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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • June 2002 | Volume 15 - Issue 6
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    9,486 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Do enough people know about your practice? Do enough primary care doctors know about your practice? Are you getting enough referrals or are most of them going to the DPM two blocks over? Several DPMs and a podiatric assistant say you have to be skilled in patient empathy, excel at staff relations and be a savvy marketer, among other things, if you want to build and sustain a thriving podiatric practice. ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    2,096 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Can hyaluronan therapy help you achieve better treatment results with indolent diabetic foot ulcers? Indeed, researchers do believe that hyaluronan-containing dressings may provide adjunctive benefits in facilitating quicker healing. According to a recent study presented at the 15th Annual Symposium On Advanced Wound Care, a healing regimen that included the hyaluronan dressings took an average of 8.6 weeks. All 36 patients in the study underwent surgical debridement for their diabetic foot wounds and were placed on therapy consisting of hyaluronan dressings (Hyalofill, ConvaTec) with dre... continue reading
    Here you can see a medial malleolar stress fracture of the distal tibial physis. Note the accessory ossicle.
    By Amol Saxena, DPM, and Andrew Cassidy, DPM
    152,525 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Stress fractures in and around the ankle are most often due to repetitive stress. These injuries are often underdiagnosed and may be misdiagnosed as “shin splints.” In fact, the symptoms may persist for an extended period before the diagnosis of a stress fracture is even made. One reason for this is these types of injuries are often sports-related. Athletes, in general, may have a higher pain threshold and continue to exercise, which can exacerbate symptoms. At the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, we see a predominantly athletic population in our sports medicine department. Our goal is not ... continue reading

    2,487 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Here you can see a pressure ulcer of nine months duration with eschar formation on the left heel. The patient has a history of prostate cancer and peripheral vascular disease.
    By Tamara D. Fishman, DPM
    11,245 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Currently, over 34 million Americans are age 65 and over. This figure is expected to double to over 68 million by the year 2030. As a result, there has been a tremendous growth in nursing homes and the related federal regulations that oversee these facilities. Pressure ulcers are particularly problematic in this patient population. According to the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) guidelines, the incidence of pressure ulcers (often referred to as bedsores) in long-term care facilities was estimated to be as high as 23 percent in 1989. Pressure ulcers (also called decubitus... continue reading

    89,240 reads | 2 comments | 09/03/08
    Using rearfoot posts on custom foot orthoses has become a mainstay of orthotic therapy in podiatry. However, it has been shown that measuring neutral position of the subtalar joint via inversion and eversion of the calcaneus is flawed in terms of its reproducibility. Studies concerning whether neutral position of the subtalar joint is a viable method of assessment have questioned the foundation of podiatric biomechanics. Yet in offices around the world, the 4-degree varus rearfoot post seems to be a standard approach. With this in mind, our expert panelists offer their take on this issue. ... continue reading
    For this painful heloma durum (HD), the author injected the underlying bursal area with 1/2 mL of betamethasone sodium phosphate.
    By Gary L. Dockery, DPM
    31,301 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    There are a number of keratotic and painful lesions that form on the weightbearing and pressure areas of the foot. You’ll often find that many of these conditions won’t respond to simple debridement and padding, and ultimately prove to be difficult to treat. In general, hyperkeratosis indicates an increased keratinocyte activity resulting from stimulation of the epidermis by intermittent or increased pressure. Abnormalities in keratinization may represent thickenings, which are commonly referred to as corns, calluses, helomas, hyperkeratoses or tylomas. However, be aware that several unre... continue reading
    By Mark A. Caselli, DPM
    27,109 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    A 14-year-old male athlete comes into your office with a chief complaint of ankle pain. He says he had the pain right after a soccer match. His parents and coach concluded that he had sprained his ankle. However, despite treatment, which consisted of rest, ice and the use of an Ace wrap, the patient’s pain continued for two months. He has pain in his ankle when standing and walking, and is not able to run or return to play. Upon further questioning, you find out that neither his foot nor his ankle were ever swollen or ecchymotic, and he cannot recall an exact instance of twisting his ankle... continue reading
    The shape of the orthotic plate should match the shape of the plantar aspect of the foot with the STJ in neutral position and the MTJ(s) pronated and locked.
    By Arnold Ross, DPM
    7,729 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Numerous patients use orthotics and have improved foot function as a result of wearing them. Not only do they experience relief from previous pain and symptoms, but wearing orthotics also helps to prevent recurrence of foot, leg and other skeletal pains and conditions. Unfortunately, there are also numbers of patients who are either unable to tolerate their orthotics or are not getting symptomatic relief. We are often asked to evaluate many of these patients and assist them in getting better results from their orthotics. People may hear about orthotics in different ways, whether it’s throug... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor
    1,643 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Sometimes, it’s the subtle comment that gives you pause. Shortly after giving a lecture at a recent conference, a DPM found out that a particular company had sponsored the series of lectures he had participated in and he expressed regret. “If I had known (the company) was sponsoring the lecture, I would have mentioned their product.” Then there are the more outrageous examples of drug company influence, like the one captured in an éxpose on ABC’s Primetime earlier this year. On the program, a doctor revealed that he had received approximately $10,000 worth of freebies from var... continue reading