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  • January 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 1
    By D. Scot Malay, DPM, MSCE
    189,502 reads | 2 comments | 01/03/06
       Injuries involving the toe nail bed and adjacent tissues are very common. Acute injuries to these structures are frequently caused by dropping a heavy object on the toe or by stubbing the toe into a solid object. Less common mechanisms of acute injury include nail bed lacerations and puncture wounds. Chronic nail trauma is usually caused by repetitive mechanical pressure associated with hammertoe or claw toe deformities aggravated by weightbearing and shoe gear contact. This can also lead to toe nail and bed hyperkeratosis and nail plate dystrophy.    Failu ... continue reading
    By John T. Hester, DPM, MSPT
    138,294 reads | 3 comments | 01/03/06
       Tibial stress injuries have become an increasingly frequent reason for visits to sports medicine offices and clinics over the past decade. Unfortunately, these patients often leave the office with a diagnosis of shin splints. This nonspecific “diagnosis” has little clinical usefulness in light of the present day understanding of exercise-induced leg pain and, specifically, tibial stress injuries. The term “shin splints” merely describes a symptom of tibial stress injury and has little clinical or diagnostic value.    Researchers have proposed many ... continue reading