ESWT For Plantar Fasciitis: What Do The Long-Term Results Reveal?

Lowell Weil, Jr., DPM, MBA | 70,051 reads | 3 comments | 10/21/2011

Offering a closer look at the role of extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) in the armamentarium for chronic plantar fasciitis, this author reviews long-term research from randomized controlled trials, offers a compelling case study and assesses the cost-effectiveness of ESWT in comparison to surgical alternatives.

Can Diagnostic Ultrasound Help Us Break Free From Conservative Dogma About Plantar Fasciitis?

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS | 4,136 reads | 0 comments | 11/16/2011

Have you been thinking about the histological composition of plantar fascia lately? It haunts me every clinic day. Why? It’s because we know so much about it. Yet professionally, we have not integrated this knowledge fully, not even fractionally in the clinical arena like I know we can.

Preventing Complications Of Plantar Plate Repair

Erin E. Klein, DPM, MS, FACFAS and Lowell Weil, Jr., DPM, FACFAS | 1,551 reads | 0 comments | 08/23/2017

Sharing insights from their experience as well as the emerging literature on plantar plate surgery, these authors examine current controversies over the alleged association between second metatarsal length and plantar plate pathology, review the benefits of the dorsal approach and offer step-by-step pearls to help thwart potential complications.

Covering Plantar Wounds With An Abductor Digiti Minimi Muscle Flap

Jayson N. Atves, DPM, CO, Tammer Elmarsafi, DPM, MBBCh, Christopher E. Attinger, MD, and John S. Steinberg, DPM, FACFAS | 1,773 reads | 0 comments | 04/28/2017

These authors discuss using the abductor digiti minimi muscle flap to help facilitate limb salvage in a 63-year-old patient with Charcot neuroarthopathy and a diabetic plantar ulcer.

Plantar Intrinsics: Important Or Useless Muscles Of The Foot?

Kevin A. Kirby, DPM | 2,207 reads | 0 comments | 11/23/2016

We often think the plantar intrinsic muscles of the foot are relatively unimportant muscles of the foot and lower extremity. Researchers have largely ignored these muscles over the past century.

Diagnosing A Possible Plantar Plate Tear In A Dancer

Richard Blake DPM | 1,653 reads | 0 comments | 02/15/2017

I recently got an email from a tap dancer who rehearses weekly for about two hours twice a week. She has been tap dancing since age 2 and has never been injured as a dancer.

This past November she attended a tap workshop in which she was dancing pretty much nonstop for six hours straight for two consecutive days. By the last class of the second day, she had some pain in the ball of her foot but chalked that up as normal for the amount of pounding her feet had taken, and didn't think much of it.

Can Peak Plantar Shear Help Predict Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

Brian McCurdy, Managing Editor | 2,233 reads | 0 comments | 02/23/2017

Understanding The Biomechanics Of Plantar Plate Injuries

Kevin A. Kirby, DPM | 6,964 reads | 0 comments | 03/21/2017

Given the common incidence of plantar plate injuries and the complications that can arise from more severe tears, this author offers a comprehensive guide to the biomechanics inherent to the plantar plate as a foundation for effective treatment of related injuries. 

Addressing Plantar Pressure Analysis In The Athlete

Bruce Williams, DPM | 2,837 reads | 0 comments | 12/20/2016

Plantar pressure analysis can be beneficial in enhancing the diagnosis of common injuries in athletes. Accordingly, this author explores the full potential of pressure mapping systems and how related technologies like video analysis and inertial measurement units can enhance the data of pressure mapping.

When A Plantar Verruca Invades The Tissue Under A Nail Plate

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS | 602 reads | 0 comments | 10/09/2017