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As 2010 comes to a close, ACFAOM wishes its members, partners, and other friends in podiatric medicine a safe and happy holiday season. We trust that the Foot & Ankle Weekly, has become a friendly e-newsletter with current information you find interesting and useful. As we reflect on the past year we are providing readers of the Foot & Ankle Weekly another look at the most accessed articles in 2010. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.


Laser care for onychomycosis: Can it be effective?
Podiatry Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
May 18:  Onychomycosis is one of the most commonly diagnosed foot problems that podiatrists treat. Two to 3 percent of the population is known to have onychomycosis and this incidence increases to 15 percent for those between the ages of 40 to 60. Since that time, World War II and Vietnam as well as worldwide transportation have accelerated the rate of fungus infections in our country. The infection, which was at one time a rare occurrence, has became an epidemic and will probably become a pandemic in the future. More

Diabetic neuropathy: Preventing and reversing the damage
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April 13: Imagine living with the haunting possibility that one day, you may lose all feeling in your feet and that this lost sensation could ultimately lead to ulceration, infection, and even amputation of your unsalvageable limbs. This grim but very real condition is called diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease 60-70 percent of diabetics suffer some kind of nerve damage. More



A cheap, portable wound-healing device
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March 23: In mid-February, about a month after a massive earthquake leveled much of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a wound-care team from Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston traveled to the devastated capital. The team's task was to help care for scores of patients suffering from the large open wounds that accompany amputations, crushed limbs, and other injuries. Among the team was MIT graduate student Danielle Zurovcik, who arrived ready to test a device she had developed as part of her thesis research - a cheap and portable version of the negative-pressure devices currently used to speed wound healing in hospitals. More

MRI reveals cause of heel pain
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Oct. 19: A 51-year-old woman presented to the clinic complaining of left heel pain. On physical exam there was tenderness and soft tissue swelling of the posterior aspect of the left heel. Conventional radiographs of the left ankle were obtained in anteroposterior, lateral, and oblique views. They were essentially unremarkable, although the lateral view showed equivocal prominence of the posterior superior calcaneal tuberosity, along with subtle findings of increased density in the pre-Achilles fat. MR imaging was subsequently performed. More

Koven Technology Introduces Hands-Free Vascular Testing... Now that's Smart!

Koven has simplified vascular testing with the BF8 flat vascular probe for our Smartdop Dopplers. The BF8 makes vascular testing with Doppler fast and easy.
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Secrets to navigating hammertoe surgery on the fifth toe
Podiatry Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nov. 16: When it comes to foot surgery, doctors all got our start working on toes. In school, they all learned the three etiologies of hammertoes: extensor substitution, flexor substitution and flexor stabilization. Based on those theories, they learned a surgical algorithm. Once they got into residency, they all learned that nobody really used the "textbook" for making a decision on what to do surgically. More

Preventing achilles tendon injuries
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March 23: David Beckham's Achilles tendon injury is a reminder especially those beginning a new exercise program to practice preventive techniques to avoid one of the most common ailments that can sideline even the best intentions. The Achilles tendon is a fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel (calcaneus) to the calf muscles in the lower leg. It is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body and enables actions such as walking, running, jumping and standing on the toes. Approximately 230,000 Achilles tendon injuries occur each year in the United States. More



Warding off muscle cramps as we age
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March 30: If you're over 65, you probably know what a "charley horse" is. You may have gotten them during strenuous exercise as a younger person. But in older age, muscle cramps can be unlike any you've ever had before. That's because like so many other things in our bodies, our muscles and nerves wear out and function less effectively as we age. More

Experimental therapy for sore heels has skeptics
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Oct. 19: Dressed in street clothes, Tara Cassidy Driscoll lies face-down on an examining table at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Orthopedic surgeon George Theodore is about to blast her foot with powerful shock waves generated by sound. After numbing her foot with Novocain, Theodore turns on an expensive German-made machine that beams tightly focused sound energy at Cassidy Driscoll's heel, near the point where her painful plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone. More



More doctors giving up private practices
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April 6: A quiet revolution is transforming how medical care is delivered in this country, and it has very little to do with the sweeping health care legislation that President Obama just signed into law. But it could have a big impact on that law's chances for success. Traditionally, American medicine has been largely a cottage industry. Most doctors cared for patients in small, privately owned clinics - sometimes in rooms adjoining their homes. More

Syracuse woman awarded $678,000 for severed ankle nerves
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May 11: A Syracuse woman has been awarded $678,000 in damages by a local jury for the severing of two nerves in her ankle during ankle surgery five years ago. Lawyers David Howe and Michael Porter said the damage was done while Ayo Ford was having tarsal tunnel syndrome surgery to alleviate an impingement on a nerve in her left ankle. More
 
 
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