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  • August 2007 | Volume 20 - Issue 8
    These two Tekscan images demonstrate that a specific orthotic device can reduce sub-hallux pressure at heel lift.
    By Paul R. Scherer, DPM
    41,170 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Given the multifaceted nature of hallux limitus, having a strong understanding of the subject is vital for anyone who treats the feet. Indeed, hallux limitus is part of the discussion for a variety of conditions including hallux rigidus, hallux valgus, first MPJ arthritis, osteochondritis and first ray hypermobility. There are countless treatment solutions for hallux limitus depending on the nature of the pathology.Can one make any sense of the variety of topics related to hallux limitus? Is there a common ancestor to this pathology? If we know more about hallux limitus, is there a... continue reading
    By G. “Dock” Dockery, DPM, FACFAS
    267,398 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    It is late in the summer when a 29-year-old Caucasian female, employed as a medical assistant in your foot and ankle clinic, presents with a two-day history of red spots on her feet. The red spots became small fluid-filled vesicles, which are present mostly on the soles. She says she has broken one of the small vesicles and it expressed a clear fluid. The lesions are causing mild discomfort but are not very pruritic. Otherwise, she feels a little fatigued and reports a slightly elevated oral temperature today. Additionally, she reports a mild headache and a slight sore throat. She ... continue reading
    This oblique X-ray demonstrates displaced fractures of the second, third and fourth metatarsals, and dislocation of the fifth digit.
    By George Gumann, DPM
    10,497 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    As the practice of medicine continues to evolve, new advances are being initiated in the management of lower extremity trauma. These techniques involve a philosophical change regarding surgical approaches as well as technical innovations.The first change constitutes a philosophical departure in technique from the classical AO principles for open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). While traditional AO techniques emphasized obtaining absolute anatomic reduction and rigid internal fixation of fractures, this goal was sometimes complicated by a large incisional approach with signi... continue reading
    Robert Bielski, MD, encourages clinicians to narrow down the differential diagnosis of pediatric equinus by asking about the developmental history.
    Guest Clinical Editor: Edwin Harris, DPM
    15,277 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Pediatric equinus can be a challenging condition to diagnose and treat. With this in mind, these expert panelists discuss the differential diagnosis, the positioning of orthoses to control the condition, and the benefits that various modalities can have in managing the condition.Q: How do you narrow down the differential diagnosis of pediatric equinus?A: Edwin Harris, DPM, cites several possible causes for equinus deformity including: hemiplegic and diplegic cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophies, peripheral neuropathy, spinal cord pathology, acquired contractu... continue reading
    Large exposure is necessary to uncover the entire lesion. A Z-shaped or an S-shaped surgical incision can give complete exposure to the entire plantar fascia for a radical plantar fasciotomy.
    By Matt Sabo, DPM
    352,299 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
    By Kristin K. Titko, DPM
    3,552 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    If there is one thing that I have learned in the past eight years that I did not know in my first six years of practice, it is this: work does not have to be full tilt stress. In the past two years, I have nearly perfected this motto. While I am certain there is still room for improvement, I would like to share some of the changes that allow me to maintain my level of desired profit while minimizing the stress along the way.Let me first warn you that some of what I want to share may be controversial. Some ideas stray far from the commonly accepted ideas of many specialists. They ma... continue reading
    By Mark A. Caselli, DPM
    27,761 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Oftentimes, the performance of a runner is based on foot type. Basically, long distance running requires a neutral foot. Overpronated feet lead to overuse injuries/syndromes.
    By John F. Connors, DPM, and Ana J. Sanz, DPM
    16,583 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    To have a successful sports medicine practice, it is crucial to understand not only the foot and ankle but also the knee and hip, and the mechanism of injuries affecting these areas. Having the opportunity to treat and travel with the best runners in the world has forced me to have a stronger understanding of lower extremity biomechanics, the mechanics of running and the injuries associated with running.The knee is the most commonly injured part of the body in runners. Most of these injuries are chronic, overuse type of injuries. Knee injuries are often caused by a failure of the i... continue reading
    By Jack Janov, Esq.
    17,966 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Most podiatrists may never be targeted by a malpractice claim. However, it is prudent to consider preemptive strategies to help reduce the risk of being sued and to minimize your potential exposure.Overall, recent jury verdict data show only slight increases to the median and average jury awards in many states and many medical malpractice cases resolve without the payment of any damages. However, the highest malpractice payouts have increased for the most severely injured patients, according to a Bureau of Justice review of the 2000 and 2004 statistics for Florida, Illinois, Maine,... continue reading
    Here one can see various AmerX Health Care products including the AmeriGel Wound Dressing, which reportedly offers antimicrobial, antifungal, antiinflammatory and autolytic debriding properties.
    By Aaron Becker, Special Projects Editor
    2,622 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    With a wide range of indications, the AmeriGel Wound Dressing can be helpful in treating an array of lower extremity wounds. According to AmerX Health Care, the manufacturer of the wound dressing, the product reduces the healing time of matrixectomies by 20 to 50 percent. AmerX Health Care adds that the dressing has a demonstrated efficacy of 77 percent in wound care applications.The company says the AmeriGel Wound Dressing is the only FDA-approved, antimicrobial hydrogel. According to the company, the dressing is indicated for stage I-IV pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, diab... continue reading