Volume 23 - Issue 11 - November 2010

Surgical Pearls »

A Closer Look At Allografts For Lateral Ankle Ligament Reconstruction

Sean Grambart, DPM | 30603 reads | 1 comments

Fifteen to 25 percent of all injuries involving the human musculoskeletal system are reportedly sprains of the lateral ankle ligaments.1 The majority of patients with ankle sprains have excellent results following surgical treatment but 20 to 40 percent of patients with severe ankle sprains will have continued pain and instability.2



Wound Care Q&A »

Essential Insights On Using Skin Substitutes

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Skin substitutes, which are also called bioengineered alternative tissues (BAT), are becoming more commonly used to help facilitate wound closure. Accordingly, our expert panelists discuss indications for these modalities and the timing of their use. They also weigh the benefits of skin substitutes versus skin grafts.

Q:

What is an appropriate wound condition for applying a skin substitute?



Diabetes Watch »

Emphasizing Better Self-Care And Patient Adherence With Cell Phone Videos

Kshitij Shankhdhar, MBBS, Dip Diab, FICN | 6691 reads | 1 comments

Fifty million people in India have diabetes.1 This is nearly double the estimated 26 million in the United States who have the disease.2 Although 8 percent of the global diabetes population live in the U.S., America’s diabetes care spending totals more than 50 percent of total world expenditures on the disease.3 In contrast, only 10 percent of the 1.3 billion people in India have healthcare insurance.4



News and Trends »

November 2010

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Study Assesses Long-Term Results Of Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor

After patients have failed conservative treatment for plantar fasciitis, radiofrequency nerve ablation (RFNA) may be an effective option. A recent study in Foot and Ankle Specialist notes that patients have been pain free for up to 12 years after RFNA.



Feature »

Diagnostic Ultrasound: Can It Have An Impact For Plantar Fasciitis?

Robert Kornfeld, DPM | 16747 reads | 1 comments

The use of ultrasound can reportedly lead to a more pinpoint diagnosis of plantar heel pain and aid in facilitating more direct treatment of the causal pathology. Accordingly, this author examines the research on the subject, discusses how he has modified his approach with ultrasound-guided injections and offers a compelling case study on how the use of ultrasound helped put an end to 12 years of bilateral heel pain.