Volume 24 - Issue 10 - October 2011

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October 2011

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Offloading and immobilization are key in the initial treatment for diabetic Charcot foot but the current staging for the deformity may not be effective, according to new recommendations from the International Task Force on the Charcot Foot that were jointly published in Diabetes Care and the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Diabetes Watch »

Can The Medial Plantar Artery Flap Be Beneficial For Diabetic Heel Ulcers?

Ronald J. Belczyk, DPM, AACFAS, Lee C. Rogers, DPM, and George Andros, MD | 10316 reads | 0 comments

The diabetic ulcer, particularly involving the heel, remains a challenge for the foot surgeon. When these ulcers occur in the neuropathic patient with adequate circulation, the medial plantar artery flap can serve as a useful tool for the management of these defects.

Dermatology Diagnosis »

Treating A Patient With Bilateral Rashes And Intense Itching On The Top Of The Feet

William Fishco, DPM, FACFAS | 68282 reads | 0 comments

A 53-year-old male presented to the office with the chief complaint of a rash on the top of both feet, worse on the right than the left. The duration of symptoms had been more than six months. He related intense itching that required scratching. His wife told me that he would wake her up due to rubbing his feet in bed. His primary care physician prescribed a course of a topical cortisone cream using triamcinolone 0.1%, which helped minimally.

Sports Medicine »

Practical Pointers On Treating Sever’s Disease In Young Athletes

Suneel Basra, DPM, AACFAS | 60488 reads | 0 comments

There are several causes of heel pain in the young athletic population with the most common being calcaneal apophysitis (also referred to as Sever’s disease). Sever first reported calcaneal apophysitis in 1912 as an inflammation of the apophysis, causing discomfort to the heel, mild swelling and difficulty walking in growing children.1

Practice Builders »

A Guide To Achieving CMS ‘Meaningful Use’ Standards

Jonathan J. Key, DPM, FACFAS | 11327 reads | 0 comments

In January 2011, I ventured into solo practice after being in a group practice since completing my residency training in 2004. In group practice, charting was for the most part traditional. I utilized voice dictation very efficiently with pre-set “macros” creating a Word document for each patient visit. The system saved, printed and signed the documents for each visit. The staff placed labs, operative reports, discharge summaries and all other faxes in patient charts. Staff pulled charts and re-filed them each day.

Technology In Practice »

Could A New Acellular Matrix Lead To Better Outcomes In Wound Healing And Tendon Coverage?

Podiatry Today Staff | 3206 reads | 0 comments

For those looking for an alternative acellular dermal matrix, which can facilitate wound healing and be beneficial in procedures requiring tendon coverage, one may want to consider the DermaSpan Acellular Dermal Matrix.