Occupational health

Plantar heel pain and the rise of “Ugg boot foot”

What is “Ugg boot foot”? Ugg Boot Foot is an umbrella term which describes foot pain believed to be caused by the combination of hard floors at home and/or unsupportive indoor footwear. It doesn’t refer to one specific pathology, but rather any musculoskeletal foot condition where footwear may be a contributing factor. A typical presentation …

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Lung x-ray - silicosis

Silicosis – a new epidemic of an old occupational lung disease?

Silicosis is an occupational lung disease with original descriptions by Agricola in 1556 and, later, by Ramazzini in 1713. Initially recognised as causing lung disease in stonecutters and miners, it has been recognised, in more recent times, as afflicting sandblasters, tunnellers, quarry workers, stonemasons, foundry workers and by potters and workers in the ceramics industry. …

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