Volume 22 - Issue 1 - January 2009
Given the severe complications associated with critical limb ischemia (CLI), this author offers a revealing look at the research on tissue regeneration and stem cell therapy, and potential therapeutic applications in the future.
Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is an end-stage disease that is provoked by progressive obstruction of the peripheral arteries. It is often associated with long segments of involvement at multiple sites with distal vessel disease. The ischemic insult results in rest pain, which progresses to skin breakdown and gangrene unless ischemia is revers
There is an ancient Chinese curse that goes, “May you live in interesting times.” We are now living in interesting financial times due to the current global economic mess. The experts and economists are mainly engaged in finger-pointing, which does no good. Others are claiming that they saw it coming. Since the world economy is cyclical, everybody knew it was coming.
I have an advantage for dealing with hard economic times. I grew up in a small town in north central Montana. The economy came to a halt every winter. Unemployment grew to 11 percent. The
New Products »
NPWT Dressing Selection Made Easy
When using negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) to facilitate wound healing, podiatrists may opt to use a new foam dressing kit.
The new foam dressing kit, which is designed for use with Smith and Nephew’s NPWT devices, enables DPMs to have gauze and foam choices from one manufacturer, according to Smith and Nephew.
Smith and Nephew adds that the dressing kit, a single use product, is available in four sizes. The company says the foam dressing kit is both clinically effective and
News and Trends »
APMA Creates New Surgical Affiliate
By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
Following the American Podiatric Medical Association’s (APMA) parting of ways with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), the APMA has established its own new surgical affiliate, the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS).
The ASPS has a goal of “promoting the advancement of podiatric surgery through education and research,” according to a recent edition of the APMA e-news. The new surgical affiliate will operate under its own bylaws and will
Treatment Dilemmas »
Achilles tendon problems have become more widespread with the increase in the number of adult athletes and an increase in the overall body mass index of patients. There have been many advances in the treatment of Achilles tendon problems with several improvements in conservative care, several so-called “overlap procedures” and multiple new surgical techniques.
In order to understand Achilles issues, we first need to discuss the make-up of the Achilles tendon and the terminology of associated problems. The Achilles complex is made up of several sectio
Continuing Education »
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While nonunions are relatively common complications, this author encourages a strong focus on fundamentals such as sound preoperative planning, thorough patient education, adequate joint preparation and proper fixation.
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