Posts for: May, 2014
Health Tip: Keeping Seniors on Their Feet
By Diana Kohnle, HealthDay Reporter
(HealthDay News) -- Wearing a pair of sturdy, properly fitted shoes can help keep seniors upright.
The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests these shoe-buying tips for seniors:
- Squeeze both sides of the heel to make sure it doesn't collapse. Check for appropriate flexibility in the toe box, and make sure the shoe doesn't twist in the middle.
- Each time you go shopping, measure your feet. Also, shop late in the day and shop for the size that fits your largest foot.
- Pack a pair of socks to try on with the shoes.
- Don't buy shoes that aren't immediately comfortable or steady.
- Talk to a podiatrist about the best shoes for any specific foot problems.
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Increasing Daily Coffee Consumption May Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk
By: News Staff | April 27, 2014.
Boston, MA — People who increased the amount of coffee they drank each day by more than one cup over a four-year period had a 11% lower risk for type 2 diabetes than those who made no changes to their coffee consumption, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. In addition, the study found that those who decreased their coffee consumption by more than a cup per day increased their type 2 diabetes risk by 17%.
"Our findings confirm those of previous studies that showed that higher coffee consumption was associated with lower type 2 diabetes risk," said Shilpa Bhupathiraju, lead author and research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH. "Most importantly, they provide new evidence that changes in coffee consumption habit can affect type 2 diabetes risk in a relatively short period of time."
The study appears online Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Diabetologia(the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes).
The researchers analyzed data on caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, and caffeinated tea consumption from 48,464 women in the Brigham and Women's Hospital-based Nurses' Health Study (1986-2006), 47,510 women in Nurses' Health Study II (1991-2007), and 27,759 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (1986-2006). Participants' diets were evaluated every four years with a questionnaire, and those who self-reported type 2 diabetes filled out additional questionnaires. A total of 7,269 cases of type 2 diabetes were documented.
Results showed that participants who increased their coffee consumption by more than one cup per day (median change=1.69 cups/day) over a four-year period had a 11% lower risk of type 2 diabetes in the subsequent four years compared to those who made no changes in consumption. (A cup of coffee was defined as eight ounces, black, or with a small amount of milk and/or sugar.) Those who lowered their daily coffee consumption by more than one cup (median change=2 cups/day) had a 17% higher risk for diabetes. Changes in decaffeinated coffee consumption and caffeinated tea consumption were not associated with changes in risk for type 2 diabetes.
"These findings further demonstrate that, for most people, coffee may have health benefits," said Frank Hu, senior author and professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH. "But coffee is only one of many factors that influence diabetes risk. More importantly, individuals should watch their weight and be physically active."
Healthy Feet for Spring
Denise Pritchard | March 31, 2014.
In 1914, eight doctors formed the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association (MPMA). Their founding document stated the purpose of the organization was to "improve the profession, safeguard the public and encourage scientific investigation." Although many medical advances have been made over the past 100 years, the mission of the MPMA has remained unchanged.
"Foot and ankle concerns are too often overlooked by the general public," said Dr. Jodie Sengstock, MPMA past president. "Our feet are the foundation of our body. One of the goals of the MPMA is to reach out to the public to let them know that annual foot exams can lead to a better quality of life and also may help detect the onset of other life threatening diseases."
Throughout the month of April, the MPMA will celebrate and promote the national Foot Health Awareness campaign. This is the perfect time to determine what shape ones' feet are in.
Examining our feet can help us identify early symptoms of other serious disorders such as vascular disease and diabetes. Foot issues can also cause other problems throughout our body.
Most Americans log an amazing 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they reach age 50. Through the years, aging and repetitive use lead to normal changes in our feet. Keeping up with those changes is important to an individual's overall health and wellbeing. MPMA podiatrists are uniquely qualified to identify changes, normal and irregular, and to determine the appropriate action or treatment to be taken.
Normal changes to the foot include:
· The foot becomes wider and longer
· There is mild settling of the arch which is seen as flattening of the foot
· The fat pad on the bottom of the heel thins out, causing loss of natural padding and spring in the step
· The foot and ankle lose some of their normal range of motion and become stiffer
· There can be some loss of balance while walking
As these physical changes occur, shoe sizes and support needs also change and must be addressed.
Some foot changes can occur that are abnormal or pathological. These problems do not happen naturally and many can be prevented, or their progress halted, by addressing ill-fitting shoes, adding supportive orthotics, surgery, or other modifications.
Abnormal changes to the foot include:
· Bunions (the formation of a large bump on the big toe, which starts to point toward the little toes)
· Hammering of the toes (curling of the toes)
· Clawing of the toes (more severe curling of the toes)
· Tailor's bunion (the formation of a large bump on the smallest toe, which starts to point toward the large toe)
· Calluses or corns, which occur on the toes or foot due to high pressure over bony areas
· Morton's neuromas ("pinched nerve" between the toes)
· Arthritis of the joints
A yearly exam with an MPMA podiatrist is vital to tracking changes, checking for proper sensation and circulation, and calling attention to abnormalities. Early detection and treatment of problems help keep individuals on their feet and active.
Take time to schedule an annual foot exam today.
MORE WOMEN ARE GETTING FOOT SURGERY TO COMFORTABLY WEAR DESIGNER SHOES
Erin Mayer | April 2014.
“Patients would bring in shoes they dreamed of wearing,” he said over tea recently at the St. Regis New York, where he was staying to see New York patients. “On the surface, it looked shallow. But I came to see she needs these shoes to project confidence, they are part of her outside skin. That’s the real world.”
removing a cylinder of bone from the toe, slimming down down it’s length, or injecting fillers into the foot to add padding, or simply lobbing off the pinky toe to add extra wiggle room inside a shoe that’s notoriously painful to walk in.
The American Podiatric Medical Association and many of their physicians warn that foot surgery should only be performed for medical reasons — to restore function or reconstruct a deformity.