Volume 24 - Issue 4 - April 2011

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Emerging Concepts In Cosmetic Foot Surgery

Allan Grossman, DPM, FACFAS, Jason Sweeley, DPM, Ann Nakai, DPM, and Jeff Merrill, DPM | 17558 reads | 0 comments

In recent years, cosmetic foot surgery has become an option for patients seeking aesthetic improvement for lower extremity conditions. Accordingly, these authors discuss the controversy, ethical considerations and techniques for minimizing scars, toe shortening surgeries and fat pad injections among other procedures.

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Key Insights On Wart Treatment

Peter Bregman, DPM | 16035 reads | 0 comments

While many warts resolve without treatment, therapy may be required when plantar warts are painful or affect a patient’s ability to walk. Accordingly, this author discusses his clinical experience with a variety of modalities ranging from pulsed dye laser therapy and topical treatments to surgical excision.

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Current Concepts In Ankle Arthroscopy

Lawrence A. DiDomenico, DPM, FACFAS, and Albert A. Giagnacova DPM | 13876 reads | 0 comments

Given new technological advances, key intraoperative benefits and quicker post-op recovery, ankle arthroscopy continues to emerge as a viable modality for podiatric surgeons. Accordingly, these authors review the literature and share their insights on proper indications, portal placement, whether you should use distractors and the potential of radiofrequency waves in arthroscopic procedures.

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Point-Counterpoint: Barefoot Running: Is It Here To Stay Or Just A Passing Fad?

By David W. Jenkins, DPM, FAAPSM, and Jeffrey A. Ross, DPM, MD | 15491 reads | 0 comments

Barefoot running is here to stay. Although there is no evidence demonstrating that barefoot running reduces injuries or improves performance, David Jenkins, DPM, FAAPSM, says many studies suggest unique, beneficial characteristics in the unshod runner.

Barefoot running is a passing fad. While Jeffrey Ross, DPM, MD, encourages podiatrists to evaluate and pre-screen those who want to run barefoot on a case-by-case basis, he says changes in biomechanics and a lack of time to adapt to those changes can lead to injuries. He adds there is an elevated risk of other injuries with the exposed feet.

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Understanding The Biomechanics Of Subtalar Joint Arthroereisis

Kevin A. Kirby, DPM | 32402 reads | 1 comments

Is a commonly utilized classification scheme for subtalar arthroereisis implants “biomechanically inaccurate and ambiguous”? With a thorough review of the literature, this author discusses kinematic and kinetic functions of the subtalar joint, and the biomechanical effects of the subtalar arthroereisis procedure.

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When A Patient Presents With A Pruritic Lower Extremity Rash

William Fishco, DPM, FACFAS | 10829 reads | 0 comments

A 50-year-old female presented to the office with the chief complaint of an itching rash on her ankles and feet. She reported the itch to be severe at times. The duration of symptoms was for at least a few months.