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  • October 2003 | Volume 16 - Issue 10
    By John McCord, DPM
    2,516 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Jeff Hall, the Editor-In-Chief of this magazine, asked me to help edit this column a few years ago. It sounded like an easy task so I said yes. The deal was podiatrists would write the column and I would edit unless nobody sent editorials. In that case, I would do the writing. I added up the articles from the past three years and I’ve done most of the writing so it’s your turn. Writing didn’t come easy for me. I did poorly in my English classes all through school. I didn’t understand the deeper meaning of literary fiction. I lacked interest in creative writing and once handed in a sho... continue reading
    Above, you can see genu valgum in a soccer player with pes planus.
    By Richard T. Braver, DPM
    63,152 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
    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. ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    3,409 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Podiatrists looking for an even playing field when it comes to Medicaid reimbursement may be interested in a resolution that is making its way through the House of Representatives. As this issue went to press, Congress is considering a resolution to expand the definition of “physician”in the Medicaid program. House Resolution 2959 would amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to include podiatrists as physicians in Medicaid, making it consistent with Medicare’s definition of physicians. Physician is now defined by Medicaid as MDs and DOs. The American Podiatric Medical Association (A... continue reading
    Using the Harvest double syringe applicator, you will see the APC+ form a gel via activation with a calcium chloride/thrombin mixture upon applying it to the wound.
    By Stephen L. Barrett, DPM, CWS
    16,109 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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... continue reading
    The Arizona AFO is popular among podiatrists for treating Charcot deformities and adult-acquired flatfoot.
    Clinical Editor: Nicholas Sol, DPM
    22,480 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
    When weighing the options for ankle foot orthoses (AFOs), you must consider many different factors in order to find the most appropriate device for the patient. Both hinged and non-hinged AFOs work well for patients with certain conditions but not so well for others. In addition, shoe modifications may be necessary in order to help ensure the success of the AFO. With these issues in mind, our expert panelists take a look at the ins and outs of prescribing hinged and non-hinged AFOs. Q: What are the three or four most frequent diagnoses for which you prescribe a non-hinged AFO? A: N... continue reading
    MRSA infections (as shown above) are becoming increasingly more prevalent. The author notes that rates of nosocomial MRSA approach 60 percent in many ICUs. (Photo courtesy of Lawrence Karlock, DPM)
    By Mark Kosinski, DPM
    67,648 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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... continue reading
    The CastWalker® may improve your patients’ mobility and it can be custom-fitted.

    4,651 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    If you already use negative pressure wound therapy, a new dressing can provide an effective complement to the modality. The VAC® GranuFoam™ Heel Dressing is designed for heel wounds and its foam and dressings contour to fit the shape of the patient’s foot. The KCI product also features open pores that allow for even distribution of the VAC therapy across the wound bed. The company adds that the non-absorbent dressing aids in removing exudate. In addition, the dressing has a TRAC™ Pad bridge on top of the foot, which allows the patient to change dressings more quickly, acc... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    1,614 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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 ... continue reading
    The patient had a midfoot amputation and a chronic, non-healing wound with heavy wound bed contamination and sub-acute osteomyelitis.
    By Anthony C. Yung, DPM, and John S. Steinberg, DPM
    20,252 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
    Surgical debridement of infected bone is an unfortunate reality for those of us who frequently treat patients with diabetes. While adequate debridement is the most important step in treating osteomyelitis, many authors have commented on the adjunctive role of antibiotics in this clinical dilemma.1-3 Systemic antibiotics are routinely used preoperatively and have been advocated for six weeks or more. However, infected bone may become devascularized, making the delivery of systemic antibiotics less than desirable. Delivering systemic antibiotics may also be compromised when there is a... continue reading
    The authors note that the BIO 4000 from Apex (as shown above) is a popular diabetic boot for those who work in an environment where boots are required.
    By Jonathan Moore, DPM, MS and Kimberly Moore, OTR
    30,805 reads | 3 comments | 09/03/08
    If you as a podiatric physician have not established yourself as the expert of the diabetic foot within your area, now is the time. There is no reason why you shouldn’t be the “go to” guy or gal in your community when it comes to treating, managing and preventing diabetes-related lower extremity complications. Managing the diabetic foot is all about a team approach and establishing yourself as the quarterback will not only improve the quality of care for your patients but it can also greatly enhance your business. The podiatric literature is replete with dozens of studies demonstrating... continue reading