Category Archives: News

December 2016

Most women who want to wear heels after bunion surgery do so

But many still experience discomfort – Most women who want to return to wearing high heels after hallux valgus surgery do so, but may sacrifice comfort for style, according to research from the University of Manchester in the UK. Clinicians in the US say many of the study’s findings—although not all—are consistent with their experience.

By Emily Delzell

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December 2016

Walking boot and surgical shoe negatively affect driving safety

Device wear delays braking response – A recently published study from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia bolsters previous research suggesting that wearing a lower extremity immobilization device on the right foot could negatively affect driving performance.

By Lori Roniger

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September 2016

History of military flat foot care: Lessons for today’s practitioners

Functional emphasis predates WWI – The observations and treatments made and used by military clinicians more than 100 years ago remain relevant in modern foot care, according to a recent review of flat foot care in the US Army through 1918 published in May in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

By Emily Delzell

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September 2016

Jones fracture outcomes in pros bode well for less-elite athletes

Most return to preinjury skill level – Studies reporting high return-to-play rates after Jones fracture in National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Football League (NFL) players suggest positive outcomes are also achievable for athletes who compete at less elite levels.

By Chris Klingenberg

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June 2016

Region-specific foot pain doesn’t always match pressures, forces

Gait compensation may play role – The location of foot pain doesn’t always correspond with elevated plantar pressures and abnormal forces, which suggests the availability of region-specific compensatory gait mechanisms may play a role, according to recent research using Framingham Foot Study data.

By Emily Delzell

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March 2016

Segmental forefoot kinematics could influence risk of ulceration

Diabetes mellitus and peripheral neuropathy are associated with altered movement in individual metatarsal segments that is not always consistent with movement of the forefoot as a whole, according to research from Chicago that may have implications for foot ulcer prevention.

By Katie Bell

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October 2015

Shoes, orthoses improve muscle activation onset in unstable ankles

Custom insoles have greatest effect – A study of patients with chronic ankle instability (CAI) suggests the onset of knee and ankle muscle activity occurs significantly earlier when shoes and orthoses are worn than when the patients are barefoot.

By John C. Hayes

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October 2015

Survey finds 31% of runners have tried minimalist footwear

Some report more pain, some less – A significant percentage of avid runners have tried running in minimalist shoes, according to a recent survey-based study in which runners reported both positive and negative responses to making the switch in terms of pain and injury.

By Chris Klingenberg

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July 2015

Extra bodyweight enhances effects of high heels at knee

Lower heels, BMI may reduce OA risk – Walking in shoes with heels higher than about 1.5 inches causes gait abnormalities that are amplified by extra bodyweight, according to recent research that found high-heeled walking creates significant changes in knee loading similar to…

By Emily Delzell

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July 2015

Foot orthoses for heel pain help improve walking activity

Study supports custom device use – In patients with plantar fasciitis, the pain relief associated with custom foot orthoses (CFOs) appears to result in increased walking activity, as well, according to a recently published clinical trial.

By Barbara Boughton

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