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  • March 2004 | Volume 17 - Issue 3
    By Barbara J. Aung, DPM
    9,393 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
    7,369 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
    15,793 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

    8,960 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

    3,673 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
    27,397 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
    13,501 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
    1,894 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
    By Thomas Cusumano, DPM
    27,410 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/04
    Hallux limitus/rigidus is defined as a degenerative arthrosis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ) which is characterized by a decrease in the MTPJ range of motion and an eventual lack of motion.1 Treatment for this condition is a frequently discussed topic at podiatric conferences. When it comes to the stages of osteoarthritis in the MTPJ, one may consider performing joint preservation or joint destructive procedures. Joint preservation procedures include cheilectomy procedures, soft tissue correction and distal/proximal osteotomies as indicated for osseous correction. Wi ... continue reading
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    11,863 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/04
    In a follow-up to the last Q&A column on preventing post-op wounds (see page 16, January issue), our expert panelists have reconvened to discuss the treatment of post-op wounds. They explore treatment approaches to a variety of wounds, ranging from the post-op dehiscence and infected wounds to exposed internal fixation and fracture blisters. Without further delay, here are their thoughts. Q: How do you typically manage the post-op wound dehiscence? What types of wound products do you suggest? A: Ronald G. Ray, DPM, PT, says you should first remove any loose suture material and debr ... continue reading