Volume 27 - Issue 5 - May 2014
Given the common presentation of limb length discrepancy, this author reviews the historical methods for diagnosis as well as an objective method for dynamic assessment. He also addresses the clinical significance of limb asymmetry and how computer-assisted gait analysis plays a key role in assessing treatment.
News and Trends »
Diabetes Watch »
In recent years, the concept of multidisciplinary wound care has gained increasing momentum. Wound care journals cite example after example of podiatrists teaming with various disciplines including vascular specialists, nutritionists, endocrinologists, infectious diseases specialists and nurses from different care settings.1 This type of collaborative effort has certainly benefited patients. In addition, practitioners have gained access to a wealth of information outside of their traditional practice parameters.
Surgical Pearls »
Radiographic analysis for surgical intervention involving the foot and ankle has historically been recognized as a vital component of pre-operative planning.1 This is especially true when dealing with complex foot and ankle deformities.2 The advent of digital radiology has made the process of radiographic evaluation one of greater convenience and reproducibility.3 The creation of programs available for computers, smartphones and tablets has made it possible for busy surgeons to have these images at their fingertips.
Wound Care Q&A »
Treatment Dilemmas »
Lateral ankle sprains are some of the most common injuries presenting to the podiatric office, especially to the sports medicine focused practice. Although most heal uneventfully with conservative care and physical therapy, chronic ankle instability is not an unusual sequela. This can be frustrating to the patient who is eager to return to his or her physical activity. Recurrent ankle sprains and lingering instability are common reasons for delay in return to activities and may ultimately necessitate surgical intervention.