Archive for July, 2009

Cryosurgery for Chronic Heel Pain

A new study suggests cryosurgery is an effective treatment option for chronic heel pain. Cryosurgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique involving the application of extremely low temperatures to lesions in an attempt to destroy abnormal tissues. In this study, the researchers evaluated 137 patients with chronic heel pain who underwent cryosurgery after failing 6 [...]

Walking Reduces Age Related Weight Gain

A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports the more you walk, the less likely you are to gain weight as you age. Almost 5,000 men and women were followed for 15 years. The average weight gain was 1 kg per year. The individuals who walked at least 30 minutes a day, [...]

Light Emitting Bandaid to Treat Skin Cancer

Polymertronics, a medical electronics company focused on photodynamic therapy, has developed the PDT device to treat a variety of skin conditions. The device can been worn like a plastar bandage and match the shape of the area being treated. Any skin lesion which can be treated with a photosensitive cream, such as acne, actinic keratosis, [...]

Intensive Blood Sugar Control Prevents Serious Diabetic Complications

Some of the most serious complications associated with type 1 diabetes include vision loss, severe kidney disease resulting in transplant and lower extremity amputations. The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial has been a 30 year ongoing effort to evaluate these risks in association with intensive control and management of blood sugar. The latest results from [...]

Cost of Obesity to US Health Care System

A new study finds that obesity costs the US Health Care system $147 billion. Individuals who are obese spend 42 % more per year than normal weight individuals. The major health concerns and expenses associated with obesity are diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers. Obesity has also been shown to impact the musculoskeletal system. The [...]

Risk Factors for Shin Splints

Shin splints result from inflammation of the sheath surrounding the shin bone, resulting in pain. The pain is generally on the front of the shin bone or inside of the shin bone. Pain on the inside of the shin bone is called medial tibial stress syndrome. Pain on the outside of the shin bone is [...]

Obama Mentions Diabetic Foot Amputation as a Risk of Current Health Care System

At the recent news conference on health care reform Obama discussed rising health care costs. One contributing factor to the rising cost is the lack of primary health care coverage for millions of Americans. This results in a lack of preventative care and an increased use of emergency facilities for primary care visits. Social Bookmarking [...]

Grapefruit Flavonoid May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

The flavonoid naringenin, found in most citrus fruit, has been found to have fat burning potential in the liver. Scientists in Canada studied groups of mice fed high fat Western Diets. One group of mice were given naringenin, while the other group was not. The mice fed the non-naringenin diet became obese and developed metabolic [...]

Behind Benign Vein Condition Hides Serious Risk

Varicose veins and superficial vein thrombosis are conditions considered to be benign, but they may mask a more dangerous condition. Deep vein thrombosis, known as a DVT, is a blood clot that forms in one of the deep veins in the legs. The symptoms are redness, pain and swelling. A DVT is considered a serious [...]

Foot Metatarsal Anatomy

One quarter of the bones in the human body are in the feet. Each foot has 26 bones, 28 bones including the small sesamoid bones under the great toe. The long bones in the foot are called metatarsal bones. The bones are numbered starting from the inside of the foot. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Walking Improves Circulation

A walking program is standard therapy for individuals with PAD (peripheral artery disease). Peripheral artery disease is the build up of fat, cholesterol and calcium on the artery walls, affecting the smooth muscle within the vessel walls and causing inflammation and restriction of blood flow.  A government funded study found that individuals with peripheral artery [...]

Being Overweight Increases Risk of Arthritis

The risk of developing osteoarthritis increases with weight gain. Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine followed 336 overweight patients without osteoarthritis for 30 months. At the end of the study period 20% of the patients had some loss of cartilage in Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

20 Tips for Treating Morning Heel Pain

Sharp pain at the inside of the heel at the first step in the morning is a classic sign of plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the tearing and resultant inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament-type structure in the bottom of the foot. The pain is not limited to the bottom of the heel, the [...]

Fibrin Glue for Achilles Tendon Repair

Fibrin glue consists of fibrinogen and thrombin. Fibrinogen is a glycoprotein and thrombin is a coagulation protein. When the two are combined, the fibrinogen is converted to fibrin, a clotting protein and the fibrin glue is formed. The fibrin glue acts as a tissue adhesive by creating a mesh and forming a clot. In many [...]

Foot Type & Osteoarthritis of the Hip & Knee

University of Oxford researchers found an association between foot type and osteoarthritis in the lower limb. Individuals with high arched feet were more likely to develop hip osteoarthritis. Individuals with flatfeet were more likely to develop osteoarthritis at the knee. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Ankle & Wrist Fractures Common in Skimboarding

Skimboarding is a sport which combines skateboarding and surfing. The sport, which has increased in popularity in recent years, involves running along the beach in shallow water, dropping the board and “skimming” on the water. More advanced skimmers will ride out to the breaking waves and catch the waves back to shore. A recent article [...]

Competitive Cyclists at Risk of Osteoporosis

Bone is composed of minerals, protein and living cells. Calcium and phosphate form an extremely hard crystal-like structure called hydroxyapatite. The protein collagen forms an intricate network of strong fibrous bands to which the crystals attach. The combined properties of the hydroxyapatite and the collagen create the amazing strength of bone. Osteoblasts and osteoclasts are [...]

Simple Exercises May Help Ankle Instability

Research published in this month’s issue of Clinical Rehabilitation found balance training to significantly improve stability in those individuals with a history of chronic ankle sprains. Twenty-nine participants with chronic ankle instability were assigned to a 4 week balance training group or a control group. The participants in the balance training group had supervised ankle [...]

Travel Increases DVT Risk Three-Fold

A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot which forms in the deep veins in the leg. The clot blocks blood flow back to the heart and causes intense pain and inflammation of the leg, particularly the back of the calf. The condition becomes deadly when the clot breaks free and travels to the [...]

Eco-Running Shoe: The Green Silence

Shoe gear company, Brooks, has designed an environmentally friendly performance racing shoe called The Green Silence. The Green Silence features recycled components, such as post-race plastic water & sports drink bottles as well as rubber that would otherwise have been abandoned. Another key feature is the BioMoGo, the first biodegradable midsole. Brooks debuted this midsole [...]

Could Arthritis Be Part of Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a condition defined by a group of risk factors which are linked to heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The syndrome is characterized by high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, high triglyceride levels, low HDL levels, a pro-inflammatory state (high C-reactive protein) and high blood sugar. Although osteoarthritis has been associated with obesity, [...]

Jake Peavy – Video Update

Jake Peavy, who sustained a posterior tibialis tendon tear in his right ankle on May 22nd was re-evaluated yesterday by the team’s othropedic surgeon, Dr. Steven Copp. The examine was encouraging and he should be able to remove the cast boot in 2 weeks and start rehab on his ankle. Normal recovery time for a [...]