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Mallet fracture of the great toe – onset and treatment
Mallet fracture of the great toe – onset and treatment

The term mallet finger fracture describes an avulsion fracture of the top of the finger, just behind the fingernail.  Mallet finger fractures are the result of forced flexion of the finger while the long extensor tendon resists the flexion.  If the force of flexion is great enough, the long extensor...

Lower extremity biomechanics – what is meant by the terms compensated, partially compensated and uncompensated rearfoot varus?

The position of the heel can have a significant influence on the biomechanics of the foot.  Rearfoot varus describes thecalcaneal varus position of the heel bone (calcaneus) when the heels are turning in towards each other.  To use a simple stick figure representation, if the patient has a rectus position (alignme...

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy - The Grade Study
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy - The Grade Study

Diabetes - The Grade StudyDiabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is a well known complication of diabetes affecting 50% of all diabetic patients.  The symptoms of DPN are sensory but can also affect the motor skills of diabetic patients.  We’ve always referred DPN as a peripheral neuropathy affecting the feet and hands.  But a...

Broström Lateral Ankle Stabilization
Broström Lateral Ankle Stabilization

Brostrom lateral ankle stabilization

There's a lot of ways to stabilize an ankle - why has the Broström procedure become the most popular surgical solution for lateral ankle instability?

Lateral ankle sprains are the most common injury seen by sports medicine physicians.(1)  Many ankle sprains will result in chronic instability of...

Calcaneal osteotomy – open or closed technique – which one is best for you?

The alignment of the heel bone (calcaneus) is an important consideration in conservative and surgical treatment of aCalcaneal varus high arch or low arch foot.  Realignment of the heel can be accomplished with an arch support, brace or surgical change of the heel bone.  The realignment goal always focuses on how w...