Volume 17 - Issue 11 - November 2004

Feature »

How To Address Baxter's Nerve Entrapment

By Stephen Offutt, DPM, MS and Patrick DeHeer, DPM | 130449 reads | 0 comments

   Heel pain is arguably the most common complaint that foot and ankle specialists hear. The majority of these complaints are linked to plantar fasciitis and we all have developed our own unique treatment algorithms for this condition. What happens when we are months into our treatment algorithm and the patient has not had much improvement or a fasciotomy has been performed and the heel pain returns? Is it still plantar fasciitis?

   No. In both of these scenarios, we must revert back to our differential diagnoses. While heel pain is commonly caused by plantar



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What Web Marketing Can Do For Your Practice

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 5321 reads | 0 comments

   Type “DPM” or “podiatrist” into an Internet search engine and name after name of established practitioners will come up, leading to Web sites which may have established in order to market their practices. Many podiatrists have been building Web sites to supplement the traditional methods of reaching patients and facilitate the ability of potential patients to reach them.



Continuing Education »

What You Should Know About Shockwave Therapy

By Lowell Scott Weil, Jr., DPM, MBA | 36899 reads | 0 comments

   Last year, I wrote “Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) has a long way to go to prove it has overwhelming medical benefits that are claimed by the manufacturers, but it is still in the early stages of its evolution. With time, it will be necessary to prove these claims through prospective studies.” (See “Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy: Hope Or Hype?,” page 46, November 2003 issue.)

   While this article is not intended to prove beyond a statistical doubt that ESWT works, emerging research via prospective placebo-controlled, double-blind studie



Editor's Perspective »

Are Shoes Part Of The Problem With Football Injuries?

By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief | 12350 reads | 0 comments

   There were a lot of reports circulating last month about the rise of injuries in the National Football League (NFL). An Indianapolis Star article noted that after four weeks of play, 34 players had been placed on injured reserve, the highest number in six years. As this issue went to press, 346 players are listed on injury reports in the NFL with the injuries ranging from mild to season-ending injuries. (That is an approximate average of 11 injured players per team.) Sixty-three of these injuries (18 percent) are lower-extremity injuries.

   When aske



Surgical Pearls »

Revisiting A Proven Approach To Severe Ankle Instability

By Jesse Burks, DPM | 7260 reads | 0 comments

   Severe, acute or repetitive chronic inversion ankle sprains can often result in lateral instability of the lateral ankle complex. Although one can treat the vast majority of these conditions conservatively, a significant and unresponsive case may require surgical intervention. Over the course of the past two decades, improved soft tissue anchors and arthroscopic procedures have reduced the necessity of traditional open procedures.

   However, these procedures can still play a vital role in the surgical management of this condition. Naturally, there are numer



News and Trends »

Residents Rumble In Online Competition

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 7337 reads | 0 comments

   For a few Tuesday nights out of the year, podiatric residents across the country will compete with fellow residents in other programs to test their knowledge. The game is not Jeopardy but the Residency Challenge, also known as the Residency Rumble, an academic tournament wherein residents from 76 programs draw upon their knowledge to answer questions on all aspects of podiatry.

   The brainchild of Podiatric Residency Education Services Network (PRESENT), these Tuesday night Web-based programs will occur four times a year, according to PRESENT CEO Alan Sherm



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