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  • March 2004 | Volume 17 - Issue 3
    By Larry Zimmerman, DPM
    1,974 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/04
    Grover, a 61-year-old African-American male, peered down at me through what looked like magnifying glasses inside black frames. He either had his cataracts removed before intraocular lens implants were available or had seen a local ophthalmologist who made his money removing cataracts the old-fashioned way. Although Grover built pumps down at the Gorman Rupp plant, his real passion in life was being one of the pastors at his church. A simple man without pretense or excuse, he often referred to his “Lord” in our conversation and how good he was to us. Grover told me Dr. Truberry wanted t ... continue reading
    By Zach J. Tankersley, DPM, Robert W. Mendicino, DPM, Alan R. Catanzariti, DPM, and Jordan P. Grossman, DPM
    99,430 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/04
    Crush injuries of the foot are serious and can be difficult to manage. These complex injuries often involve soft tissue and osseous structures. Potentially devastating complications and long term sequelae can occur if these injuries are underestimated or mismanaged.1 Compartment syndrome is a serious complication that can occur with these types of injuries. Due to the high morbidity associated with crush injuries, prompt and meticulous care is essential.2 Omer and Pomerantz reported 50 percent of their patients who sustained crush injuries of the foot had residual pain ... continue reading
    By Barbara J. Aung, DPM
    8,741 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/04
    We have all heard about the concept of moist wound healing. We know that the right moisture balance is critical to the healing of chronic wounds because it promotes a healthy wound environment. We have modalities such as hydrogels and hydrocolloids, as well as normal saline and gauze. The latter is becoming antiquated but nonetheless continues to support the theory of moist wound healing principles. The new modality to emerge in wound care is the XCell® Cellulose Wound Dressing (Xylos Corporation). This product reportedly provides both hydration and absorption to achieve the moist ... continue reading
    By Robert Smith, Contributing Editor
    6,996 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/04
    The fantasy of retirement is one which many people occasionally turn to in order to get through the difficult stretches of a workday. The warm, sandy beaches of the mind are crowded with reclining metal chairs and the residue of tropical drinks that have no name, fishing poles bent in the direction of luckless mahi-mahi, and thousands of flip-flopped feet, attached to dozing, lotioned bodies. The reality of retirement, however, can knock the taste of salty air right out of your mouth. There are no true statistics that can tell how many of us are financially underprepared for our winter year ... continue reading
    By Marc A. Brenner, DPM, Stanley R. Kalish, DPM, and Tom Truong, DPM
    14,991 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/04
    Benign and bony outgrowths can be frequently misdiagnosed. With this mind, let us consider an unusual case involving a painful digital tumor that is gradually growing larger. Prior to presenting to our office, the patient had been evaluated by a couple of other physicians but the diagnosis had remained unclear. The 19-year-old patient was an obese, non-diabetic female who had a chief complaint of a slowly enlarging painful tumor on the second left digit. She noted the lesion started approximately four months ago but recalled no trauma to this area. The nodule, which had a reddish keratoti ... continue reading

    8,422 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/04
    Yes, the authors say skin flaps can be a viable option if conservative wound care fails. They emphasize that flaps can provide a unique match to the soft tissue properties of weightbearing areas and facilitate healing in wounds with exposed bone and tendon. By Gary P. Jolly, DPM, and Thomas Zgonis, DPM Historically, the treatment of chronic foot wounds has centered around aggressive debridement, pressure reduction and, lately, the application of wound healing accelerators such as various growth factors. More recently, the use of reconstructive procedures has been gaining support a ... continue reading

    3,320 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/04
    If your patient’s feet need a warm up and better circulation to relive pain, a new kind of footgear may be the remedy. The AFG™ Ankle/Foot Gauntlet can raise your patients’ skin surface and subcutaneous temperature by two to three degrees as part of heat therapy. Manufacturer Swede-O, Inc. says the gauntlet can relieve the pain associated with diabetes, arthritis and Raynaud’s disease. AFG’s Trioxon lining wicks moisture away from the skin and allows the skin to breathe. The company says the product is anatomically shaped and comes with a side stabilizer insert for a ... continue reading
    By Russell G. Volpe, DPM
    25,725 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/04
    The adult patient often seeks professional help with pain or discomfort in the foot. Pediatric consultations with a foot and ankle specialist are less often pain-related with concerns about gait or positional abnormalities more likely. When pain is the initiating complaint, it usually occurs in the child’s heel. However, the differential diagnosis of heel pain in the child can be challenging for practitioners. It may be difficult to obtain an accurate history from a child and parents are only able to relate what the child has told them or what they have observed. This can make differenti ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    12,914 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/04
    Emerging research on the therapeutic and diagnostic uses of ultrasound will be among the abstracts presented at the 17th Annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) in May. Two of the studies focus on the potential benefits of using ultrasound to assist in treating problematic wounds. Paul Quintavalle, DPM, says there has been an increase of studies in recent years on the use of therapeutic ultrasound in wound healing. “It has been shown to be a safe and potentially effective treatment,” notes Dr. Quintavalle. “It is a widely used modality in Europe, but has not become widely used in ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor in Chief
    1,625 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/04
    The sheer numbers continue to astonish and surprise. During a lecture at the recent Annual Meeting of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, John Steinberg, DPM, noted 18.2 million people in the United States have diabetes and approximately half of them are undiagnosed. The associated complications with this disease are well known, but the latest statistics are particularly chilling. Heart disease reportedly affects people with diabetes twice as often as those who do not have diabetes. Current statistics also reveal that two out of three people with diabetes will die from a heart ... continue reading