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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • October 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 10
    By Remy Ardizzone, DPM, and Ronald L. Valmassy, DPM
    92,719 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/05
       The initial presentation of an acute lateral ankle injury may be deceptive. What appears to be a simple ankle sprain may represent a fracture of the ankle or hindfoot. A tendon or impingement-type injury may not present until later in the healing process. One may not be able to appreciate other intraarticular injuries without advanced imaging studies. Nerve injuries may offer the greatest diagnostic challenges of all (see “A Guide To Differential Diagnosis Of Inversion Ankle Injuries” below).    The ankle is the most common joint injured in sports and an ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    3,415 reads | 1 comments | 10/03/05
       As we were putting last month’s issue to bed, we received the stunningly sad news about the sudden passing of Gerard V. Yu, DPM, due to a heart attack. A leading educator and ambassador for the podiatry profession, Dr. Yu was an active member of our Editorial Advisory Board for the past three years. Dr. Yu was a dynamic presence whose generous spirit, good humor and compassion will leave a lasting legacy.     “Surgical successes and unraveling clinical complications have always been things that I attribute to having trained and worked with (Dr. Yu),” ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    3,753 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/05
       Officials of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are already in the midst of planning for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In order to facilitate improved treatment for athletic injuries, they recently sought out the suggestions of a United States podiatrist who treated athletes at the Athens Olympiad last year. Nicholas Romansky, DPM, who headed up the U.S. podiatry contingent at the 2004 Olympics, spoke recently to the IOC regarding his clinical experiences and made suggestions for the next games.    Dr. Romansky reviewed injury trends, noted how the c ... continue reading
    By Peter Wilusz, DPM
    23,756 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/05
       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 ... continue reading
    By William D. Fishco, DPM, and Lawrence Ford, DPM
    26,633 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/05
    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 ... continue reading
    By Douglas Stoker, DPM
    22,630 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/05
       One of the first patients I saw when I started practice many years ago was a diabetic patient who presented with medial ulcerations on both great toes. I aggressively treated the ulcerations and offloaded the toes. After the lesions had healed, I triumphantly told the patient she could go back to wearing her regular shoes.    Two weeks later, she returned to the office with the ulcers back in full bloom. As I should have done earlier, I had a discussion with the patient about shoes and found out she was wearing the same shoes she had worn for many years and ... continue reading
    By Mark A. Caselli, DPM
    28,418 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/05
       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.   ... continue reading

    6,289 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/05
    Protecting Diabetic Feet    Patients with diabetes now have two new options when it comes to protective footwear.    The T1230 and T1220 are the latest additions to the Ambulator Stretcher footwear series manufactured by Aetrex Worldwide. The shoes provide comfort and protection for patients who are diabetic or arthritic, and the shoes can accommodate a variety of foot injuries or conditions, according to the company.    Aetrex says the shoes feature high toe boxes, seamless spandex uppers and a removable depth of a half inch. The c ... continue reading
    Guest Clinical Editor: Lawrence Huppin, DPM
    10,224 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/05
       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 ... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    2,799 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/05
       I entered a room in the bowels of the hospital marked “administrative conference room.” It was 7 a.m. on a Friday. I usually have a cup of coffee and read a book at that hour. There was a coffee pot and some bagels but the reading material was patient charts stacked at one end of the table.    All physicians are invited to participate in chart review but it is a tedious and often unpleasant task generally known as peer review. Three of us showed up on this day. One was a young OB-GYN who has been with us for a year. One was a urologist who has been here ... continue reading