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  • January 2008 | Volume 21 - Issue 1
    By Graham A. Hamilton, DPM
    13,115 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/08
         Nonunion is a well-documented potential complication of the Lapidus arthrodesis. It reportedly occurs anywhere from 3.3 percent to 12 percent of the time, and is a very challenging problem to fix.1-7      Granted, a strict definition of nonunion and timeline for classifying a nonunion varies from one surgeon to another. However, for the purpose of this discussion, nonunion has both clinical and radiographic definitions. Nonunions involve the failure of bone healing at the fusion site after six months, broken hardware or both. A clinical nonunio ... continue reading
    Kerasal Foot Ointment has been recommended by podiatrists as an effective over-the-counter option for over 10 years.
    By Aaron Becker, Special Projects Editor
    5,948 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/08
         While there are a plethora of over-the-counter (OTC) foot care treatments podiatrists may recommend to patients, DPMs have cited Kerasal Foot Ointment for its unique properties and over a decade of reliability.      Michael Golf, DPM, PA, has been recommending Kerasal Foot Ointment for over 10 years. Both Dr. Golf and Marc A. Brenner, DPM, acknowledge the benefits of the ointment’s composition, which consists of salicylic acid 5% and urea 10%. Dr. Golf explains that the urea hydrates the skin while the salicylic acid component enhances the urea’s kera ... continue reading
    By Francis Rottier, DPM
    33,551 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/08
         Soft tissue neoplasms of the lower extremity present a significant treatment challenge to the treating physician. Although most neoplasms of the lower extremity prove to be benign, the potential for malignancy does exist. The ability to appropriately diagnose and treat soft tissue neoplasms may be the difference between life and death for the patient presenting with a soft tissue tumor of the lower extremity.      Accordingly, let us take a closer look at appropriate evaluation and diagnostic techniques that will aid the physician in making an accurate dia ... continue reading
    By Kshitij Shankhdhar, MBBS, Dip. Diab.
    2,399 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/08
         Would you believe that many centuries ago, it was a tradition in India that when a person used to visit someone, the host used to wash the feet of the guest to welcome him or her? Washing the feet of the guest was a gesture to express affection, respect and thankfulness for taking the pains of walking all the way.      Many centuries ago, there were two childhood friends called Sudama and Krishna. They used to study together in Gurukul (an Indian village school). As time passed, they grew up and settled in different places and could not meet for many yea ... continue reading
    This photo shows metatarsophalangeal instability with multi-plane digital deformity.
    By Michael Salcedo, DPM, and Michael Motyer, DPM
    19,890 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/08
         During the past five years, there has been a large influx of non-traditional bone screws on the orthopedic market for small bone fixation of the foot. Some of these designs have been effective at providing long-term surgical fracture stability with reduced osteotomy fixation morbidity. Additionally, these bone screw designs have found their way into a variety of applications in hindfoot surgery with headless screws, locking plate screws and cannulated self-tapping screws.      When trying to assess the technology available in small fragment fixation, it ... continue reading
    Here one can see gauntlet orthoses. The custom AFO has a plastic shell between layers of leather.
    By Lawrence Huppin, DPM
    26,006 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/08
         Foot orthoses (FOs) have been a standard treatment in podiatric clinics for decades. Until a decade ago, however, it was rare for American podiatrists to dispense ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) of any kind.      In 1996, the Richie Brace was introduced and it was the first ankle brace to incorporate a custom functional foot orthosis (FFO). Two years later, the Arizona Brace, the first gauntlet AFO to incorporate a polypropylene shell, arrived on the market and was soon widely used within the podiatric profession. ... continue reading
    By Robert G. Smith, DPM, MSc, RPh, CPed
    14,643 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/08
         Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) continues to be a major health problem worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that approximately 40,000 people in the United States become infected with HIV each year.1 Human immunodeficiency virus infection and severe HIV-related disease have become leading causes of illness and death in the U.S. The cumulative estimated number of diagnoses of AIDS through 2005 in the United States and dependent areas was 988,376.2 ... continue reading
    This CT scan depicts a navicular stress fracture. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine examines a possible link between CT scans and an increased risk of cancer. (Photo courtesy of Brian Fullem, DPM)
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    10,113 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/08
         Physicians reportedly obtain over 60 million computed tomography (CT) scans each year in the United States. However, a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) suggests that CT scans may be linked to an increased risk of radiation exposure and cancer.      Citing evidence from epidemiologic studies, the authors of the NEJM article indicate that organ doses from a common CT study, consisting of two or three scans, may result in an increased risk of cancer.       “As compared with plain film radiography, CT invo ... continue reading
    By David Levine, DPM, CPed
    2,070 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/08
    This photo reveals a preoperative photograph of a diabetic foot infection. Three common points of origin for infection are submetatarsal ulcerations, interdigital infections and direct foreign body penetrations. (Photo courtesy of Warren Joseph, DPM)
    By Andy Meyr, DPM
    14,223 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/08
         Dedicating oneself to the side of limb salvage in the fight against diabetic foot disease is a demanding and personally challenging enterprise. In the face of infection, it often seems as though all variables are against the surgeon and the patient as they both struggle against the possibilities of proximal amputation and limb loss. In fact, it often appears as though the only constant is the unpredictability of the disease progression.      However, expert knowledge in lower extremity anatomy is one of the most valuable tools that one can have in this fi ... continue reading