Archive for April, 2009

New Study Shows Lyrica Effective for RLS

A new study found that Lyrica (pregabalin) may help reduce the symptoms of restless leg syndrome, RLS. Researchers at the Sleep Research Institute in Madrid, assigned 58 people with RLS to Lyrica or a placebo and performed sleep studies over a 12 week period. They found that almost 75 percent of patients taking Lyrica had [...]

Calluses in Runners

Common areas for callus development in runners include the area under great toe and at the inside of the heel. Continued rub, friction or irritation can result in blister development underneath the callus, which can be quite painful and limit performance. Aggressively rubbing the callus with a pumice stone, trimming the callus with the razor [...]

Bone Remodeling

Bone does not exist in a static state. Bone is constantly remodeling itself which means that it is breaking down and building back up again. Osteoclasts are the cells which break down bone (called bone resorption), while osteoblasts build bone back up (called ossification). This process allows for bone to restructure and reshape itself and [...]

How Fit Are Your Hiking Boots?

Spring time is here, the snow is melting and the trails are starting to dry out. It’s time to pull out those hiking boots and hit the trails. Although hiking is a fairly easy and affordable sport, many people are plagued with foot pain from improper footwear. Blisters, heel pain, arch pain, tendonitis and ankle [...]

Nexavar Failed Phase III Trial to Treat Melanoma

Onyx Pharmaceuticals and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals reported today  that Nexavar failed a Phase III trial to treat a form of melanoma. Nexavar (R) is a drug developed by partners Onyx and Bayer to treat cancer. The multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was stopped early after the drug failed to prolong life in patients, the primary [...]

Turning Ordinary Cells into Stem Cells

Stem cells are the body’s master cells and have the amazing capability of developing into various types of cells. They can be induced to become specific types of tissues or organs and are able to renew themselves through cell division. These features make stem cells quite remarkable and different from other types Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Radiofrequency Lesioning for Neuritis

In an analysis of 75 patients with heel pain due to medial calcaneal neuritis, researchers found that 95% experienced satisfactory pain relief with radiofrequency thermal lesioning (RTL). Neuritis is the inflammation of a nerve. In the foot, neuritis is generally caused by rubbing, irritation or excess pressure on the nerve. The medial calcaneal nerve branches [...]

Risk of Diabetes Increases with Psoriasis

A new study published in the April issue of the Archives of Dermatology found that women with psoriasis were more likely to develop diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). Lead author, Dr. Abrar Qureshi, and colleagues studied 78,061 women from the Nurses’ Health Study II. Of the women in the study, 1,813 had a diagnosis [...]

Stem Cells Help Heal Diabetic Ulcers

Researchers at the Bristol Heart Institute found specific stem cells which helped heal chronic, ischemic diabetic ulcers. The CD133+ stem cells, along with collagen, were transplanted onto an ischemic diabetic wound. Through an indirect mechanism, the CD133+ cells promoted new blood vessel formation and accelerated healing. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Foot & Ankle Injuries in Baseball & Softball

“With warm weather approaching, many athletes are busy gearing up for another competitive season in their sport. Unfortunately, training in improper footwear and neglecting to stretch properly before and after activity greatly increases serious occurrences of foot and ankle injury,” said APMA President Dr. Ross Taubman. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Flatfeet In Children: Are Orthotics Necessary?

Many individuals have flatfeet and never have foot problems. In fact, all of us are born with flatfeet and some of the greatest athletes have flatfeet. But, flatfeet are a problem when complete arch collapse is combined with excess inward rotation of the foot and ankle (pronation). This type of flatfoot causes excess stress on [...]

Lower Extremity Effects of Stroke

The most common type of stroke is caused by a blood clot blocking an artery in the brain, this is called ischemic stroke. When a blood clot blocks the blood flow to an area of the brain, those brain cells (neurons) do not receive oxygen or other nutrients and quickly die. With cell death comes [...]

