Volume 23 - Issue 6 - June 2010

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How To Prevent Periwound Maceration With VAC Therapy

Jason R. Hanft, DPM, and Maribel Henao, DPM | 19496 reads | 0 comments

Maintaining an airtight seal with VAC therapy may be difficult for highly exudating wounds and wounds that are irregular in size. Given these challenges, these authors present a novel technique to address this issue and reduce the risk of periwound maceration.



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Passing The Torch And A Positive Attitude To Podiatry Students

Megan Lawton, DPM | 4234 reads | 4 comments

Recently we have been reading of podiatrists recommending to the younger generation that they not enter the field of podiatry. This issue has understandably drawn strong responses on either side.

   When I first saw this, I had a flashback to when I was in school and someone suggested “finding something else to do (because) the profession is going downhill.” Most of my colleague’s defense was that he was making half the amount he used to make for something like a bunion surgery. I dismissed most of the naysayers because I had way more positive people surrounding me.



Technology In Practice »

Can A New Plate Lead To Better Outcomes With First MPJ Fusion?

Podiatry Today Staff | 4291 reads | 0 comments

Are you looking for improved compression for your first metatarsophalangeal (MPJ) fusions? Do your current fusion plate options cause irritation with shoegear in your more active patients?

   A new product may offer some solutions to those dilemmas. The Anchorage MTP Fusion Plate reportedly offers key features that provide reliable compression and reduce potential complications of first MPJ fusion procedures.



Orthotics Q&A »

Can Smart Orthotics Have An Impact In Preventing Ulceration?

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Q:

Many studies that investigated the use of therapeutic footwear along with accommodative inserts have reported only moderate rates of efficacy in preventing diabetic ulcer recurrence. Can one attribute this to the oversimplification of the foot ulcer pathology?



Dermatology Diagnosis »

When A Patient Presents With Itchy Red Plaques In The Lower Extremities

Tracey Vlahovic, DPM, FAPWCA | 16223 reads | 0 comments

A 25-year-old male who thought he had tinea pedis and corporis presented with red plaques extending from the medial aspect of his feet proximal into his lower extremities bilaterally. The patient had no pertinent past medical history, no medications and no history of dental work. The lesions were pruritic and he noticed when his cat scratched him, small marks remained on his legs that were also itchy. Due to this, he believed the skin disease was spreading and contagious.



Diabetes Watch »

Is FDG-PET A Better Imaging Option For Diabetic Osteomyelitis?

Hope C. Markowitz, BA, Harley B. Kantor, BA, Randy Cohen, DPM, and Khurram H. Khan, DPM | 14842 reads | 0 comments

Making an accurate diagnosis of osteomyelitis in a patient with diabetes is essential in order to minimize complications. Nearly 33 percent of diabetic foot infections develop osteomyelitis. Most of these infections are a result of direct contiguous spread from soft tissue lesions.1



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