Volume 14 - Issue 12 - December 2001
Editor's Perspective »
Life moves so fast that few people have time to consider “what if” scenarios, even if these scenarios could have a serious impact on their lives and the lives of others. However, all of this changed on September 11. During this time of grieving, loss and fear, our lives came to an abrupt halt as we were forced to deal with the possibility of an uncertain tomorrow.
For many of us who didn’t experience direct personal losses, it was a time to reflect on our lives. It was also a time for professionals from all different fields to ask themselves troubling “what if” questions. For exampl
News and Trends »
A ruptured Achilles tendon can be problematic in many respects for athletically-inclined patients. Not only will they undergo surgery to repair the tendon, these patients face a long recovery period and extensive rehabilitation in order to get back to normal, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).
However, perhaps emphasizing the proper athletic footwear can help athletes prevent these injuries in the first place.
“The type of shoes the athlete wears makes a huge difference,” explains Eric Feit, DPM, a Fellow of the ACFAS. “Any shoe which is soft or compr
Orthotics Q&A »
Charcot arthropathy is an extremely challenging disease process to treat for many reasons, according to David Levine, DPM, CPed. He says one of the big problems is not being able to rely upon the patient for feedback. Given the profound peripheral sensory neuropathy present in these patients, Dr. Levine says vigilant monitoring of any changes in the foot is essential for preventing further complications.
With this in mind, our expert panelists take a closer look at mechanical management of Charcot arthropathy and when it can help facilitate successful treatment outcomes.
Q: In your opinio
Sports Medicine »
The irritation is the result of biomechanical deformities such as limb length discrepancy, gastrocsoleus equinus, and excessive foot or leg varus, producing midtarsal and subtalar hyperpronation. In turn, this pronation produces a stretch of the plantar fascia as well as unwanted pulling on the origin of the fascia (the medial calcaneal tubercle).
New Products »
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