Category Archives: Editor Memo

May 2013

Out on a limb: Yes, treat the symptoms

In the healthcare community there’s a lot of talk about the importance of treating the underlying cause of a disease rather than just the symptoms. But sometimes treating the symptoms can be pretty darned important too.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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April 2013

Out on a limb: Ode to The Ogler

The best mentors have so much to teach us that sometimes it takes years for us to realize just how much we’ve learned. I’m reminded of that every time I sit down to write this column, but it’s hitting home especially hard right now.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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March 2013

Out on a limb: Well heeled

It’s widely believed that women persist in wearing high-heeled shoes, despite what can be considerable discomfort, for aesthetic reasons. But what if, on some level, we’re attracted to high-heeled shoes because we associate them with social status?

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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February 2013

Out on a limb: Forces of habit

One of the best things about visiting Negril, Jamaica, is taking a yoga class from Fanette Johnson. And one of the first things Fanette will do in class is have you sit cross-legged on your mat, then have you re-cross your legs in the manner that feels less natural.

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January 2013

Out on a limb: RG3 – More than the knee

The sports world can’t stop talking about Robert Griffin III and his injured knee. But nobody’s talking about his brain. And they should be, because it’s very possible the two are related.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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December 2012

Out on a limb: Wins of change

Lower extremity healthcare is constantly changing. New products and techniques are developed and old products and techniques are modified in new ways. New technologies change the way we receive and process healthcare information. New research makes us rethink what we thought we knew.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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November 2012

Out on a Limb: The whys of compliance

If you think your patients have compliance issues, be glad you’re not treating clubfoot in a place like India, Egypt, Mexico, or Bangladesh.

By, Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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October 2012

Out on a limb: Fit vs quit

If you treat overweight patients with hip or knee osteoarthritis, you’ve undoubtedly counseled them about the benefits of exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. They’ve probably told you how much they really would like to exercise, if only the pain weren’t so bad.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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September 2012

Out on a limb: Surviving the Triad

I set foot in a gym this summer for the first time in 14 years. I was nervous, but not for the reasons you might think. I wasn’t worried about not knowing how to use the equipment, or being less fit than other members, or the possibility of running into someone I knew.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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August 2012

Out on a limb: Olympic inspiration

Images from the London Olympics were everywhere in late July and early August—on our televisions, our radios, our computer screens, and our smart phones. Flags were flown, national anthems played, and countries ranked by medal count. In so many ways, the Olympics are about the achievements of individual nations. But a closer look reveals a more complex picture.

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July 2012

Out on a limb: Power in practice

Healthcare researchers don’t get a lot of instant gratification. Typically it takes years for a study’s findings to have an impact on clinical practice, and often that doesn’t happen until those findings have been replicated by additional studies.

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June 2012

Out on a Limb: Down the habit hole

Much of sports medicine research focuses on what’s never been done before: new techniques, new procedures, and new theories. Less sexy, but equally important, is the research that takes a fresh look at old practices, the ones that have somehow become standard simply because they’ve never been questioned.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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May 2012

Out On a Limb: Class act

When I was in journalism school in Los Angeles, securing a spot in the reporting class taught by Pulitzer Prize-winning LA Times writer George Ramos was a coup. It was also terrifying.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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April 2012

Out on a limb: Body politic

With the Supreme Court weighing the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare reform law as this magazine went to press and another presidential election looming this fall, the topic of government healthcare spending is sure to get a lot of airtime in the coming months. That means we can expect to get used to hearing from certain pundits about how federal spending on healthcare takes away from federal spending in other areas.

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March 2012

Out on a limb: Game theory

There are plenty of reasons you might be thinking about seeing Moneyball. Maybe you’re wondering how anyone could have turned that book into a movie. Maybe you’re curious about how Angelina’s better half and the kid from Superbad ended up with Oscar nominations. Maybe you just need to forget about the snow on your lawn and try to get in the mood for Opening Day.

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February 2012

Out on a limb: Amputation ups & downs

Lower extremity practitioners who treat patients with diabetes are finally receiving their 15 minutes of fame. Enjoy it while it lasts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finding that nontraumatic lower extremity amputation (NLEA) rates in patients with diabetes decreased by 67% between 1996 and 2008 (see “CDC reports dramatic 12-year drop in diabetic lower limb amputation,” page 15) is unquestionably good news.

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January 2012

Out on a limb: Next top model

I grew up in Portland, OR. I live in New England. That means I root against all of the Los Angeles Lakers. But I do find Kobe Bryant’s footwear fascinating.

 Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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November 2011

Out on a limb: High on heels

A week after this magazine goes to press, I’ll be in Puerto Rico with my in-laws for a beach wedding. I’m sure the scenery will be spectacular. But I also know that once the ceremony is over, I’ll be counting the minutes until I can put my heels back on.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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October 2011

Out on a limb: Arming at-risk kids

Nothing scares parents more than knowing their child is in danger and being powerless to do anything about it. For parents whose children play sports associated with injury risks, every practice and every game might as well be Halloween.

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September 2011

Out on a limb: Jock talk

Much of sports talk radio is essentially a forum for negativity. Even in Boston, where sports fans have been ridiculously spoiled by local teams’ successes in the last decade, talk show hosts and callers spend hours bemoaning athletes’ failures and second-guessing coaches’ decisions. But on a weekday morning in early September, a conversation about ankle injuries on sports talk radio actually left me feeling surprisingly optimistic.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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August 2011

Out on a limb: A thin disguise

It’s hard to remember sometimes that being thin was once undesirable, a sign of poverty, poor nutrition, and low social status. These days, Hollywood-style thinness is associated with wealth—the kind of wealth that might buy the services of a personal dietitian, personal chef, and personal trainer.

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July 2011

Out on a limb: Subtle distinctions

Those investigating alleged improprieties associated with a 2007 study on hip protectors will tell you their efforts are all about ethics. But the way I see it, the more important lesson to be learned from this situation is one of biomechanics, specifically the clinical importance of the subtleties of asymmetry.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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June 2011

Out on a limb: Rear views

Let’s face it: The words “toning shoes” have the same evocative effect as “Kim Kardashian” or “Jennifer Lopez.” They’re all about the butt.

And that may be fine for Kim and J-Lo.  But it’s too bad about the shoes, because they could be about so much more.

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May 2011

Out on a limb: Genes vs dreams

Genetic testing would seem to be just what the doctor ordered for sports injury prevention. But the world of sports is far from ready for genetic testing.

Given the preliminary nature of data presented in April at the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sports (see special section, page 23), it will be quite a while before testing for a genetic predisposition to Achilles tendinopathy or anterior cruciate ligament injury is ready for prime time.

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April 2011

Out on a limb: Image is everything

Patients have multiple reasons for not complying with a practitioner’s recommendations. Most of them are familiar by now: inconvenience, discomfort, aesthetics, forgetfulness, failure to understand the consequences of not complying.

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