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  • January 2002 | Volume 15 - Issue 1
    Gary Dockery, DPM
    1,851 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/02
    Here is a pre-operative view of a foot with hypertrophied 
navicular bone.
    By Richard T. Braver, DPM
    150,727 reads | 1 comments | 01/03/02
    In my experience, the Modified Kidner procedure is one of the most reliable operations for reducing arch pain associated with an accessory navicular bone (a.k.a. os tibial externum). You can also use this procedure to treat a prominence at the inner aspect of the arch, which has been caused by an enlarged navicular bone. The most common patients to visit our office with these problems are between the ages of 8 and 15 and are involved in activities like ice skating, ballet and soccer. What precipitates the pain? It will usually be caused by rubbing of the skate or other footwear against the p... continue reading
    Be sure to inject the dilute solution of alcohol proximal to the point of maximum tenderness.
    Gary Dockery, DPM
    134,468 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/02
    Foot neuromas are very common findings, especially those that are termed intermetatarsal neuromas (or interdigital neuromas). The painful condition is believed to be caused by sensory nerve irritation, injury or abnormal mechanics of the foot. Yes, there are conservative care modalities as well as surgical treatment measures. However, I believe chemical neurolysis (using a dilute solution of ethyl alcohol) gives us a viable alternative for treating the foot neuroma as it has fewer potential complications and up to an 89 percent success rate.1 First things first. When it comes to diagnosing ne... continue reading

    2,506 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/02
    Active patients often need specialized products to protect vulnerable knees and ankles. Now you may recommend the PPT Gel Stirrup Ankle Support, which reduces sprains and injury-related pain and edema. According to the manufacturer Langer, the ankle support contains a two-chambered bladder of air and gel for cold therapy use. Langer says the cushioning brace controls eversion and inversion, and allows for normal plantarflexion and dorsiflexion. Not only does the contoured shell closely adhere to the ankle in athletic shoes, Langer says you’ll find that the ankle support is adjustable so i ... continue reading
    Here you can see onychomycosis that cannot be cured via debridement alone. If left untreated, the onychomycosis will cause damage to the nail matrix. Below, you see the cured nail, 72 weeks after the patient started taking Lamisil (terbinafine) tablets
    By Richard Pollak, DPM, MS
    7,758 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/02
    Patients with onychomycosis are becoming increasingly aware that oral antifungals have the potential to cure their underlying infections, yet a recent study finds the majority of podiatrists continue to rely largely on debridement to provide symptomatic relief. As a profession, we’re quite knowledgeable about the various approaches to treating onychomycosis, but this study reveals that current treatment practices are aligned only partially with patients’ attitudes and behaviors regarding their infections. The study, a survey of over 900 onychomycosis patients and over 600 doctors conducted... continue reading
    By Jeff A. Hall
    4,735 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/02
    Foot neuromas are relatively common as they affect all adult age groups. According to the literature on this subject, there are a variety of potential causes (including sensory nerve irritation, injury, tight shoes and biomechanical dysfunction) that may contribute to the common nature of this condition. Some say chemical neurolysis provides a viable treatment alternative, citing the technique’s high success rates and fewer complications. Yet this modality (which has been around for over 50 years) still remains the least commonly applied solution for treating neuromas.Why? Obviously, it’s ... continue reading
    By Michael Metzger, DPM, MBA
    13,274 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/02
    Whether you are a new practitioner opening your first office or a veteran DPM setting up shop in a new location, having an effective business plan is a necessity. The business plan is a promotional selling document. Indeed, it is a major tool for selling your business to a banker. It is to the banker what the history and physical are for physicians.Since a major audience for your business plan consists of higher-ups at the bank, the black and white of your plan is far more important than a winning personality. Gone are the days when you could stroll into the bank, say you are going to do the... continue reading
    Here is a lateral radiograph of a midfoot Charcot deformity with recurrence after an attempted surgical reconstruction.
    By William Scott Rogers
    14,283 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/02
    When managing patients in the acute phase of Charcot neuroarthropathy, the hallmark of treatment is immobilization and non-weightbearing of the affected foot until the destructive nature of this stage disappears and the coalescence stage begins. In the past decade, researchers have hypothesized that using bisphosphonates in acute Charcot patients can decrease pathological fractures and permanent deformity, which commonly occur in these patients.If this is true, then using bisphosphonates may also lead to less deformity, shorter treatment time, a decreased need for revisional surgery, decreased... continue reading
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM
    87,524 reads | 2 comments | 01/03/02
    Treating forefoot metatarsalgia can be very challenging. In these cases, you’ll often find several differing types of pain and it may be difficult to differentiate the pain according to the patient’s complaints. Be aware the region most often misdiagnosed is forefoot pain surrounding the second metatarsal region. With this in mind, let’s address differing complaints surrounding the second metatarsal region by considering the following case study. ... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    2,570 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/02
    Like many growing up during the Cold War in the ‘50s and ‘60s, I was tired of always preparing for a disaster. During air raid drills at school, a bell rang and we would “duck and cover.” That meant crawling under your flimsy wooden desk and covering your head in case a hydrogen bomb hit the school. The school janitor ran around with a whistle and wearing a civil defense helmet.We had to stay under the desks until the janitor, who was totally into “disaster preparedness,” blew the all-clear whistle. To make matters worse, the janitor was my father. My best friend was the son of ... continue reading