Archive for August, 2009

What is a Wart?

A wart is a growth which occurs on the skin as a result of an infection by a virus, the human papilloma virus (HPV). Warts commonly develop on the feet and the hands , especially within the thickened areas of the skin. Warts are more common in children and the elderly. There are many different [...]

Running Shoes in High & Low-Arched Feet

The effect of the type of running shoe on high-arched feet compared to low-arched feet was evaluated in a recent study. The researchers set out to determine how the type of shoe affected plantar pressure (pressure on the bottom of the foot) and contact area, during walking. Measurements were taken in 35 high-arched participants and [...]

Diabetic Amputations Can Be Prevented

Twenty-four million Americans have diabetes and 600,000 will develop foot ulcers every year. More than 25% of diabetics with ulcerations will end up with a lower extremity amputation. More than 80,00 lower extremity amputations are performed on diabetics every year. Experts say that many of these amputations are preventable with the proper education and appropriate [...]

Steps for Healthy Feet

In this month’s issue of the Harvard Health Letter, Dr. James Ioli, Chief of Podiatry, discusses how feet work, common foot problems and steps for keeping feet healthy. Three simple steps he recommends: WEAR GOOD SHOES: Buy low-heeled shoes that fit well and make sure there is plenty of room for your toes. Replace them [...]

Joint Pain Linked to Insomnia

A study recently published online in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that improving sleep, improves joint pain associated with osteoarthritis. The study evaluated 51 patients with osteoarthritis over a period of a year. The participants were divided into two groups, a study group and a control group. The study group underwent an eight [...]

Balance and Ankle Instability

Researchers from The University of Sydney, Australia, evaluated ankle instability in 58 participants. Twenty-seven participants were found to have ankle instability as classified by the Cumberland Ankle Instability Tool and 31 participants with normal ankle stability were used as a control group. A landing test was used to evaluate postural control. Participants stood on a [...]

Orthotics Help Hallux Limitus

Hallux limitus is a condition of limited motion at the great toe joint. When the great toe (hallux) has limited range of motion, the result is jamming of the joint. The repetitive jamming causes damage to the cartilage resulting in arthritis. The jamming also contributes to the development of spurring around the joint. The most [...]

Generic Meds for Toenail Fungus Much Cheaper

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nails. The fungus starts in the nail bed, below the nail and invades into the nail plate. Toenail fungus is very resistant to treatment and reinfection is common. There are many home remedies and over the counter treatments, but most are not very effective. In the past, the [...]

Do High Heeled Shoes Lead to Psychiatric Disorders?

A discussion in the August edition of Medical Hypothesis contemplates the idea of high heeled shoes contributing to both neurological and psychiatric disorders. The theory is based on the decreased contraction of the calf muscles, associated with wearing high heeled shoes, decreasing the rate of new brain cell formation. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

More Affordable Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

A pneumatic lithotripter is a device which uses pressurized gas to pass shock waves through water to break up hardened tissues into smaller fragments. Classically the device has been used for kidney stones, but the use of shock wave therapy for chronic musculoskeletal conditions has become more popular in the past decade. For kidney stones, [...]

Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus

Northcoast Footcare, Inc does not conduct research or have any association with PinPointe™ FootLaser™. PinPointe™ FootLaser™ is conducting a multi-center clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of it’s laser treatment for toenail fungus (onychomycosis). The laser treatment works by targeting the microbes which cause the fungus infection and presently the PinPointe™ FootLaser™ kills Trichophyton Mentagophytes, [...]

IgM Helps Predict Diabetic Complications

A new study in BMC Medicine found that diabetics with a higher excretion of IgM (short for immunoglobulin M, an antibody present on B cells) have a three time higher risk of end stage renal disease and death from cardiovascular disease. Testing for urine IgM may help predict future diabetic complications. BMC Medicine 2009, 7:39doi:10.1186/1741-7015-7-39 [...]

Summer Flip-Flops

Easy to slip on and off, comfortable to wear, flip-flops seem to be the summer’s most popular sandal. Flip-flops offer the most basic protection for the bottom of the feet and help prevent  fungal infections or warts when in public pool or gym areas. They may be the perfect beach, bbq or lounging sandal, but [...]

Methotrexate for Early Treatment of RA

A study in The Lancet found that treating patients with early rheumatoid arthritis with a short course of methotrexate, followed by a TNF antagonist (such as infliximab) could prevent over-treatment, reduce side effects and costs. This finding was for those patients who had an inadequate response to methotrexate alone. Other drugs are commonly used, such [...]

New Kerasal Ointment for Dry Skin & Calluses

Kerasal therapy is a specifically designed ointment for treating dry, rough skin, cracked heels and calluses. The maker, Alterna, LLC, has recently released a professional grade version of the ointment, which can only be dispensed through a podiatrist’s office. The new ointment has increased amounts of Vitamin A & E and urea. Urea is a [...]

Gym Class Injuries Increase 150%

In the past decade there has been a 150% increase in the number of PE-related injuries in students of all ages. The study, conducted by researches at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for the Center for Injury Research and Policy, found lower extremity strains and sprains to be the most common injuries. Lower extremity sprains and strains [...]

New Drug to Treat Type 2 Diabetes

The FDA approved a new drug to treat Type 2 diabetes called Onglyza (generic name saxagliptin) and made by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. Onglyza is an oral hypoglycemic,  a pill designed to lower blood sugar levels. It is included in the drug class dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors. The mechanism of action of this class of drugs is [...]

Rock Climbing Injury Rates Increases

According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, the rock climbing injury rate has increased substantially. Between 1990 to 2007, over 40,000 people were seen in emergency rooms for rock climbing related injuries. The number of injuries have increased as the number of climbers nationwide has increased. Over 9 million Americans rock climb each year. The [...]