The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Jul. 1, 2014

Research healing wounds 50 percent faster
Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carillon Research Institute are leading the way in new science that could help wounds heal in half the time. This is especially important for diabetics dealing with complications like foot ulcers. This research actually began in South Carolina, nearly a decade ago, but was imported to the Roanoke-based research center when one of the lead scientists was recruited to come work at the institute two years ago.More

Diabetic foot: A Cinderella condition, needs a team approach
Results from 2 new studies in diabetes-related foot complications indicate how vital it is for healthcare professionals to adopt a multidisciplinary team approach when it comes to managing this often-neglected complication of diabetes. The findings were reported at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2014 Scientific Sessions earlier this week.More

Exploring the potential of in-shoe pressure analysis in runners
Podiatry Today
Offering insights on the impact of in-shoe pressure analysis for runners, this author details the treatment of a 21-year-old runner who had been diagnosed with flexor hallucis inflammation or tendinitis, and possible plantar fasciitis on her left heel.More

FDA Oks Valeant toenail fungus treatment Jublia
The Associated Press via BloombergBusinessweek
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a toenail fungus treatment from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. that could reach $800 million in peak U.S. sales, according to the Canadian drugmaker. Valeant plans to launch the topical treatment, Jublia, in the third quarter in the United States.More

BMI may miss 25 percent of kids with obesity
LiveScience via Fox News
Some children who have a normal body mass index (BMI) might actually be obese, because they have extra body fat that's not picked up by the measurement, a new study says. As a result, some parents may have "a false sense of reassurance" that their child is not obese, and that they do not need to focus on their child's weight, said study researcher Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, director of preventive cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.More

Wearing high heels over many years can lead to problems; here's 7 of them
We can’t speculate on why women want to wear high heels, we just know that many do and many come to us for high heel-related issues. Hey, we’re not immune. We like them, too. We just have to be ready to accept the potential dangers of overuse. Look, we’re all pretty smart. We know that high heels aren’t necessarily good for our feet, but you may not realize that the cumulative effects of wearing these shoes over many years can be devastating.More

Neuromotor coordination and the prevention of running injuries
For more than 30 years, researchers have been trying to identify specific risk factors that can predetermine whether or not a runner is likely to be injured. With an annual injury rate exceeding 50 percent, runners could save themselves a lot of time and frustration if they could identify and correct specific risk factors predisposing them to injury.More

Correcting hallux valgus
Lower Extremity Review
Although some research has described sensory nerve dysfunction as a potential complication of hallux valgus surgery, most patients undergoing the procedure have measureable preoperative deficits—and most of these improve after surgery, according to results from a prospective study e-published in May by Foot & Ankle International.More

'Alarming' rise: 29 million Americans with diabetes
NBC News
More than 29 million American adults have diabetes, and a quarter of them don’t even know it, a new report shows. That’s up from 26 million in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, and represents more than 9 percent of the population. And another 86 million — a third of the adult population — are headed down the road to diabetes, with blood sugar levels high enough to mark them as pre-diabetic.More

Foot posture, leg length discrepancy and low back pain – Their relationship and clinical management using foot orthoses – An overview
The Foot
Mechanical low back pain is a very common, expensive, and significant health issue in the western world. Functional musculoskeletal conditions are widely thought to cause mechanical low back pain. The role of foot posture and leg length discrepancy in contributing to abnormal biomechanics of the lumbopelvic region and low back pain is not sufficiently investigated. This critical review examines the evidence for the association between foot function, particularly pronation, and mechanical LBP.More