Volume 18 - Issue 10 - October 2005

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Key Insights On Recommending Running Shoes

By Peter Wilusz, DPM | 22358 reads | 0 comments

   Believe it or not, the running shoe first originated as a leather upper with a leather sole. Adidas running shoes date back to the late 1800s but many of the technical advancements did not begin to appear until the 1970s. In 1971, Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight created a shoe manufacturing company called Blue Ribbon Sports (BRS), which eventually became Nike, Inc.

   While he was coaching track and field at the University of Oregon, Bowerman created the first cushioned midsole by heating polyurethane on his wife’s waffle iron in his garage. What followed wa



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Point-Counterpoint: Is Fusion The Best Option For Crossover Toe Deformity?

By William D. Fishco, DPM, and Lawrence Ford, DPM | 25199 reads | 0 comments

Yes, this author says surgeons can successfully incorporate arthrodesis in the repair of this deformity. He says a strong knowledge of the second toe anatomy and other influencing structures can facilitate good treatment outcomes.

By William D. Fishco, DPM

   In theory, surgery on the toes sounds pretty simple. After all, how hard can it be? Technically speaking, we consider toes to be “easy,” especially when we first start out in residency training. Most of us remember getting our first chance handling a scalpel while performing toe surgery. However, anyone who



Sports Medicine »

Secrets To Treating Lower Extremity Volleyball Injuries

By Mark A. Caselli, DPM | 26056 reads | 0 comments

   Volleyball is the world’s most popular participation sport. The Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), volleyball’s international governing body, reports that over 800 million people worldwide play volleyball. Individuals of all ages and skill levels can enjoy the sport. Athletes in over 200 countries play volleyball and almost half of these countries compete at the international level.

   According to USA Volleyball, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, there were 34.1 million players in the U.S. in 1998.

 



Orthotics Q&A »

A Closer Look At Orthotic Technologies And Modifications

Guest Clinical Editor: Lawrence Huppin, DPM | 9545 reads | 0 comments

   The development of new materials and technologies has had an impact on orthotics and biomechanics. These expert panelists discuss the technologies they have found helpful. In particular, they assess the impact of pressure analysis and how it can influence the writing of effective orthotic prescriptions. They also discuss common orthotic modifications and which orthotic materials they use in their practices.

   Q: How have new materials and technology changed the state of podiatric biomechanics and orthotic therapy?

   A: Russell Vol



Technology In Practice »

HealthiBetic Cream: Can It Improve Circulation In Diabetic Feet?

By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor | 9870 reads | 0 comments

   There is an array of foot creams on the market to treat patients with diabetes and neuropathy, some of which work better than others. HealthiBetic Foot Cream is one product that appears to be successful in reducing symptoms in patients, according to podiatrists who have prescribed the medication.

   HealthiBetic’s patented Transdermal L-Arginine cream, which was developed specifically for people with diabetes, increases foot temperature 5º to 8ºF and improves blood flow 33 to 35 percent, states the cream’s manufacturer, Strategic Science and Technologi



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Redefining Biomechanics Of The Foot And Ankle

By Christopher Nester, BSc (Hons), PhD, Andrew Findlow, BSc (Hons), Anmin Liu, BSc (Hons), Erin Ward, DPM, and Jay Cocheba, DPM | 23319 reads | 0 comments

   When it comes to the load-bearing joints of the lower limb, the foot is the least understood. This stems from the fact that its size is a major barrier to quality scientific investigation but is also partly due to the the misconception that its function is simple. While we may believe we know a great deal about the biomechanics of the foot and ankle, in reality, it is relatively uncharted territory compared to the knee and hip.

   The foot is far from simple as it comprises hundreds of different ligaments and bony structures and scores of articulations. Its



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