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  • May 2003 | Volume 16 - Issue 5
    By Robert A. Warriner, III, MD, and Caroline E. Fife, MD
    11,420 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Last month, Medicare began reimbursing for hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) treatment as an adjunctive therapy for diabetic foot ulcers. After an exhaustive review of the literature, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) concluded that “HBO therapy is clinically effective and, thus, reasonable and necessary in the treatment of certain patients with limb-threatening diabetic wounds of the lower extremity.” According to the CMS, patients must meet each of the following three criteria: • the patient has type I or type II diabetes and has a lower extremity wound that is due to diabetes; ... continue reading
    One can easily account for heel expansion by measuring the unloaded heel widthand applying the appropriate conversion formula.
    By Kirk M. Herring, DPM, MS
    27,886 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Heel pain, especially pain associated with the plantar aponeurosis, is one of the most common overuse injuries affecting adults. Approximately 10 percent of runners as well as many other athletes are affected by plantar fasciitis.1 Conservative estimates have suggested more than 2 million Americans annually receive treatment for this condition.1 As common as this injury may be, there is no universally accepted etiology or treatment for this complaint. In addition to having a strong anatomical grasp of the heel (see “A Guide To Key Anatomical Considerations” below), i... continue reading
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM
    8,855 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    There is a great deal of satisfaction when our diabetic foot care team gets referrals for patients who were previously seen by doctors from surrounding regions and other nations. However, there is also a great deal of difficulty with poorly or improperly managed cases. In this diagnostic dilemma, I’d like to focus on one patient who was sent to us after one year of care by several doctors. The patient in question is a 70-year-old male, who was previously seen by two podiatrists and an orthopedist. His initial complaint was a small blister plantar to the first metatarsal head of his left f... continue reading
    Blunt dissection and curettage is one of the most consistent and effective methods of removing pedal warts, according to the author.
    By Gary L. Dockery, DPM
    50,400 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    It is generally thought that about 50 percent of all warts will spontaneously resolve within six months. However, some warts may remain at the same location with no apparent change for many years and others will continue to spread, expand or enlarge with time. Warts are generally self-limiting and very harmless but may cause symptoms due to the fact that they are unsightly, cause embarrassment, impede function, become irritated or cause pain. Verrucae are commonly termed warts. These are benign intraepidermal neoplasms caused by a variety of different viruses. Papillomaviruses belong to the f... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    1,746 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Would I want justice if I underwent an amputation procedure that was later deemed to be unnecessary? You bet. Do I think this kind of clinical situation happens on a routine basis? Hardly. However, you wouldn’t know it by the seemingly skyrocketing malpractice insurance premiums being reported across the country. Escalating jury verdicts seem to play a big role. A July 2002 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) noted there was a 76 percent increase in the average jury malpractice award from 1996 to 1999. You have to wonder how many verdicts are being fueled m... continue reading
    After you’ve reflected the extensor digitorum brevis distally, perform the Evans osteotomy through and through, I cm proximal to the calcaneaocuboid joint.
    By Kieran T. Mahan, DPM
    40,295 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Calcaneal osteotomies have been a mainstay of foot and ankle surgery for many years, and are critical in the realignment of significant foot deformities. Both varus and valgus deformities often require calcaneal deformities for correct alignment. Although a large number of calcaneal osteotomies have been described in the literature over the years, there are a few principal ones that tend to be more commonly used than others. One would perform the Dwyer osteotomy for frontal plane deformity of varus in the cavus foot. Surgeons often perform the Evans osteotomy for realignment of the adolesc... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    2,384 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    I am occasionally asked why I write this column. The answer is simple. Writing fulfills my need to engage in an activity where if I screw up and make mistakes, there are no dire consequences and nobody gets hurt. At times, I overstate an opinion and a fellow DPM gets mad but that doesn’t count. There are aspects of my life in which it is more imperative to avoid mistakes. I’m a husband and father. I’m a doctor. I’m an instrument rated pilot. If I make mistakes in these roles, people can get hurt. I am responsible not to let mistakes occur and to pay the consequences if they do. To ma... continue reading
    A clinical trial showed that deFEET cured 100 percent of patients in 10 days, according to BioChemics.

    5,967 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    When treating those who suffer from athlete’s foot, you may want to consider a new lotion that combines two ingredients to offer relief. The topical lotion deFEET® uses the advanced transdermal drug delivery system of PENtoCORE, which facilitates deeper penetration of the active ingredient of tolnaftate. BioChemics, the manufacturer of the product, says deFEET relieves athlete’s foot infection and itchy, scaly, burning feet. In fact, a clinical trial at the New England Medical Center showed that deFEET cured 100 percent of patients in 10 days, according to the... continue reading
    Total contact casts provide “the patient and the clinician with a method of healing wounds quickly,” notes Jeffrey Jensen, DPM. Dr. Jensen says he and his colleagues use about 750 TCCs a year for patients.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    9,902 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Is total contact casting (TCC) too time-consuming a modality to be used in treating plantar foot ulcerations? It’s a prevailing question that has thwarted wider use of the modality. However, a new study recently presented at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) attempts to shed new light on the “time-effectiveness” of TCC. Study researchers concede there is a “relatively low use rate” of total contact casts for diabetic foot ulcers. Why? They say many do not use TCC because of the time involved in the process and frequent office visits. However, previous studies have shown th... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    6,808 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    The scene has been played out at varying degrees throughout the country. Doctors are walking out of hospitals, practitioners are struggling to pay malpractice insurance premiums and juries are awarding millions of dollars to patients who have sued for malpractice. Many perceive a malpractice crisis is affecting the entire healthcare field and DPMs are among those who may feel the crunch. Across the United States, doctors of several disciplines have found themselves unable to practice due to malpractice costs, leaving patients unable to access healthcare. Last year, the University of Nevada M... continue reading