It goes without saying that everyone has been affected by the pandemic in 2020. In my world, orthopaedic doctors are staffing ICU’s in an effort to help the real heros – the medical doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers at NY Presbyterian Hospital. As we shut down our offices for all but the most urgent problems, we have plunged into the world of telemedicine – visits done “virtually” through internet connections.
Years ago, when studying under Dr. ST Hansen in Seattle, I was introduced to the philosophy of Baruch Spinoza, a European philosopher from the 1600s. Spinoza’s warning against the “passive mind” reminded us to always question dogma. That is how the field is advanced. Nowhere is this more appropriate than with modern surgery for the acquired flatfoot.
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On September 14, 2019, Dr. ST (Ted) Hansen was awarded the Pillars of the AOFAS honor – recognition of how important Dr. Hansen has been to the field of foot and ankle orthopaedic surgery. “I am proud to be one of the leaders of the committee to give this award to my mentor, Dr. Hansen,” says Dr. Greisberg.
Fortunately, ankle arthritis is less common than arthritis of the hip or knee. But when it hits, the problem can be life changing. If the pain and limitations are severe enough, surgery may be in order. With technical advances over the past 10 years, many patients come to the office with questions about which brand of ankle replacement is the best one for them.
Muscle force through the Achilles tendon provides the “spring in our step.” Forces through the tendon are huge even with routine walking, so it’s no wonder that ruptures of the Achilles tendon are common.
Source: The New York Times Written By: Gina Kolata
A recent essay in The New England Journal of Medicine was titled "Heart and Sole — Of Metatarsals, Meaning and Medicine." I had to read it. It's not often you come across a reflection on metatarsal fractures, though they are common. I had just recovered from breaking my fifth metatarsal, the slender bone on the outside edge of the foot, so I was curious.
On the day before the 2016 New York City Marathon, Dr. Justin Greisberg delivered a lecture on the evolution of the human foot at the 2016 Regional Meeting of the American Association of Anatomists. In addition to discussing the evolutionary adaptations required for walking and running upright, Dr. Greisberg discussed more modern trends in barefoot running and issues affecting endurance runners.
Barefoot running has become a popular topic in recent years. Although participants run entirely "unshod" in its truest form, shoe manufacturers have developed minimalist "shoes" (more like gloves for the feet) to protect the feet. To some, barefoot exercise is a chance to get closer to our primitive selves, a chance to get back to nature. To a few scientists, barefoot running is a way to take advantage of how the human foot has evolved. The actual science behind the argument for unshod running is weak, though.