The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Oct. 7, 2014

Achilles oddity: Heeled shoes may boost load during gait
Lower Extremity Review
A recent study using innovative technology has questioned the potential role of standard running shoes with slightly elevated heels for the prevention and treatment of Achilles tendon pathology. For many years, inadequate heel offset has been anecdotally implicated as a factor in tendinopathy of the Achilles, and elevating the heel to address this does seem to make sense.More

Meet Shawn McAskill - today at 9 p.m. ET
Shawn McAskill will be the guest on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Mr. McAskill has worked in online marketing for the past five years, with experience in content writing, SEO, PPC, Social Media Marketing/Management, and graphic design. He generates creative and engaging online content with respect to current SEO best practices, enticing PPC copy, and directs the social media efforts for multiple clients. 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

Pearls on treating plantar fasciitis in athletes
Podiatry Today
As podiatrists, we see plantar fasciitis in our offices many times each day, especially in athletes. We know what it is and have a good idea of what causes it. However, with the numerous treatment modalities available, why aren’t all of our patients pain-free? Why do we have patients with lingering pain? Are we treating them wrong? Are they misdiagnosed? Are they non-adherent? More

Achilles tendinopathy can be improved with gastrocnemius recession
Orthopedics Today
Gastrocnemius recession can be helpful in some cases for the treatment of patients with chronic Achilles tendinopathy, according to a presenter. “We believe the outcomes from this study provide some new information regarding ankle muscle power and endurance and may be used to help guide selection of appropriate candidates for this procedure,” Benedict F. DiGiovanni, M.D., said during his presentation at the International Federation of Foot & Ankle Societies Triennial Meeting.More

Unexpected clue to peripheral neuropathies identified
Medical News Today
New research shows that disrupting the molecular function of a tumor suppressor causes improper formation of a protective insulating sheath on peripheral nerves - leading to neuropathy and muscle wasting in mice similar to that in human diabetes and neurodegeneration.More

More evidence ties some bone-building drugs to rare fractures
Taking osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates to help prevent fractures may carry a slight risk for unusual breaks in the thigh bone, Swedish researchers report. For those who took bisphosphonates for four to five years, the so-called "relative risk" was 100 times higher than among people who didn't use the medications. But the researchers explained that the absolute risk of having such a fracture was small, and would affect only one in 1,000 people.More

Gout raises diabetes risk: Researchers
Gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis, appears to increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes, especially in women, a new study finds. Researchers followed more than 35,000 gout sufferers in the United Kingdom and found that women with gout were 71 percent more likely to develop diabetes compared with people without gout. For men, the increased risk was 22 percent.More

Stilettos that are actually comfortable? Orthopedic surgeon and architect duo invents heels with built in 'wings' that hug arches
Daily Mail
An ex-orthopedic surgeon and an architect claim to have discovered the holy grail of fashion footwear: high heels that are genuinely comfortable. Dr. Taryn Rose, a 47-year-old single mother-of-three based in California, already built a $40 million business with her first namesake shoe collection, and has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her next chapter: 'wing shoes.'More

Diabetics with sight problems prefer self-exam of feet
Clinicians should stop telling visually impaired patients with diabetes to "ask family and friends" to examine their feet, because "most people don't want…that," says one expert in the field. While early detection of neuropathic disease is vital, especially in these high-risk patients, telling them to solicit the help of others for foot screenings is an "ineffective intervention," said Ann Williams, Ph.D., RN, research associate professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.More

Minimally invasive procedure treats soft-tissue injuries
The Arizona Republic
Tendon injuries impact 10 million Americans every year and, until recently, options for durable effective treatment were limited. Interventional radiologists at Maricopa Integrated Health System are among the first physicians in the Valley to use a minimally invasive technique that gives new hope to those suffering from tendon and soft-tissue injuries, such as tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, jumper's knee, Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.More

Effect of oral nutritional supplementation on wound healing in diabetic foot ulcers: a prospective randomized controlled trial
Diabetic Medicine via PubMed
Among people with diabetes, 10-25 percent will experience a foot ulcer. Research has shown that supplementation with arginine, glutamine and β-hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate may improve wound repair. This study tested whether such supplementation would improve healing of foot ulcers in persons with diabetes.More