Archive for November, 2009

Manning, Fasciitis and Cuboid Stress Reaction

Eli Manning, the quarterback for the New York Giants, has been diagnosed with a stress reaction of his cuboid. The cuboid bone attaches the heel bone (calcaneus) to the long bones in the foot (metatarsals). A stress reaction is the result of a repetitive stress injury to the bone. The bone reacts in response to [...]

Prevention of Bunions

A bunion is bone deformity at the big toe joint which results from a structural change in the foot. The 1st metatarsal, the first of five long bones in the foot, moves inward (toward the center of the body) and the big toe moves outward (toward the small toes). This movement develops slowly over time, [...]

High Impact Sports Improve Bone Density in Older Athletes

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh found that high impact sports increase bone mineral density in older athletes. Although it is well known that weight bearing exercise and impact activities increase bone mineral density and help prevent osteoporosis, little research has been done on older athletes. This study evaluated 560 athletes competing in [...]

Alpine Skiing Myths

A recent review of literature by Dr. Robert J. Johnson and colleagues, an orthopedic surgeon and professor emeritus at the University of Vermont, revealed a number of myths about skiing. The following is a list of common misconceptions about skiing and ski injuries. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Tips for Winter Running

Run in a trail shoe, even if you don’t run on trails. Trail running shoes offer more protection and tread and are better for slippery surfaces. More on shoes Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Injuries More Common In Young Single Sport Athletes

A new study from Loyola University found that tennis players who specialize early in a single sport are more prone to injury. The researchers analyzed 519 players in 3,366 U.S. junior tennis matches. The players started playing tennis at an averageĀ  of 6 years of age, started competing at 9 years of age and started [...]

Alcohol Injections Successful Treatment for Neuromas

A Morton’s neuroma is an inflamed, thickened nerve in the ball of the foot. The common symptoms are pain, tingling and numbness in the ball of the foot and shooting to the 2nd and 3rd toes. It’s common to experience a feeling of walking on a lump or bunched up sock. Common treatments include rest, [...]

Hypothyroidism and Plantar Fasciitis

It is well documented that musculoskeletal conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren’s contracture and trigger finger, occur in association with thyroid disease. Most disorders occur with hypothyroidism, but there have been occurrences with thyrotoxicosis as well. Although there is limited research to support a clear association between hypothyroidism and plantar fasciitis, it is theorized [...]

Restless Leg Syndrome by Race & Gender

A recent study found that restless leg syndrome, RLS, may be more common in women and Caucasians. Women are more likely to have the symptoms of RLS because they are more likely to be iron deficient. Iron deficiency is a known risk factor for restless leg syndrome. Pregnancy can also worsen the symptoms of RLS. [...]

Hyaluronic Acid Injections for Ankle Sprains

A study in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that hyaluronic acid injections may accelerate ligament healing. Hyaluronic acid is a component of ligamentous tissue and as a long carbohydrate chain which attracts water, it adds resiliency to ligaments. In the study, 158 patients with 1st or 2nd degree acute ankle sprains were randomly [...]

Deadly MRSA Strain

Abstracts presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) outlined information about a deadly infection caused by MRSA. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a bacteria that has developed resistance to antibiotics commonly used to treat staphylococcus. An even more deadly strain of MRSA has emerged, the USA600 strain [...]