Archive for April, 2010

Bone Stem Cells Located at Base of Shin Bone

A team of researchers at the National Institute of Health have located bone generating stem cells in the end of the shin bone and the spine in mice. The researchers also identified genetic triggers and factors which control the growth of the stem cells. Researchers have know that bone marrow stem cells can develop into [...]

Podiatrists Aid Haiti Victims

The earthquake in Haiti on January 12th left 4,000 – 6,000 amputees to battle infection and many more at risk of losing a limb and potentially their life. Almost four months after the earthquake, medical treatment is still needed forĀ  those with open wounds and infections in an effort to prevent future amputation. Social Bookmarking [...]

Dancer’s Pads for Ball of Foot Pain

Product Review: Dr. Jill’s Dancer’s Pads Dr. Jill’s Dancer’s Pads are designed to disperse pressure under the ball of the foot to alleviate pain. They are specifically designed to relieve pain under the great toe joint associated with sesamoiditis by distributing the pressure. The pads can also be used under the ball of the foot [...]

New Study: Steroid vs Platelet Injections for Plantar Fasciitis

Biomet, Inc is sponsoring a clinical trial studying the effects of blood platelet injections in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis. The researchers are conducting a randomized, controlled multi center trial and recruiting 120 adult patients for the study. The patients will be randomly divided to receive either a steroid injection or autologous platelet injection taken [...]

Chronic Pain Guidelines Established

The American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Chronic Pain has established guidelines for the management of chronic pain. The guidelines have not been updated in over a decade and they recently released a draft of the new guidelines. The Task Force begins by defining chronic pain as pain associated with a chronic medical condition [...]

Steroids and Shockwave Therapy Successful Treatments for Heel Pain

A new study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association compared two treatments in patients with plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and develops from the combination of faulty foot mechanics and overuse. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Plantar Fasciitis: Patient Training Program Effective

In a new study published in a Hungarian journal, patients with plantar fasciitis were given a complex home training program which included illustrated handouts with stretching exercises, massage, cryotherapy and footwear tips and compared to patients using standard treatments. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

STOP Sports Injuries Campaign

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) an estimated two million injuries occur in high school athletes every year and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons estimates that 3-5 million children under the age of 14 are treated for sports injuries. As orthopedic surgeons report seeing a rapid rise in the number of sports [...]

The Strassburg Sock for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the tearing, inflammation and eventual degeneration of the plantar fascia, a thick, fibrous band in the bottom of the foot. Pain under the bottom of the heel at the first step in the morning is the most characteristic sign of plantar fasciitis. The pain is due to tearing of the fascia and [...]

Arch Collapse Video: How Orthotics Work

Sole Supports is an innovative manufacturer of orthotics. Their orthotics are designed to correct foot position, change foot posture and correct foot function during weight bearing activities. The video below demonstrates abnormal foot function and arch collapse, explains the MASS position theory and illustrates some common foot problems which develop as a result of abnormal [...]