Volume 25 - Issue 12 - December 2012

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Exploring The Potential Of Acellular Dermis Grafts For Wound Healing And Soft Tissue Repair

J. Palmer Branch, DPM, FACFAS | 16156 reads | 0 comments

Offering insights from the literature, practical pearls and coding tips, this author discusses the use of acellular dermis grafts for foot and ankle applications including wound healing, tendon and ligament repair and soft tissue supplementation.

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Revising A Failed First MPJ Implant In A Patient With Chronic Pain

Stephen L. Barrett, DPM, MBA, and Julie Lee, DPM | 5550 reads | 0 comments

These authors offer pertinent insights on treating a 45-year-old woman who complained of severe pain years after receiving a total first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) implant.

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When Do You Refer A Patient For Vascular Intervention?

Desmond Bell, DPM, CWS | 11087 reads | 1 comments

Despite devastating five-year mortality rates that rival those of several forms of cancer, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) remains somewhat under-recognized, even by healthcare providers. This author emphasizes the importance of appropriate screening of high-risk patients and timely referrals for vascular interventionalists.

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How To Address High Intermetatarsal Angles In Bunion Surgery

Jeffrey E. McAlister, DPM, AACFAS and Christopher F. Hyer, DPM, MS, FACFAS | 12126 reads | 1 comments

Given that high intermetatarsal angles can complicate hallux valgus correction, these authors discuss key preoperative considerations, highlight important aspects of corrective procedures and provide pearls on dealing with complications and postoperative protocols.

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Osteomyelitis: Keys To Diagnosis And Treatment

Gina A. Hild, DPM, and Allan M. Boike, DPM, FACFAS | 12642 reads | 0 comments

Can new technological advances facilitate a more accurate diagnosis of osteomyelitis and more successful treatment? These authors consider this question and offer insights from the literature on lab tests, imaging modalities and effective treatments with an eye toward prevention.

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When Lower Extremity Dysfunction Contributes To Back Pain

George C. Trachtenberg, DPM | 10930 reads | 2 comments

Offering biomechanical insights on how back pain may be triggered by secondary postural changes and altered gait compensations from foot dysfunction, this author emphasizes assessment of the sagittal plane and a better understanding of the impact of lumbar spine flexion.

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