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  • May 2009 | Volume 22 - Issue 5
    Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR
    16,468 reads | 0 comments | 04/30/09
       Initial attacks of gout often affect the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ). Accordingly, this author discusses the differential diagnosis of lower extremity gout, keys to managing acute attacks and how to get a handle on the disease’s metabolic causes. He also discusses current and emerging pharmaceutical options for treating the disease.    Gout is a metabolic condition characterized by excessive levels of serum urate. The consensus is that a serum urate level above 6.0 mg/dL, the saturation point of urate in biological fluids, is the cause of gout.... continue reading
    John H. McCord, DPM
    2,286 reads | 0 comments | 04/24/09
       I have been an unemployed podiatrist for four months since my retirement in December 2008. After almost 34 years of loving my work, I turned the practice over to my partner and a new associate.    Retirement was the carrot I chased for so many years. The first weeks were like magic and then I got bored.    I checked the job board at the hospital to see if my skills matched any positions. They did not. There seemed to be no call for used podiatrists.    There was a job that intrigued me. There was a position open for a mu... continue reading
    Lauren Grant, Editorial Assistant
    3,975 reads | 0 comments | 04/23/09
       For surgeons looking to facilitate quick postoperative healing for osseous defects with a reduced risk of disease transmission and without the need for a second surgery, a calcium phosphate bone void filler may prove to be beneficial in osteotomy procedures.    One can use the biocompatible OsteoVation®EX Bone Void Filler to fill bony voids or gaps quickly, and help anchor internal fixation devices, notes the manufacturer OsteoMed.    OsteoMed says surgeons can complete the OsteoVationEX Bone Void Filler process in a few short steps. The... continue reading

    3,685 reads | 0 comments | 04/23/09
    Babak Baravarian, DPM
    86,465 reads | 0 comments | 04/23/09
       The use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections in the treatment of fasciosis and tendinosis about the foot and ankle is a fairly recent and evolving concept. The idea behind such injections is quite simple and has been well studied in the literature.    The concept is that there is a loss of inflammatory response and chronic scar formation with fascia and tendon injuries. The proper terms for such injuries are fasciosis and tendinosis rather than the more commonly used terms of fasciitis and tendonitis. In fasciitis and tendonitis cases, there is good blo... continue reading
    Adam R. Johnson, DPM
    18,109 reads | 0 comments | 04/23/09
       While total joint replacement has been successful in the shoulder, the hip and the knee, we have not seen similar success with total ankle replacement in the past.    Initial reports on total ankle replacements were promising in 1979.1 However, long-term follow-up studies painted a different picture as many failures and poor survivorship of the implants led many authors to abandon the procedure in favor of arthrodesis as it had more predictable results and fewer complications.2-4    Yet there has been a recent resurg... continue reading
    Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS
    49,458 reads | 0 comments | 04/23/09
       Heel pressure ulcers can be particularly challenging for podiatric physicians, given the risk of complications, offloading challenges and the compromised vascular status of high-risk patients. Accordingly, our expert panelists share their perspectives in providing wound care for these patients.    Q: How do you dispense offloading devices for pressure ulcers of heels?    A: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS, considers factors such as the patient’s weight, sensory perception (neuropathy), activity level and mobility level, as well as skin perfusion pr... continue reading
    Eleanor Wilson, DPM
    13,781 reads | 0 comments | 04/23/09
       Approximately 23.6 million people in the United States have diabetes, according to the 2007 statistics from the American Diabetes Association.1 Many of these patients have an associated comorbidity of obesity and, all too often, Achilles tendon contracture.    As we age, the tendon naturally tightens. However, diabetes exacerbates this tightening process as increased blood sugar levels deposit glucose in the collagen of the tendon, greatly reducing its elasticity. Obesity can also contribute to the tightening of the posterior muscle group, which i... continue reading
    Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor; Lauren Grant, Editorial Assistant
    9,419 reads | 0 comments | 04/23/09
    Can Peppering Augment Injections For Plantar Fasciitis? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    A new study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) concludes that a peppering injection technique can boost the effect of corticosteroids and provide greater pain relief.    The prospective, randomized, multicenter study consisted of 100 patients divided into four groups of equal sizes. Patients in group A received a 2 mL injection of autologous blood. Group B received 2 mL of lidocaine along with peppering injections.... continue reading
    Lawrence DiDomenico, DPM, and Laurence Cane, DPM
    46,633 reads | 0 comments | 04/23/09
    Given the complexity of drop foot and its impact on gait biomechanics, these authors offer a primer on the diagnostic workup, and share their thoughts on the potential merits of tendon transfer procedures.    Drop foot and foot drop are interchangeable terms that illustrate an abnormal neuromuscular disorder, which affects the patient’s capacity to lift up the foot at the ankle. Drop foot is further characterized by failure to dorsiflex the foot or move the foot inward or outward at the ankle. Pain, weakness and numbness may be associated with a loss of function. ... continue reading