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From 2006 to 2010, more than one million patients went to the emergency department for diabetes-related foot complications, and 10.5 percent of those involved an amputation, according to a new study published in PLOS One.
 
Dr. Katherine Respovic
 
 
"If blood sugars are not well-controlled, patients with diabetes can develop numbness in their feet, which is called peripheral neuropathy," says Dr. Katherine Respovic, spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association and a podiatric surgeon at MedStar Georgetown Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital in the District of Columbia. This proves dangerous if, say, you develop a blister or injure your foot, which can lead to infections or amputation.
 
Source: Vanessa Caceres, US News & World Report [4/27/17]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PMP News.  
 
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Podatrist Dr. Lauren A. Perica, of Valley Podiatry Associates, notes good foot care is a daily undertaking. Perica, who did a three-year residency in podiatric medicine and reconstructive forefoot, rearfoot, and ankle surgery at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, recently spoke on the topic at Holyoke Medical Center. 
 
Dr. Lauren Perica
 
 
"I would constitute good foot care as washing your feet daily, inspecting them for irritations, keeping nails trimmed, wearing supportive shoes, avoiding flip-flops, pointed shoes, high heels, excessive barefoot walking and when having a problem seek treatment. Often patients come to see me after they have had the problem for several months without seeking any treatment and by this point, the foot is so painful it is causing difficulty walking or performing their job," says Perica.
 
Source: Anne-Gerard Flynn, The Republican [5/1/17]
 
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Findings from this systematic review and meta-analysis indicated low-intensity pulsed ultrasound may be a viable alternative treatment for fracture non-unions. “[There] is documented efficacy and benefit shown when [low-intensity pulsed ultrasound] LIPUS treatment is used as an alternative to surgery for established non-unions,” study co-author J. Tracy Watson, MD, told Healio.com/Orthopedics. “With a strict definition of non-union reviewed, the rate of healing approached 84%. This modality was shown to be most effective when used on hypertrophic non-unions and when this treatment was initiated as soon as the last surgical procedure was deemed unsuccessful in achieving union. LIPUS treatment may be useful in those patients for whom surgery is high risk.”
 
According to researchers, hypertrophic non-unions compared with inactive atrophic non-unions had twice the chance of healing. “An interval of without surgery of [less] than 6 months prior to LIPUS was associated with a more favorable result,” the researchers wrote. Heal rates in upper extremity, long bone non-unions and lower extremity, long bone non-unions were not statistically significantly different.
 
Source: Leighton R, et al. Injury. 2017;doi:10.1016/j.injury.2017.05.016 via Monica Jaramillo, Healio
 
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Swapping wintry shoes for lighter summer alternatives can inadvertently inflict a lot of suffering on your feet. “The combination of heat, swelling, and skin being rubbed all at the same time can cause these painful - and at times debilitating - blisters," says Emma Supple, podiatrist and founder of Supplefeet. There’s often much confusion over whether you should take matters into your own hands and pop a blister. According to Supple, you can - as long as you’re careful.
 
She explained: “Podiatry advice is to pop the blister and allow the roof of the blister to press down on the damaged skin and heal up the area. Ensure you sterilize a needle first with a match and pop it at the side. Expel the fluid and then apply a dry dressing on the top."
 
Source: Lauren Clark, Express [6/27/17]
 
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Dr. Joseph Carbone, a podiatrist with Rochester Foot Care, says shoes alone aren’t to blame for the condition our feet are in. “Most musculoskeletal problems of the foot are genetic or inherited and cause an imbalance in the foot,” he said. The wrong shoes just exacerbate the problem.
Dr. Joseph Carbone
 
“You could say that a large percentage of people have a foot deformity, but not a lot are symptomatic,” he said. “A lot of men, for instance, have bunions but never seek treatment. They just wear wider shoes to accommodate the bunion.” Not so for many women, since “fashionable footwear” for women rarely includes the word “wide.”
 
Source: Anne Schule, Democrat & Chronicle [5/5/17]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PMP News.  
 
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