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  • June 2008 | Volume 21 - Issue 6
    By Douglas K. Blacklidge, DPM
    38,951 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/08
    Isolated arthrodesis procedures for the hindfoot are an interesting and sometimes controversial topic for foot and ankle surgeons. Historically, when it came to most major rearfoot deformities and joint conditions, surgeons utilized the triple arthrodesis versus any isolated joint fusions of this complex. The thinking was that the subtalar, calcaneocuboid and talonavicular joints all function together to allow pronation and supination of the entire foot, so if one joint needed fusion, they all needed fusion. The trend during the past decade or two has been more toward preservi ... continue reading
    Renewing members of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons are no longer required to maintain membership in the American Podiatric
    Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    5,988 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/08
    The membership of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) has agreed with the college’s board of directors that renewing members do not have to maintain membership in the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). In the recent vote, 53 percent supported the board’s original decision from last fall. Podiatric surgeons must still be members of the APMA when they join the ACFAS but can drop association membership when they renew college membership. Reportedly 66 percent of the ACFAS membership cast their votes on this issue. John Giuri ... continue reading
    One of the key benefits of the HyProCure Sinus Tarsi Implant (Gramedica) is that it “addresses the apex of the deformity of the foot,” allowing for a broader spectrum of indications, according to Paul Clint Jones, DPM.
    By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    20,492 reads | 3 comments | 06/03/08
    For DPMs dealing with the common condition of hyperpronation, the HyProCure™ Sinus Tarsi Implant may be one of the more intriguing treatment options to date. Composed of medical grade titanium, the implant serves as an internal orthotic that essentially turns the negative space of the sinus tarsi into a positive space, according to the implant’s manufacturer Gramedica. Gramedica says the HyProCure implant is stronger than bone and requires one small incision for insertion without the need for casting after the procedure. Paul Clint Jones, DPM, has su ... continue reading
    By Gordon Zernich, CP, BOCPO, Tomas Dowell, CPO, LPO, and Ronald B. Tolchin, DO, FAAPM&R
    23,389 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/08
    Sensory neuropathy is the most common form of diabetic neuropathy. Nerve damage results from poorly managed and chronically high levels of blood sugar. In patients who have type 1 diabetes, which usually affects those 25 years and younger, there is insulin deficiency. In regard to people with type 2 diabetes, their insulin production inadequately meets the body’s daily need to metabolize sugar and starches found in such foods as bread, potatoes, rice and corn. In sensory polyneuropathy, nerve damage occurs many years after the onset of type 1 diabetes and poor glycemic m ... continue reading
    Here one can see an example of a shoe with poor flexion stability.The shoe should not flex across the midfoot.
    By Douglas Richie Jr., DPM
    19,084 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/08
    What is a good running shoe? How often are you asked this question? It seems that whenever a stranger learns that you are a podiatric physician, the first question he or she asks is about a shoe. Rather than asking how we can prevent foot amputations in patients with diabetes, the average American is more interested in what shoe a podiatrist is recommending. Yet when it comes to footwear recommendations, most podiatric physicians have very little objective information on which to base their opinions. Having 25 years of clinical experience in podiatric sports medicine practice, I wou ... continue reading
    By M. Joel Morse, DPM
    20,932 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/08
    A 32-year-old Caucasian female presents to the office with swollen, sore, irritated, itchy toes of both feet and a symmetrical distribution on the tops of the toes. She notes that the redness started four weeks ago. It was on the third toe initially but is now on other toes as well, according to the patient. There is no scaling or maceration in the interspaces, and no scaling on the rest of the foot.   ... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    3,114 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/08
    I have been a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) for 33 years. I joined the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) 14 years ago. I plan to continue my membership in both organizations. I voted against the proposed bylaw amendment for ACFAS to allow renewal of membership without membership in the APMA. The ACFAS has done much to advance the scope and quality of podiatric foot and ankle surgery. However, I disagree with the college’s single pathway to fellowship. Diplomate status in the American Board of Podiatric Surgery is the only way to ... continue reading
    Guest Clinical Editor: Ronald Valmassy, DPM
    13,218 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/08
    Choosing the most effective type of orthotic device for a given condition can be tricky as one must consider factors that include materials, potential modifications and cost. Accordingly, the panelists discuss possible indications for OTC orthoses, conditions that are particularly challenging to treat with orthotics and the role of functional foot orthoses in managing bunion deformities. Q: Are all prefabricated, over-the-counter (OTC) foot support systems essentially the same? Are there unique characteristics of any of the devices which makes them better s ... continue reading
    A 10-year-old female presented with excessive heel eversion in resting stance as one can see above.
    <p>By Edwin Harris, DPM</p>
    29,987 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/08
    It is unfortunate that the terms pes planus and flatfoot are so ingrained in the medical literature because they concentrate attention on only one component of a very complex deformity. Smith and Ocampo described a classification for pes “pronatus” based on an earlier work by Borelli and Smith that identified the dominant plane of the deformity.1,2 Although it was originally designed for surgical procedure planning, it is equally ideal for non-surgical treatment. Dating back to the 1970s, biomechanical theory of the pronation syndromes concentrated almost ... continue reading
    By Lowell Weil, Jr., DPM, MBA
    11,795 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/08
    When musculoskeletal extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) was first introduced in the United States with the first FDA approval in 2000, there was a great deal of controversy and posturing among manufacturers of ESWT technologies. Each company was determined to create an exclusive market for their product at the expense of the competition. One of the most common targets for criticism was the level of energy of the technology. Based on industry biases, high-energy ESWT was considered the most effective for the musculoskeletal system. Those devices that failed to reach high energy we ... continue reading