The complex relationship between foot posture, flexibility, body mass and age in children is not well understood. As discrete factors, age, body mass, and joint flexibility have each been associated with variance in paediatric foot posture.
In our practice, as is true probably all over the world, the Simmonds-Thompson test is the reference standard clinical test used to diagnose rupture of the Achilles tendon. The test, often wrongly referred to as just the “Thompson test,” is easy to perform and has high sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing an acute Achilles tendon tear (1) (Supplemental Video S1). Interestingly, debate sometimes ensues regarding whether the test is positive when the foot plantarflexes on compression of the calf or is positive when the foot fails to plantarflex.
In the article, “Health Care Usage and Related Costs in Fibular Plating for AO Type 44-B Ankle Fractures in a Belgian University Hospital: An Exploratory Analysis,” which appears in this issue (1), we show that the costs for the operative treatment of unstable ankle fractures (AO type 44-B) strongly correlate with the length of stay (LOS) of the patient. In turn, the LOS itself is influenced not only by easily objectifiable variables such as treatment type and patient age but also by more difficult to measure parameters such as the level of process standardization and individual preferences of the surgeon, the patients, and their families.
Issue Number: Volume 29 – Issue 5 – May 2016 Author(s): Kerry Zang, DPM, FACFAS Taking a critical look at manufacturer claims, this author provides keys to differentiating between heating and non-heating lasers. As a practitioner, I am constantly being bombarded by ads, sales representatives and articles stating how great laser therapy is, and that lasers can treat almost every condition in the world
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Publication date: Available online 23 April 2016 Source: Foot and Ankle Surgery Author(s): Tina Lefrancois, Kinjal Mehta, Victoria Sullivan, Sheldon Lin, Mark Glazebrook Background Diabetes mellitus places a substantial burden on society worldwide.