Archive for September, 2010

Easing Hammertoe Pain

Amplify’d from A hammertoe is an abnormal bending of a toe at the joint, which often causes pain when footwear touches the top of the bent toe. Women are affected more often than men. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests how to help alleviate the pain of a hammertoe: Protect the toe with a [...]

New Drug Helping Treatment-Resistant Arthritis

Amplify’d from An experimental rheumatoid arthritis treatment helps two-thirds of patients getting too little relief from methotrexate. The drug, from a company called Rigel, is R788 or fostamatinib disodium. The oral drug targets an enzyme called Syk. Nobody is exactly sure of the role Syk plays in rheumatoid arthritis. But there’s an overabundance of [...]

Lower Extremity Changes Experienced During Pregnancy

Amplify’d from The anatomic and physiologic changes occurring with pregnancy result in a variety of symptoms affecting the lower extremity. The purpose of this investigation is to provide a comprehensive look at the lower extremity changes experienced during pregnancy and correlate symptoms with underlying etiology in a literature review. In this retrospective study, 100 [...]

Triggers For Restless Leg Syndrome

Amplify’d from Restless leg syndrome is characterized by uncomfortable feelings in the legs and feeling the urgent need to move them. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says possible triggers of restless leg syndrome include: Having a family history of the condition. Being pregnant. Having an iron deficiency. Having side effects from certain medications. [...]

Health Factors That Increase Risk of Rickets

Amplify’d from Rickets, a Victorian-era disease marked by weak, deformed bones and caused by a deficiency in calcium, phosphorus or vitamin D, has made a comeback in recent years. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons cites these risk factors for rickets in children: Insufficient calcium in the diet. Insufficient exposure to sunlight. Dark skin. [...]

Diabetes risk may fall with magnesium intake

Amplify’d from Getting enough magnesium in your diet could help prevent diabetes, a new study suggests. People who consumed the most magnesium in foods and from vitamin supplements were about half as likely to develop diabetes over the next 20 years as people who took in the least magnesium, Dr. Ka He of the [...]

Injured Bones Replaced By Titanium Foams

Amplify’d from Flexible yet rigid like a human bone, and immediately capable of bearing loads: A new kind of implant, made of titanium foam, resembles the inside of a bone in terms of its structural configuration. Not only does this make it less stiff than conventional massive implants. It also promotes ingrowth into surrounding [...]

Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

Amplify’d from The most common cause for heel pain is plantar fasciitis (plan –TAR   fash – ee – I – tis). This condition is classically known for causing pain in the heel at the first step in the morning. The pain can be so severe that many will limp, or grab onto a wall [...]

Footcare Tips for Hikers

Amplify’d from Choose the right pair of boots: The boot should have a stiff shank and some flexibility at the toes. To test this, grab the heel of the boot and place the toe of the boot on the floor. Hold the heel and press down. If the boot collapses on itself, it is [...]

Daily Dose of Ginger May Act as Pain Reliever

Amplify’d from Ginger’s soothing properties may not be limited to the stomach. A new study shows that ginger may also be an effective pain reliever for sore muscles. Ginger has been a favorite remedy of Chinese medicine for centuries and is often used to treat nausea and upset stomach. However, researchers say, it hasn’t [...]

Causes of Heel Pain

Amplify’d from Possible Causes and Differential Diagnosis for Heel Pain Plantar Fasciitis: The most common cause for heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This condition is known for causing pain at the bottom of the heel and sometimes in the arch. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by heel pain at the first step in the morning, [...]

What Type Of Foot Inserts Do You Need?

Amplify’d from Insert: An insert is any device which will fit into a shoe. This can be a soft, cushioned insole you find at the drug store for $10, or it can be a custom made orthotic costing a couple hundred dollars at your doctor’s office. Soft insoles are flexible and add comfort and [...]

Easy Steps to Happy Hiking Feet

Amplify’d from Many hikers lace up their boots and go for miles without foot problems. Others can put on the same type of socks and boots, and have all kinds of problems. No two hikers’ feet are the same and how they react to the stresses of hiking will vary. You’ll enjoy hiking more [...]

Study:Freezing Therapy Works Best For Common Warts

Amplify’d from When it comes to ridding yourself of common warts, freezing — also known as cryotherapy — works better than applying salicylic acid, another common treatment, a new Dutch study finds. No one treatment cured more than half of cases, however, and better treatments for the stubborn skin malady are needed, experts say. [...]

Eating Broccoli May Guard Against Arthritis

Amplify’d from Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) are launching a groundbreaking new project to investigate the benefits of broccoli in the fight against osteoarthritis. Initial laboratory research at UEA has found that a compound in broccoli called sulforaphane blocks the enzymes that cause joint destruction in osteoarthritis the most common form [...]

New Drug For Gout-FDA Approves Krystexxa (Pegloticase)

Amplify’d from The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Krystexxa (pegloticase) to treat the painful condition known as gout in adults who do not respond to or who cannot tolerate conventional therapy. Gout occurs due to an excess of the bodily waste uric acid, which is eventually deposited as needle-like crystals in the joints [...]

Volleyball Injuries of the Foot and Ankle

Amplify’d from The repetitive jumping and side to side movements required in volleyball increase the risk of injuries to the foot and ankle. Volleyball players should be aware of the following: Inversion ankle sprains are a common injury in this sport. Ankle sprains should be evaluated by a foot and ankle surgeon to determine [...]

Drug Halts And May Even Reverse Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy In Mice

Amplify’d from A drug developed at the University of Kansas has the potential to stop a debilitating condition of diabetes that often leads to pain in the extremities and even amputations, KU researchers have found. The researchers recently published an article showing that KU-32 can stop and even reverse diabetic peripheral neuropathy, or DPN, [...]

Help keep body and brain young by walking

Amplify’d from Everyone knows that walking limbers the aging body, but did you know it keeps the mind supple as well? Research shows that walking can actually boost the connectivity within brain circuits, which tends to diminish as the grey hairs multiply. “Patterns of connectivity decrease as we get older,” said Dr. Arthur F. [...]

Higher Injury Risk For Female Athletes With Higher Estrogen Levels

Amplify’d from In female athletes with chronically higher estrogen levels, differences in the mechanical properties of tendons may lead to a higher risk of injury, according to a study in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, official research journal of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. “As such, female athletes may benefit from [...]

Arthritis and the Feet

Amplify’d from Arthritis is a frequent component of complex diseases that may involve more than 100 identifiable disorders. If the feet seem more susceptible to arthritis than other parts of the body, it is because each foot has 33 joints that can be afflicted, and there is no way to avoid the pain of [...]

Peroneal Tendon Injuries

Amplify’d from Causes and Symptoms of Peroneal Tendon Injuries Peroneal tendon injuries may be acute (occurring suddenly) or chronic (developing over a period of time). They most commonly occur in individuals who participate in sports that involve repetitive ankle motion. In addition, people with higher arches are at risk for developing peroneal tendon injuries. [...]

Do You Suffer With Neuroma

Amplify’d from A neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes that brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the [...]

Take Precautions To Keep You on the Trails This Fall

Amplify’d from Even the most avid outdoorsmen don’t realize just how much stress and strain they put on their feet and ankles during autumn hikes. Those long, vigorous walks on uneven terrain may be fun, but without proper care, they could lead to damage to their feet and ankles. Poor choice in footwear and [...]

Tips to Protect Kids in Fall Sports

Amplify’d from Every fall season, foot and ankle surgeons see an increase in ankle injuries among young athletes. Football, soccer and basketball are the sports most likely to lead to sprains, broken bones and other problems. If your children are playing sports this fall, here are six tips to that could protect your children [...]