Monthly Archives: September 2011

Steps to Take in Managing Metatarsalgia

I recently published an article on forefoot pain or metatarsalgia in the Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine. If you have forefoot pain (pain in the ball of the foot behind the small toes) or are a physician that treats forefoot pain, you may find it interesting. Brett Fink, MD, Indiana Orthopedic Center, Indianapolis, IN, (317) 588-2663, co-author of The Whole Foot Book, A Complete Program for Taking Care of Your Feet.

Fall Proofing Your House

  • Install hand rails near door and stairways
  • Pick up or remove clutter 
  • Remove loose rugs from floor. Use rugs with nonskid backing if you cannot avoid using rugs. 
  • Keep cordless phones within reach in case of fall.

Blood Clots (Part II, Prevention and Treatment)

Important Points

  • In many high risk surgeries, medication or other means should be employed to prevent venous thromboembolism or blood clots.
  • In foot and ankle procedures, the incidence of blood clots is very low and from the limited information that we have, it is more difficult to identify people that are at risk for these problems.

Blood Clots (Part I, What are they??)

Important Points
· Thromboembolism is clotting within the venous circulation and is different than bruising or hematoma formation in which the blood clots outside of the blood vessels.
 
· Thromboembolism can lead to vein damage, which sometimes results in chronic leg swelling, discoloration, and skin fragility.
· Thromboembolism can be dangerous if large fragments of the clots circulate to the lungs where they can block blood flow to the lungs.