Current Insights In Detecting Metatarsus Adductus

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
11/15/10 | 4472 reads | 1 comments
Metatarsus adductus is a subject of wide discussion, even for those who do not see many pediatric patients. The reality is that metatarsus adductus can cause devastating long-term sequelae if one does not identify and treat it correctly.   Early detection is also something that seems to be lacking in the pediatric population as children are not very good historians when it comes to complaints of pain and rarely will notice that they have a deformity unless it impedes them from doing what they want to do.   Read More.

Are We Overly Cautious When It Comes To Trying The New Surgical ‘Stuff’?

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
10/18/10 | 2731 reads | 2 comments
During residency, I was exposed to a lot of newer techniques and technology. Well, they were new back then. It was an exciting time. Not only was I learning the art of foot and ankle surgery, some of my attendings were really on the cutting edge and did not shy away from trying the latest techniques and the newest “toys” so to speak. Read More.

Why Having One Certification Board Makes Sense

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
9/22/10 | 29528 reads | 1 comments
I really enjoy reading. I read as much as I can get my hands on. For pleasure reading, I tend to favor political thrillers or any type of grab you by the throat type stories that get my attention from the get-go. Read More.

Essential Keys To Patient And Family Education When Using Ex-Fix For Pediatric Patients

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
8/12/10 | 3143 reads | 0 comments
Over the last couple of months, I have been discussing the use of external fixation in pediatric surgery (see ). I have discussed the applications and the basics of the technique. For this month’s blog, I would like to share some pearls and tips from my experience with this technique over the years. Read More.

Why The APMA, ACFAS And ASPS Are All Worth Your Time

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
7/16/10 | 3136 reads | 4 comments
I would like to take a break from the ex-fix series this month to discuss something that has recently happened in our state and how it relates to the June 2010 cover story “What Does The Future Hold For Podiatric Surgeons?” (see I would like to preface all this by saying that my opinions are my own. I am not pointing fingers but I hope this stimulates some healthy discussion. Read More.

Mastering The Ilizarov Technique Of Callus Distraction In Pediatric Cases

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
6/14/10 | 3521 reads | 0 comments
Over the last several blogs, I have been reviewing the use of external fixation for pediatric foot and ankle surgery. I discussed using this technique for non-elective cases such as fracture management. Last month I talked about elective application, more specifically for the use of lateral column lengthening and for brachymetatarsia. Both of these procedures use the Ilizarov technique of callus distraction and that will be the focus of this month’s blog. Read More.

A Closer Look At ‘Elective’ Ex-Fix For Pediatric Patients

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
5/19/10 | 3034 reads | 0 comments
In the last blog, I discussed the use of external fixation for pediatric trauma. Now let us look at more “elective” applications of ex-fix in the pediatric population. The most common use of mini-rail type systems in the pediatric population is most likely for the lengthening of metatarsals for patients with painful brachymetatarsia. Another less common (if not more effective) application is for lateral column lengthening in severe pes valgo planus feet with lateral deviations at the calcaneocuboid joint. Read More.

Key Insights On Managing Pediatric Fractures With Ex-Fix

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
4/19/10 | 2994 reads | 0 comments
In my blog last month, I began a discussion on the use of external fixation in podopediatric surgery (see ). Probably the least complex use of external fixation in the pediatric population is for fracture management.   Read More.

Can External Fixation Have An Impact For Pediatric Patients?

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
3/17/10 | 2585 reads | 0 comments
In the last several years, there has been a large push toward the use of external fixation for complex surgeries such as Charcot reconstruction and foot and ankle trauma. A little known application for external fixation is podopediatric surgery. Podopediatric surgery can be stressful in general. This is not because of a lack confidence in one’s skills nor is it a lack of successful outcomes. It is the nature of performing surgery in this patient population. Read More.