Volume 21 - Issue 8 - August 2008

Sports Medicine »

Does Arch Height Affect Athletic Ability?

By Oghale Eleyae, DPM | 16146 reads | 0 comments

     Among all the things that I learned during my sports medicine fellowship at the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, I became fascinated by one particular phenomenon. There seems to be a relationship between foot type and specific sporting events. After close observation and an ongoing study, I have noticed that athletes with tibia varum, cavus foot type and, sometimes, an in-toe gait tend to excel in sporting events that primarily involve quickness in acceleration, stop and go maneuvers, and cutting.

     Researchers have made correlations betwe

New Products »

New Products

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A Helpful Night Splint

Patients with various types of heel pain may get relief from a new night splint.

     The Exoform® Dorsal Night Splint can be helpful in treating plantar fasciitis and related types of heel pain, according to the product’s manufacturer Ossur.

     The company says the product can address issues that commonly arise with other braces. These issues include a lack of adjustability, pressure points, product migration and rotation.

     Furthermore, Ossur notes the Exoform has a support shell th

Technology In Practice »

New Plate And Screw System May Facilitate Improved Fracture Repair

By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor | 3814 reads | 0 comments

     Foot and ankle surgeons may have yet another option for rearfoot reconstruction. The CalFix™ Calcaneal Plate and Screw System is indicated for fractures and osteotomies of the calcaneus including, but not limited to, extra-articular, intra-articular, joint depression, tongue type and severely comminuted fractures, according to its manufacturer OsteoMed.

     The system features titanium alloy screws, either locking or non-locking, and titanium plates in lengths of 56 mm, 65 mm and 74 mm with a thickness of 1.0 mm at the webs to 1.4 mm at the screw holes.

News and Trends »

Are Podiatrists Really Using EMR?

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 6947 reads | 0 comments

Given the potential benefits of quicker reimbursement and improved productivity, and the need to ensure HIPAA compliance, you would think electronic medical records (EMR) would be in place in the majority of physician practices. How many doctors are actually using the EMR Systems in the office?
Not many, according to a recently published survey in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

Feature »

The Top Ten Innovations In Podiatric Care

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 18342 reads | 0 comments

In the annual roundup of emerging advances in podiatry, this author talks to podiatrists to get their thoughts about new surgical devices, vascular assessment tools and intriguing diagnostic innovations.

     Advances in technology have the potential to reshape and redefine commonly held thought processes and practices in podiatry. This year’s list includes a quicker option for assessing microvascular flow, an ankle arthrodesis locking plate and a diagnostic device that may facilitate earlier recognition of lower extremity melanomas.

     With that said,

Feature »

A Guide To First MPJ Head Resurfacing

By Bora Rhim, DPM | 22369 reads | 0 comments

     Hallux rigidus of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) is the most common form of osteoarthritis of the foot.1 Hallux rigidus is defined as a progressive arthritic process of the first MPJ that causes pain, stiffness and enlargement of the joint.1

     There are numerous surgical procedures to help address the pain and stiffness of this joint. These procedures include cheilectomy, osteotomies, resection arthroplasty, interpositional arthroplasty, hemiarthroplasty, total joint arthroplasty and arthrodesis.


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