Archive for May, 2009

Carlos Quentin Heel Pain Video

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White Sox Quentin on 15-day Disabled List for Heel Pain

Carlos Quentin of the Chicago White Sox went on the 15-day disabled list yesterday for plantar fasciitis of his left heel. Quentin complained of a sore heel mid-May and was sidelined for a week with hopes of recovering and avoiding the disabled list. He returned to the lineup last week. Manager Ozzie Guillen was disappointed [...]

Type 1 Diabetes On The Rise in Children

The incidence of type 1 diabetes is increasing in children under 15 years of age. A new study in The Lancet reviewed European registries in 17 countries and noted 29, 311 new cases of type 1 diabetes between 1989-2003 in children before their 15th birthday. Based on the data, the authors calculated age-specific log linear [...]

Ultrasound Guided Surgery Helpful for Chronic Plantar Fasciitis

A new study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) evaluated the safety and efficacy of ultrasound-guided plantar fascia release for treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis. Forty-one patients were selected for the study and forty six feet underwent endoscopic plantar fascial release. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Fenofibrate Reduces Diabetic Amputation Risk

Results from the Fenofibrate Intervention and Event Lowering in Diabetes (FIELD) study were reported in this month’s Diabetes Special Issue of The Lancet. University of Sydney researchers evaluated the risk of cardiovascular death and amputation in type 2 diabetics using the medication fenofibrate. Over a five year period, 9,795 diabetics ages 50 to 75 were [...]

Surgical Repair of Stress Fractures in Dancers

A new study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that surgical repair of tibial stress fractures in dancers allowed for return to dancing within 6-7 months. The researchers evaluated 1757 dancers at a dance medicine clinic between 1992 and 2006. Twenty four dancers experienced 31 tibial stress fractures and received conservative treatment. Social [...]

Children Susceptible to Sports Injuries

Sporting activities are growing in popularity among children and teenagers. Almost 50% of boys and approximately 25% of girls between 8 and 16 years of age compete in organized sports programs each year. Millions more children and teenagers participate in physical education classes and recreational sports throughout the year. But, as participation increases, so do [...]

Fewer Complications in Diabetics With Better Blood Glucose Control

A new study, presented as a thesis at the University of Gothenburg Sahlgrenska Academy, finds that diabetics who maintain their blood glucose at normal levels have a lower risk of eye, kidney and nerve complications. The study analyzed 4,000 patients’ records from multiple diabetes clinics in western Sweden over an eight period, from 1996-2004. They [...]

Leg Muscles Compromised After Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain is a tear of one or more ligaments in the ankle. The most common type of ankle injury is an inversion ankle sprain which results in tearing of the  ligaments on the outside of the ankle. When the ligaments don’t heal correctly, or they heal in a lengthened position, instability can result. [...]

Platlet-Rich Plasma May Help Cartilage Defects

An osteochondral defect is a localized area of the joint where both the cartilage and underlying bone have been damaged. The joint surface develops a well defined crater-like defect which extends down to the underlying bone. Osteochondral defects have been classically associated with trauma, but new research suggests metabolic or genetic causes may play a [...]

High Triglycerides Are Associated with Nerve Loss in Diabetics

In a new study published in the journal Diabetes, elevated triglycerides were associated with the progression of diabetic neuropathy (1). Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is an abnormality of the nervous system which occurs as a result of diabetes and causes a loss of sensation in the feet and the legs. Although there are many theories for [...]

Orthotic Sandals: A Reasonable Flip-Flop

As summer approaches, it becomes more and more difficult to choose supportive athletic footwear over a pair of comfortable flip-flops. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Intermittent Lamisil® Effective For Fungal Toenails

Terbinafine (Lamisil®) and itraconazole (Sporanox® ) are popular oral medications for the treatment of toenail fungus. Both are expensive and the treatment regimen involves 3 months of therapy. Itraconazole has been shown to be effective with a pulse dosing regimen. This means that the medication is taken daily for 7 days and then 21 days [...]

Cycling Tips for Your Feet

Today is the official Bike To Work Day. The League of American Bicyclists is promoting Bike to Work Day to help raise awareness of cyclists on the road and to encourage individuals to consider cycling as an option for commuting to work. Cycling is a low impact physical activity which can improve cardiovascular fitness as [...]

IDF Calls For International Awareness of Diabetes

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is calling on governments, the United Nations and the World Health Organization to recognize the impact of diabetes on global health and take immediate action to ameliorate the threat. IDF president, Professor Silink, urged these institutions to include diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and cancer [...]

Research On Aspirin and PAD is Limited

Many studies have evaluated the effects of aspirin on heart attack risk and stroke, but very few have evaluated peripheral artery disease (PAD). Atherosclerosis is a disease which can affect the vessels in the brain, the heart and the peripheral vessels in the legs is the same. Commonly, if an individual has atherosclerosis in the [...]

New Implant Helps Cartilage Grow

In a collaborative effort between engineers at MIT and researchers at the University of Cambridge, a new resorbable medical device has emerged. Chondromimetic is a porous implant designed to encourage the body’s natural healing mechanisms to stimulate the repair of damaged joint surfaces caused by degenerative diseases, such as osteoarthritis. Chondromimetic contains biocompatible materials, such [...]

ARCH Molds Video

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Some Diabetics at Greater Risk of Swine Flu

The CDC report released by the New England Journal of Medicine provided information on hospitalized patients with the H1N1 Flu. Those individuals who have been hospitalized or have died from the flu have been very young, elderly or had chronic medical conditions. The CDC telebriefing yesterday on human cases of H1N1 Flu stated that there [...]

Massage, Circulation and Exercise

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is a deep dull pain felt in the muscles 12-24 hours after exercising. The pain can take four to six days to subside. Previous theories attributed the pain to lactic acid buildup, but more the more recent is theory is that the pain is due to an inflammatory process as [...]

High Heels: How To Avoid Foot Problems

Part III of a Three Part Series on High Heels Not all high heels cause foot pain or contribute to foot problems. In fact, shoes with at least an inch are recommended for individuals with flatfeet, tight calves and arch pain. The inch at the heel helps decrease arch stress and tension on the Achilles [...]

High Heels: What Does the Research Say?

Part II of a Three Part Series on High Heels Pressure under the ball of the foot increases with the height of the heel. Broch et al found that there is a change in the distribution of mechanical stress as the foot position changes. As the height of the heel increases, the load under the [...]

Weak Hip Muscles & Overpronation are Risks for Running Injuries

Over half of all runners sustain an overuse injury to their lower extremity every year. Common overuse injuries in runners include runner’s knee, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis and generalized arch pain. A recent article in Sports Health reviewed the literature from 1980 through July 2008 for common mechanisms related [...]

Stiletto Heels: 10 Foot Problems

Part I of a Three Part Series on High Heels A stiletto heel is the name for a type of heel on a woman’s shoe or boot. The heel is long and thin and named after the stiletto dagger of the same shape, which was a dress dagger for the upper class in the 17th [...]

Space Study Finds Absence of Gravity Stimulates Bone Breakdown

A new study in The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology journal found that lack of resistance (gravity) stimulates the activity of the cells which breakdown bone, called osteoclasts. Although it is well known that bones need resistance to stay strong and that higher impact weight bearing exercises help to prevent osteoporosis, this study [...]