Category Archives: Feature Articles

December 2016

Managing foot and ankle injuries in soccer players

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world,1 with 265 million male and female players (4% of the world’s population), and the game’s injuries are associated with a whopping estimated annual cost of US $30 billion per year.2 Soccer is the third-most played team sport in the US, behind only basketball…

By Howard Kashefsky, DPM

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December 2016

Can activity monitoring improve wound healing?

Typical interventions in patients with active diabetic foot ulcers include offloading devices and a decrease in activity. And an increasing number of tools are becoming available to help lower extremity clinicians determine how well their patients are actually adhering to such interventions.

By Cary Groner

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December 2016

Popularity of high heels wanes, but issues remain

Foot health experts say that, overall, women are less enthusiastic about high-heeled shoes and smarter about wearing them in moderation. But those who still feel the need to wear heels in professional or social situations can benefit from clinicians’ advice and, at times, footwear modifications.

By Lori Roniger

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September 2016

Clinical use of plantar pressure measurement

Originally conceived as research tools, plantar pressure measurement systems are becoming less intimidating, less expensive, and more popular with lower extremity practitioners for treatment planning, patient education, and documenting the effects of therapeutic interventions.

By Shalmali Pal

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September 2016

Footwear businesses opt for eco-friendly practices

In an industry where comfort and pain relief will always come first and the cost of quality footwear can be intimidating for some customers, adding eco-friendly practices to the equation can be a challenge. But a growing number of businesses are making it a priority.

By Kristine Thomas

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June 2016

Importance of intrinsic muscles for foot health

A growing body of research suggests the strength of small muscles in the foot can have big implications for a range of foot-health issues—including running-related injuries, diabetic neuropathy, obesity, flatfoot, and plantar fasciitis—and that interventions for strengthening the intrinsics may help.

By Barbara Boughton

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June 2016

Materials science targets foot odors and microbes

Silver fibers and other examples of nano­technology are increasingly turning up in shoes, socks, and orthotic topcovers in an effort to control odors, reduce the risk of infection, and improve foot health by making these devices moisture wicking, breathable, antifungal, and/or antibacterial.

By Shalmali Pal

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March 2016

Smart insoles: Assessing their clinical potential

Athletes have been quick to embrace smart insoles and the biomechanical data generated by the devices’ embedded sensors. But experts believe smart insoles may also have potential clinical applications for patients with foot health problems, such as diabetic neuropathy.

By Shalmali Pal

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March 2016

The importance of obesity in foot pain management

Increasing numbers of studies suggest that a high body mass index can significantly affect foot structure and function, increasing the risk of painful conditions. But questions remain as to how foot health specialists can best address foot pain in their obese and overweight patients.

By Barbara Boughton

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October 2015

Seeking shoe closure: Laces vs alternatives

The footwear industry is teeming with alternatives to traditional shoelaces—including Velcro, no-tie elastic systems, and clutch reel technology—that may offer advantages for certain individuals. But for many people, experts say, laces will work just as well.

By Shalmali Pal

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