Volume 16 - Issue 8 - August 2003

Diabetes Watch »

The Role Of MMPs In Chronic Wound Edema

By Adrianne P.S. Smith, MD, FACEP | 18088 reads | 2 comments

Wound healing progresses through a series of processes, which include the formation of granulation tissue, epithelialization and connective tissue remodeling. These events require continuous modification of the complex cellular support matrix. This matrix is comprised of: structural proteins (collagen and elastin); specialized “anchoring” proteins (fibronectin, laminin and fibrillin); and proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) such as hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, heparan sulfate, heparin, dermatan sulfate and keratan sulfate. Blood vessels that deliver oxygen and nutrients to

New Products »

A Smart Way To Document

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Who isn’t always on the lookout for new devices to make reimbursement less of a hassle?
In order to make the process a little easier, you may want to consider the Smartdop® 20EX with Smart-V-Link™ Vascular Software.

The product features Smart-V-Link Vascular Software and is complete with ABI and TBI software. It reportedly helps facilitate easier documentation of preoperative procedures for the patient’s record and for reimbursement purposes as well, according to the company Koven Technology.
It adds that the software can also automatically calculate ratios and print

News and Trends »

Established DPMs To Teach Residents Online

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 5582 reads | 0 comments

Podiatric residents will have access to the expertise of a diverse range of established DPMs thanks to a new series of online lectures. Podiatry Online founders Alan Sherman, DPM, and Michael Shore, DPM, have created PRESENT (Podiatric Residency Education Services Network) Residency Courseware, which will bring lectures to all residency programs through the Internet. Podiatric residents will now be able to access 52 weekly hour-long lectures online, beginning August 1.
The goal of the program is to “equalize the access to high quality formal teaching materials by the nationwide community o

Orthotics Q&A »

Prescribing Orthotics For Pediatric Soccer Players

Clinical Editor: Nicholas Sol, DPM | 12406 reads | 0 comments

When treating pediatric soccer players, you may see common conditions such as calcaneal apophysitis and injuries such as lateral ankle sprains. Prescribing orthotics for players also comes with its own set of considerations. Indeed, finding the right orthotic can sometimes be tricky. With that in mind, our expert panelists weigh in on how best to treat this unique group of patients.

Q: What are the two or three most common biomechanical complaints you see in your pediatric patients who play soccer?
All three panelists say Sever’s disease (calcaneal apophysitis) is among the co

Sports Medicine »

Preventing Foot Injuries In Diabetic Athletes

By Mark A. Caselli, DPM | 7707 reads | 0 comments

Exercise plays an important role in the management of both insulin-dependent diabetes (IDDM) and non-insulin-dependent diabetes (NIDDM). Regular exercise, especially aerobic exercise, strengthens the heart and circulatory system, thus reducing the chance of heart disease and stroke. It helps decrease blood cholesterol and increases the levels of the “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) in the blood. Exercise lowers blood glucose levels, both during exercise and for several hours afterward.
Walking is probably the best, safest and least expensive form of exercise. It can fit into almost a

Technology In Practice »

When Material Choices Pay Off: A Closer Look At The DBX6

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 3092 reads | 0 comments

When fabricating an orthotic, flexibility and convenience are essential. You want the ability to start over if you make any mistakes and you need options as far as the styles of material. Another must is an orthotic that you can make quickly and easily, and one that you can use in a variety of shoes.
The features of the DBX6® enhance the convenience of fabricating orthotics. At just 1.5 mm thick, the device offers cross-shoe flexibility and facilitates effective shoe compliance, according to the manufacturer Northwest Podiatric Laboratory. At 1.2 ounces, the DBX6 is the lightest material av

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