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US obesity rate may hit 42 percent by 2050
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Despite reports that the rate of obesity among U.S. adults might be slowing down, a new projection from Harvard University and MIT suggests otherwise. Instead, using a sophisticated model that views obesity like an infectious disease, the team predicts that adult obesity rates will rise for another 40 years before leveling out. And before reaching that plateau, 42 percent of adults will be obese, the team predict. More

Splinting and stretching for plantar fasciitis pain
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Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, accounting for 10 percent to 15 percent of all foot conditions. Plantar fasciitis results from degenerative inflammation of the plantar fascia. The injury is caused by shortening of the plantar fascia, which causes chronic bone traction in the heel and formation of bone spurs. More

Foot problems more prevalent for African-Americans
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Foot problems are more prevalent in older African-Americans, as researchers have found that they are three times more likely to have corns, flat feet or other foot ills. Researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill also found in people who were not obese, African-Americans were twice as likely as whites to have bunions and hammer toes. There were no significant differences by race for bunions or hammer toes among obese participants. More

Secrets to navigating hammertoe surgery on the fifth toe
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When it comes to foot surgery, we all got our start working on toes. In school, we all learned the three etiologies of hammertoes: extensor substitution, flexor substitution and flexor stabilization. Based on those theories, we learned a surgical algorithm. Once we got into residency, we learned that nobody really used the "textbook" for making a decision on what to do surgically. 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.

Meet Dr. Leonard Levy - today at 9 p.m. EST
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Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH, 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. Levy is Associate Dean for Education, Planning and Research and Director, Center for Bioterrorism and All Hazards Preparedness at the College of Osteopathic Medicine/Nova Southeastern. As a full Professor of Family Medicine/Public Health/Biomedical Informatics, he has a unique view of where the profession sits in the health care team. Tune in to hear a lively discussion about issues impacting the profession and Dr. Levy's insights from his broad experiences in podiatric and osteopathic medical education. 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

Study finds better early results with stretching vs. shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis
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Manual stretching exercises proved more effective than shockwave therapy for patients dealing with symptoms of plantar fasciitis, according to a new study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. "The earlier you understand how stretching fits in and the earlier you learn how frequently to perform the simple plantar stretch, the less likely you will require a more invasive treatment method," John Furia, M.D., one of the study authors, stated in an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons press release. More

High heels 'okay in moderation'
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High heels have been ranked alongside alcohol and sugary treats, as the Australasian Podiatry Council says they pose a risk to health but are okay "in moderation". While there's little point telling women to ditch the height-enhancing footwear, council president Brenden Brown says, they should heed the message to reduce their exposure. More

Study: Common foot problems hereditary
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Two common foot problems, long suspected of being genetic, have been confirmed as conditions people can inherit, a U.S. study has found. Both often painful conditions can cause problems with mobility, HealthDay reported. More

Suffering from diabetes? Take care of your feet, warn experts
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A noted vascular surgeon said that every diabetic should take utmost foot-care to avoid higher prevalence of limb amputation arising out of gangrene. Dr. Ravul Jindal, Vascular Surgeon, said this on the occasion of World Diabetes Day. Asking diabetic to remain cautious over any kind of foot lesion, Dr. Jindal said that different fissures, abscess, cellulites, ulcers, claw toes and Charcot's joints need to be watched carefully. More

Out on a limb: Cold cuts
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For centuries, the Greeks set the bar for the rest of the world to follow - in architecture, in literature, in medicine. Now they appear to be setting a new kind of example in health care. But we can only hope the rest of the world knows better than to follow their lead this time around. More
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