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  • September 2003 | Volume 16 - Issue 9
    Here you can see a post-op view of the patient’s left foot and a pre-op view of her right foot.
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM
    6,929 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    A very difficult patient for me to treat is a young patient who has rheumatoid arthritis with severe deformity of the foot and ankle. This is typically a patient whose age may range from the late 20s to late 50s and is active except for his or her foot pain. With this in mind, let’s consider the following case study. A 27-year-old female presented with a 12-year history of rheumatoid arthritis and extreme pain and deformity of the forefoot. While both feet are painful, she says the left foot is more severe than the right. The patient says the pain is in the region of the lateral fourth and ... continue reading
    The Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker (CROW) is an alternative to using total contact casting, according to Langer, Inc.

    3,257 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    When working with compression bandages, it can be tricky to find just the right level of compression. That’s where ProGuide comes in. The Smith & Nephew product, a multi-layer bandage system, can help you get to the exact level of compression you need when treating venous leg ulcers. ProGuide utilizes the company’s Vari-Stretch™ Technology and is composed of three layers: a non-adherent wound contact layer, a super-absorbent padding layer and an outer compression layer, according to the company. It is available in three sizes, allowing you to find bandages for different ankle size... continue reading
    AmeriGel Wound Dressing does not require soaking and reduces healing times, benefits that  may be well received by your patients.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    3,837 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    When looking for a wound dressing, you have no shortage of options. You also probably have no shortage of expectations and neither do your patients. You want to ensure shorter healing times, fewer healing complications, simple usage and eliminate soaking for your patients. One may want to consider the AmeriGel Wound Dressing, a hydrogel dressing that is indicated for pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, diabetic skin ulcers, first- and second-degree burns, postsurgical incisions, cuts and abrasions. The manufacturer AmerX Health Care says using the dressing reduces healing time between 20 ... continue reading
    For the majority of their orthotic prescriptions, Drs. Olson and Richie use TL-2100 composite core material. The black orthotic uses graphite fibers while the blue orthotic is comprised of glass fiber.
    Moderator: Robert Phillips, DPM Panelists: William Olson, DPM, Douglas Richie Jr., DPM, Paul Scherer, DPM and Christopher E. Smith, DPM
    22,190 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    In order to help bring orthotic therapy into sharper focus, some of the top thinkers on biomechanics share their insights on various orthotic materials. They discuss the importance of addressing the patient’s specific activity and pathology in arriving at an appropriate orthotic prescription, and offer their views and experiences on the efficacy of various orthotic materials. Without further delay, here’s what they had to say to questions posed by Robert Phillips, DPM. Q: What type of feet do you feel almost always need rigid orthotics? What type of feet should never be put into a ... continue reading
    By Mark Hofbauer, DPM, and Steven Kravitz, DPM
    31,075 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Yes, Mark Hofbauer, DPM, cites the limited indications of the procedure. He says the first MPJ fusion is a better option for hallux abductovalgus patients as it provides enhanced stability and biomechanical effects. For the past 10 to 15 years, there has been a great debate over whether the Keller bunionectomy has become an outdated procedure. Proponents on both sides have been able to make solid arguments. The Keller bunionectomy began to get a black eye years ago when surgeons stretched the indications for its use. This was due in part because it was an easy, quick procedure to perform. A... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    2,365 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    I ran into a young family physician in the hospital last week. He is one of the sharpest new doctors in our community and refers to podiatrists often. He looked terrible and seemed almost in shock. He let me know his job had just been terminated at the clinic where he was employed. He had one day to discharge his patients from the hospital or turn them over to other physicians. He was being replaced by a physician’s assistant. The bad stuff that our profession dealt with in the 1990s because of health care reform is still happening to our MD friends. We often complained during the ‘70s an... continue reading
    By Neal Frankel, DPM
    6,581 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Who would have thought that when we finally went into practice after years of podiatry school and residency, we would be more dependent on third party payers for our existence than our patients? In fact, recent studies have indicated that, on the average, we spend one-half to one full hour per patient on paperwork and insurance matters. For many podiatrists to whom I have spoken, the “hassle factor” of trying to get paid from insurance companies seems to be the primary reason many of them are not happy with private practice. Keep in mind this is a game of sorts. The insurers want to keep... continue reading
    MRSA infections (as shown above) are becoming increasingly more prevalent. Peter Blume, DPM, says linezolid is “extremely helpful for patients with MRSA infections as it has a significant clearing rate.”
(Photo courtesy of Lawrence Karlock, DPM)
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    5,926 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Students pursuing a career in podiatry will have a new option when Midwestern University unveils a new podiatric medicine program in October 2004. The university, located in Glendale, Ariz., will become the seventh member of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) in 2005 and its new four-year program will have slots for 30 students. Jeffrey C. Page, DPM, the Director of the Arizona Podiatric Medical Program at Midwestern University, says the program will address a strong future demand for DPMs as well as the needs of the surrounding community. Citing 1999 projectio... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    3,471 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Three years ago, enrollments at podiatry schools were in serious decline and it was deemed a crisis situation. It got to the point where some even suggested reducing the number of podiatry schools from seven to six or perhaps five. However, experienced educators noted that enrollment trends are very cyclical and, sure enough, there have been positive increases in enrollment the last two years. According to the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM), the total first year enrollment at the six AACPM schools improved to 461 in 2003, a 15 percent increase from two years... continue reading
    Here is a close-up view of a chronic interdigital ulceration of a patient with type 2 diabetes and poorly controlled blood sugar.
    By Jonathan Moore, DPM
    53,758 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
    As the complexity and price of wound care materials seems to be reaching mind-numbing proportions, choosing the right product for your patients seems to be getting harder instead of easier. However, taking into account cost, effectiveness and availability, one would be hard pressed to find a product better than zinc oxide. Although it is most commonly associated with diaper rash ointments and Unna boot wraps, zinc oxide has remained relatively underused in podiatry offices and in wound care centers. Considering that more than 300 enzymes are dependent on zinc for activity such as matrix metal... continue reading