Volume 20 - Issue 10 - October 2007

Continuing Education »

CE: A Guide To Current Concepts In Skin Grafting

By Tod Storm, DPM | 10951 reads | 0 comments

Continuing Education Course #157: October 2007

I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “A Guide To Current Concepts In Skin Grafting,” in our CE series. This series, brought to you by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME), consists of complimentary CE activities that qualify for one continuing education contact hour (.1 CEU). Readers will not be required to pay a processing fee for this course.

Podiatrists commonly use skin grafts to help close difficult wounds in the lower extremity. Accordingly, Tod Storm, DPM, offers key insights on ful



Forum »

It Takes A Village To Save A Leg

By John H. McCord, DPM | 1624 reads | 0 comments

My favorite writing project is to produce a “return to work” document for a patient who has recovered from a serious foot or ankle problem. I had that pleasure last week on behalf of a 53-year-old gentleman whom I first met six months ago during a hospital consult.

His primary physician requested a consult regarding a diabetic ulcer with cellulitus involving the fourth and fifth toes of the left foot. The primary doc also let me know that he was beginning his vacation that day so I could manage the patient until he was ready for discharge. It all seemed like a convenient “dump” to m



New Products »

New Products

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The Healing Power Of The Ocean

Two new wound healing products harness the power of the ocean.

The all-natural Ocean Aid Spray and Ocean Aid Moisturizing Foam can heal wounds without antiseptics or disinfectants, according to the manufacturer Ocean Aid, Inc. The company says the product line uses lysozyme, a natural antibacterial enzyme, along with coral reef sea salt in a sterile solution.

The company says Ocean Aid Spray uses an isotonic, purified sea salt solution while Ocean Aid Moisturizing Foam offers an antiinflammatory formula for soothing pain after phenol procedure



Sports Medicine »

Four Essential Keys To Athletic Shoe Fit

By Josh White, DPM, CPed | 8758 reads | 0 comments

For professional athletes and weekend warriors alike, having the right shoe and the correct fit can mean the difference between participating and sitting on the sidelines. Since most podiatrists now fit shoes in their offices, it is imperative that they develop a true expertise in this critical aspect of foot care, particularly with respect to the special needs of athletes. Providing proper shoe fit and selection for active individuals holds great potential for both injury prevention and for practice expansion.

When podiatrists themselves fit patients with athletic shoes, it fills a void in



Orthotics Q&A »

How To Address Conditions That Affect Pediatric Gait

Guest Clinical Editor: Edwin Harris, DPM | 11909 reads | 0 comments

Given that toe walking and other gait disturbances are common among children, these expert panelists take a closer look at these conditions, offer keys to the diagnostic assessment and share their insights on appropriate treatment modalities and physical therapy regimens.

Q: What is your treatment plan for children with diplegia and hemiplegia?



Dermatology Diagnosis »

Treating A Pigmented, Slightly Pruritic Nodule

By G.“Dock” Dockery, DPM, FACFAS | 13482 reads | 0 comments

A 37-year-old Caucasian male presents with a chief complaint of a nodular growth on the left calf. He first noticed the bump about two months ago but says he did not think too much about it until recently. At that time, he noticed it was causing mild discomfort when he touched it but the growth was only slightly pruritic. The lesion did not appear to be infected and it did not drain or bleed at any time. He says he checked the rest of his body for any similar looking lesions and found none. Otherwise, he has no other complaints or concerns.

The patient has not changed his diet or eating hab



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