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Letting in the light of research on plantar fasciosis
Podiatry Today
Sometimes the chain of events in one’s life seem in retrospect the most perfectly planned and played out chorus of a Grammy award-winning song. However, while these scenes are unfolding, it is most often difficult to discern what is really going on or for that matter, the true importance and future ramifications of these at first seemingly random and disconnected series of events.
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Meet Drs. Lowell Weil, Sr. and Lowell Weil, Jr. - today at 9 p.m. ET
Drs. Lowell Weil, Sr. and Lowell Weil, Jr. will be the guests on today’s Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. We will delve into the growth and success of the Weil Foot and Ankle Institute, how to deal with insurance companies, and some of the secret strategies that has propelled the group of 22 physicians in 16 locations to the top of their game. To register for this FREE weekly, and unique, learning experience that will give you additional insights into the profession's past and future click here.
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Could your walk signal dementia? Scientists find link between subtle changes to a person's gait and their brain function
Daily Mail
Subtle changes in the way someone walks could be an early sign of dementia, a study has found. Scientists at Newcastle University have discovered a link between changes in the gait of people with Parkinson’s disease and their cognitive function. It could mean a person’s walk could be studied by doctors for warning signs dementia is developing – so treatment can be started earlier and symptoms managed better.
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A collaborative approach to fascia-related plantar heel pain
GP online
The plantar fascia is a longitudinally organised fibrous connective tissue which originates on the periosteum of the medial calcaneal tubercle. It extends into five bands surrounding the flexor tendons as it passes all metatarsal heads, then blends with the paratenon of the Achilles tendon, the intrinsic foot musculature and the skin and subcutaneous tissue.
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Extra-depth shoes may help alleviate foot pain for older people
Reuters via Fox News
For adults over age 65 with disabling foot pain, being fitted for off-the-shelf extra-depth footwear reduced pain and improved function, according to a new study. This type of footwear is often marketed to people with diabetic foot ailments, for whom Medicare – the U.S. government health insurance program for people over 65 - will cover most of the cost of the shoes.
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Black diabetics lose a leg 3 times more often
Black diabetics have leg amputations more often than non-blacks do in every part of the U.S., according to a new report that analyzed variations in care. Black patients are nearly three times as likely to lose limbs overall, though the disparity is greater in some areas, particularly the South, according to the report from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.
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GoLaser Podiatry Laser System
Sheaumann Laser has received FDA clearance and has released its first medical laser system: the GoLaser™ for podiatric indications. This is a significant achievement in the company’s quest to supply the medical world with high quality laser systems that are reliable and compact. Learn More
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10 ways to apply social tools for an improved patient experience
By Christina Thielst
The pressures and drivers to reduce costs, improve quality, emphasize prevention and increase access are making social media and the underlying technologies more attractive to healthcare leaders. They can be effective and efficient tools for the delivery of communications to targeted individuals and/or populations. As a result, those leaders who recognize that we must change the way care is provided are starting to explore new ways of engaging patients across the continuum of care.
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Hospitals tout benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy
U.S. News & World Report
At first glance, the room resembles a scene from a science fiction movie: People lying in cylindrical chambers breathing 100 percent oxygen to boost the body’s natural healing process and promote the growth of new blood vessels in areas ravaged by disease. It’s actually a scene being replicated at hospitals across the country as more Americans turn to hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat serious conditions, such as chronic wounds, diabetic foot ulcers, radiation injury, bone infections, burns, carbon monoxide poisoning, compromised skin grafts and more.
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As insurers try to limit costs, providers hit patients with more separate fees
The New York Times
Leo Boudreau of Massachusetts was thrilled to find a psychologist in his insurance network to treat his teenage daughter for emotional stress related to a medical condition. The therapist worked out of a local hospital. But he was surprised when the bill for each visit contained two charges: the approximately $100 he expected to see for the therapist — and a similar fee for the room, which was not covered. “How could it be that the doctor was in network and the hospital was in network, but I had to pay separately for the room?” Mr. Boudreau said.
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Cigarette smoking increases complications following fracture: A systematic review
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery via PubMed
Smoking has been suggested to increase the rate of perioperative complications including soft-tissue complications, to decrease the rate of fracture union, and to prolong healing time. The purpose of our study was to systematically evaluate and analyze the literature regarding the relationship between smoking and healing following operative treatment of long-bone fractures.
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