Volume 16 - Issue 8 - August 2003

News and Trends »

Established DPMs To Teach Residents Online

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 5038 reads | 0 comments

Podiatric residents will have access to the expertise of a diverse range of established DPMs thanks to a new series of online lectures. Podiatry Online founders Alan Sherman, DPM, and Michael Shore, DPM, have created PRESENT (Podiatric Residency Education Services Network) Residency Courseware, which will bring lectures to all residency programs through the Internet. Podiatric residents will now be able to access 52 weekly hour-long lectures online, beginning August 1.
The goal of the program is to “equalize the access to high quality formal teaching materials by the nationwide community o

Orthotics Q&A »

Prescribing Orthotics For Pediatric Soccer Players

Clinical Editor: Nicholas Sol, DPM | 10527 reads | 0 comments

When treating pediatric soccer players, you may see common conditions such as calcaneal apophysitis and injuries such as lateral ankle sprains. Prescribing orthotics for players also comes with its own set of considerations. Indeed, finding the right orthotic can sometimes be tricky. With that in mind, our expert panelists weigh in on how best to treat this unique group of patients.

Q: What are the two or three most common biomechanical complaints you see in your pediatric patients who play soccer?
All three panelists say Sever’s disease (calcaneal apophysitis) is among the co

Sports Medicine »

Preventing Foot Injuries In Diabetic Athletes

By Mark A. Caselli, DPM | 7296 reads | 0 comments

Exercise plays an important role in the management of both insulin-dependent diabetes (IDDM) and non-insulin-dependent diabetes (NIDDM). Regular exercise, especially aerobic exercise, strengthens the heart and circulatory system, thus reducing the chance of heart disease and stroke. It helps decrease blood cholesterol and increases the levels of the “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) in the blood. Exercise lowers blood glucose levels, both during exercise and for several hours afterward.
Walking is probably the best, safest and least expensive form of exercise. It can fit into almost a

Technology In Practice »

When Material Choices Pay Off: A Closer Look At The DBX6

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 2886 reads | 0 comments

When fabricating an orthotic, flexibility and convenience are essential. You want the ability to start over if you make any mistakes and you need options as far as the styles of material. Another must is an orthotic that you can make quickly and easily, and one that you can use in a variety of shoes.
The features of the DBX6® enhance the convenience of fabricating orthotics. At just 1.5 mm thick, the device offers cross-shoe flexibility and facilitates effective shoe compliance, according to the manufacturer Northwest Podiatric Laboratory. At 1.2 ounces, the DBX6 is the lightest material av

Practice Builders »

Enhance Patient Compliance By Targeting Different Learning Styles

By Chris Vance, DPM | 8834 reads | 0 comments

In over 25 years of practice, I have witnessed the importance of recognizing patient learning styles. As a physician and now as a practice consultant, I have found that communication is of strategic importance. As physicians, we must educate our patients first through effective communication. Only then will our patients understand their condition and agree to our recommended course of treatment.
“If teachers teach exclusively in a manner that favors the students’ less preferred learning style, the students’ discomfort level can interfere with their ability to learn and memorize,” not

Feature »

A Helpful Primer On Total Contact Casts

By Jeffrey Jensen, DPM, Anna Weber, DPM, Eric Jaakola, DPM, and Matthew Dairman, DPM | 20102 reads | 1 comments

Neuropathic foot ulcers are the most common precursor of lower–extremity amputation in patients with diabetes.1 In the podiatry literature, as well as other wound care literature, the total contact cast (TCC) has long been considered the gold standard for treating non-infected, neuropathic foot ulcerations.2 The TCC heals wounds by reducing weightbearing pressure and shear force to the plantar aspect of the foot. The unique well-molded, minimally-padded construct of the cast allows it to maintain “total contact” with the foot and lower leg.
Clinical results overwh