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  • April 2002 | Volume 15 - Issue 4

    23,395 reads | 0 comments | 04/03/02
    Muscle strength testing is not always part of a standard podiatric biomechanical evaluation. Unfortunately, muscular weakness can often influence function and, if undetected, can lead to chronic pain in the joints which the weakened muscles support. There are several reasons for muscular weakness, but the most common cause is chronic inhibition signaling from the CNS. Since motor signals to muscles normally cycle between facilitation (excitation) and inhibition, an alteration in this signaling can often cause chronic inhibition and subsequent pain. With this in mind, our expert panelists offe ... continue reading
    When there is a talipes calcaneal valgus deformity (as seen above), it will typically result in a delayed onset in ambulation.
    By Ronald L. Valmassy, DPM
    27,704 reads | 0 comments | 04/03/02
    In order to treat lower extremity pediatric problems, it is essential to have a sound knowledge of the normal and abnormal development of the child’s lower extremities. As structural and positional developmental changes take place in a dynamic and continuous fashion, you must have a strong grasp of when and how the changes occur during normal maturation. Once you become comfortable with this knowledge, you can successfully diagnose and treat pediatric lower extremity gait abnormalities. As many have stated, the early years of development represent the golden years of treatment when you ma... continue reading