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  • August 2003 | Volume 16 - Issue 8
    Factors that are known to activate matrix  metalloproteinase (MMP) expression include growth factors (GF), tumor necrosis factor (TNF), interleukin-1 (IL-1), interlukin-6, interlukin-8 and various cellular interactions. Keratinocytes, fibroblasts, macroph
    By Adrianne P.S. Smith, MD, FACEP
    18,380 reads | 2 comments | 09/03/08
    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... continue reading
    Two-screw fixation is the standard of care for the first metatarsocuneiform joint arthrodesis, according to the authors. As you can see, the first and second metatarsals are parallel and the sesamoids are anatomically returned beneath the metatarsal head.
    By Neal M. Blitz, DPM, and Ronald G. Ray, DPM, PT
    27,535 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    The lapidus arthrodesis for the treatment of symptomatic hallux valgus remains a controversial subject in foot surgery. Since its inception in the early 1900s, the lapidus arthrodesis has been abandoned by many surgeons mainly due to its high complication rate, particularly nonunion. However, it has regained popularity in recent years due to better fixation techniques and an improved understanding of first ray biomechanics. The major advantage of performing a metatarsocuneiform arthrodesis is it allows you to realign the first metatarsal at the apex of the deformity along with stabilizing th... continue reading
    The Koven Technology Smart-V-Link Software helps facilitate easier documentation.

    2,119 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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... continue reading
    Take note of the superficial white onychomycosis (SWO) of the third and fourth toenails. SWO is the second most common type and accounts for 10 percent of onychomycosis. (Photo courtesy of Aditya Gupta, MD)
    By John Mozena, DPM
    17,041 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Onychomycosis is the number one diagnosed and treated disease by podiatrists today. While the disease was first recognized in the United States in 1928, it has only recently been brought under control with drugs that have been introduced in the last 10 years. With the advent of safer oral and topical medications, there has been a renewed focus on increasing efficacy rates. The current research seems to be centered on synergistic activity of oral and topical medications as well as different vehicles to add additional penetration of the medication. Onychomycosis is present in 2 to 3 percent ... continue reading
    Recently named president elect of the APMA, Lloyd Smith, DPM, is an active proponent of HIPAA preparedness.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    5,848 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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... continue reading
    Clinical Editor: Nicholas Sol, DPM
    12,827 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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? A: All three panelists say Sever’s disease (calcaneal apophysitis) is among the co... continue reading
    By Mark A. Caselli, DPM
    7,836 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    7,097 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    There are some consistent themes that have emerged from this year’s roundup of leading innovations in podiatry. “Minimally invasive” seems to be the phrasing of choice as the technology seems to be more and more focused on reducing patient pain and downtime via more targeted surgical solutions. In addition to products geared toward common podiatric ailments such as flatfoot, plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, there are other modalities in the mix that may not be on the cusp of mainstream acceptance, but show intriguing promise for the future. Without further delay, here is what ... continue reading
    The DBX6 improves the functionality of the foot as it assists patients with resupination and decelerates pronation through the gait cycle, according to Northwest Podiatric Labs.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    3,151 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    2,246 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    There are significant disparities between the various podiatric residency programs across the country. For example, at the University of Texas, residents get “five hours per week of lectures and topic discussions,” according to one of the professors. Yet another educator who was accustomed to hearing four or five lectures a week during his residency concedes that the current crop of residents at his facility “are lucky to get one or two a week.” In order to help address some of these issues, Alan Sherman, DPM, Michael Shore, DPM, and Jay Lieberman, DPM, have teamed up to create PRES... continue reading