Volume 18 - Issue 12 - December 2005

Orthotics Q&A »

Pertinent Pearls On Orthotic Adjustments And Casting

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   Given the nuances of making adjustments to orthotic prescriptions, our expert panelists discuss their approaches in using adjustments such as first ray cutouts and metatarsal pads, and the tools necessary for making modifications. They also discuss which adjustments they will make themselves and which ones they will send out to an orthotics lab. Without further delay, here is what they had to say.

   Q: How do you incorporate footwear when determining appropriate orthotic prescriptions?

   A: Ideally, Howard Horowitz, DPM, says one s



Sports Medicine »

Inside Insights For Tackling Football Injuries

By Mark A. Caselli, DPM | 15097 reads | 0 comments

   Few would argue that football is one of the most popular sports in the United States. There are an estimated 1.5 million high school and junior high school players, and 75,000 college and university athletes who play the sport. Football also has one of the highest injury rates among high school sports. The number of football-related injuries is estimated at 600,000 per year.

   The care of football injuries occupies a unique place in sports medicine in the United States. Given the relatively small number of games in each season and the potential for college



New Products »

New Products

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One Gel, Many Uses

   Are your patients looking for a multiple product package that offers numerous benefits and more convenience? Look no further than the All Gel Care Kit, which combines several gel foot care products from Silipos in one kit. The company says this packaging facilitates easy dispensing in the office.

   Silipos says the gel products protect patients against shear forces and friction, and also release a mineral oil to condition and moisturize feet.

   The All Gel Care Kit complements the original Digi



Feature »

A New Solution For The Arthritic Ankle

By George R. Vito, DPM, Floyd L. Pacheco, Jr., DPM, Charles Southerland, DPM, Edgardo Rodriguez, DPM, and Shannon Thompson, DPM | 27080 reads | 0 comments

   Arthritis of the ankle can be a painful and disabling condition. Clinicians can effectively treat mild or moderate arthritis with conservative therapies and joint preserving surgical procedures.1-5 Advanced cases that do not respond to more conservative measures require aggressive surgery. Traditional procedures for severe ankle arthritis pain include ankle arthrodesis and arthroplasty with implant. These are lengthy, usually invasive procedures that can successfully treat severe ankle arthritis but they also have some serious surgical risks.

   R



Feature »

Current Concepts In Performing Matrixectomies

By Alexander Reyzelman, DPM | 67854 reads | 3 comments

   Ingrown toenails are one of the most common presenting pedal foot maladies with an estimated 20 percent of those who present seeking foot care for this problem.1,2 Chemical matrixectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures podiatrists perform. Although the technique for the matrixectomy procedure is fairly simple and straightforward, there are many modifications to the procedure and there are controversial issues including the use of adjunctive antibiotics and postoperative care.

   In order to understand the evolution of the procedure, o



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Pertinent Insights For Preoperative H&Ps

By Martin C. Yorath, DPM | 9716 reads | 0 comments

   It is important to appreciate where the preoperative history and physical examination fits into the overall patient history and physical (H&P) hierarchy. As noted in the previous article (see “Why Complete H&Ps Should Be More Common In Podiatry,” page 56, September issue), the preoperative history and physical examination are essential for screening patients and assessing possible surgical risks.

   After evaluating these findings, podiatric physicians can make decisions regarding their patients’ suitability and stability to undergo a planned foot or



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