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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • October 2003 | Volume 16 - Issue 10

    4,736 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/03
    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
    1,675 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/03
    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
    By Anthony C. Yung, DPM, and John S. Steinberg, DPM
    20,635 reads | 1 comments | 10/03/03
    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
    By Jonathan Moore, DPM, MS and Kimberly Moore, OTR
    31,207 reads | 3 comments | 10/03/03
    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
    By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    5,187 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/03
    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
    By Robert Mendicino, DPM, Alan Catanzariti, DPM, and Christopher L. Reeves, DPM, MS
    28,366 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/03
    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
    7,662 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/03
    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
    2,562 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/03
    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
    By Richard T. Braver, DPM
    63,963 reads | 1 comments | 10/03/03
    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
    3,505 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/03
    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