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Report: FDA Strengthens NSAIDs Warnings

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is strengthening an existing label warning that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke. Based on the FDA’s review of new safety information, it is now requiring updates to the drug labels of all prescription NSAIDs. Patients and health-care professionals should remain alert for heart-related side effects the entire time that NSAIDs are being taken. Patients taking NSAIDs should seek medical attention immediately if they experience symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or trouble breathing, weakness in one part or side of their body, or slurred speech. Get the full details about the revised warning for health-care providers at FDA.gov. Source: APMA.
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Report: Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Affordable Care Act Subsidies

The Supreme Court today voted to uphold the previous IRS ruling that the Affordable Care Act allows for tax subsidies in the 34 states that use federally funded health-care exchanges. The 6-3 decision preserves health-care coverage for millions of Americans who enrolled for health care on the federal exchange. APMA continues to fight for additional reforms to our health-care system, championing bipartisan legislation including The HELLPP Act, to ensure that all Americans in need of important specialized foot and ankle care have access to the critical services provided by podiatrists. View the full Supreme Court ruling. Source: APMA.
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We Treat Feet Supports Local High School After-Prom Program

We Treat Feet Podiatry recently pledged a donation to Franklin High School’s Project S.A.F.E. After-Prom Program. The program, according to organizers is an “all-night event [that] will provide a safe, substance-free environment for the students to share a memorable evening with their friends. The students will have a fantastic time celebrating safely!” The entire staff at We Treat Feet wishes Franklin High School a great safe prom night!.
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Report: Gout Vastly Undertreated in USA & UK

Gout, the most common inflammatory arthritis worldwide, is treatable but vastly undertreated, according to epidemiologic studies that now encompass three continents. The undertreatment problems previously reported in the United Kingdom and the United States also characterize gout in Taiwan, according to a nationwide population study. Chang-Fu Kuo, MD, from the Division of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, and the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan, and colleagues report the study results in an article published online January 23 in Arthritis Research & Therapy. Dr Kuo was also the lead author on the UK study. In the new article, Dr Kuo and colleagues report, although gout incidence in Taiwan decreased during the course of the study, prevalence remained high and stable and gout management remained poor, with only about one quarter of patients receiving potentially curative urate-lowering therapy..
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Foot Injury Focus: Heel Pain

The heel bone is the largest of the 26 bones in the human foot, which also has 33 joints and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Like all bones, it is subject to outside influences that can affect its integrity and its ability to keep us on our feet. Heel pain, sometimes disabling, can occur in the front, back, or bottom of the heel. Causes Heel pain has many causes. Heel pain is generally the result of faulty biomechanics (walking gait abnormalities) that place too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues that attach to it. The stress may also result from injury, or a bruise incurred while walking, running, or jumping on hard surfaces; wearing poorly constructed footwear (such as flimsy flip-flops); or being overweight. Common causes of heel pain include: Heel Spurs: A bony growth on the underside of the heel.
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Dr. Daniels Ranked In Top Podiatrists on LinkedIn

We Treat Feet’s Dr. Mike Daniels is ranked in the Top 1% of all podiatrists listed on the business social network LinkedIn! Dr. Daniels is continually ahead of the curve in connecting with both his patients and colleagues and it’s great to see him recognized. You can view his LinkedIn profile here!.
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New Year’s Resolution for Healthy Feet

If taking better care of your health is one of your New Year’s resolutions, start from the bottom up. We often don’t think of our foot health until there’s a problem with our feet. This year, promise yourself you’ll take better care of your entire body. Here are a few simple healthy foot habits to stick to in the new year. Healthy Feet Resolution #1: Walk More Walking is one of the simplest forms of exercise; it doesn’t require any special equipment, it can be done in almost any weather, and it’s good for your overall health – including your feet. Even in small 15-20 minute doses, walking will help keep your feet and your body in shape. Healthy Feet Resolution #2: Shed a Few Pounds If this isn’t already on your New Year’s resolution list, here’s one reason you should consider adding it. Less weight means less stress on.
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Winter Foot Care Tips to Keep Your Feet Healthy

Whether you’re slogging through deep snow and sub-zero temperatures in the north, or contending with dampness, chill, and muddy conditions in the south, it’s important to take care of your feet all winter long. You’ll want them to be healthy and ready for action when spring finally arrives. Most Americans will have walked 75,000 miles by the time they turn 50. Is it little wonder, then, that APMA’s 2010 foot health survey found that foot pain affects the daily activities—walking, exercising, or standing for long periods of time—of a majority of Americans? “Each season presents unique challenges to foot health,” said Matthew Garoufalis, DPM, a podiatrist and APMA president. “Surveys and research tell us that foot health is intrinsic to overall health, so protecting feet all year long is vital to our overall well-being.” APMA offers some advice for keeping feet healthy in common winter scenarios: Winter is skiing and.
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Why Wound Care for Diabetes Patients is So Important

For the 26 million Americas affected by diabetes, and the 1.9 million diagnosed annually, approximately 15 percent of those will develop foot ulcers during their lifetime, a complication that may result in amputation without timely and proper care (66,000 diabetes-related amputations are performed annually). But when it comes to wound care, especially foot ulcers, many in Contra Costa County, California managing the disease may not realize that there is dedicated center offering help. “Denial and fear are the major factors as to why those affected hesitate to get the attention they need. Wound Care Services needs to be sought out earlier in their care when we can be of most help,”said Mandy Mori, Director of Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Services with John Muir Health. “Many cannot distinguish how far their wounds have progressed until it is too late.” Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above.
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