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Richard Blake DPM writes:
A patient recently contacted me after suffering from a Morton's neuroma on the left foot for the past seven months. His podiatrist diagnosed this upon physical examination.
In the past seven months, this patient has tried multiple treatments before seeing a podiatrist. He completed three months of physical therapy. He has tried four treatments of acupuncture, which only worked for a day or two.
Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Hallux valgus occurs in the forefoot where the transverse arch is located and may be a factor involved in forefoot pain. The relationship between forefoot pain and forefoot structure is unknown. This study aimed to analyze the relationship between forefoot pain and the transverse arch in patients with hallux valgus.
There are several ways you
can interpret the question,
“How can you see more
patients without working
more hours?” On the one
hand, it seems pretty straightforward:
you want to see more patients and
you don’t want to work more than
you’re working now.
But when you dig a bit deeper, this can be interpreted a little
more baldly: How can you make
more money without working more
hours? Asking podiatrists and practice management consultants the
question can provide answers that
range from the practical to the more
philosophical. On the practical
level, much of it comes down to
International Journal of Rehabilitation Sciences
Plantar fasciitis is a severe pain in the heel often related to the inflammation of thick band of tissues called plantar fascia. Pain occurs in heel bone limits the daily activities. Pain occurs at the base of foot to the toes. PF occurs because of inflamed tissue which increases whenever the pressure is exerted on the foot. This pressure leads to a typical distribution of the pain from the heel to the toes.
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Ankle-foot orthoses are prescribed to manage difficulty walking due to foot drop, bony foot deformities and poor balance. Traditional AFOs are handmade using thermoplastic vacuum forming which provides limited design options, is labor-intensive and associated with long wait times. 3-D printing has the potential to transform AFO production and health service delivery.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the disparities in the outcomes of white, African American and non-AA minority (Hispanics and Native Americans), patients admitted in the hospitals with diabetic foot infections.
The HCUP-Nationwide Inpatient Sample (2002 to 2015) was queried to identify patients who were admitted to the hospital for management of DFI using ICD-9 codes. Outcomes evaluated included minor and major amputations, open or endovascular revascularization, and hospital length of stay
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When a mistake is made, very often the blame is pointed at who did it, and that person is held accountable regardless of the reason behind the mistake, the severity of the incident, or past performance or actions. Too often the reaction to an employee error is to begin the process of termination, and in some cases, it is immediate! But this is not the best action to take in the majority of the incidents.
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Physical therapists assess joint movement by observation and palpation. New imaging technologies that enable vision of bones and joints during functional activities can be used to analyze joint kinematics and review traditional assumptions.
The purpose was to measure relationships between flexion, rotation, and translation at the knee and to validate this visually.
An ACFAOM Certified Clinical Podiatric Medical Assistant (CCPMA) can perform routine nail care, pre-treatment foot exams, collect client health information correctly, set up a sterile field and much more. Click here for additional information about the CCPMA qualification and its potential value for your practice.
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