Volume 16 - Issue 1 - January 2003

Technology In Practice »

Why The PressureStat Is A Diagnostic Educator

By Gina DiGironimo, Production Editor | 4549 reads | 0 comments

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
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Wound Care Q&A »

Expert Insights On New Advances In Wound Care

Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM | 5542 reads | 0 comments

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



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Mastering The Scarf Bunionectomy

By Lowell Scott Weil Jr., DPM | 43393 reads | 0 comments

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



Continuing Education »

Understanding The Link Between Nutrition And Wound Healing

By John E. Hahn, DPM, ND | 13509 reads | 0 comments

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.



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Exploring The Potential Of AFO Devices

By Douglas Richie Jr., DPM | 40327 reads | 0 comments

While several large orthotic laboratories have offered AFOs for over 20 years, the increasing demand for the devices has become a significant phenomenon in the podiatric field. Why have podiatrists turned to AFOs more and more in recent years? There are three key reasons that have caused this shift in treatment.
First, there has been a meteoric rise in the number of patients who have challenging foot and ankle pathologies. Two of these pathologies, adult acquired flatfoot secondary to posterior tibial tendon insufficiency and diabetic Charcot’s arthropathy, have disappointing treatment re



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HIPAA Update: Are You Ready?

By Robert Smith, Contributing Editor | 3826 reads | 0 comments

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