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  • May 2008 | Volume 21 - Issue 5
    This photo shows a surgical site infection (SSI). There are a few critical factors to consider when discussing SSIs and they include patient factors, pathogen factors, surgeon factors and environmental factors.
    Nicholas J. Bevilacqua, DPM, and Robert M. Greenhagen, BS
    11,020 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Postoperative infection following elective, clean foot and ankle surgery is relatively uncommon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the surgical site infection (SSI) rate to be 2.1 percent for clean, uncontaminated surgery.1 However, when postoperative infection does occur, it may affect functional outcomes and the patient’s quality of life. The incidence of infection varies from one surgical procedure to another and from patient to patient.2 Infection rates increase in complicated reconstructive surgery, types of diabetic f... continue reading
    Pitchers sometimes require a small piece of material in the area of the first MPJ that protects the first MPJ/ big toe when they go to push off and follow through when delivering the ball to home plate.
    Nicholas Romansky, DPM, and Bill Sayer, MS
    9,587 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    With spring finally here, amateurs and professionals alike have returned to the baseball diamond. More than 40 million Americans participate in baseball and softball each year. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), there are over 500,000 injuries per year related to baseball. American children begin playing organized baseball at 5 or 6 and some people continue to play the sport past the age of 60 whether games are competitive or during a family picnic. As a result of this, different injury patterns present themselves. Most of us who have played can ... continue reading
    Here one can see an advanced case of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A new study examines the prevalence of foot ulcers in patients with RA.
    Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    10,357 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Patients commonly present with ingrown toenails and treatments range from chemical matrixectomy to the newer orthonyxia procedure. A new study in the Journal of the American College of Surgery concludes that orthonyxia, using a metal brace for the toe, is superior to partial matrix excision in terms of recovery and patient satisfaction. Researchers randomized 105 consecutive patients with 109 toenails, excluding patients with diabetes and/or paronychias. Fifty-eight patients underwent partial matrix excision, which included 5 to 10 mL of lidocaine 1%, according to th... continue reading
    Kathy Satterfield, DPM, says EBM does not have to be this “frightening, ivory tower idea that scares off the average Joe.” She believes more DPMs are incorporating EBM into their practices without even realizing it.
    Robert J. Smith, Contributing Editor
    5,448 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    It is said that the best science is repeatable science. If you pour x into y in certain measures and under specific conditions, z will occur every time. In podiatry, such certainty is not always that certain. The treatment regimen one utilizes for the lower extremity wound of one patient with diabetes may work in healing the diabetic ulcerations of three other patients but not a fourth. Her wound might require a different therapy or a combination of therapies. Her z requires a different x and y. However, the regimen you prescribed for your first patient should work. It has bee... continue reading
    Benjamin Sefcik, DPM, and Peter M. Wilusz, DPM
    8,671 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    We are an aging population. One can ascertain that with aging comes an increased incidence of comorbid conditions. With the vast majority of podiatric surgical cases being elective, documentation supporting the vascular system prior to surgery will protect the surgeon from postoperative complications associated with circulatory issues, or may help surgeons recognize an asymptomatic issue for appropriate intervention prior to surgery. Recognition of asymptomatic circulatory issues is of particular importance in the younger diabetic population prior to surgery. Systemic atheroscle... continue reading
    While orthotics can be beneficial in treating a variety of lower extremity ailments, getting appropriate reimbursement can be tricky. Accordingly, this author shares insights on sound billing practices, pertinent coding nuances and addressing patient ex
    Anthony Poggio, DPM
    58,160 reads | 2 comments | 09/03/08
    Orthotics are an integral part of podiatric practice. They provide viable treatment options for many conditions that we treat. However, there are also associated hard costs with orthotics that can be a financial detriment to the practice if the office cannot collect fees in a timely fashion. Obviously, your staff should be very aware of coverage criteria for the principal insurance companies that your office commonly deals with when it comes to payment for any service rendered in the office. This will save a lot of time in determining whether orthotics may be a covered benefit f... continue reading
    Lester Klebe, DPM, has experienced over a decade of success using Traumeel. Dr. Klebe points to the product’s flexibility as one of its key strengths, noting that unlike cortisone, Traumeel can be injected near tendon structures.
    Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    3,478 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Podiatrists looking for an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for the treatment of a vast array of painful conditions may have a viable option in Traumeel (Heel Inc.). Available in injectables, tablets, ointment, gel and drops, Traumeel has been in use for over 60 years, according to Heel Inc. Physicians have used Traumeel to treat muscular pain, acute sprains of the ankle, tendonitis and postoperative pain, as well as a variety of other conditions ranging from dislocations and contusions to minor pain from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout... continue reading
    Jesse B. Burks, DPM, FACFAS
    3,596 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Anthony Yung, DPM, and Khurram Khan, DPM
    6,148 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a significant risk factor for diabetic foot amputation. It is also an important marker for atherosclerosis in other organ systems and is associated with a fourfold increase in cardiovascular death.1 Current estimates suggest a 3 to 10 percent incidence of PAD in the general population but reportedly only 25 to 33 percent of these people are symptomatic. Of the patients with asymptomatic PAD, 70 to 80 percent will remain stable at five years whereas 10 to 20 percent will experience significant deterioration of their health due to t... continue reading
    In regard to these preoperative radiographs, one can see lysis surrounding the implant on the AP film. The lateral radiograph demonstrates malalignment of the implant within the phalanx with a cortical break plantarly.
    Lara J. Murphy, DPM, Robert W. Mendicino, DPM, FACFAS, and Alan Catanzariti, DPM, FACFAS
    19,233 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Implants have been documented in the literature and surgeons have utilized implants over the past 50 years for the treatment of a variety of conditions including hallux rigidus, hallux valgus, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.1,2 Total joints were originally designed to function as joint spacers to decrease pain while maintaining motion and joint alignment.1,3 Currently, a variety of products attempt to provide these characteristics. These products include silastic, polyethylene-on-metal and metal hemiarthroplasty implants. Surgeons have implanted over 2 ... continue reading