Hikers, hunters and others who love the outdoors often don't realize how strenuous it can be to withstand constant, vigorous walking on uneven terrain," said Michael Cosenza, DPM, AACFAS
, a former Navy medical officer and now a foot and ankle surgeon based in Ukiah, Calif.
Our concerns for diabetes patients in extreme heat involve swelling, dryness and cracking from wearing sandals, and problems associated with walking barefoot, such as puncture wounds and burns and blisters from hot pavement," said Thanh Dinh, DPM, AACFAS
, a foot and ankle surgeon working in the diabetes clinic at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess-Joslin Foot Center.
In an oral presentation at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Annual Scientific Conference, Brad Lamm, DPM, AACFAS
, a foot and ankle surgeon affiliated with Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, reported that ankle-joint distraction with external fixation for treatment of ankle arthritis is starting to gain acceptance among foot and ankle surgeons in the US, although its use has been limited.
Walsh, DPM, AACFAS
, a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon in Rhode Island.
It's a highly effective but simple outpatient procedure using local anesthesia, with a short recuperative time in a surgical shoe," said Leigh Harvey, DPM, AACFAS
, a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon based in Carrollton, Tex.