Osteoporosis Drug Speeds Fracture Healing

Dr Susan V. Bukata and her collegues at the University of Rochester recently reported encouraging findings on the use of an osteoporosis drug to treat slow healing bone fractures. The team of researchers gave teriparatide to 145 individuals with slow healing or non-healing bone fractures and found that 93% of the individuals healed with an [...]

No. 1 Best Walking City for 2009: San Francisco, CA

From the APMA: San Francisco Tops List of 2009 Best Walking Cities in America Bethesda, MD—For the seventh year in a row, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has joined with Prevention magazine to develop a comprehensive list of the Best Walking Cities in America. This year’s number one Best Walking City? San Francisco, California. [...]

Diabetics Risk Amputation in Tough Economy

Tough economic times are forcing people to make difficult decisions regarding their health care. An Associated Press analysis found that diabetics are skipping doctor visits, skimping on insulin and not purchasing other necessary diabetes medications and blood-sugar testing kits. Diabetics who do not properly control their blood sugar levels risk losing their vision, their legs [...]

Walking Tips For Seniors

Exercise has an important role in the general health, well-being and the quality of life of everyone, but especially in seniors. Seniors who stay active and engage in regular exercise, tend to look younger, sleep more soundly and have fewer visits to their physician. Walking is an easy and affordable form of exercise. Walking for [...]

Lacing Shoes: Utilizing the 7th Eyelet

For problems with heel slippage and for narrow feet, lacing running shoes tighter and higher may be helpful. Utilizing the top (7th) eyelet allows for a more custom fit and may help keep the heel seated. Recent research has shown that lacing shoes tighter and higher, using the 7th eyelet (or last available eyelet), allows [...]

Haglund’s Deformity

Haglund’s deformity is an enlargement of the bone on the back of the heel that typically leads to an inflammed bursa, the fluid-filled sac between the Achilles tendon and the heel bone. The condition typically occurs in young, active individuals and those with high arched feet because the heel bone (calcaneus) tilts back in a [...]

Lawson Not Slowed by Turf Toe

Ty Lawson led North Carolina in scoring, with 21 points, and set an NCAA championship-game record with eight steals. His toe injury apparently did not hamper his performance as he helped the Tar Heels win the men’s national collegiate basketball title last night. Lawson’s injury has been joked about and ridiculed as the public, and [...]

Higher & Tighter Shoe Lacing May Help Runners

To evaluate how different shoelace patterns affect the biomechanics of runners, researchers evaluated 20 experienced runners with six different lacing positions. Foot pronation during contact, tibial (leg) acceleration and plantar pressure distribution were recorded as the runners ran across a force platform. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Taping Decreases Ability to Detect Ankle Movement

Ankle taping is a common preventative measure used to help prevent ankle sprains in athletes with recurrent ankle injuries. To determine how well individuals could detect ankle movement after taping, researchers measured the threshold for movement in 16 participants with a history of recurrent ankle sprains. Movement threshold was measured at three different speeds and [...]

APMA Foot Pain Survey ~ 2009

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) conducted a National Survey on foot ailments in January and recently released the results. There were 1,082 respondents to the survey which was a nationally representative sample of the U.S. population. Americans spend a lot of time on their feet: Almost 25% of Americans report spending 6 hours or [...]

Novel Procedure for Heel Pain

At the 94th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in December, Italian radiologists presented results from their study of a novel treatment for plantar fasciitis. Dr. Luca M. Sconfienza and his research team evaluated 44 patients with plantar fasciitis who were unresponsive to therapy. Each patient had a Social [...]

Caffeine Helps Decrease Muscle Pain During Exercise

In an article released in this month’s issue of The Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, researchers at the University of Illinois evaluated the effect of caffeine on muscle pain during exercise. The researchers divided 25 fit, college-aged males into two groups; participants who had low caffeine intakes and participants who had an average [...]