Key Principles In Reducing Surgical Scars On The Foot

Jodi Schoenhaus Gold DPM | 1,775 reads | 0 comments | 05/03/2017

­­When an artist sits with a blank canvas, the first stroke of the brush sets the trajectory for the outcome of the piece. The same is true when deciding on surgical incision placement. From the start of the case and for the rest of the patient’s life, the incision shapes the path for the entire outcome. 

When A Patient Has Multiple Painful Sores On The Foot

Melissa Chrisman, DPM, and William D. Fishco, DPM, FACFAS | 3,929 reads | 0 comments | 05/19/2017

A 46-year-old female patient presented to the Maricopa Medical Center Emergency Department in Phoenix with the complaint of multiple painful sores on her right foot that drain occasionally. She reported having problems with her foot for the past 11 years. The problems reportedly started with a small lump on the bottom of her foot and eventually spread over the entire foot. She reported burning pain and recent difficulty walking.

Promoting Realistic Expectations For Runners Following Foot Surgery

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS | 468 reads | 0 comments | 07/20/2017

I have had several runners over the past several months present with hallux limitus and surgery was indicated to remove fragments and prevent further joint degradation. Hallux limitus can sometimes present as a slow, debilitating injury in runners. In these cases, it will be painful enough to bring them into your office but not enough to stop them from running.

A Practical Approach To Surgical Management Of Charcot Foot

Brittany E. Mayer, DPM, and Jacob Wynes, DPM, MS, FACFAS | 1,119 reads | 0 comments | 08/21/2017

Despite its existence in the medical literature since 1703, Charcot neuroarthropathy remains an elusive pathology that carries the innate potential to progress and threaten efforts for successful limb salvage.

When A Patient Has A Different Problem On Each Foot

Richard Blake DPM | 482 reads | 0 comments | 08/04/2017

I had a patient contact me previously regarding the left foot for which he received a diagnosis of tenosynovitis and plantar fasciitis. The same patient contacted me recently regarding a separate problem in the right foot.

As for the left foot, the patient increased his activity one day at the gym using an elliptical machine that put weight on his heels and was able to work out for 45 minutes at a good intensity. The next day, the tenosynovitis was much worse and the patient realized he had been curling his toes frequently, testing them to see if they were getting better.

Prescribing Functional Foot Orthoses After Bunionectomies

Larry Huppin DPM | 1,157 reads | 0 comments | 06/30/2016

Following a bunion procedure, our primary goal with orthotic therapy is to encourage full range of motion in the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ).

To encourage first MPJ full range of motion, we wish to decrease excessive ground reactive force under the first ray and allow the first ray to plantarflex. One should design the orthosis to decrease the everted position of the calcaneus when an everted rearfoot is present. In the case of an everted forefoot, the orthosis should support the lateral forefoot (forefoot valgus).

How To Complete Diabetic Shoe Medicare Forms Correctly

Marty Chalfin, CPed | 5,046 reads | 0 comments | 10/31/2016

This author guides podiatrists through compliance paperwork for diabetic shoes that can help ensure payment for diabetic shoes.

Plantar Intrinsics: Important Or Useless Muscles Of The Foot?

Kevin A. Kirby, DPM | 2,208 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.

Emerging Concepts With Dynamic Compression Staples In Foot Surgery

Troy A. Harris, DPM, Lt., MSC, USN (US) | 2,284 reads | 0 comments | 03/02/2017

Nitinol dynamic compression staples may provide unique benefits in a wide variety of foot surgeries. Accordingly, this author shares his experience with staple fixation in recent cases involving an active duty military population. 

Keys To Recognizing Chondrosarcomas In The Foot

Kristine Hoffman DPM | 1,313 reads | 0 comments | 03/21/2017

Bone tumors of the foot are rare with approximately 3 to 6 percent of all bone tumors occurring in the foot.1-4 Chondrosarcomas are the most common malignant tumor of the foot but they still arise infrequently as this type of tumor has more of a predilection for the flat bones of the pelvis, scapula and the diaphysis of long bones. The majority of all bone tumors occurring in the foot are benign enchondromas, chondromyxoid fibromas and chondroblastomas.2,5,6