Foot Health News
June 17, 2019

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Our Human Ancestors Walked on Two Feet but Their Children Still Had a Backup Plan

More than 3 million years ago, our ancient human ancestors, including their toddler-aged children, were standing on two feet and walking upright, ... read more

Low-Cost Prosthetic Foot Mimics Natural Walking

Engineers have developed a simple, low-cost, passive prosthetic foot that they can tailor to an individual. Given a user's body weight and size, the researchers can tune the shape and stiffness of ... read more

Sorting Molecules With DNA Robots

Scientists have programmed a 'robot' made of DNA to pick up and sort molecules into predetermined ... read more

A Wooden Toe: Swiss Egyptologists Study 3000-Year-Old Prosthesis

It is likely to be one of the oldest prosthetic devices in human history: Together with other experts, Egyptologists have reexamined an artificial wooden big toe. The find is almost 3000 years old ... read more
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What and Where in the Processing of Body-Part Information

Our brain tells us where parts of the body are in space. We know without looking if our arm is in the air, our foot is in front of the other or beside it. It is called proprioception or body ... read more

Nail Polishes With 'N-Free' Labels Are Not Necessarily Free of Toxic Compounds

Consumers are growing more knowledgeable about the potential health effects of nail polish, and manufacturers have taken action. They have started removing potentially toxic ingredients and labeling ... read more

Total Ankle Arthroplasty Offers Patients Greater Range of Motion and Less Pain

New research reveals patients with end-stage ankle arthritis can expect enhanced quality of life within six months of surgical ... read more

An Avatar Uses Your Gait to Predict How Many Calories You Will Burn

New avatar-based software looks at how people walk in order to predict their energy expenditure. The software, originally intended for roboticists and for researchers who develop prosthetics and ... read more

Footwear Habits Influence Child and Adolescent Motor Skill Development

Researchers show 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 ... read more

Maximal Running Shoes May Increase Injury Risk to Some Runners

Lower leg pain and injuries have long been a problem for runners, but research at Oregon State University-Cascades has shown maximal running shoes may increase such risks for some ... read more

Study Shows Nail Treatments Do Not Affect Readings of Patients' Oxygen Levels, Despite Widespread Concern

New research 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 ... read more

New Hope for Treating Diabetic Wounds That Just Won't Heal

New research uncovers the role of a particular protein in maintaining diabetic wounds and suggests that reversing its effects could help aid wound healing in patients with ... read more

Flatfoot Reconstruction Effective for Older Patients, Study Finds

When someone develops adult-acquired flatfoot deformity, they are offered either a reconstruction or foot fusion depending on the severity of the flatfoot and their age. Typically reconstructions are ... read more

Risk of Non-Infectious Elephantiasis Mapped in Cameroon

Both the etiology and demographics of podoconiosis, a non-infectious disease which causes massive swelling of the legs, are poorly understood. To help contribute to the global atlas of podoconiosis ... read more

Laser Shoes Prevent 'Freezing' in Parkinson Patients

Freezing of gait, an absence of forward progression of the feet despite the intention to walk, is a debilitating symptom of Parkinson's disease. Laser shoes that project a line on the floor to ... read more

High Success Rate Reported for Diabetic Charcot Foot Surgery

Nearly four out of five diabetic patients with severe cases of a disabling condition called Charcot foot were able to walk normally again following surgery, a new study has ... read more

Achilles Is More Than Just One Tendon

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the human body. It can bear loads exceeding over 900 kilograms during running. Despite its strength, it is prone to injuries and it is not yet well ... read more

Wooden Shoes: Long-Lasting Issues from Inflexible Clogs

Bio-archeologists have discovered a pattern of unusual bone chips in the feet of clog-wearing 19th-Century Dutch farmers -- injuries that offer clues to the damage we may unwittingly be causing to ... read more

True Impact of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

The prognosis for people with an infected diabetic foot ulcer is worse than was previously thought, according to new research. More than half the patients in the research study did not see their ... read more

Febuxostat Prevents Gout Flares in Recent Clinical Trial

The drug febuxostat reduced gout flares in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 314 adults with early ... read more

Foot Pain? New Study Says Look at Hip and Knee for Complete Diagnosis

New guidelines may be in order for evaluating and treating lower extremity pain. Investigators set out to determine if there was a relation between foot pain and lower extremity joint pain, and they ... read more

Riding a Slide While on a Parent's Lap Increases the Risk of Injury

Going down a slide on a parent's lap can lead to a broken leg for small children. An estimated 352,698 children less than 6 years of age were injured on slides in the United States from 2002 ... read more

Robot-Driven Device Improves Crouch Gait in Children With Cerebral Palsy

3.6 out of 1,000 children in the US are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Their symptoms can include abnormal gait patterns such as crouch gait, characterized by excessive flexion of the hips, knees, or ... read more

Molecular Microscopy Illuminates Molecular Motor Motion

A toddler running sometimes loses footing because both feet come off the ground at the same time. Kinesin motors that move materials around in cells have the same problem, which limits how fast they ... read more

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