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  • November 2002 | Volume 15 - Issue 11

    3,161 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/02
    In regard to the article “Restoring Sensation In Diabetic Patients” (see pg. 38, September issue) and the editorial (see “PSSD: Assessing Its Value And Potential,” pg. 12, September issue), we have been using the Pressure Specified Sensory Device (PSSD) at the University of Texas since March of 2001. We have been pleasantly surprised with the results of the testing. It has been beneficial in both diabetic and non-diabetic patients with nerve symptoms. The strength of the device is it allows you to look critically at the severity of nerve damage and allows earlier, more sensitive de ... continue reading
    By David Levine, DPM, CPed
    8,126 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/02
    Some days, it seems to be an epidemic. As you read the patient information sheet prior to entering the examination room to meet a patient for the first time, you start to wonder if everyone will eventually wind up with heel pain at some point in their lives. Sometimes it is easy to see why a person might be suffering with heel pain. Obesity, poor shoe selection and a job that requires extensive standing or walking are obvious contributing factors. In other situations, the cause(s) might be more perplexing. For instance, when a patient who has already received orthotic devices or even one who ... continue reading
    New from Medicis, the antifungal Loprox Topical Suspension deeply permeates the skin’s cracks and crevices.

    2,635 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/02
    Looking for a more durable antifungal medication that can give your patients better penetration? You may want to consider Loprox Topical Suspension (TS), a new antifungal medication from Medicis. According to Medicis, the cream- based Loprox TS permeates the skin’s cracks and crevices and does not rinse off after vigorous washing and rinsing in warm water. The company says you can use Loprox TS to treat large or hairy areas of the skin. The new cream is available in 30 and 60 mL sizes. Company: Medicis Product: Loprox Topical Suspension For more information, circle 398 on your reade... continue reading
    This shows the ultrasonic tranductor in the proper position for ESWT treatment. It allows you to locate the plantar fascia at its insertion. According to the author, the shockwaves are transmitted through the medial aspect of the foot.
    By David Zuckerman, DPM
    7,684 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/02
    As podiatric physicians and surgeons, we would like to treat chronic plantar fasciitis without the risks and complications that are inherent to common plantar fascia releases. We have studied lower extremity biomechanics and have been taught that with all surgical procedures, we must understand and respect the function of the human foot and how each surgical procedure changes its specific function and stability. However, studies of extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) have proven that we can cure chronic, insertional plantar fasciitis without exposing patients to any of the known risks (r... continue reading
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Looking for an ally in your attempt to get staff privileges at a local hospital? If so, you may want to check out www.hospitalpodiatrists.org. It’s the official site of the American Association of Hospital and Healthcare Podia
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    11,884 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/02
    While plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, there’s not exactly a universal approach when it comes to conservative treatment for this condition. Now a recent study suggests that prefabricated night splints may offer better results than the oft-recommended standing stretching in relieving symptoms of plantar fasciitis. The open retrospective study, which was published in the July/August edition of The Journal of Foot And Ankle Surgery, revolved around 160 patients who had unilateral or bilateral plantar fasciitis. In addition to a standard treatment regimen, the re... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    3,922 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/02
    Plug “podiatry” or “foot” into a Web search engine and thousands of entries can surface. In order not to get lost in the ocean of Web sites, there are numerous factors to consider. When potential patients have concerns about their feet or need treatment, the Internet may be the first environment to which they turn for information. Indeed, your site may be the first impression patients have of your practice. “A Web site should be a working part of your practice and not just a vanity site,” says Kirk Koepsel, DPM. “It’s like a welcome mat for your patients.” Evidence sugges ... continue reading
    Here is an AP view of a healed first MPJ fusion.
    By Jason S. Harrod, DPM
    7,188 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/02
    There are many methods you can use to prepare the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) for arthrodesis. One of those techniques involves using a cup and cone reamer system. Using this system can be helpful, especially when there has been some trauma to the joint surface, when you’re dealing with an extremely arthritic joint with hypertrophy or when the patient has a square metatarsal head. These conditions could potentially prohibit an exact coaptation of the opposing bones. However, the cup and cone reamer system (Howmedica) is designed to take advantage of the convexity of the first met... continue reading
    The IPM Wound Gel by L.A.M. Pharmaceutical utilizes the power of 2.5% hylauronic acid. Two DPMs say the product promotes faster granulation and is easy to use.
    By Gina DiGironimo, Production Editor
    6,634 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/02
    As more literature surfaces about the potential benefits of hyaluronic acid in healing difficult wounds, podiatrists are starting to take a closer look at the IPM Wound Gel, a 2.5% sodium hyaluronate-based wound dressing. According to L.A.M. Pharmaceutical, the manufacturer of the product, a study found that 27 patients with 53 refractory ulcers were able to achieve an 89 percent healing rate within 25 weeks of using the gel. Robert Snyder, DPM, says similar research on the IPM Wound Gel was conducted at the University of Miami.1 “Their data suggests the (IPM Wound Gel) may enha... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    5,000 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/02
    Learning to trust and even like orthopedic surgeons was tough for me. I spent four years in podiatry school being warned that orthopods stay awake at night plotting the demise of podiatry. At the very least, I could expect a clever orthopod would ruin my career the first time I slipped up. My experience with orthopedic surgeons in my residency training created a greater fear and dislike for the specialty. The gruff and ornery old Dr. Borman was Chief of Orthopedics in the hospital where I trained. He chewed me out in front of a young extern one day because my hair was too long. He told me I c... continue reading
    Here is a close-up view of a neuropathic ulcer under the second metatarsal.
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    7,805 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/02
    Neuropathic ulcers can be extremely problematic for diabetes patients and podiatrists alike. Exploring the ins and outs of surgical treatment, our expert panelists take a closer look at specific ulcers, helpful techniques, the merits of preoperative vascular testing and postoperative protocols. Q: Do you perform prophylactic diabetic foot surgery? If yes, what are the common types of situations in which you would use this treatment option? A: All of the panelists consider prophylactic surgery in diabetes patients when conservative treatment options have failed to resolve an ulcer. ... continue reading