Volume 21 - Issue 8 - August 2008

Sports Medicine »

Does Arch Height Affect Athletic Ability?

By Oghale Eleyae, DPM | 16136 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 | 3813 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 | 6944 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).

Forum »

Going The Extra Mile For Extra Patients

By John H. McCord, DPM | 2307 reads | 0 comments

     While the majority of my podiatry practice occurs in my clinic between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., there are activities I call extras. These are professional services that occur after hours, on weekends or sometimes in conflict with the office hours.

     The past week was full of extras. My cell phone/pager started humming and playing a Bach fugue Tuesday morning. It was a nurse from the OB department announcing that a baby boy, born 30 minutes earlier, had bilateral club feet. I like to start care within the first hour so I grabbed some casting material and heade

Letters »

Raising Questions On 'Planal Dominance' Article

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     I quickly scanned the article, “What You Should Know About Planal Dominance And Pronated Feet” (see page 52 in the June issue). I find it hard to believe there is no mention of forefoot supinatus as the key radiographic finding for the frontal plane component of flexible flatfoot. There is a mention of a positive Helbing’s sign. In my opinion, basing your treatment on the presence of a positive Helbing’s sign is irresponsible.

— Matthew DeMore III,
Assistant Professor
Chairman, Department of Surgery
Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine