Volume 21 - Issue 1 - January 2008

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A Guide To Hybrid Screw Fixation In Lesser Metatarsal Surgery

By Michael Salcedo, DPM, and Michael Motyer, DPM | 18951 reads | 0 comments

     During the past five years, there has been a large influx of non-traditional bone screws on the orthopedic market for small bone fixation of the foot. Some of these designs have been effective at providing long-term surgical fracture stability with reduced osteotomy fixation morbidity. Additionally, these bone screw designs have found their way into a variety of applications in hindfoot surgery with headless screws, locking plate screws and cannulated self-tapping screws.

     When trying to assess the technology available in small fragment fixation, it

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Current Insights On Bracing For Hindfoot Osteoarthritis

By Lawrence Huppin, DPM | 24279 reads | 0 comments

     Foot orthoses (FOs) have been a standard treatment in podiatric clinics for decades. Until a decade ago, however, it was rare for American podiatrists to dispense ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) of any kind.

     In 1996, the Richie Brace was introduced and it was the first ankle brace to incorporate a custom functional foot orthosis (FFO). Two years later, the Arizona Brace, the first gauntlet AFO to incorporate a polypropylene shell, arrived on the market and was soon widely used within the podiatric profession. Read the full story »

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Recognizing Lower Extremity Effects Of Antiretroviral Drugs

By Robert G. Smith, DPM, MSc, RPh, CPed | 13619 reads | 0 comments

     Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) continues to be a major health problem worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that approximately 40,000 people in the United States become infected with HIV each year.1 Human immunodeficiency virus infection and severe HIV-related disease have become leading causes of illness and death in the U.S. The cumulative estimated number of diagnoses of AIDS through 2005 in the United States and dependent areas was 988,376.2
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Treatment Dilemmas »

Metatarsal Head Resurfacing: Does It Have A Place In Treating Hallux Limitus/Rigidus?

By Bob Baravarian, DPM, and Jonathon Thompson, DPM | 13096 reads | 0 comments

     Hallux limitus occurs when a patient has decreased sagittal plane dorsiflexion of the great toe with the foot in a weightbearing or simulated weightbearing loaded position that is usually associated with a progressive, arthritic and painful condition of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ).

     Functional hallux limitus is described as limited joint mobility with the foot in a loaded position versus normal range of motion in an unloaded position. Hallux rigidus can be defined as elimination of range of motion at the joint, and usually results from e

New Products »

New Products

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A Comfy Chair

Patients can expect comfort and DPMs can expect ease of use with a new podiatry chair.

The Hill Podiatry Chair lifts, flattens, tilts forward and back, has auto return and has a foot break, according to the manufacturer Jan L. The company says the chair is handicapped accessible and has thick cushions with top-grade upholstery.
The chair is available in 20 colors. Jan L says the chair lists for $3,995 but its actual cost would be $2,125 after a tax break, due to its handicapped accessibility.

Technology In Practice »

Can A Unique Ointment Improve Daily Foot Care In Patients With Diabetes?

By Aaron Becker, Special Projects Editor | 5505 reads | 0 comments

     While there are a plethora of over-the-counter (OTC) foot care treatments podiatrists may recommend to patients, DPMs have cited Kerasal Foot Ointment for its unique properties and over a decade of reliability.

     Michael Golf, DPM, PA, has been recommending Kerasal Foot Ointment for over 10 years. Both Dr. Golf and Marc A. Brenner, DPM, acknowledge the benefits of the ointment’s composition, which consists of salicylic acid 5% and urea 10%. Dr. Golf explains that the urea hydrates the skin while the salicylic acid component enhances the urea’s kera

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