25 September 2019

Podoconiosis: Help for people with a neglected disease

Maike Stelter

Podoconiosis belongs to the most neglected diseases according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This type of elephantiasis mainly affects people who walk barefoot in endangered regions. Shoes play an important role in prevention and therapy, as our report from Ethiopia shows.

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26 September 2019

Splay foot (pes transversoplanus)

Splay foot (pes transversoplanus) is a three-dimensional structural deformity of the foot characterized by a fan-like spreading out or splaying of the metatarsal bones (MT1–MT5) and a prominence of the heads of MT1 and MT5. In addition to a rare, congenital cause, splay foot mainly develops from obesity, but also from shortened calf muscles and ligament instabilities among others.

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