Volume 21 - Issue 4 - April 2008

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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

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Two Degrees Are Not Always Better Than One

Camille P. Ryans | 3328 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

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Waveform Electrostimulation: Can It Be Another Option For Painful Peripheral Neuropathy?

Raymond Abdo, DPM, and Jaret Walker, DPM | 22852 reads | 0 comments

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

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When A Patient Has An Unusual Growth On A Toe

Joel Morse, DPM | 47607 reads | 0 comments

A 43-year-old African-American male presents to the office with an irritated fourth toe with no known trauma to the toe. There is a horny projection of skin coming from the posterior nail fold with a nail-like structure at the tip. It has been present for the past two years and had recently become larger.

The lesion is asymptomatic except for physical inconveniences.
The patient reports that the toe is painful only in shoes. The patient works as a custodian and spends a lot of time on his feet. He has recent onset diabetes of three years but has not been to a podiatrist in the

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How To Address Key Biomechanical Issues With Second MPJ Injuries

Guest Clinical Editor: Douglas Richie Jr., DPM | 15353 reads | 0 comments

Injuries to the second metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) can be challenging to treat. Our expert panelists discuss predisposing factors to injury and review pertinent biomechanical considerations. They also discuss conservative treatment options, including variations of orthotic therapy and modifications that they have employed in clinical practice.

Q: What are the predisposing factors (gender, foot type, activity, etc.) that are associated with injuries to the second MPJ?
A: Second MPJ injuries may have a variety of etiological causes, accordi

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A Closer Look At Locking Plates In Podiatric Surgery

Kwame A. Williams, DPM, and Lawrence A. DiDomenico, DPM, FACFAS | 12132 reads | 0 comments

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