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  • November 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 11
    Molded cleats often have the rearfoot studs placed closer together on the heel. Turf shoes have a much wider base of support and ground contact, which enhances stability.
    By Christopher R. Corwin, DPM, MS, and David C. Erfle, DPM
    38,389 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
        Americans of all ages are participating in athletic activities, including football, at a higher level than ever before. Unfortunately, this also leads to an increased incidence of injury. Heel pain is a common complaint among athletes. It can be particularly disabling and result in a loss of playing time.     Heel pain comes in many forms: plantar fasciitis, Baxter’s neuritis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, calcaneal apophysitis, Achilles te... continue reading
    By Dave Nielson, DPM, FAPWCA and Guy Pupp, DPM, FACFAS
    10,669 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         While the concept of infections has been studied for many years, our current understanding of infections is based upon studies and observations of planktonic bacteria. This is free floating bacteria that cause diseases such as pneumonia, sepsis, urinary tract infections, gas gangrene and many other examples. These types of infections often respond well to antibiotics and resolve without recurrence.      However, there are several infections that occur out of the typical sequence of planktonic bacterial infections. These infections occur postoperatively aft... continue reading
    By Stephen L. Barrett, DPM, MBA, CWS
    35,345 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
        It is universally accepted that the most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis.1 In this same vein, there is a widespread perception that plantar fasciitis is often easily treated with whatever eclectic “recipe” an individual has developed.     Interestingly, even our present use of the term “fasciitis” is erroneous, not to mention that there is a huge gap between our general understanding and what basic medical science demonstrates in regard to our clinical understanding and treatment of plantar fasciitis. There have been rec... continue reading
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    26,056 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         Treating puncture wounds in the lower extremity can be challenging, especially given the potential for retained foreign bodies. In the first part of a discussion, our expert panelists discuss appropriate workup and diagnostic studies for such wounds, offer their perspectives on imaging modalities, and impart a few helpful surgical pearls.      Q: What are your general workup/diagnostic studies for a plantar foot puncture wound?      A: Molly Judge, DPM emphasizes obtaining a thorough medical history as well as a very concise accou... continue reading
    Here one can see the location of the incision, which is just distal to the plantar fat pad.
    By Lawrence Karlock, DPM, FACFAS,and Dan Kirk, DPM
    47,986 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
        Heel pain is obviously one of the most common complaints we see in podiatric office. The causes of heel pain are varied and include tarsal tunnel syndrome, Baxter’s neuritis, calcaneal stress fracture and spondyloarthropathies, just to name a few. For the majority of these patients, the diagnosis is plantar fasciitis.     Many of these patients will get better with conservative care, which includes stretching, orthotic devices and steroid injections. Those who still have pain may find relief with extracorporeal shockwave therapy. Patients who still d... continue reading
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM
    119,306 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         The past several “Treatment Dilemmas” columns have dealt with the treatment of chronic ankle pain subsequent to an ankle sprain (see page 92, July issue and page 88, September issue). We have dealt with the actual ligament injury and its repair, treatment of peroneal tendon injuries and also conservative care of ankle injuries. We will now discuss the final common problem, which involves the treatment options for osteochondral lesions of the talus.      An osteochondral lesion is an injury or small fracture of the cartilage surface of the talus. Ther... continue reading
    This photo shows a plantar plate rupture of the second metatarsophalangeal joint.
    By John Tassone Jr., DPM
    13,770 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
        Throughout the previous three decades, technological advances paved the way for the use of sonography in diagnosing and assessing musculoskeletal pathology. Continued innovations in this arena have led to affordable portable units that enable private office practitioners to utilize ultrasonography. Use of these units has grown over the last five years, especially in rheumatology. In fact, one leading ultrasound company has turned all of its advertising attention from the podiatry profession to rheumatology. However, podiatry still remains a formidable market for the portable... continue reading

    4,543 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Patients come in many sizes and may need different sizes of bunion relief.       The new Comfort Gel Skin™ comes in four different models with various gel thicknesses and options for covers, according to the manufacturer Gel Smart. The sleeves available are the 5 mm Comfort Bunion Relief Pad and the 3 mm Dress Bunion Relief Pad.       The company says the product combines flexibility with specialized textiles, which move with and conform to the gels. The gels add thickness while maintaining pliability and stretch for comfort, according... continue reading
    Here one can see a periostitis. The authors suggest that mechanically-induced subcalcaneal pain should be the term for the symptomatology arising from a particular pathomechanics that produces a periostitis of the medial tubercule of the calcaneal tuberos
    By Paul R. Scherer, DPM, and Lori L. Waters, BSc, BEd
    15,204 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
        Given the abundance of articles written about heel pain and plantar fasciitis, practitioners may wonder whether there is anything new to learn. The prevalence of this condition accounts for the amount of press that it gets, both in the medical community and in the news, but are all the articles and studies discussing the same thing? The numerous opinions and conflicting data may indicate that heel pain is more complicated than people realize. Perhaps some variable has been omitted in the research that contributes to the conflicting outcomes.     Many ter... continue reading
    By David Edward Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP, and Hope Rachel Hetico, RN, MHA, CMP
    7,323 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         Accounts receivable (A/R) represent free cash flow that is the lifeblood of any medical practice. Staying on top of A/R enables a practice to pay the bills, take care of office payroll and satisfy operational obligations. In the reimbursement climate that exists today, it is not unusual for A/R to represent 75 percent of a hospital’s investments in current assets. For podiatrists, it is not unusual for 30 percent or more of all office A/R to be more than 120 days old.      A feature of A/Rs that makes them unique is the settlement for less than billed... continue reading