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An astounding 81 percent of obese Americans say they suffer from foot pain and at times experience multiple foot and ankle conditions, according to a recent survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). The study surveyed 1,275 US adults, ages 18 and older, to gain information about how many overweight and obese Americans experience foot pain. Read More
Approximately 20-40% of women have significant lower-extremity lymphedema after surgery for gynecologic cancer, according to data from the most comprehensive study of the issue to date. The incidence of lymphedema ranged from 18% after surgery for endometrial cancer to 40% in women who had surgery for vulvar cancer. Lymphedema appeared within 6 to 12 weeks after surgery in a majority of cases but had delayed onset of up to 18 months in some cases. Use of a multifactor definition helped distinguish true lower-extremity lymphedema from an increase in leg volume. Read More
Widening food choices in older adults in long-term and post-acute care (PAC) settings may reduce malnutrition and improve quality of life, suggests U.S. industry body. While respecting the need to follow established dietary guidelines for specific medical conditions, the authors suggest that restrictions should be loosened if a patient's oral intake is poor. Care providers should examine the trade-off between the consequences of malnutrition and unintended weight loss (UWL) versus specific disease-related health risks. Read More
Compressions stockings are often the first line of defense when treating varicose veins, but they are used to treat many conditions. Graduated compression stockings assist with proper circulation. The compression is strongest at the ankle and gradually decreases toward the top of the stocking. The additional pressure will keep blood from pooling in the legs and reduce swelling. Read More