Podiatry Articles & Stories

Chronic Heel Pain Eases After Radiofrequency Therapy

Chronic Heel Pain Eases After Radiofrequency Therapy

Applying a special radiofrequency treatment to patients with chronic heel or tendon pain significantly reduces or even eliminates their discomfort, according to a recent study. The results are important because this condition, often caused by repetitive activity such as running, drives an esti... Read More


Hammertoes Corrected by New Bone-Fusing Implant

Hammertoes Corrected by New Bone-Fusing Implant

Painful hammertoes, often caused by poor-fitting shoes that bend the second, third or fourth toe into an upside-down V at the middle joint, have usually been corrected by inserting a wire through the length of the toe, holding the toe bones in position so they can fuse together. Trouble is,... Read More


Expert Commentary: Dr. Steven Abramow, D.P.M., FACFAS - May 11, 2009

Expert Commentary: Dr. Steven Abramow, D.P.M., FACFAS - May 11, 2009

While it is always interesting to hear about developments in surgical techniques, the initial approach should always be an attempt to resolve the problem with as little intervention as possible. Most times problems can be resolved. Hammertoe is a deformity of the toe, in which the end of the... Read More


Podiatrists Examine Better-Health Walking Regimen

Podiatrists Examine Better-Health Walking Regimen

Among all of the painkillers and antibiotics a podiatrist might usually prescribe, foot doctors may soon be writing prescriptions for walking as a way to improve patients’ health, if a study currently under way proves the practice to be effective.     The study, which is... Read More


Honey May Heal Diabetic Ulcers

Honey May Heal Diabetic Ulcers

While anecdotes abound concerning the wound-healing power of simple honey, a researcher is conducting the first formal study designed to rigorously examine the value of the sweet liquid in healing stubborn diabetic ulcers.     If honey’s medicinal potency is proven, it c... Read More


How to Live With Diabetic Foot Numbness

How to Live With Diabetic Foot Numbness

Because of the nerve damage common among the 24 million diabetics in America today, they often lose feeling in their feet, which may lead to unnoticed burns, cuts, friction sores and other troubles. "About 60 to 70 percent of all patients that develop diabetes in their lifetime will have s... Read More


Don't Rush Into Foot Surgery

Don't Rush Into Foot Surgery

If you have an annoying foot problem, the temptation might be to quickly choose the surgery option - especially if you're in a great deal of pain. But surgery is hardly the best course of action for everyone, according to Loan Lam, a Yale-trained podiatric surgeon in Marco, Fla. "Every person... Read More


Orthotics Can Solve Foot Problems

Orthotics Can Solve Foot Problems

Before assuming that surgery is needed, you might want to first seek aid from podiatric inserts, or orthotics, in your shoes, many experts say. "Shoes are made before the patient comes into the store, so it's very difficult to make a shoe specific for a patient, but a prescription orthotic is... Read More


Women Looking to Sculpt Ankles and Toes

Women Looking to Sculpt Ankles and Toes

Women in Britain are joining those in America in a race for cosmetic surgery on the lowest part of their lower extremities. As today's women's shoe fashions - even those for winter - gravitate inexorably toward exposing ever more of the feet and toes, women with pedal anatomy considered to be... Read More


Healthy Feet Incompatible With Fat

Healthy Feet Incompatible With Fat

Obesity can lead to foot amputations, warns a podiatry organization in Australia. This is "particularly [true of] those patients who have diabetes, because they can lose feeling in their feet and sustain injuries, which can get infected and sometimes require amputation," said Brenden Brown, v... Read More


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