Archive for June, 2009

Jake Peavy’s Posterior Tibialis Tendon Tear

San Diego Padres pitcher, Jake Peavy, was placed on the disabled list on June 13th (retroactive to June 9th) after an MRI revealed a tear in his posterior tibialis tendon. Peavy originally hurt his ankle during a May 22nd game, running the bases and trying to score. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Barefoot Running: Pros & Cons

Running is one of the most popular sports in the United States. Almost 30 million Americans run at least once a week and almost 10 million Americans run twice a week, with close to 2 million Americans running at least 5 times a week. Even in a down economy, running related athletic gear is big [...]

Impact Exercise Decreases Risk of Fracture & Osteoporosis

Physical activity is the most important factor for the development and maintenance of healthy bones. A study in the July/August issue of Sports Health found weight bearing activities to be effective at increasing bone mineral density and preventing fractures and diseases, such as osteoporosis. It has been know for years that weight bearing activities increase [...]

Sandal Scandal: APMA Sandal Tips

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) offers these tips for avoiding a sandal scandal this summer. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Study Finds Soccer To Be A Safe Sport For Children

The risk of injury among soccer players ages 6-12 years is much lower than in teenagers and adults. A new study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine evaluated 159 players ages 6-16 and found that the injury incidence was 2.2 per 1000 playing hours for boys and 2.0 per 1000 playing hours for girls. [...]

New Anti-Clotting Pill Decreases Risk of Heart Attack & Stroke

A new study in Lancet evaluated the safety and efficacy of rivaroxaban (an anti-clotting medication) in  3,491 patients with heart disease risk. The researchers found rivaroxaban to be effective at lowering the incidence of heart attack, stroke and death. Rivaroxaban is an oral medication which blocks a blood clotting factor called factor Xa. Earlier studies [...]

Ankle Sprain Treatments

Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries. Over 90% of ankle sprains are inversion ankle injuries which means the ankle rolls out, while the foot rolls in causing tearing of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. The initial treatment for ankle sprains is P-R-I-C-E-E, which means protected walking, rest, ice, [...]

Over-The-Counter Orthotics Decrease Foot Pain

A new study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association found over-the-counter orthotics increased arch height and decreased arch pain, bunion pain, knee pain and back pain. Orthotics are semi-rigid devices designed to control abnormal motion in the foot, support the arch and reduce pain associated with common foot problems. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Genetic Testing for Leg Blood Clots Does Not Improve Outcomes

According to a news release on June 16th by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and published in the current issue of JAMA, there is no proof that genetic testing can help prevent blood clots in the legs. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Venous Ulcer Topical Spray Enters Phase II Study

Healthpoint, Ltd will be enrolling 235 patients into phase II of a study investigating a spray therapy for the treatment of venous leg ulcers. The experimental therapy, currently named HP802-247, is a topical spray containing living fibroblasts and keratinocytes, important cells in wound healing. The study is being conducted by 28 investigators in 18 states. [...]

New Gout Drug Approved Despite Deadly Side Effects

The FDA approved the drug Krystexxa for the treatment of gout last Friday.  Almost 8 million Americans are affected by gout, a painful condition caused by the precipitation of crystals in joints and soft tissues. The crystals result from the build up of uric acid in the blood. Initial FDA approval was delayed due to [...]

Starting a Walking Program: Foot Tips

Walking is an easy, affordable form of exercise and is associated with numerous health benefits. Those who walk have a lower incidence of cancer, heart disease, stroke, depression and diabetes. Walking can add disease-free years to your life by improving aerobic fitness, lowering bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol. To get started on a walking [...]

Nicotine May Promote Insulin Resistance

Smokers are at a higher risk of developing diabetes and a new study could explain why smokers have an increased risk. Researchers at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles found that the nicotine in cigarette smoke may promote insulin resistance, which causes higher blood sugar levels and leads to prediabetes. [...]

Shockwave Therapy Effective for Morton’s Neuroma

A Morton’s neuroma is an inflamed nerve in the ball of the foot. The inflamed nerve causes pain which shoots out to the 3rd and 4th toes. Tingling, burning or numbness may accompany the pain and some feel as if they are walking on a lump, a bunched up sock or a lamp cord. The [...]

Antacids May Raise the Risk of Fractures

A new study presented at the Digestive Disease Meeting in Chicago at the beginning of this month, found that powerful antacids designed to relieve stomach acid also increased the risk of hip and thigh fractures. The researchers from Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco studied 33,752 people taking antacids, such as Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium, Pepcid, [...]

Platelet Rich Plasma Injections for Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions

Platelet rich plasma injections are becoming a more common and popular treatment for chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Chronic foot and ankle conditions, such as plantar fasciosis and Achilles tendinosis typically begin with the classic inflammatory process. Initially, the area becomes red, inflamed and swollen. Patients will describe a sharp, stabbing pain with weight bearing and tenderness [...]

Foot Injuries & Trail Work

Building and maintaining trails involves a lot of difficult, physical work. The most common injuries are lower back injuries and blunt trauma from using the trail building tools, but injuries to foot and ankle can occur. Ankle Sprains: Walking on uneven, sloped terrain is common during trailbuilding and increases the chance for ankle sprains. An [...]

Foot Tips During Pregnancy

Foot pain can be easily overlooked during pregnancy. During this time, the body releases a hormone called relaxin, to relax the ligaments in the birth canal. Relaxin also relaxes the ligaments elsewhere in the body and one of the most noticeable areas is in the feet. Due to the relaxation of the ligaments, the feet [...]

Brian Westbrook’s Ankle Surgery is a Success

Brian Westbrook of the Philadelphia Eagles is recovering from an ankle debridement surgery they are calling a success. Dr. Mark Myerson, a well known orthopedic surgeon, performed the surgery this morning in Baltimore. Westbrook did not have an ankle scope (arthroscopic surgery) as was previously reported, nor did he have bone spurs removed. Dr. Myerson [...]

Brian Westbrook: Understanding Ankle Debridement

The following discussion of ankle debridements and anterior impingement syndrome was posted before information about Westbrook’s surgery had been reported. Westbrook does not have bone spurs on the front of his ankle. Please see our updated blog post on his surgery for more information. Brian Westbrook of the Philadelphia Eagles is scheduled for surgery tomorrow [...]

National Running Day – Tips to Avoid Foot Injuries

Today is National Running Day and many organizations from across the country within the running industry are joining forces in an effort to promote running as an easy, affordable, healthy and accessible form of exercise. It’s easy to join the effort, even without taking part in an official running event. Just take out your running [...]

Video: Nail Lacquer & Onychomycosis Study

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Nail Lacquer Effective Treatment for Nail Fungus

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail and affects about 6-8% of the population, but is more prevalent in the older population. The nail can appear thick and yellow, cloudy and white or have a patchy appearance.  As the condition worsens, the nail becomes thicker, rougher and may crumble. There is rarely pain associated [...]

S.T.A.R. ® Ankle Replacement Device Approved by FDA

The SBi S.T.A.R.® total ankle replacement was approved by the FDA to replace painful, arthritic ankle joints due to osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Small Bone Innovations, Inc. (SBi) notes that the S.T.A.R. ® Ankle has been in development for over 30 years and the current design has been implanted in over 15,200 patients [...]

Experimental Drug Shows Promise in Melanoma Treatment

Melanoma is a cancer of melanocytes, cells that produce a pigment called melanin in the skin.  Melanoma occurs when there is a mutation within the melanocytes, causing the cells to replicate in a disorganized fashion, grow without limit, invade surrounding tissue and disrupt normal tissue function. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati