Volume 16 - Issue 9 - September 2003

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Guiding You To Better Compression Bandages

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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



Technology In Practice »

Can AmeriGel Reinvent Healing Expectations For Patients?

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 3714 reads | 0 comments

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



Point-Counterpoint »

Is the Keller Bunionectomy Outdated?

By Mark Hofbauer, DPM, and Steven Kravitz, DPM | 30205 reads | 0 comments

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For the past 10 to 15 years, there has been a great debate over whether the Keller bunionectomy has become an outdated procedure.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



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Playing To Win At The Insurance Game

By Neal Frankel, DPM | 6376 reads | 0 comments

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



Editor's Perspective »

Are Eight Schools Too Many For Podiatry?

By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief | 3399 reads | 0 comments

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



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Exploring New Advances In Digital Arthrodesis

By Gerard V. Yu, DPM, Andrew Vincent, DPM, and Wissam Khoury, DPM | 17206 reads | 0 comments

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



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