Monthly Archives: January 2011

Podiatric Exams Reduce Chance of Amputation, Study Says

By | January 11, 2011

New evidence shows that adults with diabetes can reduce their chances of hospitalization and
amputation with just one visit to a podiatrist, according to a recent study conducted by Thomas Reuters.
These study results come at an important time when one amputation takes place every 30 seconds in
the United States. Further, it is predicted that one in three adults will have diabetes by 2050.

The study examined the medical records of 32,000 diabetes patients between the ages of 18-64. By
comparing those who had foot exams against those who did not, the study found that those who
received foot care from a podiatric physician are almost 29 percent less likely to require amputation
than those who did not. In addition, those who had a foot exam are 24 percent less likely to require

“Because many serious complications from diabetes present in the lower limbs, proper foot care for
people with diabetes is a vital step to keeping the disease in check,” according to the American Podiatric
Medical Association (APMA). In 2007, the APMA launched the “Knock Your Socks Off” campaign to
educate diabetes patients about the importance of foot screenings.

The results of this study are groundbreaking and important in diabetes research. Before now, podiatrist
visits were considered optional. “No longer can care by a podiatrist be considered optional for those
with diabetes,” says Vickie R. Driver, MS, DPM. “The earlier a podiatrist is included in the diabetes
management team, the better quality of life for the patient and greater health-care cost savings for all
involved. This study clearly allows us to understand both the clinical and economic value of a podiatrist,
in the team approach to saving diabetic patients’ feet.”

During a routine foot exam, something as simple as a new shoe recommendation or a prescription for
seamless, diabetic socks can improve the foot health of a diabetic. Because diabetics lose feeling in their
feet, diabetic socks reduce the chances of undetected cuts and sores developing on the feet, which can
lead to serious medical problems or amputation.

Knitting Enthusiasts Gather At Sock Summit

By | January 8, 2011
It’s a shame socks are often considered the least important clothing item, especially when the comfort of the feet depends so much on them. Those who consider socks not just a necessity, but a passion, gather every summer at the Sock Summit, in Portland, OR.The summit began in 2009, and revolves around knitting. That first year, the participants broke the Guinness World Record for number of people knitting at the same time–937, to be exact. No word as to whether they’ll break their previous record.
Knitting Kit-Jimin

Knitting Kit-Jimin (Photo credit: nist6ss)


The activities revolve around the finer points of knitting. One of the highlights from 2009 is the vast selection of 1-day classes offered. For a fee ranging from $15 to $140, based on the time, you can learn how:

  • to knit bavarian stockings
  • to knit arch-shaped stockings
  • to knit argyle socks
  • to knit crochet socks
  • to make socks last longer
  • to podcast about socks

The classes vary in difficulty, though the easiest assume some form of knitting experience.

The summit relies on the help of its participants and volunteers to provide the classes, as well as another impressive project at the summit: The Sock Museum. Volunteers knit replicas of socks as they would have been knitted throughout history–some are categorical socks, such as “Evening Stocking for the Young Lady,” from the early 20th century. Others are quite specific, such as the Confederate and Union socks, or the earliest example of knit socks, discovered in Egypt and dating back to 300-600 AD.

The exhibit occupies a place at the summit, though you can also view the varying knitting developments in socks in a timeline on the website. (

If you’re interested, sign up for the mailing list on the organization’s website. You may even be inspired to create your own exhibit.

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