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Diabetes numbers rise, CDC says
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The number of Americans who have type 2 diabetes has risen to nearly 26 million, federal officials announced. In addition, about 79 million U.S. adults have "prediabetes," a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prediabetes raises a person's risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. In 2008, CDC estimated that 23.6 million Americans had diabetes and an additional 57 million adults had prediabetes. More

Lester Jones, DPM, FACFAOM earns APMA's Award of Excellence
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Dr. Lester Jones, past president of ACFAOM and currently Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Western University of Health Sciences' College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) has been awarded the 2011 American Podiatric Medical Association's (APMA) Award of Excellence for members. The award recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding national accomplishments in scientific, professional or civic endeavors over a lifetime. More

How long-term primary podiatric care can reduce diabetic pedal complications
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At the recent annual meeting of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), Gibson and colleagues presented an elegant study confirming what is well known to all podiatric physicians. In patients with diabetes, the study authors noted that "care by podiatrists appears to prevent or delay lower extremity amputation and hospitalization." Podiatric care may include the use of advanced limb salvage interventions in the presence of limb threatening infections or ischemia. However, no matter how exciting these advances are, primary podiatric care on a long-term basis remains the mainstay to prevent or minimize the complications that require advanced interventions. Effective long-term primary podiatric care is far more desirable for the patient than the risk and disability associated with aggressive limb salvage. More

Flat feet tied to knee pain in older adults
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Older adults with "flat feet" may be more likely than those with higher arches to have chronic knee pain, a new study suggests. Researchers say the findings raise the possibility that flat feet sometimes contribute to knee osteoarthritis - the common "wear-and-tear" form of arthritis in which the cartilage cushioning the joint breaks down. If that's the case, they say, it could open up new ways to lower some older adults' risk of the painful knee condition. More

Canada's University of Calgary's running shoe lab's latest findings debunk myths
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"If the shoe fits, wear it." The above phrase usually refers to someone taking responsibility for a certain character trait. But when Dr. Benno Nigg uses it, he really is talking about shoes. When it comes to athletic footwear, people pay attention to whatever the charming Swiss expat has to say. So when it's announced that his newest book reveals that those increasingly expensive accessories make almost no difference to running injury rates, we media types run, rather than jog, straight to the University of Calgary in Canada's Human Performance Lab where Nigg, now in his early 70s, has toiled for the past 30 years. More

Foot and ankle exercises in patients with diabetes
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Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic, systemic disorder that disturbs the body's insulin mechanisms, altering blood glucose levels, which can lead to severe health problems and disability. DM is epidemic worldwide with a significant number of people in the United States having this condition. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports 23.6 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes, with 17.9 million diagnosed, 5.7 million undiagnosed, 57 million in a pre-diabetes state, and 1.6 million new cases diagnosed annually in persons 20 years of age and older (most recent data gathered in 2007). DM is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., contributing to 233,619 deaths in 2005 (last year data available). The cost of diabetes care was $174 billion in 2007. The number of individuals affected by this disease continues to rise; therefore, holistic care is imperative to control the functional limitations affecting patients with DM. More

Post-op orthotics: Can they have an impact?
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Orthotic devices are prescribed for a variety of reasons by many different practitioners. Simply increasing the support for many of our patients' feet provides relief. However, there is a segment of our patient population that needs even more attention. Ensuring appropriate attention to the details of how the foot functions from heel strike to propulsion is sometimes vital in keeping our patients ambulatory. For those patients who undergo reconstructive procedures, this attention to detail is sometimes as important as the surgery itself. More

New delivery method for pressure wounds and diabetic foot ulcers improves healing
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Researchers have developed a new growth factor delivery system that heals wounds such as pressure sores and diabetic foot ulcers faster than previous treatments. The scientists found that fabricating nanospheres containing keratinocyte growth factor - the protein that promotes healing - improved healing of deep skin wounds in diabetic laboratory mice when the compounds were suspended in fibrin gel. The researchers, from Massachusetts General Hospital, were pleased that one dose of the growth factor resulted in new tissue regeneration within two weeks. More

Meaningful use rules exempt doctors, not EMR systems
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Physicians who want to qualify for stage 1 meaningful use incentives need to have electronic medical record systems that can accomplish all the tasks mentioned under the stage 1 rules - even the tasks doctors plan to defer accomplishing until a later time. David Blumenthal, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology at the Dept. of Health and Human Services, posted a blog entry on Dec. 23, 2010, that he hoped would clear up confusion about the level of flexibility built into stage 1 requirements to receive bonuses from Medicare or Medicaid. More

It's not easy to stand up to plantar fasciitis
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If you spend a fair amount of time on your feet, then perhaps you have firsthand knowledge about the pain of plantar fasciitis. If so, you're not alone. According to the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, plantar fasciitis is the leading cause of heel pain, with more than 2 million Americans seeking treatment for this condition each year. Plantar fasciitis often is described as a sharp pain in the bottom of the heel that may be most severe with the first few steps of the day. While pain may gradually improve as you limber up, it commonly flares after prolonged standing and may also strike when getting up from a seated position. More
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