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Author: Cherri Choate, DPM Created: 6/20/2009
Orthotic therapy blog

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 12/22/2010
After practicing for a number of years, I noticed a trend specifically related to women of menopausal age.  As a whole, they seemed to present with the most recalcitrant cases of plantar fasciitis/heel pain.
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 12/15/2010
Although the practice of medicine has existed for centuries, the term "evidence-based" is relatively new.  Many who have been in practice in recent years have witnessed this term being used by insurance companies to demand justification for treatment.  As I was researching the history of this most recent trend, I came across some articles that I found both fascinating and a little disturbing.
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 12/8/2010
Barefoot running has become somewhat of a craze in running communities.  I just heard a presentation yesterday on the differences between barefoot and shod runners. I found the topic somewhat intriguing, specifically because up to this point I had discounted barefoot running as a short lived phenomenon.
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 12/1/2010
Early theories regarding lower extremity biomechanics focused on static references and outcomes.  More recently, research has started to focus on more dynamic assessment tools and outcome measures.
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. 

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