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  • March 2003 | Volume 16 - Issue 3
    Do you need some answers to questions you may have in regard to treating diabetic feet? You may consider turning to the resource www.footandankle.com/DMfoot/. The Treatment-Based Diabetic Foot Risk Calculator is run by the University of Texas Health Scien
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    9,513 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently released its 2003 Clinical Practice Recommendations and one of the highlights is a new methodology of diagnosing diabetes. Using an altered version of a test may change the number of how many people are diagnosed with diabetes, according to the ADA. The ADA recommends practitioners use the following criteria: • Symptoms of diabetes plus casual plasma glucose concentration 200 mg/dl (11.1 mmol/l); or • FPG >126 mg/dl (7.0 mmol/l); or • 2-h PG > 200 mg/dl (11.1 mmol/l) during an OGTT. The new criteria change the previous recommendat... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    3,406 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    How helpful is therapeutic footwear for patients with diabetes? It has been one of the most hotly debated questions over the last few months, especially in the aftermath of a controversial study that was published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (See “Study Questions Necessity Of Diabetic Footwear,” News And Trends, August 2002.) The randomized study of 400 people who had diabetes and a history of foot ulcers had three study groups. One group wore therapeutic shoes and custom inserts, another group wore therapeutic footwear and prefabricated ... continue reading
    Aircast’s Pneumatic Walker Diabetic System has multi-aircell support to provide graduated, pulsating compression.
    By Gina DiGironimo, Production Editor
    2,066 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    When diabetic patients have lower extremity injuries, they may have trouble weightbearing and getting around can prove difficult. Not only do you want to promote healing, you also want to enhance patient mobility. You may recommend traditional casting braces or something tailored specifically for your diabetic patient. One such option is the Pneumatic Walker Diabetic System. Aircast, the manufacturer of the device, offers two other walking braces, the Pneumatic Walker and the Foam Walker, which provide pneumatic and semi-pneumatic support respectively. However, the Pneumatic Walker Diabetic S... continue reading
    Here is a close-up view of a plantar ulceration secondary to increased forefoot pressure.
    By Matthew J. Claxton, DPM, and David G. Armstrong, DPM
    18,384 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Foot ulcers are the major risk factor for amputation among people with diabetes. Fifteen percent of people with diabetes will experience a foot ulcer. In this particular patient population, 14 to 24 percent will require lower extremity amputation.1 Loss of protective sensation and repetitive mechanical trauma (high foot pressures) are the major causes of diabetic foot ulceration.2,3 As per the ADA consensus report, the plantar forefoot is the most common location for foot ulcers.1 The underlying source of forefoot ulceration is increased forefoot pressure t... continue reading
    By Anthony Poggio, DPM
    27,015 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Diabetes is one of the more common conditions that we treat. Our training and expertise in this area make us an integral part of the multidisciplinary team approach. Given that diabetes is a multi-system disorder, diagnosis and treatment tends to be more complicated. Indeed, treating these patients may involve more frequent visits, more detailed examinations and more complex decision making. A significant number of patients in virtually any podiatric practice are diabetic. Given this high volume, errors in billing and coding can have a major financial impact on a practice. Improperly submitt... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    4,759 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    My patient was a 40-something, peroxide blonde, personal fitness trainer. It was her first visit and she complained, “You have to do something about my nails. I can’t have this flaw with my job.” Her nails looked nearly normal with only slight thickening and very faint yellow discoloration. She had a history of liver dysfunction. I explained that her problem wasn’t serious enough to treat and the oral medications for fungus nails were contraindicated because of her health history. At this point, Blondie screamed at me because I had nothing to cure her nails. I sat back and made a few... continue reading
    Jeffrey Page, DPM, says a third of the diabetes patients at his center have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy (like the patient shown above) and approximately 15 percent of those patients are symptomatic. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Barrett, DPM)
    Moderator: David G. Armstrong, DPM; Panelists: Andrew Boulton, MD, A. Lee Dellon, MD, Jeffrey Page, DPM and Barry Rosenblum, DPM
    8,593 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Painful diabetic neuropathy is perhaps one of the most discussed and hotly debated subjects in podiatry. Emerging research and emerging treatments have fueled the fire even further. With this in mind, David G. Armstrong, DPM, a member of the American Diabetes Association’s National Board of Directors, posed a number of questions to leading authorities on this controversial subject. Here’s what they had to say … Q: How prevalent is painful diabetic neuropathy in your practice? A: All of the panelists note they see a large number of patients with neuropathy secondary to diabete... continue reading
    Aircast’s Pneumatic Walker Diabetic System has multi-aircell support to provide graduated, pulsating compression.
    By Gina DiGironimo, Production Editor
    3,573 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    When diabetic patients have lower extremity injuries, they may have trouble weightbearing and getting around can prove difficult. Not only do you want to promote healing, you also want to enhance patient mobility. You may recommend traditional casting braces or something tailored specifically for your diabetic patient. One such option is the Pneumatic Walker Diabetic System. Aircast, the manufacturer of the device, offers two other walking braces, the Pneumatic Walker and the Foam Walker, which provide pneumatic and semi-pneumatic support respectively. However, the Pneumatic Walker Diabetic S... continue reading
    Here is a close-up view of a paronychia from an ingrown mycotic nail of a patient with diabetes.
    By Richard A. Pollak, DPM, MS
    15,773 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    8,011 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Plastic and reconstructive surgery techniques can be a significant adjunct for podiatric surgeons in managing diabetic foot wounds and tissue loss. With this in mind, the panelists discuss a variety of techniques (including split-thickness skin grafting and muscle flaps) and indications for chronic ulcers, the neuropathic foot and pressure-induced heel ulcerations. Q: When do you consider reconstructive plastic surgical techniques in the management of diabetic foot ulcers? A: Peter Blume, DPM, says he considers plastic surgery techniques for these ulcers when offloading and conserva... continue reading