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Woman Dies From Broken Ankle

Reposted from Tanglewood Foot Specialists Blog Every-so-often, I stumble across a worst-case-scenario story that reminds me just how serious an injury a broken foot or ankle really is. Today is one of those days. Last week, final toxicology reports from the New Orleans coroner revealed that a woman who died last October was, in fact, killed by her broken ankle. Apparently, the woman’s abusive boyfriend caused her initial injury by repeatedly smashing her leg with a crock pot insert. Ten days later, a blood clot broke free from the site of the fracture and traveled up to her heart, where it killed her. Clearly, this was not your average ankle break. However, there is an important message to take away from this tragic story. If not treated quickly (or if improperly set), a broken bone in your foot or ankle can lead to blood clots that, in many instances, become.
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VIDEO: Dr. Daniels’ patient recalls limb-saving treatment provided by We Treat Feet

In Northwest Hospital’s Gala video, a patient of We Treat Feet’s Dr. Mike Daniels recalls the procedure that ended up saving him his foot. The patient had a very serious condition which combined with his diabetes would have required amputation for most patients without the aggressive treatment provided by Dr. Daniels and his colleagues at Northwest Hospital. Check it out!.
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Diabetes and podiatry; what’s the connection?

Foot complications in diabetes are common yet the link between the two is not very well-known. Here to tell us more about it ahead of World Diabetes Day on 14 November is specialist and author for Journal of Foot and Ankle Research Trevor Prior, with colleague Debbie Coleman. Diabetes is a lifelong health condition in which the bodys levels of blood glucose and the hormone insulin are out of balance. Symptoms include increased thirst, increased frequency of passing urine and fatigue. There are two main forms; Type 1 in which the body doesn’t produce enough insulin Type 2 where either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body’s cell no longer react to the insulin produced An inability to produce insulin or use it effectively results in raised levels of blood sugar (hyperglycemia). If present over a prolonged period, hyperglycemia is associated with damage to organs and tissue within.
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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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