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  • May 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 6
    By Don Green, DPM and Peter S. Kim, DPM
    109,410 reads | 0 comments | 05/03/06
    The etiology of heel pain is quite varied. First described by Wood in 1812, the most common cause is thought to be plantar fasciitis. This is typically marked by focal tenderness to any component of the aponeurosis but most frequently at the proximal medial insertion of the plantar aponeurosis.1 Many symptomatic patients with plantar fasciitis demonstrate plantar heel spurs (traction enthesopathies) of the os calcis. One may best appreciate this shelf of exostosis on the lateral and lateral oblique views of standard radiographic studies.2 On rare occasions, fracture of ... continue reading

    5,018 reads | 0 comments | 05/03/06
    For many patients, stability and cushioning are high on their list of footwear needs. A new shoe may fulfill those needs. The 992 is for the overpronating patient, according to the manufacturer New Balance. The company says the N-Durance® feature provides the cushioning, stability and durability that patients need. In addition, New Balance notes the Encap® provides additional support and cushioning through the polyurethane rim while the Abzorb® SBS absorbs shock at the heel and forefoot. The 992’s C-Cap® midsole is compression molded EVA, ... continue reading
    By Donald Green, DPM, Mitzi Williams, DPM, and Chul Kim, PMS IV
    65,250 reads | 1 comments | 05/03/06
    “Collapsing” pes planovalgus or flexible flatfoot is a complex pedal pathological condition with numerous components. In its most significant form, the condition can lead to significant disabling and an inability to ambulate efficiently. Arthroereisis is a relatively modern surgical technique one may employ for pes planovalgus correction. Arthroereisis is defined as the limitation of exogenous joint motion without complete arthrodesis. This procedure, which involves placing a motion blocking implant within the sinus tarsi, has been designed to restrict excessive subtalar joint (STJ) pron ... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    5,961 reads | 0 comments | 05/03/06
    I used to be humble about podiatry in the company of MDs and DOs. It seemed a necessary part of survival in the medical community. However, this humility has dissolved in recent years. When it comes to medical and surgical care of feet and ankles, we are the best at what we do. There is no need to kiss up to any non-podiatric physicians. I recently attended a medical staff and hospital board leadership conference. I have just finished a two-year term as Chief of Surgery and will assume the job of Board Chairman for our hospital next year. The conference was attended by physicians and leaders ... continue reading
    By Brian Fullem, DPM
    39,463 reads | 0 comments | 05/03/06
    Plantar fasciitis is often inaccurately referred to as “heel spur syndrome.” Clinicians should no longer use this terminology. Most of the time, the presence or absence of a plantar calcaneal spur has no effect on symptoms or treatment. The term fasciitis may also be a misnomer. Lemont studied the pathology of 50 patients who underwent fascial release surgery.1 The findings did not show any evidence of inflammatory cells within the fascia. The common finding was degeneration of the tissue. The inflammation appears to be in the underlying intrinsic musculature so perhaps the corr ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    3,380 reads | 0 comments | 05/03/06
    You wouldn’t think it would take much persuading to convince patients with diabetes to regularly monitor their blood sugar or stay off of a recently treated foot wound given the potentially serious consequences of not doing so. Yet the statistics tell us a different story. In an intriguing, retrospective study published in the February 2005 edition of WOUNDS, researchers found that patient compliance was poor in 79 percent of patients with diabetes that eventually succumbed to amputation. Experts say there are things clinicians can do to identify obstacles to compliance. It starts ... continue reading
    By William Fishco, DPM
    73,336 reads | 1 comments | 05/03/06
    Arthrodesis of the great toe joint has been described for the repair of just about every problem affecting the great toe joint, including hallux valgus, hallux varus, hallux limitus/rigidus, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and salvage of failed surgeries of the first ray. Many foot surgeons view the great toe joint fusion as a salvage procedure and will not consider it for primary repair of hallux valgus or hallux rigidus. One of the reasons for doing any type of fusion surgery is to stabilize an unstable or hypermobile joint. With that said, the great toe joint fusion can be benefi ... continue reading
    By Lawrence DiDomenico, DPM
    23,639 reads | 0 comments | 05/03/06
    Podiatric surgeons commonly perform an extraarticular calcaneal osteotomy on hindfoot deformities of the foot and ankle.1 One would typically perform this powerful osteotomy in conjunction with other procedures. Complications with the percutaneous calcaneal displacement osteotomy are rare.2-4 This is in contrast to the customary lateral approach of a calcaneal osteotomy as the surgeon may see complications that include wound dehiscence, sural nerve damage, sural neuritis, delayed union, non-union, infection and invasion of the medial neurovascular structures.2-6 ... continue reading
    By Bradley W. Bakotic, DPM, DO
    19,467 reads | 0 comments | 05/03/06
    The recognition and characterization of soft tissue tumors is central to the practice of podiatric medicine. In many instances, clinicians of the lower extremity serve as the frontline physicians when it comes to the identification of such tumors. Given the inverse relationship between the amount of time prior to diagnosis and patient survival rates, the role of podiatrists may be of paramount importance. Depending upon one’s depth of experience and comfort level, some clinicians might limit their role to clinical recognition and ordering preliminary imaging studies. Others may go a step ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    8,920 reads | 0 comments | 05/03/06
    Various classification systems categorize diabetic wounds and infections. One system, devised in 2003, categorizes different levels of non-vascular diabetic foot surgery. How effective is such a system? A recent study, the first to evaluate the system’s effectiveness, suggests including various risk factors in the system may better predict surgical complications. The study, presented as an abstract at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting, evaluates the classification system’s four categories: elective, prophylactic, curative and emergency surgery. Res ... continue reading