Volume 18 - Issue 6 - June 2005
Editor's Perspective »
Every June, we start thinking about next year. We actively seek out suggestions from our Editorial Advisory Board and other key contributors on the latest topics that would make for solid feature articles. We sit in on lectures during the Western Podiatric Medical Congress and subsequently approach the lecturers about converting their talks into future articles. It is all part of the process in developing the right editorial mix of innovative approaches and practical insights for both common conditions and other dilemmas one may see in practice.
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
Diabetes Watch »
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
New Products »
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
News and Trends »
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
Orthotics Q&A »
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