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Starting Your Practice Off On The Right Foot After Graduation

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Every year on July 1, a new group of graduating residents enter the real world of practicing podiatric medicine and surgery. To that end, I want to share my thoughts and give some advice for those who are embarking on a new chapter in their professional lives. All of my previous students and residents who have spent time with me in my office have heard this before. Since only a select few get to spend time with me, I would like to share this with everyone.



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Can Staple Fixation Be Effective For Lisfranc’s Fracture Dislocations?

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Most foot fractures heal well and have minimal long-term sequelae. Intra-articular calcaneal fractures and Lisfranc’s fracture dislocations, however, typically have poor long-term outcomes even with open reduction internal fixation. I want to share with you my thoughts on the Lisfranc fracture.



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When Excising Diseased Peroneus Longus Tendon May Make More Sense Than Tendon Reconstruction

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Peroneal tendon disorders are fairly common after ankle inversion injuries or in patients who have chronic wear and tear associated with the pes cavus foot type. Peroneus brevis tendon partial tears and tendinosis seem to be more prevalent than peroneus longus tendon disorders. I want to dedicate this blog to a simple yet effective surgery for severe tendinosis and/or complete rupture of the peroneus longus tendon.



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Secrets To Performing Bunion Surgeries That Will Stand The Test Of Time

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I am sitting in the Louisville airport waiting to catch a plane back to Phoenix. I thought this would be a good time to write my next blog. I had a great morning of giving lectures for the Kentucky Podiatric Medical Association where I spoke for a couple hours on various surgical and non-surgical topics. One lecture was on bunion surgery and I thought I would share some of my thoughts regarding the dreaded complication of recurrent or failed bunionectomy.



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What You Should Know About Peroneal Tendon Disorders

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Lateral ankle pain and hindfoot conditions can be difficult to diagnose through a history and physical exam. Often, multiple anatomic areas are painful with palpation or motion. To that end, it is common to order magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for a “lateral ankle pain.”



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When ‘Ingrown Toenail’ Pain May Be Caused By A Subungual Exostosis

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Disorders of toenails easily rank in the top five most common podiatric complaints in our patient population. We see ingrown toenails every day and sometimes we get into a rut assuming that the source of all pain from the toenail is the toenail itself.



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How A Sagittal Z Osteotomy Can Be Beneficial With Revisional Surgery Of The First Metatarsal

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An important part of any busy podiatric surgeon’s practice is revision of failed foot surgery. Since forefoot surgery makes up the majority of procedures performed on the foot, one commonly encounters aberrations of the metatarsals from prior surgery. One of the most common conditions affecting the forefoot includes excessive shortening or sagittal plane malposition of the first metatarsal.



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Exploring Surgical Solutions For Insertional Achilles Tendinitis In The Absence Of A Heel Spur And/Or Haglund’s Deformity

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Achilles tendon disorders are commonplace in a podiatric practice. Achilles tendinopathy encompasses a wide variety of pathologies. When I evaluate patients with Achilles tendon pain, I divide the tendon into three zones.



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Developing A Surgical Strategy For Metatarsalgia In The Cavus Foot

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Metatarsalgia is one of the most common conditions that we treat on a daily basis. I am sure we all treat this the same way. After ruling out a neuroma, one typically treats metatarsalgia with shoe gear modifications such as stiff soled shoes and accommodative padding. Treatment ultimately leads towards an orthotic device with appropriate modifications such as metatarsal pads and cutouts. If there is significant equinus, then a heel cord stretching protocol may be part of the treatment plan.



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A Simple But Effective Technique For First MPJ Fusion

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I want to discuss a simplified technique for a first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) fusion. I think we sometimes get caught up in the hype of plating systems and joint preparation devices. Sure, it is fun to use these and they do work. However, at times, I have found that using these devices can be counterproductive, making things more difficult than they should be.