Volume 21 - Issue 11 - November 2008
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
New Products »
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
Technology In Practice »
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
Treatment Dilemmas »
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
Surgical Pearls »
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
Wound Care Q&A »
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?
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