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  • August 2011 | Volume 24 - Issue 8
    Thomas S. Roukis, DPM, PhD, FACFAS
    13,069 reads | 0 comments | 07/25/11
    Structural deformities often contribute to the development of chronic wounds in the lower extremity but post-op offloading protocols with traditional surgical techniques can be difficult in high-risk populations. Accordingly, this author offers a closer look at soft tissue and osseous techniques that can address global forefoot deformities associated with chronic wounds, and allow early, guarded weightbearing. ... continue reading
    Guest Clinical Editor: Joseph D'Amico, DPM
    11,283 reads | 0 comments | 07/25/11
    In addition to sharing their perspectives on rearfoot posting, these expert panelists discuss their approaches to assessing the effectiveness of their orthotic prescriptions and when it is time to replace orthoses. Q: How do you determine the type and amount of rearfoot posting you prescribe? A: Russell Volpe, DPM, prefers extrinsic rearfoot posting. He says it provides stability to the device along with the desired frontal plane correction. Dr. Volpe only switches to intrinsic rearfoot posting if there is a low volume in the counter of the intended shoe. ... continue reading
    Valerie L. Schade, DPM, AACFAS
    18,782 reads | 0 comments | 07/25/11
    Proper shoe gear/bracing and education on the importance of its use is essential in the long-term postoperative management of patients who have undergone a transmetatarsal amputation (TMA). Initial publications on shoe gear use after a TMA reported that patients did well with no more than the placement of lamb’s wool in the toe box of a standard shoe.1-5 ... continue reading

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    California podiatric physicians could eventually have the same license as their fellow physicians and surgeons from other disciplines. The California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) recently formed a task force with the California Medical Association and the California Orthopaedic Association to develop a plan for California’s podiatric medical schools to eventually attain accreditation as full-fledged allopathic medical schools. ... continue reading