Foot & Ankle Weekly
Sept. 21, 2010

Should podiatric surgeons cease using monopolar electrocautery?
Podiatry Today
As with other types of extremity surgery, podiatric surgery is very specialized and very diverse in the different types of procedures performed routinely by surgical specialists. Procedures can range from simple or complex osseous surgery to delicate peripheral nerve surgery - all of which require some type of hemostasis to be performed optimally. It is universally accepted that damage to tissues can result in a less optimal outcome for the patient. More

Engineered skin heals foot ulcers fastest
Modern Medicine
A new study suggests that "engineered skin" - or bilayered living cell therapy (Apligraf, Organogenesis) - significantly improved healing of diabetic foot ulcers compared with other advanced biologic therapies, MedPage Today reports. The study, conducted by a University of Miami research team, examined the records of 2,517 patients with diabetic foot ulcers, all of whom were treated with advanced biologic therapy.More

Night splint treatment of plantar fasciitis pain
Lower Extremity Review
Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of subcalcaneal heel pain. It is a condition that affects about 10 percent of the population at some time during life and accounts for one million orthopedic outpatient visits annually. In approximately 85 percent of patients, the etiology is undetermined, but associations with obesity and limited ankle dorsiflexion of less than 10° have been reported as significant independent risk factors. Plantar fasciitis is typically characterized by pain and tenderness predominantly over the medial calcaneal tuberosity, which can ultimately limit physical activity.More

High heels throw dancers' feet off balance
Live Science
Wearing high heels while getting your cha-cha-cha on may mean extra pain for your feet, a new study suggests. Walking in high heels has long been a concern of health care providers, because the fanciful footwear causes an uneven distribution of pressure on the feet. The new study is the first to examine the effects ballroom dancing while wearing high heels has on the feet, according to the researchers. More

Professor hopes research gives people a foot up on diabetes
New Brunswick Business Journal
If you have diabetes and a sore on your foot that just won't heal, then Stacey Reading wants to talk to you. Actually, what the professor of kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick really wants to do is dunk your injured foot in oxygenated water to see if it will get better. "This is something that no one has ever really ever looked at," he said in a recent interview. "This is pretty new stuff in terms of what we are doing." Reading said last year he was approached by a Fredericton company called InVentures Technologies Inc., which produces the equipment that puts the extra oxygen into water.More

Diabetes drug addresses touchy subject
The University Daily Kansan
Soon, some diabetic patients may have fewer things to worry about – such as nerve degeneration and amputations – and more time to focus on checking their blood glucose levels. KU researchers have developed KU-32, a drug three years in the making, which may be able to stop diabetic peripheral neuropathy, or DPN. It may also reverse some damage already done by the disorder.More

A new gout drug, Pegloticase, approved by FDA
Technorati
Gout, as many know, is a very painful arthritic condition involving, in a majority of cases, the joint that joins the big toe to the foot, called the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. Later on, it may affect other joints in an ascending manner, though not always. It is due to excessive amount of metabolite called uric acid in the circulation, derived from the metabolism of purine, a type of nuclear protein.More

Fat transfer offers foot pain relief
American Health and Beauty
Stilettos are sexy, but wearing high heels consistently can cause serious foot pain. A new procedure is available that transfers fat from your abdomen to your feet to help ease the ache from years of heels. Dr. Ali Sadrieh calls it a Foot-Tuck Fat Pad Augmentation on The Doctors today, and the procedure creates a natural cushion for the foot.More

San Antonio podiatrist offers new laser therapy for foot and ankle pain
PR Newswire
Dr. Ed Davis, a podiatrist with offices in San Antonio, Texas, and Live Oak, Texas, announces the immediate offering of a new form of laser therapy to patients in the San Antonio area. The addition is part of Dr. Davis' continued investment in advanced technologies and progressive procedures. MLS Therapy is a new therapy for treating pain, inflammation and edema and for repairing superficial lesions. It uses an MLS pulse, a combined, synchronized emission of continuous and pulsed laser emissions with different infrared wavelengths.More