Volume 22 - Issue 6 - June 2009

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Key Insights On Assessing Pediatric Gait

Ron Raducanu, DPM, FACFAS, FACFAP | 15359 reads | 0 comments

How thorough is your evaluation of pediatric gait? Emphasizing the value of gait assessment in fostering an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment, this author offers pearls and nuances in evaluating the stance and ambulation of pediatric patients.

Forum »

Staying Positive On Podiatry In The Long Run

Megan Lawton, DPM | 3197 reads | 0 comments

   The economy is in a recession. Our 401k values are down. Reimbursement is declining. Overhead is increasing.

   Through all the recent news, it is difficult to find some positive light shining through. As a new practitioner, I try to defy the negativity and think about the future.

   What kind of letter would I write to a young practitioner if I had more than 30 years of experience in practice? Here is what I think it might say …

   Dear (young practitioner),

Technology In Practice »

Socks Offer Array Of Benefits To Keep Feet Dry

Lauren Grant, Editorial Assistant | 4512 reads | 0 comments

   For podiatrists looking for preventative measures against blisters, toenail fungus and odor-causing bacteria, a unique sock line may be the answer.

   Wet or sweaty socks can be problematic. However, Drymax Socks (Drymax Sports) offer two interwoven fiber technologies that form inner and outer layers. The company says the dual layer design enables the socks to keep feet dry and comfortable in cold, hot and wet conditions, and in all types of footwear.

Sports Medicine »

How To Diagnose And Treat Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome

Robert J. Duggan, DPM, Alan A. MacGill, DPM, Christopher L. Reeves, DPM, and Scott P. Goldstein, DPM | 35263 reads | 0 comments

   Evaluating and treating exercise-induced lower leg pain can be a difficult task for the foot and ankle physician. Chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) is commonly misdiagnosed and often patients go though an exhaustive trial of treatments that fail to alleviate their pain.

   There is a plethora of differential diagnoses for this syndrome. However, one can diagnose it accurately with a thorough history and following up on strong clinical suspicion. Physicians can subsequently treat the condition surgically with a high rate of success.

Orthotics Q&A »

Essential Pearls On Effective Orthotic Modifications

Guest Clinical Editor: Patrick DeHeer, DPM | 11446 reads | 0 comments

   Orthotic modifications can play a valuable role in the treatment of various lower extremity ailments. Accordingly, these expert panelists offer their insights on the use of orthoses and key modifications within the treatment plan for turf toe injuries, posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) and lesser metatarsal stress fractures.

   Q: What is the preferred treatment for turf toe injuries in terms of orthotic modifications?

Diabetes Watch »

Is HBOT Cost-Effective For Diabetic Foot Ulcers?­­­­­­

Caroline E. Fife, MD, CWS | 13955 reads | 0 comments

   It is estimated that Medicare spends $1.5 billion annually to treat diabetic foot ulcers (DFU).1 The debate continues on the cost effectiveness of immediate amputation in comparison with “conservative treatment” using a variety of modalities.

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