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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • April 2003 | Volume 16 - Issue 4
    By Eric M. Feit, DPM, and Mary M. Peters, DPM
    12,015 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    It is believed that 15 percent of diabetics will develop a foot or leg ulceration at some point during the course of their disease and that 50 percent will recur within 18 months.1 Approximately 80 percent of diabetic ulcers occur plantarly due to abnormal pressures. Most of these ulcers can be treated with sharp debridement, offloading devices and local wound care.2-4 Once you’ve achieved ulcer healing, utilizing custom orthotics with extra depth shoes will often prevent recurrence and reduce the needed frequency of pre-ulcerative keratoma debridements. Unfortunately... continue reading
    The ink mat is a valuable screening tool that is fast and easy to use. It is also a great tool for patient education.
    By David Levine, DPM, CPed
    9,341 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    There is a large untapped population of patients who need our biomechanical expertise and guidance. These are the patients who are currently seeing physical therapists, chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons and their family physicians for ongoing aches and pains that are sometimes in their feet, but often in other locations too. These are patients looking for answers to their foot, leg, knee, hip and back pain. Even though we do not directly treat ailments affecting other regions, we do understand the impact the foot has on the rest of the body. Certainly a static exam is an integral part of ... continue reading
    New ‘in-toeing’ and ‘out-toeing’ gait plates from NWPL provide improved control.

    3,300 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Your debriding arsenal just became a little fuller with the introduction of two new sizes of popular debriding ointments. New from Healthpoint, Panafil and Accuzyme are now available in 6-gram unit packages. According to the company, the smaller packaging of these ointments provides patients with convenience and is a safe, easy option for first time applications. Healthpoint notes the unit dose will reduce potential waste and is appropriate for situations requiring less therapy. Company: Healthpoint Product: Accuzyme and Panafil Unit Dose For more information, Circle 399 on your read... continue reading
    Here is a pre-op AP radiograph of an adult patient with flexible pes planovalgus. Note the increase in the talocalcaneal angle, the talo-first metatarsal angle and the cuboid adduction angle.
    By Richard O. Lundeen, DPM, and Stephen M. Offutt, DPM, MS
    18,645 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    The treatment of symptomatic flexible pes planovalgus is a topic that stirs up considerable controversy among practitioners. This is especially true in the pediatric arena where there is a common belief that the child will “grow out of it.” For many foot specialists who see the damaging effects of excessive pronation among adults, the realization is all too obvious that much of this pathology can be curbed if it is addressed in childhood. Shockingly, some even deny the existence of the condition. Etiological factors of flexible pes planovalgus fall into two broad categories: pediatric an... continue reading
    Here is an open wound following a sub-total calcanectomy. Take note of the excellent granular bed, which was facilitated by adjuvant wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
    By Gina DiGironimo, Production Editor
    7,140 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Beginning this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will expand its coverage of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) to include the treatment of diabetic wounds in the lower extremities. According to the CMS, in order to qualify for this coverage, patients must have: type 1 or type 2 diabetes and a lower extremity wound due to diabetes; a wound that is classified as a Wagner grade III or higher; and have failed an adequate course of standard wound therapy. Caroline Fife, MD, says the expanded coverage is a “big step forward.” “It represents an understanding on the par... continue reading
    By Robert Smith, Contributing Editor
    8,201 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Hiring an associate can be a time-consuming, involved process—if it is done properly. As with any major professional decision, you must take great care and consideration in order to make the right move at the right time with the right person. Making a rushed or uninformed decision can result in excess costs and wasted time, not to mention the potential damage done to relationships with patients. Do you really need an associate? There are a number of key considerations in determining whether to bring an associate on board. • Do you need more time off? Bringing an associate on board... continue reading
    Guest Clinical Editor: Nicholas Sol, DPM, CPed
    30,173 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
    Have you seen your share of patients who have back pain as a result of compensating for gait-related problems? If so, you’re not alone. Some patients may indeed get relief from lower back pain after getting custom orthotics. With this in mind, our expert panelists tackle this important subject. Q: Podiatrists often report that many of their patients experience relief of low back pain after receiving custom orthotics. What is the relationship? ... continue reading
    You can see a preoperative view of chronic midfoot Charcot neuroarthropathy.
    By Thomas Zgonis, DPM, Gary P. Jolly, DPM and Peter Blume, DPM
    18,203 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    While external fixation will not replace internal fixation in the surgical toolbox, it does offer a number of specific advantages. Using external fixation has become routine for initial reduction and stabilization of comminuted long bone fractures, and is often used in conjunction with a few judiciously placed lag screws. In the presence of compromised soft tissue, external fixation becomes essential. Unlike internal fixation, which becomes a fixed, static construct once you apply it, external fixation can be quite dynamic in certain forms. It is common during postoperative periods to adjust ... continue reading
    By Mark H. Feldman, MS, DPM, and John Grady, DPM
    13,215 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Yes, Mark H. Feldman, MS, DPM, cites technical advances in the devices and promising results from studies. Diligent study of normal ankle biomechanics and review of previous implant failures has led to the development of a new generation of total ankle replacement (TAR) implants. The newer implants provide a better means of dissipating the rotational forces at the joint surface by using a meniscus-like bearing between the tibial and talar components, while maintaining the integrity and stability of the joint.1-4 This improvement, coupled with improved cementless fixation, has... continue reading
    By Michael Metzger, DPM, MBA
    5,527 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    More often than not, we feel like we’re doing the managed care company a favor by applying. There’s also a tendency to believe the process is so cut and dry that we can apply at the last minute. Let’s clear up these misconceptions. If you don’t apply and apply properly, someone else will. Secondly, as our mothers use to tell us, haste makes waste. Indeed, simple mistakes can slow the process down to a snail’s pace and/or cause the company to reject your application. First, I strongly recommend filling out the application yourself. Often, the application will ask for information that... continue reading