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Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery: Recover faster and pain free with less scars. Oct 24th, 2019

What is Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery? Minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery allows the surgeon to use techniques that decrease the number and size of incisions that need to be made to help you achieve the expected outcome with less pain, less swelling, less recovery time and less...

Lawnmower injuries a persistent source of serious injury and high costs, new study affirms Sep 24th, 2018

In what Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers call an unusually comprehensive analysis of nationwide data, they conclude that the rate of lawnmower injuries persists at close to 6,400 a year, most of them requiring surgery and hospitalization, and costing an average of $37,000 per patient.A report of the study, tracking eight...

Why some people are at risk of gout Sep 13th, 2018

University of Otago researchers have helped characterise a genetic variant that enables new understanding of why some people are at risk of gout, a painful and debilitating arthritic disease.Gout is caused by persistently elevated levels of urate in the blood, which causes severe joint pain and swelling, especially in peoples'...

Total ankle arthroplasty offers patients greater range of motion and less pain Sep 6th, 2018

Surgical reconstruction is a life changer for people with end-stage ankle arthritis, a painful condition that limits patients' abilities to go up and down stairs, get out of a car and even walk. Now researchers from The Rothman Orthopedic Institute at Jefferson Health demonstrate that surgical reconstruction boosts patients' range...

An avatar uses your gait to predict how many calories you will burn Aug 24th, 2018

Humans instinctively adopt the gait that requires the least amount of energy given the walking conditions. Without realizing it, we are constantly tweaking our pace, stride length and foot lift. But could we consciously play with these parameters in order to influence our energy expenditure?Researchers at EPFL's Biorobotics Laboratory studied...

Footwear habits influence child and adolescent motor skill development Jul 18th, 2018

New research finds that children and adolescents who spend most of their time barefoot develop motor skills differently from those who habitually wear shoes. Published in Frontiers in Pediatrics, this is the first study to assess the relevance of growing up shod vs. barefoot on jumping, balancing and sprinting motor performance...

Our human ancestors walked on two feet but their children still had a backup plan Jul 4th, 2018

More than 3 million years ago, our ancient human ancestors, including their toddler-aged children, were standing on two feet and walking upright, according to a new study published in Science Advances."For the first time, we have an amazing window into what walking was like for a 2½-year-old, more than 3 million...

Low-cost prosthetic foot mimics natural walking Jun 28th, 2018

Prosthetic limb technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, giving amputees a range of bionic options, including artificial knees controlled by microchips, sensor-laden feet driven by artificial intelligence, and robotic hands that a user can manipulate with her mind. But such high-tech designs can cost tens of thousands of dollars,...

Maximal running shoes may increase injury risk to some runners Jun 25th, 2018

Lower leg pain and injuries have long been a problem for runners, but research at Oregon State University-Cascades has shown that one type of running shoe may increase such risks for some runners.Researchers in the Functional Orthopedic Research Center of Excellence (FORCE) Lab compared the biomechanics associated with "maximal" and...

Study shows nail treatments do not affect readings of patients' oxygen levels, despite widespread co Jun 1st, 2018

New research at this year's Euroanaesthesia congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, suggests that nail treatments such as acrylic nails or nail polishes do not, as previously thought, affect readings from digital pulse oximetry (DPO) devices used to monitor patients' blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) levels in hospital.DPO is universally used to measure...

New hope for treating diabetic wounds that just won't heal Apr 23rd, 2018

One of the most frustrating and debilitating complications of diabetes is the development of wounds on the foot or lower leg. Once they form, they can persist for months, leading to painful and dangerous infections.New research uncovers the role of a particular protein in maintaining these wounds and suggests that...