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  • September 2003 | Volume 16 - Issue 9
    By Stephen L. Barrett, DPM
    16,744 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    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
    By James Q. Del Rosso, DO, FAOCD
    5,927 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    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
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM
    7,370 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    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

    3,493 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    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
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    4,129 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    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
    Moderator: Robert Phillips, DPM Panelists: William Olson, DPM, Douglas Richie Jr., DPM, Paul Scherer, DPM and Christopher E. Smith, DPM
    23,353 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    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
    32,862 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    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
    2,607 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    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
    6,983 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    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
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    6,270 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    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