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  • January 2008 | Volume 21 - Issue 1
    By Kshitij Shankhdhar, MBBS, Dip. Diab.
    2,291 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         Would you believe that many centuries ago, it was a tradition in India that when a person used to visit someone, the host used to wash the feet of the guest to welcome him or her? Washing the feet of the guest was a gesture to express affection, respect and thankfulness for taking the pains of walking all the way.      Many centuries ago, there were two childhood friends called Sudama and Krishna. They used to study together in Gurukul (an Indian village school). As time passed, they grew up and settled in different places and could not meet for many yea... continue reading
    This photo shows metatarsophalangeal instability with multi-plane digital deformity.
    By Michael Salcedo, DPM, and Michael Motyer, DPM
    19,471 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         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 ... continue reading
    Here one can see gauntlet orthoses. The custom AFO has a plastic shell between layers of leather.
    By Lawrence Huppin, DPM
    25,169 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         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. ... continue reading