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Study assesses long-term results of radiofrequency nerve ablation
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After patients have failed conservative treatment for plantar fasciitis, radiofrequency nerve ablation (RFNA) may be an effective option. A recent study in Foot and Ankle Specialist notes that patients have been pain free for up to 12 years after RFNA. The retrospective review focused on 82 patients who had undergone radiofrequency nerve ablation for neurogenic heel pain. Follow-up occurred at five, 10 and 12 years, and 89 percent of patients experienced no recurrent pain at these follow-up points, according to the study. More

The truth about barefoot running: It's complicated
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One side claims running shoes cause injury; the other side counters that barefoot running comes with its own risks. There are likely elements of truth on both sides. But when it comes to giving your patients advice about barefoot running, experts have more questions than answers. More

Hindfoot fusion has few adverse effects on TAR, study shows
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Total ankle replacement combined with hindfoot fusion yields a clinical outcome that is similar to ankle replacement alone, according to a recently published study. B.S. Kim, M.D., of Inha University Hospital in the Republic of Korea, and colleagues compared 60 ankles treated with a combination of total ankle replacement (TAR) and either subtalar or triple fusion with a group of 288 ankles treated with TAR alone. The surgeries were done between May 2003 and June 2008. More

8 methods of improving orthotic outcomes
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Orthotic therapy as described by Root, et al. focused on changes in the frontal plane position of both the forefoot and the rearfoot. Many researchers have investigated the effects of orthotics on frontal plane motion of the foot and axial rotation of the limb. 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. Mark Block - today at 9 p.m. EST
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Mark S. Block, DPM, 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. If you want to learn how to maximize reimbursement from insurance and Medicare, then cancel any plans you have for tonight and listen to Dr. Mark Block live at 9 p.m. Tune in to hear a lively discussion about issues impacting reimbursement for our professional services. This hour will help you earn more and prevent Medicare audits. 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

Women opt for surgery rather than give up high heels
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It's no secret most women love high-heeled shoes, but podiatrist Dr. Dean Dorfman said some patients are going to extremes to fit into their favorite pair. "Some women who have bunions and hammer toes, putting their foot and squeezing it into this shoe, it's basically like putting a square foot and fitting it into a triangular hole. It's not going to work," said Dorfman. More

Bare foot forward: Does running without shoes help or hurt?
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Chris Harmon didn't need a book to tell him about barefoot running. A 55-year-old holistic health educator from Vista, Calif., he has come to be known as the "running practitioner" by many Olympic athletes and national record holders, and he's been extolling the virtues of running sans shoes for the past 30 years. More

Why don't children's shoes fit?
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It's a common part of childhood, the trip to the shoe shop and your feet being measured. But according to new research conducted by Glasgow Caledonian University, there are still four million children in shoes that don't fit them. Parents who squeeze their child's feet into the wrong-sized shoes could be condemning them to a lifetime of problems. More

Therapeutic designs are a tough sell
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Despite research supporting the use of therapeutic shoes in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, a study from New Zealand suggests that only 5 percent of patients actually wear prescribed footwear. The lack of compliance may be related to practitioners' failure to understand the social and emotional implications of therapeutic footwear for patients - particularly women - with RA, according to a second study from the U.K. More

Very high heels affect the achilles tendon
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A study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology found that high-heeled shoes cause hardening of the tendons of the calf. Professor Marco Narici, of Manchester Metropolitan University, said that ever since women began wearing high heels in the 1950s, secretaries have been complaining about having to walk in them. More
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