Volume 23 - Issue 9 - September 2010

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Case Studies In Combination Therapy For Complex Wounds

Valerie L. Schade, DPM, AACFAS, and Thomas S. Roukis, DPM, PhD, FACFAS | 14420 reads | 0 comments

Whether there are issues with durable coverage, infection or a comorbidity such as rheumatoid arthritis, complex wounds may require a combination of modalities. Accordingly, these authors emphasize the importance of optimal medical management and discuss the roles of hydrosurgical debridement, polymethylmethacrylate antibiotic-loaded cement beads, plastic surgery techniques and external fixation to help facilitate wound closure.

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Why The DPM Identity Crisis Is Much Ado About Nothing

John H. McCord, DPM | 3917 reads | 1 comments

I have never cared much about my identity as a professional. It did not matter to me if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services considered me to be a physician as long as my patients thought I was a good doctor.

   I looked forward to retirement so I could get my first name back. That part has not gone smoothly. More people address me with the “D” word than when I was in practice.

   I was attending mass a few weeks ago and when I went up to communion, the Eucharistic minister said, “Doctor, the body of Christ.”

New Products »

New Products September 2010

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Rebound From Injury

A new short leg walker can accomodate differences in lower extremity anatomy and help patients avoid re-injury.

   The Rebound™ Air Walker is a short leg walker with a full circumferential shell and toe bumper, which can protect patients from re-injury, according to the manufacturer Ossur. It adds that the walker features an integrated air pump that provides easy inflation/deflation and consistent compression. The device also has front placement straps that permit easy application, according to the company.

Technology In Practice »

Implant Offers Unique Benefits For Intramedullary Fixation

Podiatry Today Staff | 4308 reads | 0 comments

Whether one is repairing a hammertoe deformity or seeking a better fixation option for a hallux interphalangeal joint fusion, podiatric surgeons may want to consider an implant that offers a two-piece locking design, a larger diameter and a viable alternative to K-wire fixation.

Treatment Dilemmas »

Keys To Diagnosing And Treating Achilles Insertional Pain And Retrocalcaneal Exostosis Pain

Bob Baravarian, DPM | 42112 reads | 0 comments

Posterior insertional Achilles pain and retrocalcaneal exostosis pain are commonly grouped together as one common problem referred to as posterior insertional Achilles pain. However, these are two different problems with common approaches to treatment. Accordingly, let us take a closer look at retrocalcaneal pain and Achilles insertional pain, explain the different issues with each and their proper treatment options.

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Proactive Pointers For Preventing Malpractice Lawsuits

Alan Catanzariti, DPM, FACFAS | 7124 reads | 0 comments

Malpractice lawsuits can be time-consuming, financially draining and can affect your confidence in your abilities to deliver care for your patients. Accordingly, this author reviews common factors that lead to lawsuits, how to address potential complications, identifying potential red flags and the importance of good patient rapport.

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