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Author: Cherri Choate, DPM Created: 6/20/2009
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By Cherri Choate, DPM on 11/24/2010
A common confusion on the ProLab prescription form involves the terminology of arch pad, arch fill and cast fill.  Each of these is distinctly different and should be used for distinct patient symptoms.
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 11/17/2010
Symptoms related to the pes cavus type foot are often more complicated than the more typical flat foot.  The majority of orthotic and shoe modifications are targeted at the flat foot but with careful consideration of the patient's activities, shoe type and symptoms, orthotics can be a very successful treatment option for the high-arched foot.
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 11/10/2010

As I watched the last seven months of baseball, I often contemplated the issues with the feet of the Giants.  Just as a psychologist can not help themselves from assessing individuals, I can not help assessing the feet of those I am watching, especially when I care so deeply about their welfare. 

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 11/3/2010
Knee pain is one of the most common medical complaints related to the lower extremities. With growing numbers of people over the age of 60, knee pain is likely to be a bigger and bigger issue over coming decades. The impact of shoes and orthotics on the motion of the knee, should be recognized.
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 10/27/2010
Off-loading and cushioning various pathologies on the plantar foot can be challenging. A variety of options exist that may give the practitioner a way to mix and match them to best address the individual patient's needs.
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 10/20/2010

The development of hallux abducto valgus and hallux rigidus is significantly dependent on the motion and position of the 1st ray.  The abnormal position of the 1st ray impacts the motion of the 1st MPJ. 

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 10/13/2010

Are straight last shoes still used for mild soft tissue deformities in children?  Are students taught about them during their educational process?

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 10/6/2010

The incidence of ankle sprains within the general population is alarmingly high.  If you were to  poll a group of people, it is likely that at least 50% have had an ankle sprain sometime during their life.  Even more alarmingly, a larger number have had multiple ankle sprains. For this "recurrent" sprain population, RICE, bracing and orthotics may not be enough.

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 9/29/2010

For many years, there were only two types of shoes:  dress and casual. But with the major changes in recent years, attention needs to be paid to the relationship between shoes and orthotics, for all individuals.

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 9/22/2010

How much does frontal plane foot position impact higher segments of the lower extremity? Whether the changes are structural within the foot, or external within the shoe, the impact does exist because the lower extremity joints are coupled.

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