Volume 16 - Issue 10 - October 2003

Technology In Practice »

Smoothing Over Calluses: Why DPMs Are Calling On Callex

By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor | 4651 reads | 0 comments

The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Add in exercise, poor-fitting shoes and possible diabetes-related complications, and it is no wonder that 5 percent of the United States population have corns or calluses.
With this in mind, Xenna Corporation introduced the Callex ointment earlier this year. The acid-free ointment uses natural plant enzymes to exfoliate hyperkeratotic tissue. Those who have used the product cite ease of use, quick results and overall effectiveness wherever dry, thickened skin is a problem.



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Taking A Closer Look At In-Office Dispensing

By Robert Smith, Contributing Editor | 7150 reads | 0 comments

In-office product dispensing adds yet another role podiatrists must play for their patients—not only must you be a physician and healer, you now must be a retailer as well. While an increasing number of podiatric practices make products available for sale in treatment rooms, reception areas or even their own retail shops, some still decry the practice as exploitative, greedy or unethical. However, DPMs who dispense products in the office emphatically deny such judgments.
“We hear so much about why some podiatrists won’t dispense products,” says Hal Ornstein, DPM, a New Jersey-based pr



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Treatment Solutions For Common Soccer Injuries

By Richard T. Braver, DPM | 59799 reads | 1 comments

Soccer is the most widely played sport in the world. There are two good reasons for the popularity of youth soccer versus other American sports such as football. It is more appealing to female participants and there are far fewer traumatic injuries. However, there is still an abundance of soccer injuries. In particular, there is a higher incidence of shin splints and plantar fasciitis among women and a higher incidence of contusions among men. Podiatric physicians who treat sports injuries have also seen an abundance of posterior heel pain in children.



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A New Approach To Using Growth Factors In Wound Healing

By Stephen L. Barrett, DPM, CWS | 15286 reads | 0 comments

There has been a plethora of advances, especially within the last several years, for the treatment of chronic wounds. One of the more notable advancements is the use of autologous platelet-derived growth factors. Not only have platelet-derived growth factors gained notoriety in specialties such as orthopedic, maxillofacial and plastic surgery, the technology is increasingly being recognized as an important modality for accelerating healing in chronic wounds.1-3
Human epidermal growth factor (EGF) has been shown to enhance wound healing in diabetic ulcers.4 Researchers ha



Continuing Education »

How To Choose Antibiotics For Staph Aureus Infections

By Mark Kosinski, DPM | 64525 reads | 0 comments

The common thread shared by virtually all antibiotics relevant to podiatry is their activity against S. aureus. After all, S. aureus is by far the predominant infecting organism in lower extremity skin and skin structure infections. The rationale behind choosing an appropriate anti-staphylococcal drug is a daunting task given the ever-changing resistance pattern of this formidable organism.
Today, virtually all strains of S. aureus found in lower extremity infections produce beta-lactamase. Beta-lactamase (also known as penicillinase) is an enzyme that cleaves t



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In-Office Dispensing: Why Trust Is Essential

By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief | 1471 reads | 0 comments

Recently, someone came out to “test” the water at my new home. The tester mixed a chemical or two in a small container with water from my sink. It came up cloudy. He said it was hard water, which could cause clothing damage, pipe damage and potentially adverse health effects as well. He produced an article about environmental problems in the areas, talked about the color of my ice cubes and asked how much money I spent on soap and clothing.
About midway through the spiel, I stopped him and said, “What are you selling and how much is it?”
He was offering a system that would clean



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