The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Jun. 17, 2014

Wearable technology saving limbs of diabetes patients
American Innovation via Fox News
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports someone loses a limb from diabetic complications every 20 seconds. Diabetes causes a loss of sensation, leaving ulcers to go unnoticed and become infected. If not treated soon enough, the limb has to be amputated. But doctors at the University of Arizona Medical Center, in Tucson, Arizona, have found a way to prevent the development of these ulcers, and it's as simple as putting on a pair of socks.More

Does social media have a place in healthcare?
By Joan Spitrey
Just like many of you, I have been on the Facebook bandwagon for quite some time. I have really enjoyed it as I have lived all over the country, and it has been a great way to keep up with old friends. But does it have a place in a healthcare career or profession? As I have extended my reach into the big, wide Web, I have come to realize there are a lot of outlets for sharing and getting information. However, just like anything in life, there are certainly pros and cons to these new-found resources. More

Ankle fractures most common fractures in foot, ankle region
Orthopedics Today
Ankle fractures were found to be the most common fractures in the foot and ankle region, whereas midfoot fractures were the least common, according to a recent study. Researchers analyzed the frequency and proportion of 280,933 fractures of the foot and ankle using National Trauma Bank data from 2007 to 2011. Fractures were classified as ankle, rearfoot, midfoot and forefoot. The researchers also analyzed the proportions of open fractures within each fracture location and broader anatomic category.More

Treating a patient with a solitary vascular soft tissue mass on the hallux
Podiatry Today
A 62-year-old female presented with a chief complaint of a soft tissue growth on her left big toe. She reported the lesion to be red, raised and bleeding with pressure. There was a small amount of drainage on the bandage she used to protect the foot in shoe gear.More

Want better healthcare? Have doctors make house calls.
Los Angeles Times
Minday Fain writes, "I make house calls. Remember those? When a doctor came to your door with a black bag? You might think of this as a quaint vestige of prewar life, or a luxury for the exceptionally wealthy with their concierge doctors. But home care medicine, as it's now called, is extremely efficient and effective in modern America. Indeed, it often makes more medical and financial sense than a trip to the doctor's office."More

3 most common foot problems for runners
Did you know that during a run, your feet strike the ground around 800 times per mile? It's no wonder that the most common injuries plaguing runners are found in the foot. But the good news is that many of these injuries can be prevented.More

US healthcare: Most expensive, least effective
24/7 Wall St.
The U.S. healthcare system is the most expensive among large developed nations. And it produces the worst results. Medical costs are among the highest portions of Americans’ budgets. But people hardly get what they pay for. More

Studies explore implementation options for sports injury prevention programs
Lower Extremity Review
Even if an injury prevention program is effective under controlled study conditions, that effectiveness doesn't always translate to the real world. That's why some researchers are now working to identify the most effective strategies for implementing prevention programs and the most common barriers to implementation.More

Falls and fall injuries among adults with arthritis–United States, 2012
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report via PubMed
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related morbidity and mortality among older adults, with more than one in three older adults falling each year, resulting in direct medical costs of nearly $30 billion. Some of the major consequences of falls among older adults are hip fractures, brain injuries, decline in functional abilities, and reductions in social and physical activities. Although the burden of falls among older adults is well-documented, research suggests that falls and fall injuries are also common among middle-aged adults. More