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  • April 2008 | Volume 21 - Issue 4
    “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
    4,224 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
    14,977 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
    8,218 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
    27,907 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
    3,273 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    3,472 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

    4,628 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
    3,455 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
    Nathan J. Lashley, DPM, and Patrick J. McKee, DPM
    13,423 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
    In an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 2006, the author gives an account of a 53-year-old female patient who received treatment from a podiatrist for a plantar wart for two years. She underwent electrocoagulation therapy without histological examination. Her lesion grew and she eventually sought the care of the NEJM author, who biopsied the lesion and noticed enlarged inguinal lymph nodes. The biopsy revealed amelanotic melanoma exceeding 6 mm in thickness (Clark’s level IV). Despite excision of the lesion and involved l... continue reading
    Overall, peripheral neuropathy decreases the quality and length of life for our patients. This nerve disease affects millions of Americans and can cause multiple foot and ankle disorders.
    Raymond Abdo, DPM, and Jaret Walker, DPM
    23,606 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 7 percent of the population in the United States has diabetes mellitus. Approximately 30 percent of patients with diabetes over the age of 40 have some kind of impaired sensation of the foot. Sensorimotor neuropathy is the primary risk factor for developing a diabetic foot ulcer, which leads to 85 percent of diabetic lower extremity amputations.1 Sensory neuropathy causes paresthesia and loss of protective sensation, which can lead to ulcerations and lower extremity amputations. Motor n... continue reading