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  • July 2003 | Volume 16 - Issue 7
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    5,318 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/03
    Does your insurance provider cover extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) for musculoskeletal indications like plantar fasciitis? Some providers may re-examine their coverage, following a decision by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Technology Evaluation Center to reverse its recommendations on the scientific efficacy of the therapy. After evaluating several studies, the center found shock wave treatment does not meet its criteria for coverage. The recent assessment reverses a December 2001 recommendation that shockwave therapy met the criteria of improving health outcomes. The Techno ... continue reading
    By Alan J. Cantor, DPM, CWS
    13,190 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/03
    The wound care industry has produced and marketed a flurry of new options for clinicians in a very short period of time. Indeed, some experts wonder whether this has created confusion among clinicians, further widening the gap between academic clinicians and those who are in everyday community or office settings.1 As Professor Terence Ryan pointed out, “There is a difference between the ‘gold standards’ of the elite and the logistics of providing care in the environments of those with limited access to expertise.”2 A February 2002 survey of podiatrists in the Un ... continue reading

    2,530 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/03
    Looking for a new wound dressing that stands out from the crowd? If you have been pleased with Smith and Nephew’s Allevyn wound dressings, you now have even more options with four new dressings. Allevyn Thin has a two-layer construction and is useful for treating wounds with low to moderate exudate, according to the company. Allevyn Plus Adhesive features a 50 percent thicker core than Allevyn Adhesive and is based on trilaminate technology. Allevyn Plus Cavity features a unique polyurethane matrix design and the company says its two-sided low tack natural adhesive provides high absorbenc ... continue reading
    By Thomas Zgonis, DPM, Gary Peter Jolly, DPM, and Peter Blume, DPM
    12,404 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/03
    The soft tissue envelope of the foot resists severe mechanical stresses on a daily basis and protects the underlying structures from injury. However, an injury to the foot or a chronic ulcer can cause a defect in the soft tissues and presents a daunting challenge for the foot and ankle specialist. When the defect is on the sole of the foot, the injury may be disastrous. Historically, soft tissue lesions have been treated conservatively via various techniques of offloading, local wound care, molded shoes, inserts and orthoses. While some wounds lend themselves well to non-operative treatment, ... continue reading