Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Pending Journal Publication

We are pleased to announce our pending publication in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association a review of the literature on lower extremity public health issues, especially regarding the homeless.

Research Poster at APMA National Scientific Meeting July 2010

We've just about finished analyzing all our research and are pleased to share our interesting findings at the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) National Scientific Meeting from July 15-18 in Seattle, Washington.

Basically, our study demonstrated the presence of risk factors among the homeless surveyed that could have potentially limb-threatening sequelae. Compounded with lack of resources and prompt medical care, lower extremity problems are prone to worsen before they are attended to. The majority of subjects studied were on their feet for long periods of time, making their feet prone to injury. Although many demonstrated effort in proper foot hygiene, there was a high number of subjects who had poor general health habits such as smoking, drinking, and illicit drug use. Given the fact that nearly a third have sought medical treatment for foot problems, and a good percentage reported previous foot injury, chronic foot pain, or neuropathic symptoms, this study further illustrates the vulnerability of the homeless population for potentially serious lower extremity conditions.