Volume 19 - Issue 9 - September 2006

Treatment Dilemmas »

Persistent Pain After Ankle Sprain: Is A Peroneal Tendon Injury The Cause?

By Babak Baravarian, DPM | 127849 reads | 0 comments

   In a follow-up to the last column (see “A Guide To Treating Ankle Sprains From Start To Finish, pg. 92, June issue), I would like to discuss common secondary injuries that often occur in relation to ankle injuries, especially sprains. One of the most common and often misdiagnosed secondary complications of ankle sprains is a tear or injury to the peroneal tendon(s).

   Since the tendons are in such close proximity to the lateral ankle and the lateral ankle is most often injured during a sprain, there is a tendency to perceive the two painful regions as on



New Products »

New Products

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Get Closure On Wounds

A new primary wound closure product may offer your patients comfort and a good cosmetic appearance.

     The Steri-Strip S Surgical Skin Closure can be helpful in managing low-tension lacerations and surgical incisions, according to the product’s manufacturer 3M. The company cites a recent study that demonstrated that closure of surgical wounds with the non-invasive device was two minutes shorter than with simple running sutures.

     Steri-Strip is made of soft polyurethane pads and interlaced polyest



Technology In Practice »

New AFO Device Offers Enhanced Customization And Multiple Indications

By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor | 3396 reads | 0 comments

     Earning raves from podiatrists, the Total Control Orthosis (TCO) Active offers a variety of features, facilitates easy customization and one can utilize the device for a variety of podiatric indications.

     According to Langer, the manufacturer of the device, podiatrists can use the TCO Active to help treat common conditions such as mild posterior tibial tendon dysfunction and chronic ankle instability as well as dropfoot and high ankle sprains.

     Langer says the TCO Active is a hydrostatic, custom ankle foot orthosis (AFO) that faci



Forum »

When It Is Time To Set Life On Cruise Control

By John H. McCord, DPM | 2710 reads | 0 comments

     I am taking another short break from podiatry, the job I love. Being a small town DPM provides lots of perks but it can also drive a person nuts.

     Last Thursday was the day from hell. It started with two difficult surgeries. One was a lady with hallux valgus who was in for her third operation. The first two attempts with me as the surgeon had failed miserably. I asked why she was going to trust me for a third attempt. She told me I knew her expectation better than anyone else. Performing that surgery was like walking the plank.

     T



Editor's Perspective »

Seeing Through The Petty Politics And Recognizing Lasting Contributions

By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor | 1231 reads | 0 comments

     In all walks of life, we see and encounter people with varying levels of ambition. Some folks strive to reach overarching goals and wind up taking on way more than they can handle in the pursuit of a greater good. They lead by example, they are always thinking of how to improve things and wind up investing a significant amount of time toward achieving fundamental changes. These folks are also not afraid to ruffle a few feathers along the way.

     You also see folks I like to call “political climbers.” They are also smart, driven people but tend to be



News and Trends »

News and Trends

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 10121 reads | 0 comments

Are Orthoses Effective Against Plantar Fasciitis In The Long Run?

     Orthoses are an integral part of the podiatric armamentarium to treat plantar fasciitis. However, a recent study calls into question the long-term efficacy of using orthoses to treat the condition.

     The study, which was published in a recent issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at 135 patients with plantar fasciitis, who were randomized to wear either a prefabricated orthosis made of firm foam, a customized orthosis made of semirigid plastic or a sham orth