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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • November 2003 | Volume 16 - Issue 11
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    9,839 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/03
    Ischemic wounds can be challenging for any physician. With this in mind, the panelists discuss key indicators to look for in the history and physical exam, the effectiveness of noninvasive vascular testing and parameters for performing an amputation after bypass surgery. They also explore the treatment possibilities of angioplasty/stenting and the long leg distal bypass. Without further delay, here is what they had to say. Q: What is your workup/treatment plan when a new patient presents with an ischemic foot wound? A: Mark Beylin, DPM, says it starts by determining the patient’s ... continue reading
    By John Mozena, DPM
    13,465 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/03
    Plantar fasciitis is certainly one of the most common conditions we see in podiatric practice and more than 90 percent of patients are cured with conservative treatment.1 It sounds relatively simple. Well, in order to consistently facilitate successful outcomes, not only must one have a strong anatomical understanding of the plantar fascia, there must also be a strong command of the various causes of the condition, key diagnostic indicators and when to apply various treatment solutions in the armamentarium. ... continue reading
    By Leon Brill, DPM, CWS
    7,777 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/03
    The research of the ‘70s and ‘80s seems to have paid off in the array of high-tech bioactive wound care products and innovative dressings that have emerged on the market in recent years. We have seen new and improved hydrogels, alginates, growth factors, living skin equivalents and vacuum assisted closure, not to mention new classes of antibiotics to cover emergent drug resistant organisms and modifications of existing antibiotic classes to increase the spectrum of activity. Did I mention silver ion dressings and combination dressings? We have been given an armamentarium unlike we hav ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    2,175 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/03
    When it comes to multicenter clinical trials for various wound care modalities, it stands to reason all the elements of the study should be constant with the key variable being the modality or modalities one is comparing in order to determine the efficacy. However, what if one of those study elements (say offloading) is handled differently by the researchers involved in the study? Wouldn’t that detract from the validity of the results? It’s a significant question raised in a recent Diabetes Care editorial, “Trials In Neuropathic Diabetic Foot Ulceration,” penned by David Arm ... continue reading
    Guest Clinical Editor: Tamara D. Fishman, DPM
    33,205 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/03
    When a patient presents with an ulcer on the heel, one must perform an in-depth examination because distinctions among different types of ulcers can be subtle. Prompt, appropriate treatment is essential and it is also critical to assess predisposing risk factors and what can be done to help minimize these risks. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the following case study. A 58-year-old Caucasian male had recently been hospitalized because he fell and broke his right hip. While he was in the hospital, the patient developed the condition on his right heel (as seen in the photo below). T ... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    9,185 reads | 3 comments | 11/03/03
    I have a rule for my staff. If any of them treats a patient with disrespect, that employee is immediately terminated. I have the same rule for my patients regarding their treatment of my staff. Recently, a young, new receptionist came to me upset about something. She told me one of our patients called about his appointment and when she asked him to hold so she could check the time, he called her a “dumb b----” and hung up. I looked at the man’s chart and noted he had been disrespectful to the female staff on other occasions. I called Mr. Jones. “Hank, this is Dr. McCord. Could I spea ... continue reading
    By Jesse B. Burks, DPM
    20,947 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/03
    Surgery in general seems to gravitate toward smaller and less invasive procedures. Obviously, the less tissue disruption that occurs during surgery, the less risk one has of postoperative complications such as scarring, infections, delayed healing, etc. Although this may not be true with every surgical advance, arthroscopy has revolutionized the treatment of joint disorders and allowed many of these common complications to be almost entirely eliminated. Increasing indications for this technique include the treatment of subtalar, calcaneal cuboid and first metatarsal disorders. However, for t ... continue reading

    5,362 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/03
    I am writing to you regarding some misinformation that is contained within the editorial section of the August 2003 issue (see “Editor’s Perspective,” page 18, August issue). I am a residency director and consider myself fairly conversant with current residency reimbursement issues, that is to say how residency programs in general and podiatric residencies in particular are reimbursed from the federal government. For too long, the popular myth has been that residencies, in general, “make” hospitals money. It may be true that the presence of a residency may well encourage the medical ... continue reading
    By James Thomas, DPM
    28,134 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/03
    Symptoms associated with compression of the posterior tibial nerve and its branches first appeared in the literature in the early ‘60s.1-3 Since these early reports over 40 years ago, tarsal tunnel syndrome has become one of the most written about and discussed foot and ankle pathologies. Yet, even with the vast amount of literature on the subject, tarsal tunnel syndrome often remains somewhat elusive in regard to diagnosis and treatment. When inspecting the anatomy of the posterior tibial nerve, it is easy to appreciate why compression neuropathy may occur. Entrapment may occur ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    5,583 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/03
    Compliance may be an issue for diabetic patients wearing removable cast walkers, according to the results of a recent study on activity patterns. A recent study in Diabetes Care assesses the activity patterns of those with diabetic foot ulcerations and finds those involved in the study did not have adequate plantar pressure relief for nearly 75 percent of the steps they were taking. The study tracked 20 patients with neuropathic diabetic foot wounds, which were all classified as University of Texas grade 1 stage A. The patients each received a standard removable cast walker (Royce Me ... continue reading