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  • August 2002 | Volume 15 - Issue 8
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    2,143 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/02
    My sister gave me a wonderful Christmas present a couple of years ago. Knowing of my fondness for jazz, she went on eBay and bid for a black and white portrait of the great Miles Davis. The striking photo shows a very young Davis (perhaps in his early 20s at the time of the photo) with trumpet in hand and a music chart in front of him. He appears thoughtful and contemplative in the photo, as if he’s pondering where the next note will take him. The portrait of the late jazz innovator was used as part of an old Apple Computer ad campaign. The simply stated ad tagline in the top right-hand ... continue reading
    By Stacey Stefansky, DPM, Thanh L. Dinh, DPM, and Barry Rosenblum, DPM
    14,903 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/02
    Despite advances in aseptic technique and antibiotic prophylaxis, post-operative infections remain a significant complication following podiatric surgery. Postoperative infections can increase morbidity, lengthen recuperation time and compromise the success of a surgical procedure. Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that postoperative infections occur in 2.1 percent of all clean, uncontaminated surgical procedures.1 Studies pertaining specifically to podiatric surgery have produced comparable postoperative infection rates. Hugar, et. al., demonstr... continue reading
    Those who have used the Epos Ultra, which  has received FDA approval for treating plantar fasciitis, have cited favorable results.
    By Gina DiGironimo, Production Editor
    4,402 reads | 1 comments | 08/03/02
    Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects over 2.5 million Americans. If conservative treatments fail, podiatrists are exploring the merits of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), a non-invasive procedure, before considering surgical options. ESWT received FDA approval in 2000 for the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Earlier this year, a new ESWT device called the Epos Ultra (which includes built-in ultrasound technology) received FDA approval for the plantar fasciitis indication. Those who have used the Epos Ultra have cited very favorable treatment results. Lowell Scott Weil... continue reading
    The Promogran Matrix Wound Dressing was recently granted FDA approval for the treatment of exuding wounds, including diabetic, venous and pressure ulcers.
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    7,213 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/02
    What products are facilitating quicker wound healing? What are some of the cutting-edge devices that are generating interest among podiatrists? What antibiotics are getting results? Are there new innovations that can provide adjunctive relief in diabetic foot wounds? In an attempt to answer some of these questions, we talked to leading podiatrists in the field. Without further delay, here’s what they had to say. 1. Promogran Matrix Wound Dressing. This chronic wound dressing was recently granted FDA approval for the treatment of exuding wounds, including diabetic, venous and pressure... continue reading
    By John Steinberg, DPM
    8,765 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/02
    Given the trends indicating the increasing prevalence of diabetes in the United States, this national health concern has commanded a drastic increase in general public media attention. According to an American Diabetes Association study, the overall costs for diabetes total $98 billion, with direct medical costs of $44 billion and indirect expenses (such as disability, work loss and premature mortality) adding up to $54 billion. There are numerous statistics and information sources which can help you achieve to establish a better understanding of the disease and its impact on the health care ... continue reading
    Here is a preoperative view of the crossover second toe, which has a complex etiology, according to the author.
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM
    85,349 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/02
    The crossover second toe is an extremely difficult problem for foot and ankle surgeons. Often, with the initial presentation, the deformity has progressed to the point where it is one subsection of a multitude of forefoot deformities. This makes the condition more challenging as you must treat the associated deformities at the same time in order to achieve a good outcome. ... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    5,159 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/02
    Nothing in podiatry school prepared me for my least favorite task in residency training, the complete preoperative history and physical examination. I chose podiatry partly because of the emotional and physical distance it afforded me with patients. We can do a lot for people’s feet without getting up close and personal. I’m a warm and friendly guy but I tend to get a little nervous when someone outside my family invades my 18-inch personal space barrier. It’s impossible to do a complete physical examination without invading the patient’s personal space, thus having my own space inva... continue reading
    By Janice G. Roven, JD, LLM
    7,209 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/02
    You may not be able to prevent a malpractice claim from ever being filed against you (there are a lot of folks out there looking for an easy payday). However, there are proactive steps you can take to safeguard and successfully defend your practice should a lawsuit be filed against you. Although there are basic theories of malpractice prevention, I have found it helpful to teach prevention by example. Think Twice About Testifying Against Colleagues Case One: I represented a podiatrist who was truly disturbed about being sued. When I met with him to discuss this matter, he informed me th... continue reading
    A new randomized study questions the widespread prescription of therapeutic shoes for those with diabetic ulcers, but some DPMs dispute that assertion.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    7,235 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/02
    Podiatrists often turn to therapeutic footwear when trying to prevent re-ulceration in diabetic patients. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests regular shoes may work just as well for some of those patients, although some DPMs question the study. The randomized study was comprised of 400 men and women who had diabetes and a history of foot ulcers. The first group of 121 patients wore extra-depth therapeutic shoes and customized cork inserts. The second group of 119 patients wore therapeutic shoes and prefabricated, polyurethane inserts. The control... continue reading
    Here is a polypropylene functional foot orthosis with an EVA rearfoot post. The author notes that one of the great advantages of polypropylene is its ability to conform to curves of the foot very tightly.
    By Alona Kashanian, DPM
    13,957 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/02
    Most competitive runners do not like being restricted in their regimens. As we all know, these patients are very anxious to resume their running activity. However, they do look to foot and ankle specialists for help in reducing the inflammation, preventing and/or recuperating from lower extremity injuries. In order to write effective orthotic prescriptions for these patients, be sure to pay attention to cast correction, materials and additional bells and whistles. The ability of the orthosis to control abnormal or excessive motion of the foot is more dependent on the size of the device and th... continue reading