy matched controls

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Smart insoles: Assessing their clinical potential

April 5, 2016

Athletes have been quick to embrace smart insoles and the biomechanical data generated by the devices’ embedded sensors.

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The importance of obesity in foot pain management

April 5, 2016

Increasing numbers of studies suggest that a high body mass index can significantly affect foot structure and function, increasing the risk of painful conditions. But questions remain as to how foot health specialists can best address foot pain in their obese and overweight patients

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A Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma in a Diabetic Foot: Case Report

April 5, 2016

A 72-year-old male was referred to our hospital for a plantar ulceration that had occurred many years earlier. The lesion, with exuberant granulation and large areas of necrosis and fibrin, had long been treated by plastic surgeons with no positive evolution

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