Volume 20 - Issue 12 - December 2007

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Current Concepts In Ankle Arthroscopy

By Catherine Cheung, DPM | 25324 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 | 12633 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 | 16045 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 | 3030 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.



News and Trends »

Do Runners Get What They Pay For With Expensive Shoes?

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 8812 reads | 0 comments

When choosing a pair of running shoes, consumers have a wide range of choices with a number of models available in different price ranges. Does buying a more expensive running shoe necessarily translate into getting a better quality shoe? A recent study suggests there may not be that much difference in cushioning between inexpensive and more expensive shoes.

The study, which was recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, compared a total of nine pairs of men’s running shoes from three different manufacturers. Researchers compared low-priced shoes (&poun



Diabetes Watch »

A Guide To Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy For Diabetic Foot Wounds

By Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS; Clinical Editor: John S. Steinberg, DPM | 22394 reads | 0 comments

   Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) chambers are currently located in over 750 facilities in the United States. New wound care centers are opening monthly across the country and most incorporate HBO chambers. Which foot and ankle conditions benefit from HBO treatment? Does clinical evidence support HBO treatments?

   Patients undergoing HBO therapy enter a chamber filled with 100 percent oxygen atmosphere pressurized to 2.0 to 2.5 ATA (atmospheric pressure absolute), which is equivalent to the pressure 33 to 48 feet below sea level. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment



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