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Obesity is prematurely aging people's joints, report finds
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The obesity epidemic is damaging and prematurely aging people's joints. Excess weight puts so much strain on hips, knees and ankles that almost 20 percent of people aged 25 to 34 have a "joint age" of over 50. The average joint age was 12 years older, but there was a north-south divide as the oldest were in Glamorgan, Wales, U.K., at 16 years, and the youngest in West Sussex, at eight years, a Seven Seas report found. More

Data indicate looser lacing increases pressure time integral under forefoot
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When it comes to shoe lacing, looser is not necessarily better for patients with diabetes. Loose laces are associated with higher pressure time integrals under some regions of the foot than comfortably tightened laces, according to research from the Netherlands e-published in January by Gait & Posture. Researchers from Vrije University in Amsterdam analyzed pressure patterns analyzed in 20 healthy volunteers during a 10-meter walking task, while subjects wore shoes laced with varying degrees of tightness. The looser lacing techniques were associated with PTI increases of 16.3 percent under the hallux and 14.5 percent under the remaining toes compared to comfortably tightened laces. More

Fungus got your toes? Zap it
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A growing number of doctors are offering an expensive laser procedure they say zaps away a common fungus that causes ugly, discolored nails. Published data on laser treatment for nail fungus is scant, but early results suggest it is a reasonable option for people who don't want the side effects of oral medications. More

Debunking the myth of specialized running shoes
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For three decades, running shoes have been constructed to fulfill two basic missions: cushion your foot's landing and control its "pronation" - the amount that it rolls inward with each step. "I was completely convinced that impact is something bad, and pronation is something bad, and I wanted to show that," recalls Benno Nigg, a biomechanics researcher and co-director of the University of Calgary's Human Performance Lab, who helped shape the original theory of pronation. More

Meet Dr. Joseph Agostinelli - today at 9 p.m. EST
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Joseph Agostinelli, DPM, FACFAOM, will be the guest on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. EST) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Agostinelli, a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, is an interesting speaker with a unique perspective on the profession. 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. More

Managing diabetic neuropathic pain
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All patients with diabetes are at increased risk for complications affecting the cardiovascular and nervous systems, as well as the kidneys and eyes. Neuropathy is one of the most common comorbidities - affecting about 60 percent to 70 percent of patients. Managing glucose levels is the most direct way to prevent nerve damage and alleviate pain. Diabetic neuropathy arises when glucose levels consistently remain elevated. Smokers, people aged older than 40 years and those with poorly controlled underlying diabetic disease are at highest risk. More

Prevalence of bunions increases with age; more common in women
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Pain in other parts of the body beyond the foot was associated with increased bunion severity. Details of this U.K. population-based study appear in the March issue of Arthritis Care & Research, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology. More

When casting and manipulation are not options for metatarsus adductus
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What is the next step when you see a patient with metatarsus adductus who is clearly not a candidate for casting or manipulation? Is the patient not a candidate because of age or activity level? Certainly, it is very difficult to cast a 3- or 4-year-old who is running at full tilt all day and there is a high likelihood that he or she will not respond to casting. Is surgery indicated at this point? More

Fitness: Comfortable footwear
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Choosing a good pair of running shoes has never been easy. But lately it's become downright confusing. So confusing, in fact, that some runners are shedding their shoes altogether and running barefoot. For years, well-cushioned shoes with various biomechanical interventions (such as motion-control features) have been all the rage among runners. The foot, experts said, needs help to withstand the rigors of pounding the pavement. More

US health care law not immune to nullification
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In their battle against the federal health care legislation, Republican lawmakers in at least 11 states are turning to a centuries-old and rarely used tactic in an effort to wrest power from the federal government. The Republican-controlled Idaho House of Representatives became the first elected body in the nation to pass a nullification bill on Feb. 16, when it voted 49-20 in favor of a measure to nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Seven Republicans voted against the nullification bill along with all House Democrats. More
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