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  • January 2003 | Volume 16 - Issue 1

    3,190 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/03
    Is it possible to foster improved wound healing as patients return to work? KCI has attempted to answer that question in the affirmative with its VACFreedom, the latest model of the successful Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC) device. Recently showcased at the National Association of Home Care 21st Annual Meeting and HOMECARE Expo in Salt Lake City, the V.A.CFreedom system offers improved portability and ease of use for patients, according to KCI. The system provides a large 300ml canister that facilitates fewer dressing changes and a TRAC (Therapeutic Regulated Accurate Care) Pad that maximiz ... continue reading
    By Robert Smith, Contributing Editor
    4,853 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/03
    It had long been assumed that many medical practices (including podiatric practitioners) were lagging behind in complying with then-forthcoming HIPAA regulations. The actual figures released after the recent October deadline confirm those assumptions. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) indicate about 550,000 health care organizations filed for a one-year extension to delay HIPAA compliance. “It had previously been estimated that there were more than 2 million physician practices and other clinical Level 1 entity groups impacted by the law,” according to Dr. David Marcink ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    5,376 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/03
    Can the ancient remedy of honey make an impact in treating wounds that are resistant to traditional antibiotics? Two articles, published recently in Ostomy Wound Management and in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, suggest honey may show some promise in wound healing. The Journal of Applied Microbiology study involved 18 strains of MRSA and seven strains of vancomycin-sensitive enterococci (VSE), which were isolated from infected wounds. Researchers established their sensitivity to two natural honeys of median levels of antibacterial activity and compared that with an ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor in Chief
    2,515 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/03
    Perspective. They say it comes with age and is the result of an ongoing culmination of life experiences. It is the hope that as we develop this sense of wisdom, we’ll be better equipped to make smarter choices and decisions that may have a lasting impact. However, no matter how much perspective we have, the gravity of economic realities has a way of derailing our long-term view. Certainly, bottom-line decisions are more prevalent given the current downturn in the economy. More than ever, though, it is clearly critical to maintain perspective when it comes to cost concerns in wound care fo ... continue reading
    By Gerald W. Paul, DPM
    16,043 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/03
    The advantages of lesser proximal interphalangeal joint arthrodesis in hammertoe surgery are numerous and well known. Arthrodesis is indicated in patients who have compromised intrinsic muscle function and are lacking both digital and metatarsophalangeal joint stability. Indeed, digital arthrodesis has always been an excellent procedure to consider if you fear reoccurrence of the hammertoe deformity due to biomechanical factors. Through the years, surgeons have employed several methods and devices to facilitate fusion across the lesser proximal interphalangeal joints (PIPJ) for stable hammer ... continue reading
    By Gina DiGironimo, Production Editor
    5,339 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/03
    Proper diagnosis and treatment of foot ulcerations is essential to preventing lower extremity amputations. With this in mind, Footlogic offers its PressureStat device. An alternative to the traditional optical pedobarograph, the PressureStat gives you a quick and effective way to identify plantar pressure abnormalities associated with diabetes. A 1999 study in Diabetic Medicine showed that the PressureStat performed well in correctly identifying all high pressure areas in patients versus other pressure data techniques in assessing and preventing diabetic foot ulcers.1 Andre ... continue reading
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    6,629 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/03
    As Aristidis Veves, MD and Thanh Dinh, DPM, point out, it is well-known that the chronic diabetic foot ulcer is stuck in the inflammation phase of the wound healing cycle. Research studies have shown that non-healing wounds may have specific biochemical imbalances, notes Liza Ovington, PhD. In particular, non-healing wounds have been shown to have excessively high levels of proteolytic enzymes such as matrix metalloproteases (MMPs). While these enzymes are necessary in various aspects of the healing process, such as cellular migration, debridement and phagocytosis, Dr. Ovington notes that hi ... continue reading
    By Lowell Scott Weil Jr., DPM
    52,439 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/03
    While the great majority of hallux valgus deformities can be accommodated with a wide toe-box shoe, secondary deformities, such as painful hammer digit syndrome and metatarsalgia, coupled with patient demands, often drive the need for operative intervention. In addition, some individuals are averse to wearing any type of special shoes and wish to have the deformity corrected rather than accommodated. When an operation is indicated in your opinion and in concert with the patient’s wishes, the goals for the ideal hallux valgus operation are as follows: • joint congruity with full, pain-fre ... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    3,225 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/03
    There’s an old Chinese curse that goes, “May you live in interesting times.” The past four months have been very interesting in the business segment of my practice. Curse is a good description of my situation. I returned from a short vacation the first week of July. My office manager said, “I’ve got some bad news. You better sit down.” I immediately feared something had happened to one of my patients. To my relief, it was only my computer. It had crashed big time. Amy explained the screen showed an error message when she logged on the previous day. She looked up a patient file. T ... continue reading
    By John E. Hahn, DPM, ND
    17,111 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/03
    In our profession, we do not receive extensive training in medical nutrition and its link to wound healing and the prevention of infections. Most podiatric and medical school curriculums devote only a limited amount of time to nutritional instruction for their students. Granted, podiatrists are aware of the nutritional requirements for the diabetic patients. Preoperatively, we usually work alongside an internist or primary care physician to help these patients balance their insulin and glucose levels during and after the foot surgeries. ... continue reading