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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • October 2003 | Volume 16 - Issue 10
    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
    67,652 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 Arizona AFO is popular among podiatrists for treating Charcot deformities and adult-acquired flatfoot.
    Clinical Editor: Nicholas Sol, DPM
    22,484 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
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    1,615 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 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
    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
    20,254 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
    30,807 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
    The active endoprotease in Callex ointment breaks the 10-end peptide bonds on the protein chains of callus tissue, according to Xenna Corporation. It says patients can expect relief from calluses in five to 20 days.
    By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    5,053 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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. ... continue reading
    One will often encounter the peroneus brevis and sural nerve with the dissection. Locating these anatomical structures is a must during the preoperative planning stages of an Evans anterior calcaneal osteotomy.
    By Robert Mendicino, DPM, Alan Catanzariti, DPM, and Christopher L. Reeves, DPM, MS
    28,113 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Symptomatic flexible flatfoot conditions are common entities in both the adolescent and adult populations. Ligamentous laxity and equinus play a significant role in most adolescent deformities. Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) is the most common cause of adult acquired flatfoot. One should consider surgical treatment for patients who have failed nonoperative therapy and have advancing symptoms and deformities that significantly interfere with the functional demands of daily life. The Evans anterior calcaneal osteotomy is indicated for late stage II (Johnson and Strom’s Classificat... continue reading
    By Robert Smith, Contributing Editor
    7,527 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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... continue reading
    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