Category Archives: Editor Memo

April 2014

Out on a limb: Teachings from Boston

As emotional as any tragic event is its first anniversary. New Yorkers know. Residents of New Orleans know. The families in Newtown, CT, know. Now it’s Boston’s turn.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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March 2014

Out on a limb: Taking schools to school

Those responsible for high school athletes—coaches, athletic directors, district superintendents—would like us to believe the safety of those athletes is a priority. Unfortunately, the facts suggest otherwise.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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February 2014

Out on a limb: Independent variables

When more conventional approaches lead to inconsistent or inexplicable findings, researchers sometimes find that assessing the variability of an outcome can provide a valuable perspective. But researchers still have a great deal to learn about how much variability is too much, or too little, with regard to lower extremity issues.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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January 2014

Out on a limb: Many risky returns

“Something bad is going to happen to Percy Harvin today,” I said to my husband during the first quarter of the January 11 playoff game between Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints.

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December 2013

Out on a limb: Tools of the drone age

The most successful companies are never content with the status quo. They’re always thinking outside the box. We were all reminded of that on December 1, when Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos revealed his company’s plans to launch a dronebased delivery service within the next five years.

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November 2013

out on a limb: Parsing the pain

You know that saying about how a man with a hammer sees everything as a nail? That’s something those who specialize in biomechanics might want to remember when considering patients with chronic pain.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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October 2013

Out on a limb: Beyond offloading

Lower extremity practitioners are constantly being reminded that what they think they know about injury prevention is only part of a bigger picture. This time it’s the diabetic foot care community’s turn to wonder just how much they have yet to learn about the mechanisms underlying ulceration.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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September 2013

Out on a limb: Benefit without bare feet

The minimalist shoe trend may be fading, but interest in finding ways to reap the benefits of barefoot running without actually going barefoot remains strong.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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August 2013

Out on a limb: Might as well jump

One of the biggest challenges in sports injury prevention is that the sheer number of potential injuries makes it prohibitive to screen for all of them. But what if there was a single test that could be used to screen for all lower extremity injuries? It’s not as farfetched as you might think.

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July 2013

Out on a limb: Sins of expertness

In journalism, as in much of healthcare, we tend to focus our attention on what is new. But every once in a while we’re reminded that words and ideas published more than a decade ago still have the power to challenge the way we think.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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June 2013

Out on a limb: Flop watch

Mark Cuban, the brash billionaire owner of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Dallas Mavericks, has pledged $100,000 to fund a study to determine if biomechanical analysis can distinguish legitimate falls during a basketball game from “flops.” The perfectionist in me really likes this idea. But the pragmatist in me wonders whether there might be better uses for that money.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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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.

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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?

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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. Later in the class, she’ll have you intertwine your fingers, then re-intertwine them so the opposite thumb is on top.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. What I feared was that the need to exercise would take over my life. Again.

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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.

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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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