Volume 15 - Issue 8 - August 2002
Technology In Practice »
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects over 2.5 million Americans. If conservative treatments fail, podiatrists are exploring the merits of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), a non-invasive procedure, before considering surgical options. ESWT received FDA approval in 2000 for the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Earlier this year, a new ESWT device called the Epos Ultra (which includes built-in ultrasound technology) received FDA approval for the plantar fasciitis indication.
Those who have used the Epos Ultra have cited very favorable treatment results.
Lowell Scott Weil
What products are facilitating quicker wound healing? What are some of the cutting-edge devices that are generating interest among podiatrists? What antibiotics are getting results? Are there new innovations that can provide adjunctive relief in diabetic foot wounds? In an attempt to answer some of these questions, we talked to leading podiatrists in the field. Without further delay, here’s what they had to say.
1. Promogran Matrix Wound Dressing. This chronic wound dressing was recently granted FDA approval for the treatment of exuding wounds, including diabetic, venous and pressure
The crossover second toe is an extremely difficult problem for foot and ankle surgeons. Often, with the initial presentation, the deformity has progressed to the point where it is one subsection of a multitude of forefoot deformities. This makes the condition more challenging as you must treat the associated deformities at the same time in order to achieve a good outcome.
You may not be able to prevent a malpractice claim from ever being filed against you (there are a lot of folks out there looking for an easy payday). However, there are proactive steps you can take to safeguard and successfully defend your practice should a lawsuit be filed against you. Although there are basic theories of malpractice prevention, I have found it helpful to teach prevention by example.
Think Twice About Testifying Against Colleagues
Case One: I represented a podiatrist who was truly disturbed about being sued. When I met with him to discuss this matter, he informed me th
Most competitive runners do not like being restricted in their regimens. As we all know, these patients are very anxious to resume their running activity. However, they do look to foot and ankle specialists for help in reducing the inflammation, preventing and/or recuperating from lower extremity injuries. In order to write effective orthotic prescriptions for these patients, be sure to pay attention to cast correction, materials and additional bells and whistles.
The ability of the orthosis to control abnormal or excessive motion of the foot is more dependent on the size of the device and th
Orthotics Q&A »
You may prescribe orthotics for a variety of problems. However, the success or failure of treatment may depend on the type of shoes your patients wear along with the type of modifications which you make to the shoe. With this in mind, our expert panelists address the use of shoe modifications as an adjunct to care.
Q: What type of modifications do you use most often and how does this affect patient symptoms?
A: Nicholas Sol, DPM, says he most commonly prescribes a double rocker sole. He says most of his colleagues have a supply of these soles in the form of their cast shoes and boo