So much of medicine is about “doing something,” but in some cases doing nothing may be the best course of action.
Seal Beach is one of the most charming and peaceful communities on the California coastline. I am lucky enough to have practiced podiatric medicine here for 30 years. Located on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, my office is situated just two blocks from the ocean and is part of a unique commercial center that contains a combination of professional offices upstairs and restaurants and beauty salons downstairs. Our center is a vibrant community of private business and professionals who know each other well and commonly refer clients to one another. It is truly an idyllic place to work.
It is disappointing to hear DPMs say they do not use taping in practice, especially when their reasoning is that they only do surgery. If someone does not use taping, I believe he or she is turning away from podiatric roots, which are based strongly in lower extremity biomechanics. The study of biomechanics and its relationship to pathologies and treatment make podiatric medicine unique.
Yes. Doug Richie Jr., DPM, FACFAS says evidence-based medicine is overwhelmingly in favor of preventive bracing and notes that the literature discounts perceived negative
effects on athletic performance.
No. Lisa M. Schoene, DPM, ATC, FACFAS argues that clinicians should consider other modalities and be wary of a hasty return to play with bracing as a lack of follow-through with appropriate rehabilitation may lead to compromised tissue repair and recurrent sprains.