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  • June 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 6
    By David Levine, DPM, CPed
    17,446 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    Everyone pronates and everyone supinates. It is a matter of how much and when each occurs that determines whether lower extremity problems will occur. Shoe companies have marketed their products based on the words “pronation” and “supination.” They have done such a good job at this that people come into our offices thinking they are either pronators or supinators. As we know, high arched feet can pronate too much just as low arched feet may not pronate enough. Now more than ever before, there is more awareness of orthotic devices as a result of foot-related products becoming availabl ... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    2,789 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    The current paranoid hysteria of our country toward protecting our borders from illegal aliens, mainly those of color, has caused the revisit of an abscess on our national soul. Racial and ethnic slurs and jokes are back. Following the civil rights battles of the 1960s, it became unacceptable to offend racial minorities. We did not have strict laws against racial jokes like other more developed countries such as the Netherlands but insulting jokes or comments seemed to cease. I have a strict rule in my office that racial jokes and ethnic slurs are forbidden. Employees who forget this rule ge ... continue reading
    By Leon Reber, DPM, and Babak Baravarian, DPM
    33,149 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    Yes. After discussing the importance of the plantar plate in facilitating MTPJ stability, this author points out key shortcomings of the flexor tendon transfer and emphasizes the more direct focus of plantar plate repair. By Leon Reber, DPM When it comes to pain below the metatarsal head, clinicians have described this with various names such as predislocation syndrome, monoarticular nontraumatic synovitis, capsulitis or simply metatarsalgia. Although the terminology varies, the one thing they have in common is pressure. Excessive pressure below the metatarsal head is the reason ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    5,409 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    The variety of classification systems for lower extremity wounds is stunning. There is the popular Wagner Ulcer Classification System, the University of Texas (UT) Diabetic Wound Classification System, the National Pressure Ulcer System, the PEDIS classification from the International Working Group for the Diabetic Foot and diabetic foot infection guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) among other classification schemes. In a guest column for our “Diabetes Watch” column (see page 20), Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, discusses some of these classification systems an ... continue reading
    By Jesse B. Burks, DPM, FACFAS
    6,094 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    Nonunions can be a troubling condition for both the patient and the podiatric physician. Failed unions can result from a host of factors arising from the patient, surgeon or both. In many surgical cases, one primary cause is difficult to identify and the end result may actually result from a combination of various etiologies. As with any surgical complication, it is important to emphasize preventive efforts. However, even with diligent efforts, a nonunion may still occur. In my opinion, there are three different perspectives that dictate how one should treat. There is the academic perspecti ... continue reading
    Here one can see a mini-arthrotomy ankle fusion with Therics beta tricalcium sulfate as the bone graft. (Photo courtesy of Luis Leal, DPM)
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    8,851 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    Can a combination of two procedures yield positive results for patients with hallux rigidus? A recent study, presented as an abstract at the annual meeting of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), notes increased function and decreased pain in patients who underwent a combination of a hemi-implant arthroplasty with a decompressional osteotomy. As part of the study, 11 patients with hallux rigidus underwent the combination of surgical procedures. Patients had either grade III or IV hallux rigidus, less than 20 degrees of first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) dorsiflexion, an... continue reading
    By Robert J. Smith, Contributing Editor
    6,847 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    What is more nerve wracking than hiring people to staff your practice? Tightrope walking might qualify but more often than not, there is a net below to catch you if you take a wrong step. Jumping out of an airplane also comes to mind but you would usually have a parachute that should keep you from really hurting yourself. Indeed, hiring can be more intimidating or worrisome than either of those things partly because there are no safety measures that keep you from danger after you have brought a person on board. A new employee is live, in person, on your phones, in front of your patients, ... continue reading
    By Kathleen Satterfield, DPM
    40,657 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    There are as many classification systems for wounds as there are clinicians who believe they have developed the proverbial “better mousetrap.” The various wound classification systems include the Wagner classification, the University of Texas scheme, the S(AD) SAD classification, the Red Yellow Black breakdown, which is prominent in the nursing literature, the PEDIS classification and the DEPA Score. ... continue reading
    Here are fire ant bites on the dorsum of the foot. Note the typical circle of stings with two tiny red dots in the center where the jaws were attached.
    By Gary Dockery, DPM, and Stephen Schroeder, DPM
    163,484 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    There are abundant crawling and flying insects that infest, bite and sting humans, particularly on the foot and ankle regions. At this time of the year, people may be particularly susceptible to bites from ants, fleas, ticks and spiders. Other possible problems may include infestations with scabies and stinging insects. There are various types of ants that can inflict different levels of bites and stings. The three main stinging and biting ants are fire, harvester and pharaoh ants. The fire ant is common in the southeastern United States and Caribbean islands. Its sting causes immediat... continue reading
    By Kevin McDonald, DPM
    17,069 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    When I was in podiatry school 20-something years ago, there was a podiatrist on the faculty who was very impressive to me. He wore stylish clothes, drove a Mercedes convertible and took vacations to Australia. One day, I asked him: “What does it take to have a successful career as a podiatrist?” The doctor looked me square in the eye and said “Son, it only takes two things to be a successful podiatrist. One, you have to have a touch of gray hair so that you look experienced. Two, you need to have a couple of hemorrhoids so you look … concerned.” I did not want to wait for the gray ... continue reading