Volume 18 - Issue 8 - August 2005

Orthotics Q&A »

Secrets To Biomechanical Considerations In Static Stance

Guest Clinical Editor: Nicholas Sol, DPM, CPed | 8435 reads | 0 comments

   Evaluating biomechanics in static stance poses unique challenges because of the differences between static stance and dynamic gait. In addition, one must take the occupation of patients into account when modifying orthotics for patients who spend a significant amount of weightbearing time in static stance. That said, let us take a closer look at what these expert panelists have to say on the subject.

   Q: What are the key differences between approaching the biomechanics of static stance and dynamic gait?

   A: Podiatry schools and



Practice Builders »

Improved Visit Planning: Can It Lead To A Higher Level Of Quality Care?

By Barbara Aung, DPM and Kim Jungkind, MPH, RN, CCM | 4995 reads | 0 comments

   Podiatric medical practices strive to provide patients with high quality care. Patients with diabetes pose an added challenge due to the comprehensive nature of the condition and resulting complications. In a proactive effort to improve visit planning and improve the care of these patients, podiatrists may want to consider the use of software decision support and tracking tools to assist them in delivering needs-based care to their patients.

   We have found success with a simple, practical registry, decision support and tracking system. As a “connected h



Sports Medicine »

Secrets To Treating Bicycling Injuries

By Mark A. Caselli, DPM, Edward C. Rzonca, DPM and John J. Rainieri, DPM | 26055 reads | 0 comments

   The sport of cycling has grown in popularity in recent years. Spurred on by Lance Armstrong’s successes in the Tour de France and the increasing popularity of mountain biking (the first Olympic mountain bike race was held at the 1996 summer games in Atlanta), participation in bicycling is second only to swimming.

   The Bureau of Transportation Statistics at the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that more than 49 million Americans ride bicycles at least monthly, with over 5 million people riding at least 20 days per month. Cycling creates a trem



Technology In Practice »

Gauze Dressing Takes Wound Care To New Level

By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor | 3432 reads | 0 comments

   Podiatrists have turned to AmeriGel Care Lotion to solve an array of skin problems, including psoriasis and ichthyosis. Building upon the success of the lotion, AmeriGel Hydrogel Saturated Gauze Dressing utilizes the same key ingredient with an eye toward providing long-term moist wound care.

   What makes the AmeriGel Gauze Dressing unique among the impregnated gauze dressings available today is the use of Oakin as its primary ingredient, according to the manufacturer, AmerX Health Care Corp. Oakin provides antifungal, antimicrobial and autoly



Feature »

Key Insights On Treating Tennis Injuries

By Eric Feit, DPM | 17112 reads | 0 comments

   One of the fastest growing sports in the United States, tennis is also one of the few sports that people can play throughout their lives. More and more seniors are active tennis players and they have their share of foot and ankle injuries. Other tennis players are very similar to most weekend warriors in other sports such as running, aerobics and volleyball. It is very difficult to slow them down even if they become injured.

   This is the challenge for the foot and ankle specialist. How can we treat injured players and keep them on their feet? What alterna



Feature »

Mastering Complications In External Fixation

By David Kanuck, DPM, and Gary Jolly, DPM | 13335 reads | 0 comments

   Any surgical procedure carries a risk of complications. Whether one opts to utilize internal or external fixation, there is both a common and yet unique set of problems based on hardware design and usage. Therefore, it is imperative to obtain an intimate working knowledge of the equipment and its capabilities in order to maximize the true potential of each method and hopefully minimize the risk of complications.

   The ability to control an internal surgical environment by external manipulation is a powerful tool that is unique to external fixation. This