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  • April 2008 | Volume 21 - Issue 4

    4,745 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Filling Bone Voids Like A ProA new implant not only fills bone voids but also preserves mobility. Profil™ is a resorbable implant that consists of 100 percent beta-tricalcium phosphate (TCP), according to the manufacturer BioPro. The company says the high strength material can help preserve articular surfaces and permit natural bone healing. BioPro says Profil achieves bone graft integration via osteoconduction. The product has bioactive material that permits long-term fixation, according to the company. It adds that Profil is avai... continue reading
    Camille P. Ryans
    3,579 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    With the recent explosion of the dual degree concept, one must ponder both the advantages and disadvantages of obtaining such titles. I am opposed to the concept of the dual MD/DPM degree. The field of podiatry is unique in that it offers the opportunity to specialize in a doctorate-level medical profession early in one’s education. Entering students are aware of what their specialty will be from day one. This provides a sense of security and devotion to a chosen profession. Possibly the most significant difference between the training of podiatry students and allopathi... continue reading
    “The diagnostic information the (TOG GaitScan) supplies, from a very quick and efficient testing procedure, has revolutionized how I treat patients with orthotics,” explains Alan Lustig, DPM.
    Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    4,407 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    For even the most experienced practitioners, it can be difficult to find the best orthotic solution to help address abnormal foot function. A gait analysis system is often necessary to accurately assess an individual’s need for orthotic therapy. The TOG GaitScan™ enables physicians to record timing sequences during gait as a patient walks or runs across a pressure plate. The product utilizes 4,096 sensors and scans at a rate of 300Hz (scans per second) to produce over 1 million data points to aid in foot analysis, according to The Orthotic Group, the manufacturer of the T... continue reading
    The largest randomized, multicenter, controlled trial on negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) concluded that NPWT is more effective than advanced moist wound therapy in facilitating the closure of diabetic foot ulcers and reducing secondary amputations.
    Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    15,199 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is more effective than advanced moist wound therapy in facilitating the closure of diabetic foot ulcers and reducing secondary amputations. These are the findings of researchers who recently published the largest randomized, multicenter, controlled trial on NPWT. In the study, which was published in Diabetes Care, researchers randomized 169 patients to VAC Therapy (KCI) and 166 patients to advanced moist wound therapy (primarily hydrogels and alginates). Patients had stage 2 or 3 (as per the Wagner scale) calcaneal, dorsal or plan... continue reading
    The author says real estate is the number one long-term, wealth-building vehicle available to all physicians. He notes the proliferation of new medical office buildings.
    David N. Helfman, DPM
    8,434 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    It is always amazing to me how many physicians do not buy their own real estate in the first couple of years of practice. I have heard physicians say it is too expensive, they just want to rent, they are too busy to look into the area or they do not know much about real estate. Working too hard and not having enough time to research this area are poor excuses. Real estate is the number one long-term, wealth-building vehicle available to all physicians. Look around at your most growing areas. New medical office buildings and projects are sprouting up everywhere. ... continue reading
    The author says runners are typically more prone to weakness in the core muscle group due to a lack of lateral movement during their sports.
    Brian Fullem, DPM
    29,175 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Occasionally, a podiatrist may encounter an athletic patient who does not improve with traditional treatment. We tend to focus on the injured area and may overlook weakness of the core muscles, which may contribute to foot or leg pain. The core muscles are extremely important in lower extremity muscle function. The core muscles include the stomach muscles (the rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus, external and internal obliques and erector spinae) and the hip abductors (the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus). If the core muscles are weak, particularly the gluteal muscl... continue reading
    Leon R. Brill, DPM, FACFAS, CWS
    3,426 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    3,555 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    For even the most experienced practitioners, it can be difficult to find the best orthotic solution to help address abnormal foot function. A gait analysis system is often necessary to accurately assess an individual’s need for orthotic therapy. The TOG GaitScan™ enables physicians to record timing sequences during gait as a patient walks or runs across a pressure plate. The product utilizes 4,096 sensors and scans at a rate of 300Hz (scans per second) to produce over 1 million data points to aid in foot analysis, according to The Orthotic Group, the manufactur... continue reading
    This is a preoperative view of a weightbearing patient with calcaneal valgus deformity secondary to posterior tendon dysfunction.
    Kwame A. Williams, DPM, and Lawrence A. DiDomenico, DPM, FACFAS
    12,977 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Using plates and screws for bone fixation is a standard and successful technique. However, any fixation with plates and screws involves some amount of additional trauma and insult to the osseous blood supply of fracture fragments. These disturbances increase the risk of delayed union and infection.1 Indeed, reconstructive and trauma procedures of the foot and ankle present unique challenges for foot and ankle surgeons. As these cases grow in complexity, certain principles prevail in ensuring predictable and successful outcomes. These principles emphasize the protection of ... continue reading
    Russell G. Volpe, DPM
    Russell G. Volpe, DPM and By Richard M. Jay, DPM
    27,727 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Yes, this author advocates early treatment for moderate to severe metatarsus adductus, and semi-rigid or rigid deformity. He cites problematic compensatory effects from residual deformities and a documented association between metatarsus adductus and hallux abducto valgus deformity. Metatarsus adductus is a transverse plane congenital deformity with adduction of the forefoot at the tarsometatarsal joint. It has a reported incidence of one per 1,000 live births. However, it has been acknowledged that this may reflect only the severe cases and the true incidence may be... continue reading