Dr Drakos' Articles

  • Expert Pointers for Avoiding Basketball Injuries.

    Source: Health Day

    Basketball provides a great full-body workout. But there are steps you should take to reduce your risk of knee, ankle and foot injuries, an orthopedic specialist says.

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  • Pack the right shoe for your summer vacation.

    Source: Medical Xpress

    Summer is here and if you're ready to jump in feet first, be sure you're wearing the right shoes. A podiatrist at Baylor College of Medicine offers tips on finding the right shoe for different types of summer vacations.

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  • Study launched to see if weight loss surgery before knee replacement improves outcomes.

    Source: HSS

    Could weight loss surgery before knee replacement improve outcomes or even eliminate the need for joint replacement in severely overweight patients? A study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) aims to answer that question. Orthopedic surgeons often encourage obese patients considering knee replacement to try to lose weight before the procedure.

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  • Jymmin: How a combination of exercise and music helps us feel less pain.

    Source: Science Daily

    Pain is essential for survival. However, it could also slow rehabilitation, or could become a distinct disorder. How strongly we feel it depends on our individual pain threshold. Scientists have discovered that this threshold can be increased by a new fitness method called Jymmin. It combines working out on gym machines with free musical improvisation — and makes us less sensitive towards physical discomfort.

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  • Getting Back into Fitness After a Foot or Ankle Injury.

    Source: Health central

    Whether you suffer from a chronic condition that makes you more prone to foot and ankle injuries or you’re recovering from an elective surgery as a result of trauma to your foot or ankle, the process of maintaining fitness while you recover can be frustrating. I can certainly understand. I am currently recovering from a foot/ankle sprain and microfractures in three different joints — an injury I suffered during a fall while running three months ago. I know that when you’re used to being active, it’s hard to stay off of your feet, but allowing ample time for healing and recovery is critical in order to reduce your risk of re-injury. Here’s advice from both HealthCentral and rehabilitation specialists on how to make the most of your recovery.

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  • Chronic Ankle Pain.

    Source: Science Daily

    Ankle sprains are a common injury after a fall, sudden twist or blow to the ankle joint. Approximately 40 percent of those who suffer an ankle sprain will experience chronic ankle pain, even after being treated for their initial injury.

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  • Is cupping therapy effective among athletes?.

    Source: Medical xpress

    Swimmer Michael Phelps’s continued dominance at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics was accompanied by worldwide awareness of cupping. Cupping therapy has re-emerged as a potential approach to boost post-exercise metabolic recovery, reduce pain, and improve range of motion by increasing local microcirculation. But what does science tell us about the effectiveness or safety of cupping? A new systematic review that examines the results of eleven clinical trials encompassing nearly 500 participants is published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (JACM).

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  • Rate of injuries among youth soccer players doubled, new study finds.

    Source: Science Daily

    From 1990 through 2014, the number of soccer-related injuries treated in hospital emergency departments in the US each year increased by 78 percent and the yearly rate of injuries increased by 111 percent among youth 7-17 years of age, a new article reports.

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  • What Recent Studies Reveal About Proximal Fifth Metatarsal Fractures.

    Source: Podiatry Today

    I was interested to read two articles on proximal fifth metatarsal fractures in NBA and NFL players. Both articles were published this year, providing the most up-to-date approaches for Zone 2 and 3 fractures.

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  • Improved function seen long-term after ankle fracture fixation.

    Source: Healio

    Few patients who underwent ankle fracture fixation experienced pain or had restricted function and many patients had improved long- term functional scores, despite the presence of radiographic arthritis, according to results with more than a decade of follow-up.

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