Volume 20 - Issue 12 - December 2007

Technology In Practice »

Can A Comprehensive AFO Offer Superior Compliance?

By Aaron Becker, Special Projects Editor | 3602 reads | 0 comments

Emerging as a custom gauntlet-type ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) with wide-reaching indications, the ProLab Orthotics Custom Gauntlet AFO reportedly offers non-surgical stabilization of the rearfoot and ankle in all three planes. Jonathan Kreger, DPM, attests he uses the Gauntlet AFO for conditions beyond the manufacturer’s recommended indications with very positive results.

“Compliance with the Stabilizer AFO is excellent and much better than with standard polypropylene ankle and foot orthoses or other braces,” maintains Dr. Kreger.

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Forum »

Why We Are Training The Next Generation The Right Way

By John H. McCord, DPM | 2967 reads | 0 comments

My partner and I recently had the pleasure of having a fourth-year podiatry student assist with surgery for a displaced ankle fracture. This was a young man who accompanied his grandmother to our office about four years ago. He let us know that he was finished with his bachelor’s degree in biology and was applying to several medical schools. He seemed interested in our work so I invited him to spend a day with us in the clinic.

Four years ago, he spent several days observing us in our daily office work and a few days in surgery. Now he is on the verge of completing podiatry



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Current Concepts In Ankle Arthroscopy

By Catherine Cheung, DPM | 25378 reads | 0 comments

   Ankle arthroscopy is an extremely useful skill for a foot and ankle surgeon. Foot and ankle surgeons use ankle arthroscopies to treat a variety of problems, including osteochondral defects, loose osteochondral fragments, ankle impingement, post-traumatic fibrous bands, synovitis and ligamentous/capsular injuries.

   Ankle arthroscopy has several advantages over an open ankle procedure. The surgery is minimally invasive and has a low complication rate. One can perform this on an outpatient basis and it facilitates a relatively easy postoperative recovery per



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Understanding The Benefits Of Electrical Bone Stimulation

By Glenn Weinraub, DPM, FACFAS | 12650 reads | 0 comments

Approximately 6 million extremity fractures occur in the United States each year. Five to 10 percent of these fractures will go on to delayed or nonunion. In regard to lost wages and additional treatment for delayed and nonunions, this translates into an annual economic loss to the United States of $3 to $6 billion.

One of the vexing and controversial issues related to the use of electric bone stimulation regards the actual definition of when a delayed or a nonunion occurs. The historic definition of a nonunion by the FDA was that of osseous discontinuity of nine months’



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A Closer Look At Homeopathic Modalities For Joint Pain

By John Hahn, DPM, ND | 16064 reads | 0 comments

Podiatric physicians and surgeons have a wide array of modalities to choose from when it comes to the treatment of chronic joint disease and the pain related to these conditions. These modalities include oral analgesics that are opioid-based, nonsteroidal antiinflammatories (NSAIDs) and various forms of glucocorticoids that patients can take both orally and in injection form. There are also various forms of injectable hyaluronic acid to rehydrate and cushion the joint.

Due to the chronic nature of the disease involving the joints, efficacy and side effects are important considerati



Continuing Education »

How To Address Lower Extremity Tendon Injuries

By William Fishco, DPM | 3032 reads | 0 comments

Please click here for the full Continuing Medical Education article:

http://www.naccme.com/program/n-129/

Given that many patients will present with tendon-related pain, this author offers key diagnostic tips, insights on conservative treatment and pearls on appropriate surgical options.



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