Volume 27 - Issue 4 - April 2014

Feature »

Point-Counterpoint: Stretching: Is It Beneficial For Plantar Fasciitis?

Lisa M. Schoene, DPM, ATC, FACFAS, and Stephen Pribut, DPM, FACFAS | 16865 reads | 0 comments

Offering pertinent biomechanical insights, Lisa M. Schoene, DPM, ATC, FACFAS, examines the positive effects of stretching for plantar heel pain and the potential consequences of equinus.

While stretching can be an early treatment for plantar fasciitis, Stephen Pribut, DPM, FACFAS, says it is not always appropriate to recommend stretching to heel pain patients and it can cause harm.



News and Trends »

April 2014

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Can an emerging minimally invasive decompression technique be beneficial for neuromas? A poster abstract presented at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Scientific Conference says the technique holds promise and is less time consuming and cumbersome than an endoscopic technique.



Diabetes Watch »

Current Concepts In Total Contact Casting For DFUs

Eric Jaakola, DPM, and Anna Weber, DPM | 2740 reads | 0 comments

The diabetic population in the United States has grown to over 26 million people and 10 to 15 percent of this population will develop a diabetic foot ulceration (DFU).1,2 That would equal 2.6 to 3.9 million diabetic foot ulcerations in this country. Diabetic foot ulcerations precede 85 percent of all non-traumatic lower extremity amputations and it is known that patients with diabetes who have an amputation of the lower extremity will have a mortality rate of 45 percent in the next three to five years.3,4



Dermatology Diagnosis »

Treating A Patient With Sepsis And Full Thickness Necrosis

Kristine Hoffman, DPM | 1513 reads | 2 comments

A 43-year-old African American female went to the ICU at our institution with Streptococcus pneumoniae sepsis, which was complicated by disseminated intravascular coagulation.



Orthotics Q&A »

Key Insights On Orthotic Fabrication And Replacement

Guest Clinical Editor: David Levine, DPM, CPed | 2006 reads | 0 comments

These expert panelists expound on replacing orthoses, determining which type of orthoses to fabricate and what types of shoes patients should wear with orthoses.



Sports Medicine »

Aging And Athletes: How Exercise Can Make A Difference

Paul Langer, DPM | 1484 reads | 0 comments

Increasing awareness of the benefits of exercise and longer lifespans is leading to more older patients seeking care for musculoskeletal injuries. Older individuals are more prone to overuse injuries and are slower to heal. Despite that, most researchers and clinicians agree that the benefits of exercise far outweigh the risks. The volume of research on aging is increasingly showing that there are physical, cognitive and psychosocial benefits to remaining physically active as we age.1