Volume 26 - Issue 3 - March 2013

Feature »

A 10-Step Guide To Applying Split Thickness Skin Grafts

Jennifer Pappalardo, DPM, Diana Perry, BS, and David G. Armstrong, DPM, PhD, MD | 9402 reads | 0 comments

Could split thickness skin grafts (STSGs) be beneficial in improving wound healing in patients with diabetes? These authors explore the viability of STSGs in this population and offer a step-by-step guide for using this modality. They also discuss the emergence of indocyanine green angiography to help enhance grafting results.

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What You Need To Know About Dispensing Diabetic Shoes

Jonathan Moore, DPM | 8600 reads | 0 comments

Having a diabetic shoe program can offer great therapeutic value to your patients and also grow your practice. Accordingly, this author details essential steps toward running and maintaining an effective diabetic shoe program.

News and Trends »

March 2013

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The Department of Health and Human Services has modified the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) with changes that affect both patient access to records and security protocols at podiatry practices.

Diabetes Watch »

Can Scaling Theory Aid In Charcot Foot Reconstruction In Obese Patients?

Andrew J. Meyr, DPM, Kelly Pirozzi, DPM, and Corine Creech, DPM | 5183 reads | 0 comments

Body mass index is an objective patient finding that is known to correlate with not only the development and outcome of diabetic foot ulceration but also perioperative and long-term patient morbidity and mortality.1 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2010 that 35.7 percent of United States adults and almost 17 percent of youth are defined as obese based on the body mass index (BMI).2-4 Put bluntly, obese patients have worse clinical and surgical outcomes following the development of lower extremity pathology.

Surgical Pearls »

Can An Emerging Synthetic Graft Have An Impact In Soft Tissue Repair?

Jason R. Miller, DPM, FACFAS, and Stanley Chen, DPM, AACFAS | 6461 reads | 0 comments

Tendon and ligament pathologies are extremely common in the adult population. Eleven percent of runners experience Achilles tendinopathy with seven out of 100,000 people sustaining a rupture. There are 1 million ankle injuries per year, 85 percent of which are ankle sprains. The total cost of tendon and ligament treatment is approximately $30 billion per year in the United States alone.1 The medical community has actively sought the augmentation of these repairs and the response by orthobiologic companies has been great.

Wound Care Q&A »

Managing Pressure Ulcers In The Lower Extremity

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 10384 reads | 0 comments

Our expert panelists offer essential keys to diagnosis, share their insights on offloading modalities, and discuss mattresses and beds to help resolve pressure issues.