Volume 21 - Issue 4 - April 2008

Continuing Education »

Wound Debridement: Are Adjunct Therapies Cost Effective?

Leon R. Brill, DPM, FACFAS, CWS | 3218 reads | 0 comments

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There is a variety of debridement options ranging from sharp debridement and mechanical debridement to enzymatic debridement. In recent years, physicians have also seen the emergence of ultrasound debridement and the use of a hydro scalpel. Accordingly, this author evaluates the various debridement methods and assesses their cost effectiveness.



Point-Counterpoint »

Does The TOG GaitScan Facilitate Optimal Orthotic Therapy?

Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor | 3375 reads | 0 comments

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



New Products »

Filling Bone Voids Like A Pro

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Filling Bone Voids Like A Pro

A 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



Forum »

Two Degrees Are Not Always Better Than One

Camille P. Ryans | 3386 reads | 0 comments

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



Technology In Practice »

Does The TOG GaitScan Facilitate Optimal Orthotic Therapy?

Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor | 4143 reads | 0 comments

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



News and Trends »

Study Says NPWT More Effective Than Moist Dressings For DFUs

Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 14773 reads | 0 comments

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



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