Volume 17 - Issue 4 - April 2004

News and Trends »

Study Shows Low Nonunion Rate For Arthrodesis

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 4976 reads | 0 comments

A new study on Lapidus arthrodesis presents some encouraging results. In a retrospective study of over 200 patients who underwent the Lapidus arthrodesis procedure, the researchers found only a 5.3 percent nonunion rate. The study, which was recently published in The Journal of Foot And Ankle Surgery (JFAS), assessed the results of a modified procedure, which emphasized joint curettage with subchondral plate preservation and screw fixation.
The low nonunion rate is the most significant finding in the study, according to study co-author Lawrence Ford, DPM.
“A lot of people believe t



New Products »

Software Solution

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A new product combines diagnostic testing with equipment that may help facilitate easier reimbursement.

The Smartdop® 20EXR Doppler has Smart-V-Link™ Vascular Software that enables you to document your preoperative procedures for patient records and reimbursement. Koven Technology, the manufacturer of the product, says the software features complete ABI and TBI software for simple documentation and automatic calculation of ratios.
The Smartdop, which weighs just 2 pounds, also has an optional PPG plug-in module to measure toe pressures in patients with diabetes. Koven says i



Orthotics Q&A »

A Guide To Prescribing Orthotics For Alpine Skiing

Guest Clinical Editor: Nicholas Sol, DPM, CPed | 10151 reads | 0 comments

Patients who tackle the slopes have specific requirements for orthotics. In addition to reviewing the pedal mechanics and biomechanics of skiing, our expert panelists take a closer look at the design of ski boots and what impact the skier’s skill level will have on prescribing an appropriate orthotic. Without further delay, here is what they had to say.

Q: What pedal mechanics are unique to skiing?
A:
During alpine skiing, the patient’s lower extremities never go through a complete gait cycle, notes Nicholas Sol, DPM, CPed. He says skiers should ideally have knee flexion during



Sports Medicine »

Managing Hallux Rigidus In The Athlete

By Mark A. Caselli, DPM | 63957 reads | 0 comments

Hallux rigidus is a painful and insidious condition that can lead to significant limitations in an athlete’s ability to perform. The condition is characterized by a limitation of motion in the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ), chiefly in the direction of dorsiflexion. This limitation of motion is caused by a reactive proliferation of bone along the dorsal aspect of the joint and is associated with painful, degenerative arthrosis of the first MTPJ.
There are an extensive number of conditions that can result in hallux rigidus (see “A Review Of Potential Hallux Rigidus Etiologies” b



Practice Builders »

How To Avoid Financial Gridlock In A Group Practice

By Christopher R. Jarvis, MBA and David B. Mandell, JD, MBA | 3624 reads | 0 comments

Over the past few years, we have written many articles on potential strategies that podiatrists can use to reduce income taxes, increase benefits or build retirement savings. Unfortunately, these consultations often turn out to be less than fruitful because of office politics.

While the younger members of a podiatry group are often very motivated to reduce their income taxes, the older, more established doctors are often uninterested. Either they are already so close to retirement that they don’t need extra retirement planning or they are simply set in their ways and don’t want to chang



Feature »

A Guide To Preventing And Managing Golf Injuries

By Kirk Herring, DPM, and Kelli Pearson, DC | 13702 reads | 0 comments

Over 25 million Americans play golf on a regular basis.1 Unlike many athletes, golfers also remain active well into their later years.2 With the aging of the adult population, increasing numbers of seniors will turn or return to golf for exercise and pleasure. Given the increasing numbers of people playing golf, you may start to see more patients presenting with golf-related injuries.
Golf-related injuries are commonly attributed to the repetitive nature of the golf swing and a long day of walking and standing.3,4 One may also see an increased incidence of ove