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24-04-2013 | Podiatry | Article

Caliper test reliable for feet

Two-point discrimination using mechanical calipers is a reliable assessment for testing tactile acuity of the foot, demonstrates research published in Rheumatology.

17-04-2013 | Surgery | Article

Triple antiseptic strategy wipes out preoperative bacteria

Meta-analysis results point to a triple-chemical skin cleansing strategy to help reduce the risk for surgical site infection after foot and ankle operations.

10-04-2013 | Podiatry | Article

‘Barefoot shoes’ may relieve knee arthritis

Shoes designed to mimic barefoot movement of the feet may be able to adjust gait in patients with knee osteoarthritis and reduce pain, preliminary research suggests.

03-04-2013 | Orthopaedics | Article

Pulsed light tested for Achilles tendon healing

Results suggest that active intense pulsed light does not benefit patients with chronic mid-body Achilles tendinopathy.

20-03-2013 | Podiatry | Article

Green tea extract washes athlete’s foot symptoms away

Bathing feet in a green tea extract may help relieve skin symptoms in elderly patients with athlete’s foot, say Japanese researchers.

13-03-2013 | Orthopaedics | Article

MT-5 fracture rare but troublesome in young footballers

Researchers have characterized metatarsal five fractures in male footballers, finding injuries to be rare, occurring most commonly among young players, and associated with a risk for healing complications.

06-03-2013 | Surgery | Article

Ankle fracture surgery infection risk ‘modifiable’

The risk for infection after ankle fracture repair could be reduced by altering surgical practice, say researchers who found that duration of surgery and location of casting significantly influence outcome.

27-02-2013 | Podiatry | Article

Standard therapy, insoles, and exercise reduce pronation foot pain

Exercise therapy and custom-made insoles reduce foot pain in patients with excessive pronation, research shows.

20-02-2013 | Surgery | Article

Optimal preoperative hallux valgus assessment unclear

Podiatrists lack guidance on the best way to use preoperative radiographs of hallux valgus, research suggests.

13-02-2013 | Surgery | Article

Foot and ankle assessments fail to capture patient concerns

Commonly used clinical measurements of foot and ankle outcome do not reflect patient concerns, missing the impact of age and gender on how patients define treatment success, US researchers caution.

06-02-2013 | Podiatry | Article

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy risk highlighted in children

US researchers call for clinical guidelines for detection of diabetic peripheral neuropathy in children after finding that a significant proportion of young patients are affected.

30-01-2013 | Podiatry | Article

Viscosupplementation may relieve subtalar osteoarthritis

Research suggests that patients with advanced subtalar osteoarthritis may benefit from intra-articular viscosupplementation.

29-01-2013 | Surgery | Article

Achilles tendon lengthening shows benefits for diabetic foot

Researchers report that the addition of Achilles tendon lengthening to procedures for managing diabetic forefoot and midfoot ulceration seems warranted.

23-01-2013 | Podiatry | Article

Botox relieves plantar fasciitis pain

Botulinum toxin A may be more effective than steroids for the treatment of plantar fasciitis, research suggests.

15-01-2013 | Surgery | Article

SPECT-CT improves preop foot diagnosis

Research demonstrates the usefulness of radionuclide bone scans with single photon-emission computed tomography and computed tomography for the assessment of patients awaiting foot or angle surgery.

08-01-2013 | Podiatry | Article

Tibial artery calcification predicts foot ulceration

Tibial artery calcification is a significant risk factor for foot ulcers in patients with Type 2 diabetes, research suggests.

02-01-2013 | Internal medicine | Article

Gait abnormalities found in diabetic neuropathy

Ankle muscle strength and joint mobility are the key factors influencing gait abnormalities in people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, Brazilian research suggests.

19-12-2012 | Surgery | Article

French method successful for clubfoot

Researchers have demonstrated the efficacy of the “French” functional method for correcting congenital idiopathic clubfoot, with the majority of patients achieving a good result, often without surgery.

12-12-2012 | Physical rehabilitation | Article

Functional rehab avoids surgery for Achilles rupture

Conservative nonsurgical treatment of acute Achilles tendon rupture is as good as surgery, provided the nonsurgical protocol includes functional rehabilitation, Canadian research shows.

05-12-2012 | Orthopaedics | Article

Orthoses improve pain, balance in fracture-prone elderly

Short-term use of foot orthoses reduces pain and disability in elderly women with osteoporosis, results of a randomized clinical trial indicate.