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  • September 2003 | Volume 16 - Issue 9
    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
    5,901 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
    3,461 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
    53,453 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
    Here is an end-to-end arthrodesis of the second and third toes with radiographic and clinical fusion. Note the excellent alignment with good osseous bridging.
    By Gerard V. Yu, DPM, Andrew Vincent, DPM, and Wissam Khoury, DPM
    17,582 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Over the years, a multitude of techniques have been described and employed for digital arthrodesis, ranging from arthroplasty and arthrodesis to flexor tendon transfer and lesser digital implants. Each procedure has a place in surgical correction of digital deformities. Digital arthrodesis, in particular, provides permanent and reliable correction of deformities and is considered by the senior author to be a favored technique, especially when it comes to managing digital deformities of a biomechanical etiology. Two fundamental techniques, the end-to-end arthrodesis and the peg-in-hole arthro... continue reading
    This is the proper way to separate tissues, ensuring that neural structures are not damaged in accessing the tarsal tunnel.
    By Stephen L. Barrett, DPM
    15,834 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Keck first described tarsal tunnel syndrome in the literature back in 1962 and it remains a controversial topic today.1 While tarsal tunnel syndrome is a prevalent and common condition, lower extremity peripheral nerve entrapments and other nerve pathology can be clinically difficult to appreciate and understand. Needless to say, making a decision to proceed with surgical intervention for this condition can also be difficult. Experienced practitioners with a high degree of neurological understanding and appreciation for peripheral nerve pathology are more likely to focus on these p... continue reading
    Be aware that superficial basal cell carcinoma may present with a very similar clinical appearance to squamous cell carcinoma in situ as seen above.
    By James Q. Del Rosso, DO, FAOCD
    5,498 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Cutaneous malignancies and benign neoplasms simulating malignancy commonly affect the distal lower extremity, including the foot. One may see a variety of malignancy categories such as epithelial tumors, adnexal neoplasms, melanoytic neoplasms, vascular neoplasms and soft tissue tumors. Histologic confirmation of diagnosis is essentially mandatory, warranting the need to send all tissue specimens, including biopsy, incisional and excisional specimens, for pathology examination. In some cases, the pathologist may incorporate immunohistochemical stains to differentiate specific tumor types. D... continue reading
    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
    6,902 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.

    3,247 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
    3,824 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
    22,093 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