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  • June 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 6
    The template system of the Accu-Cut Two-Stage Osteotomy Guide System “makes the precise parallel cuts of the  traditional Austin bunionectomy easy,” notes Chris Allen, DPM.
    By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    5,428 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       When performing bunion surgery, DPMs may be seeking a device that can correct several angles and enhance the cuts of traditional bunionectomies. Now a tried-and-true osteotomy device comes complete with new equipment to make surgery simpler. The new instrumentation is designed to help practitioners correct intermetatarsal angles in addition to proximal articular set angle (PASA).    Over a year ago, Biopro expanded its Accu-Cut™ Osteotomy Guide System with the introduction of the 2-Stage Guide for correction of PASA. The new system has a kit con... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    3,698 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       I consider myself a general podiatrist. I took a PSR-12 residency, which was the gold standard for post-graduate podiatric training in the 1970s. Now a PSR-12 will hardly get you a license. Podiatry has evolved during the past 30 years and hopefully I have evolved with the profession.    I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery but don’t consider myself a surgical specialist in podiatry. In a small town, you do everything.    This morning, we had a lady with a fractured ankle, a 10-year-old with a Salter I fracture of... continue reading
    Here is a view of an adult-acquired flatfoot secondary to PTTD. Note the collapse of the medial longitudinal arch, valgus heel, midfoot abduction with the positive too many toes sign and valgus rotation of the hallux. (Photo courtesy of Gerard V. Yu, DPM)
    Moderator: Robert Mendicino, DPM Panelists: Alan Catanzariti, DPM, Jordan Grossman, DPM, Michael S. Lee, DPM, Shannon Rush, DPM and Gerard V. Yu, DPM
    21,707 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Adult-acquired flatfoot (AAF) is one of the more common conditions that podiatrists see in practice. With this in mind, some of the leading experts on this subject shared their views and experience on this subject. They discuss the role of diagnostic imaging, their use of conservative treatments and their perspectives on appropriate surgical procedures. Without further delay, here is what they had to say.    Q: What ancillary studies are required for proper diagnosis and treatment selection for the adult-acquired flatfoot?    A: Mi... continue reading
    This patient with diabetes presented with severe posterior tibial tendon dysfunction and pes plano valgus deformity.
    By Amy L. Duckworth, DPM
    13,116 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Complications related to obesity have been a topic of concern for health officials since the 1950s. However, it has only been in the past few years that a widespread epidemic has reached alarming proportions in the United States and worldwide, leading to substantial health and economic costs. In the U.S., obesity is largely linked to an increase in the incidence of type II diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome.    In fact, a recently published study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that “one-third of Americans born in 2000 c... continue reading
    By Stephen L. Barrett, DPM, Patrick DeHeer, DPM, and Stephen Offutt, DPM
    11,261 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Yes. This author discusses the etiology of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, cites reports of efficacy for peripheral nerve decompression in the literature and shares insights from his experience in performing the procedure. By Stephen L. Barrett, DPM    Mainstream medical education is still teaching that the symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy are progressive and irreversible. There is adequate and overwhelming basic and clinical medical science that contradicts this dogma.1-5 Indeed, one wonders how many additional outcome studies... continue reading

    3,268 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    A Lighter Step    Patients need to stay off their feet while recovering from various types of sprains and a new walker may let them do just that.    The StepLite® Easy Air™ Pneumatic-Gel Ankle Walker has a pneumatic gel “bladder” that contains multiple air and gel cells. These cells can be inflated and deflated to facilitate support and comfort, according to the manufacturer FLA Orthopedics.    The company notes the product is ideal for treating acute or severe ankle sprains, severe ankle or foot stra... continue reading
    Since aspirin, ibuprofen, indomethacin, piroxicam and phenylbutazone are metabolized by multiple pathways, dosage adjustments are usually unnecesssary in patients with hepatic disease or in elderly patients with normal renal function.
    By Anthony R. Iorio, DPM, MPH
    7,712 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are among the most widely used medications today. Considering their well-documented efficacy in managing fever, mild to moderate pain and, at higher doses, inflammation, such widespread use is generally appropriate. In 1997, over 74 million NSAID prescriptions were dispensed in the United States, representing approximately 4.5 percent of all prescriptions. In addition, nonprescription NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen contribute significantly to the use of this class of medications. It is estimated that 1 to 2 percent of the Nor... continue reading
    OurDoctorStore.com creates online storefronts for DPMs. The company cites the benefits of additional income for podiatrists without the overhead costs of carrying inventory in the office and more convenience for patients.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    7,162 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       When patients seek out podiatric products, they may be referred to companies and Web sites that may not offer a proper selection. Patients may have to search hours for the right product and podiatrists might lose potential income by not offering the items themselves. However, one company lets doctors sell the products they recommend through customized Web sites.    OurDoctorStore.com creates Internet storefronts for physicians. Lowell Scott Weil, Jr., DPM, MBA, says the company offers several benefits for podiatrists and their patients. One advantage of the ... continue reading
    This lateral weighbearing radiograph demonstrates midfoot arthrosis and medial column collapse in a patient with a Morton’s foot.
    By Neal M. Blitz, DPM
    38,617 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       The impact of medial column hypermobility on foot function and deformity development has gained significant attention in the past few decades.1 It has been associated with pes planus, metatarsus primus adductus, hallux valgus, midfoot arthritis, metatarsalgia, plantar plate injury and lesser metatarsal stress fractures. Dudley Morton, an anatomist, introduced the concept of hypermobility.2 The so-called “Morton’s foot” includes hypermobility, equinus and a short first metatarsal.3    While the existence of hypermobility... continue reading
    Orthotic modifications may be helpful in relieving symptoms of metatarsalgia. Here one can see a slot aperture for lesser metatarsalgia that can be extended to the end of the device in order to offload the affected metatarsal head that has been receiving
    Guest Clinical Editor: Bruce Williams, DPM
    32,006 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
       Metatarsalgia is one of the more commonly seen complaints in any podiatry practice. Common treatments for the disorder include ice, removable metatarsal pads, antiinflammatories, injected steroids and physical therapy. While such treatments often completely resolve an acute bout of metatarsalgia, they often do nothing to remedy the true underlying biomechanical causes of the problem.    To correct the faulty foot biomechanics, DPMs rely on custom foot orthotics. Unfortunately, the devices are often no different than what one prescribes for any other foot di... continue reading