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  • October 2010 | Volume 23 - Issue 10
    Megan Lawton, DPM
    2,650 reads | 0 comments | 09/23/10
    We have all seen that look before. It is the look of excitement that people get when you first meet them and you are introduced as a podiatrist. The eyes widen, the mouth opens and the shoe starts slipping off.    I enjoy seeing this look at the office since it is very fulfilling. There are times, however, that I do not enjoy it as much. For example, I do not enjoy being out for dinner at a nice restaurant and someone putting a foot on the table and asking me to “take a quick look.“ (Yes, this has actually happened to me.) ... continue reading
    Podiatry Today Staff
    3,908 reads | 0 comments | 09/23/10
    Ideally, a podiatric exam chair would provide comfort and accessibility for a variety of patients, and facilitate easy maneuverability, flexibility and maintenance for podiatrists.    The Midmark 647 Barrier-Free Podiatry Procedures Chair (Midmark) reportedly succeeds on all of these counts. ... continue reading
    Bruce Werber, DPM, FACFAS
    8,281 reads | 0 comments | 09/23/10
    The challenges of integrating a new practice management system and electronic health records (EHR) system into your practice can be tremendous, especially with a busy practice. However, these upgrades can increase efficiency and potentially reduce the need for additional staff members, thereby improving your bottom line. ... continue reading
    Jenny L. Sanders, DPM
    11,474 reads | 0 comments | 09/23/10
    Podiatrists routinely fit patients for diabetic shoes but what about shoes for feet with less severe pathology? What about the patient who is a runner and has a bunion? What do you do when an orthotic causes squeaking in your patient’s shoes and using powder to stop the squeak does not work?    As podiatrists, we can teach our patients easy and fast shoe modifications that can mean the difference between comfort and pain, and solidify your reputation as an expert on all things feet, including shoes. ... continue reading
    David Edward Marcinko, MBA, CMP, and Professor Hope Rachel Hetico, RN, MHA, CPQH, CMP
    11,071 reads | 0 comments | 09/23/10
    With an increasing amount of medical information on the Internet, patients are becoming more used to participating in their own healthcare. These authors examine how the evolution of Internet technology has changed the way patients interact with their healthcare providers and how podiatry practices can take advantage of the Web. ... continue reading
    Robert J. Duggan, DPM, FACFAS
    27,810 reads | 0 comments | 09/23/10
    Given the intricacies of the condition and varying etiologies, chronic exertional compartment syndrome can have a complex presentation. Accordingly, this author reviews the staging of the condition, keys to diagnosis and emerging insights on surgical treatment. Chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS), also termed exercise induced compartment syndrome, has been a condition affecting both lower and upper extremities in patients who participate in exertional-type exercise. ... continue reading
    Gary M. Rothenberg, DPM, FACFAS and Michael M. Cohen, DPM, FACFAS
    21,930 reads | 0 comments | 09/23/10
    Cause. While this author concedes there is no universal definition of hypermobility and a lack of evidence-based medicine to support hypermobility as a cause or effect of hallux valgus, he cites some research and clinical experience that suggest hypermobility as a possible factor in bunion formation. By Gary M. Rothenberg, DPM, FACFAS Does hypermobility cause bunions or did the bunion result in hypermobility? The question is admittedly difficult to answer, mostly because we cannot universally agree on a definition of hypermobility. ... continue reading
    Keith Rome, PhD, MSc, BSc(Hons), FPodM, SRCh, Douglas Richie Jr., DPM, FACFAS, FAAPSM, and Anna Lucy Hatton, BSc(Hons), CSP
    17,580 reads | 1 comments | 09/22/10
    In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the neurophysiological effects that orthoses can have on the foot. Accordingly, these authors review the literature and offer their perspectives on the ability of orthoses and insoles to enhance postural stability. ... continue reading

    9,324 reads | 0 comments | 09/22/10
    Which paradigms, teachings and studies influence podiatric physicians who prescribe orthotics? These expert panelists enumerate what factors come into play when they dispense orthoses. Q: Which of the more current paradigms for foot function have the most influence in your practice? A: “Time devoted to evaluating a patient in regard to his or her function as well as the biomechanical problem prior to prescribing the orthotic device will result in greater success with the completed orthotic device,” advises Ronald Valmassy, DPM. ... continue reading
    Brent D. Haverstock, DPM, FACFAS
    48,249 reads | 0 comments | 09/22/10
    A 44-year-old competitive runner presented with a history of painful lesions on the plantar aspect of both feet. He stated that the problem initially began with the presence of a single lesion. He denied any history of trauma to the area and indicated that there has never been any bleeding from the site. Further lesions developed and they started to cause some discomfort while he was running. ... continue reading