Volume 22 - Issue 3 - March 2009

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Case Study: Working Through The Differential Diagnosis Of Diabetic Neuropathy

Kathleen Satterfield, DPM | 10826 reads | 0 comments

   Given that neuropathy can have a complex range of manifestations, the diagnosis of the condition is not always as obvious as it initially seems. This author emphasizes the importance of a thorough diagnostic workup and the underappreciated value of communicating with the patient.

   When a 62-year-old minister got a referral to see a podiatric physician for neuropathic pain and dystrophic, “dry” changes to his feet, he noted his frustration with previous physicians. He said he felt like “one of those lab rats that has been given one drug and then anoth



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Understanding The Importance Of Building A Rapport And Trust

Camille Ryans | 4101 reads | 0 comments

   I recently started my indentured servitude, also known as third-year clinical rotations, and I have already picked up on some quirky behaviors from a select few patients.
While sitting in one of our examination rooms on a Monday morning, it occurred to me that patients could be fabricating stories for their personal protection. Alternatively, perhaps there is just a glitch in this human interaction.
A lot goes into taking an accurate history and physical. The patient and healthcare provider exchange quite a bit of information. However, the unspoken communication seems to



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New Products March 2009

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Orthotics For Arthritis

   New orthotics may offer more options for patients dealing with arthritis.

   Footmaxx Orthotics introduces a line of orthotics which targets patients with arthritis-related complaints in the lower extremity. The company says the three orthotics, called Arthritic 1, Arthritic 2 and Arthritic 3, can be beneficial for patients with varying stages of arthritis.

   Arthritic 1 is for patients with early stage arthritis and is the most flexible and accommodative orthotic, according to the company. Footmaxx sa



Technology In Practice »

New Implant Offers Viable Alternative For Hammertoe Surgery

Lauren Grant, Editorial Assistant | 8023 reads | 0 comments

   For podiatric surgeons looking to reduce complications, improve outcomes and facilitate less postoperative pain for patients, a new implant may prove to be more beneficial than K-wire fixation in correcting hammertoe deformities.

   One may use the Smart Toe™ memory implant to help correct hammertoe deformities in toes two through five, according to MMI-USA, the manufacturer of the implant. The Smart Toe offers an implant comprised of a special alloy with shape memory properties called NiTinol. The company notes that these properties resist potential rotat



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Has Intraoperative Nerve Testing Reinvented Our Approach To Tarsal Tunnel And Nerve Surgery?

Bob Baravarian, DPM | 8240 reads | 0 comments

   Nerve surgery, especially tarsal tunnel surgery, has been very difficult to perform. More often than not, it is a poorly used treatment in foot and ankle care. Often, the diagnosis is difficult to make and surgical treatment may not result in the best outcomes if physicians have not emphasized careful patient selection.

   To date, the most common workup for tarsal tunnel and other peripheral nerve problems has been a nerve conduction test (NCV) with or without an electromyelogram (EMG). Both of these tests have shown moderately good potential in the upper



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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: Can A Minimally Invasive Release Be Advantageous?

Gary Peter Jolly, DPM, FACFAS | 16034 reads | 0 comments

   Compression neuropathies of the posterior tibial nerve and its branches are a fairly common group of disorders, which are often misdiagnosed.1,2 In order to diagnose lesions of these nerves accurately, one must maintain a fairly high index of suspicion of their presentation. Relying on abnormal findings via electromyography and nerve conduction velocity testing is risky because the incidence of false negatives is quite high.2,3

   In contrast, pressure specific sensory testing may produce false positive results. Although the classical



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