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Surgical treatment of geriatric ankle fractures may offer lower mortality rates
Orthopedics Today
Geriatric patients who had operative intervention for ankle fractures showed a lower mortality and fewer comorbidities compared to patients who underwent nonoperative treatment, according to a presenter at the International Federation of Foot & Ankle Societies Triennial Meeting.
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Diagnosing and treating distal tibia epiphysitis
Podiatry Today
Growth plate injuries in children are among the most common foot and ankle injuries that present to a foot specialist’s office. These patients are often athletes and may or may not have a traumatic accident associated with the injury. When an adolescent or teenager develops ankle pain, it is often a repetitive overuse type injury.
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How much should patients know about their doctors?
FiercePracticeManagement
How much should patients know about their physicians? Transparency should go further than some doctors say is necessary, Leana Wen, M.D., founder of the Who's My Doctor blog, told the Boston Globe. On the website launched last spring, Wen reveals in her own profile details beyond what a standard insurance company listing would include, such as how much of her income comes from clinical work versus research and other projects.
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New autofluorescence imaging platform detects and tracks bacteria in chronic wounds
medGadget
Chronic wounds are a significant burden to patients, healthcare professionals, and healthcare systems worldwide. Diagnosis of wound infection currently relies on clinical judgment, which varies widely and is subjective in nature, as well as culture-based tests, which can take days to yield results. This can lead to inappropriate use of empiric antibiotics, which is an increasing healthcare concern due to the emergence of drug resistant microbes. Thus, there is a need for better methods of early wound diagnosis and treatment guidance.
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Total contact casting reduces foot amputations, study finds
McKnight's
Those who are treating diabetic foot ulcers should evaluate modern total contact casting techniques, according to a new analysis. Researchers led by Caroline Fife, M.D., looked at a wound care registry with 11,784 patients with more than 25,000 diabetic foot ulcers. Outcome measures studied included whether the ulcers were healed/not healed, amputation, percent of off-loading, percent use of total contact casting and infection rates.
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Study: Sagittal plane deformity may be linked to foot ulceration in Charcot patients
Orthopedics Today
Deformities of the sagittal plane of the foot are more likely to be associated with foot ulceration in patients with diabetes who have Charcot neuroarthropathy, according to data presented at the International Federation of Foot & Ankle Societies Triennial Meeting.
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Weight-bearing casts for Achilles tear keep pace with nonweight-bearing
Lower Extremity Review
Use of a weight-bearing cast for the nonoperative treatment of acute Ailles tendon ruptchure produces outcomes that are at least equivalent to traditional nonweight-bearing casts, according to a randomized controlled trial from researchers in Auckland, New Zealand.
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54 percent of Americans obese; up from 46 percent in '99
The Associated Press via News 13
The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures — the most dangerous kind of obesity — has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study. People whose fat has settled mostly around their waistlines instead of in their hips, thighs, buttocks or all over are known to run a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and other obesity-related ailments.
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Current concepts in the surgical management of acute diabetic foot infections
The Foot via PubFacts
Diabetic foot complications are common, costly, and difficult to treat. Peripheral neuropathy, repetitive trauma, and peripheral vascular disease are common reasons that lead to ulcers, infection, and hospitalization. Individuals with diabetes presenting with foot infection require optimal medical and surgical management to accomplish limb salvage and prevent amputation; aggressive short-term and meticulous long-term care plans are required.
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