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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • October 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 10
    By Ronald Sage, DPM
    24,284 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       In spite of efforts to control diabetes and improve limb salvage rates, the number of diabetes-related amputations continues to rise in the United States. Over 80,000 amputations are performed each year, with approximately one-half being partial foot procedures and one-half being transtibial or higher amputations.1 By evaluating and identifying patients at risk for amputation, podiatrists may initiate simple, preventive interventions that can help lower these dismal statistics.    Patients with diabetes suffer from macrovascular and microvascular ... continue reading
    This chart shows the motion of the talus relative to the tibia during simulated walking cadaver experiments. Positive angles are plantarflexion, inversion and adduction. Data (frames) is for stance phase between heel strike and just prior to toe off.
    By Christopher Nester, BSc (Hons), PhD, Andrew Findlow, BSc (Hons), Anmin Liu, BSc (Hons), Erin Ward, DPM, and Jay Cocheba, DPM
    24,013 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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 ... continue reading
    Here one can see an acute ankle injury. Once one has ruled out a fracture, acute or chronic lateral ankle injuries represent a diagnostic challenge.
    By Remy Ardizzone, DPM, and Ronald L. Valmassy, DPM
    90,858 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    Gerard V. Yu, DPM
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    3,316 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    Nicholas Romansky, DPM, recommends having more podiatrists at event sites at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    3,669 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    Here one can see modified last construction. Note the natural curve to the shape of the shoe.
    By Peter Wilusz, DPM
    23,384 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    26,233 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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
    It is generally recognized in the medical community that podiatrists are unsurpassed at providing lower extremity care for the diabetic population. Shoes play a very important role in the management of these patients, according to the author.
    By Douglas Stoker, DPM
    22,119 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    27,804 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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

    6,179 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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