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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • November 2003 | Volume 16 - Issue 11
    By Leon Brill, DPM, CWS
    7,650 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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
    2,112 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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
    Here is an ulcer on the right heel of a 58-year-old patient who had been hospitalized after breaking his right hip in a fall.
    Guest Clinical Editor: Tamara D. Fishman, DPM
    32,799 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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
    8,922 reads | 3 comments | 09/03/08
    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
    Here you can see an anterior view of the ankle with vital landmarks outlined as proposed portal sites for the arthroscopy. Portal placement is very important because improperly placed incisions will limit access to the joint and risk injury to the tendon.
    By Jesse B. Burks, DPM
    20,693 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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

    5,284 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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
    Here is an initial dissection revealing surgical exposure of tarsal tunnel syndrome.
    By James Thomas, DPM
    27,875 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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
    Here is a view of a melanoma on the foot. A recent study suggests that individuals diagnosed with melanoma of the foot or ankle have a lower survival rate than those who have melanomas diagnosed elsewhere on the body.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    5,506 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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
    By Lowell Scott Weil, Jr., DPM, MBA; By Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, with Stephen M. Offutt, DPM, Gary A. Trent, DPM, and Michael J. Baker, DPM
    56,304 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Hope. Lowell Scott Weil Jr., DPM, says ESWT is a non-invasive alternative with minimal risk for patients who have failed conservative treatment for plantar fasciitis. Medical devices and technology are constantly changing and evolving with the “newest and best” treatments being constantly promoted. Whenever new treatments emerge, they must be looked at carefully and critically to assess their efficacy and safety. They must also be compared to the currently accepted treatments and their benefits over those modalities. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) for the treatment of musculos... continue reading
    Patients with plantar fasciitis may get a better night’s sleep with the HealWell®Cub™.

    1,814 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    A new philosophy toward skin care now combines the best ingredients of several systems to emphasize prevention. The new Secura™ Skin Care System combines elements of Smith and Nephew’s Triple Care™ and Nursing Care™. As the company notes, the new line combines the already known skin-friendly formulas to emphasize preventive skin care rather than mere basic care. Secura is available in a color-coded system consisting of four steps: cleansing, protecting, moisturizing and treating. It’s part of Smith and Nephew’s new Skin Equity™ ph... continue reading