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  • November 2008 | Volume 21 - Issue 11
    John H. McCord, DPM
    Kshitij Shankhdhar, MBBS, Dip Diab
    7,058 reads | 3 comments | 10/29/08
          Every 30 seconds, a lower limb is lost as a consequence of diabetes. Worldwide, more than a million amputations are performed each year as a consequence of diabetes. Up to 85 percent of all amputations in people with diabetes are preceded by foot ulcers.       With approximately 42 million people with diabetes, India heads the list of 10 most affected nations in the world. Current estimates indicate that India shall continue to hold the same position even in 2025.       Indeed, diabetes mellitus is proving to be a global epidemic with ... continue reading

    3,145 reads | 0 comments | 10/29/08
    Combating Sore Feet Two new gel cushions may provide just the right amount of padding to alleviate foot soreness while allowing flexibility.       The Slim-Gel Fit™ line may help protect against shear forces, abrasions, friction and other pressure on the feet, according to the manufacturer Silipos.       The company says the Slim-Gel Fit line contains a strap that allows the gel pads to be worn on either the left or the right foot.       Silipos says these products also include a metatarsal pad and bunion sleeve. The company... continue reading
    Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    4,316 reads | 0 comments | 10/29/08
          Among the many complexities physicians face when treating podiatric patients is the proper placement of an individual for treatment purposes. Accuracy is essential for the numerous procedures that doctors perform and the podiatry table – or chair – that one uses can make a difference in patient outcomes.       The Midmark Corporation aims to raise the bar in this category with the introduction of its Midmark 647 Barrier-Free® Podiatry Procedures Chair and 646 Basic Podiatry Procedures Chair.       Both chairs feature a totally rede... continue reading
    Bob Baravarian, DPM
    32,236 reads | 0 comments | 10/29/08
       Chronic ankle instability can be a common and often debilitating problem resulting from multiple moderate ankle sprains or a single severe ankle sprain. The subsequent residual symptoms associated with chronic ankle instability may lead to multiple additional ankle sprains and possible secondary conditions such as arthritis, synovitis or tendon irritation/tear.    In our practice, chronic ankle instability is one of the most common presentations and we have noted a triad of common problems associated with patients who have chronic ankle instability. These p... continue reading
    Jerome Slavitt, DPM
    19,470 reads | 0 comments | 10/29/08
       While warts are among the most common pathological problems that podiatrists treat, they are also among the most frustrating conditions. While there are multiple forms of therapy available, the success rate is not what we would like to see. In my clinical experience, I have found that these modalities only have an average cure rate of 75 percent.    There is no individual approach that can be construed as the single most effective form of wart therapy. It is also a good idea to inform the patient about the possibility of recurrence both during and after th... continue reading
    Kazu Suzuki, DPM
    24,251 reads | 0 comments | 10/29/08
       Establishing a wound care clinic can be a rewarding part of practice. These panelists draw on their wound care experience to discuss the essential clinical tools you need and also emphasize the importance of developing strong referral sources to help facilitate optimal outcomes for patients. Q: What are the basic and bare minimum treatment modalities and tools you use daily in your wound care clinic? ... continue reading
    Melissa Adams, DPM, and John S. Steinberg, DPM
    11,180 reads | 0 comments | 10/29/08
       The prevalence of individuals with diabetes continues to rise. The disease now affects nearly 24 million Americans or 7.8 percent of the population of the United States.1 Consequently, the demand for diabetic foot care continues to increase and this is exemplified by the one-year incidence of newly occurring ulcerations in patients with diabetes ranging from 1 to 2.6 percent. 2    It is important to realize that foot ulcers occur in 12 to 25 percent of patients with diabetes and ulcers precede 84 percent of all non-traumatic amputation... continue reading
    Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    6,065 reads | 0 comments | 10/29/08
    Study Suggests Benefit Of Conservative Surgery For Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis Could conservative surgery have an impact in treating osteomyelitis in the diabetic foot? A recent study published in Diabetologia found that surgery without amputation was successful in nearly half of the patients with diabetic foot osteomyelitis.    In the study, researchers assessed 185 consecutive patients with diabetic foot osteomyelitis and histopathological confirmation of bone involvement. Histopathological analysis revealed that 50.8 percent of patients had acute osteomyeliti... continue reading
    Christopher R. Corwin, DPM, MS
    2,727 reads | 0 comments | 10/29/08
    John V. Guiliana, DPM, MS
    11,195 reads | 0 comments | 10/29/08
    While there are a variety of perceptions about the nature of in-office dispensing, this author addresses key issues and says it can be a valuable addition to one’s practice for physicians and patients.      One of the hottest debates in podiatric medicine involves the process of dispensing products to patients. Many feel that dispensing ancillary products provides patients with a plethora of value while opponents argue that dispensing is only a source of physician profit.      Products that are currently being dispensed by podiatrists include mois... continue reading