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  • May 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 5
    Here one can see a KobyGard instrument being used in the third interspace during a nerve decompression procedure. When using the KobyGard for nerve decompression of the intermetatarsal space, Dr. Gerbert says 90 percent of his patients are symptom-free af
    By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    8,299 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Chronic plantar fasciitis and Morton’s neuroma are two persistent conditions that podiatrists frequently see among their patients. However, practitioners are seeing results with a surgical system that succeeds when conservative treatments fail to alleviate these conditions.    The KobyGard™ System (OsteoMed) enables surgeons to isolate and cut both the transverse metatarsal ligament and plantar fascia through a small incision. The system is comprised of a variety of instruments including a tissue locator, a ligament separator, a fascia separat... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    1,789 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       I tried to apply a soft fiberglass cast to the leg of a screaming 4-month-old baby boy last week. It was toward the end of a very busy day and, in most cases, a screaming baby would not be an opportunity I would seek. In this case, the child’s screaming was music to my ears.    The baby boy was one of my curveballs. A curveball is a category of patient that presents with particularly difficult foot problems or health problems. This baby was referred to me by Isaac Pope, MD, my most reliable source of “curveballs.”    Isaac is a pediat... continue reading
    When it comes to osteomyelitis (as shown above), there are a variety of imaging techniques one can use to help confirm the diagnosis, according to Thomas Zgonis, DPM. (Photo courtesy of Robert Snyder, DPM)
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    10,064 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       When is advanced imaging necessary for guiding one’s decision-making on the treatment of a lower-extremity wound? How reliable are radiographs when clinicians suspect osteomyelitis? Should you employ magnetic resonance imaging? Does nuclear medicine imaging have particular value in managing wounds? Our expert panelists tackle these questions and more in the following discussion.    Q: What role do you see advanced imaging playing in the management of foot and ankle wounds?    A: Molly Judge, DPM, says advanced imaging is unnecessa... continue reading

    9,635 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       The debate that continues about the DPM/MD or DPM/DO dual degree is understandable, as demonstrated by Duane Dumm, DPM (see pg. 14, “Dual Degrees May Not Benefit DPMs,” March issue). Change is difficult. Change is suspect. Change is resisted. However, in podiatric medicine, change is a function of rapid growth with dimensions of practice that many take for granted and perhaps others do not fully realize.    First, dual degrees are not simply programs designed to benefit the DPM. While there certainly is a benefit to the podiatric physician, the ultimate ... continue reading
    Any changes in training, running shoe model or overuse prior to the injury may provide important clues to determining the cause of the injury and making the proper diagnosis.
    By Brian Fullem, DPM
    25,706 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Many runners will consult a podiatrist for their initial physician visit for lower extremity injuries. Diagnosing and treating the most common running injuries requires finding the cause of the injury and going beyond simply treating the symptoms. Injured runners will often show up in the office with a bag full of old running shoes, a training log and a self-diagnosis. In my practice, runners tend to be the most well-informed patients and simply advising these patients to refrain from running could lead to them seeing another doctor.    When seeing a runner ... continue reading