Volume 21 - Issue 1 - January 2008

Feature »

Current Insights On Bracing For Hindfoot Osteoarthritis

By Lawrence Huppin, DPM | 23970 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 | 13379 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 | 12961 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 | 5426 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



Forum »

Living In A Country Where There Are No Podiatrists

By Kshitij Shankhdhar, MBBS, Dip. Diab. | 2132 reads | 0 comments

     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