Volume 26 - Issue 4 - April 2013

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Performing Surgery On Smokers: What You Should Know

Lawrence Fallat, DPM, FACFAS, and Ruby Chahal, DPM | 11933 reads | 1 comments

Patients who smoke have a higher risk for nonunion, non-healing wounds and other complications. Offering insights from the literature and their experience, these authors discuss the impact of smoking on surgical outcomes, timing issues with smoking cessation and pertinent pearls for improving surgical results in patients who continue to smoke.

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Treating Undiagnosed Charcot Neuroarthropathy Following Traumatic Hallux Varus Repair

Jane Pontious, DPM, FACFAS, and Irfan Ahsan, BS | 8811 reads | 0 comments

These authors present the treatment of a non-adherent 53-year-old patient with diabetes who received treatment for previously undiagnosed Charcot following hallux varus surgery.

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When A Diabetic Foot Ulcer Is Complicated With Tophaceous Gout

David M. Davidson, DPM | 8286 reads | 0 comments

In an interesting case study, this author discusses the diagnostic workup and multidisciplinary efforts to resolve a longstanding combination of a diabetic foot ulcer and tophaceous gout.

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Essential Insights On Treating End-Stage Ankle Arthritis

John F. Grady, DPM, FASPS, Sarah Mahowald, DPM, and Donald Graves, DPM | 10693 reads | 0 comments

Sharing insights from the literature and surgical experience, these authors suggest a re-evaluation and possible elevation of ankle arthroplasty over ankle arthrodesis as a preferred option for appropriate patients with end-stage ankle arthritis.

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What The Evidence Reveals About Midfoot Ulcers In Patients With Diabetes

Valerie Schade, DPM, AACFAS | 10657 reads | 0 comments

Given the long-term challenges with conservative care and high recurrence risk associated with diabetic midfoot ulcers, this author examines the literature on surgical procedures including the exostectomy and realignment arthrodesis.

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A Guide To Diagnosing And Treating Common Dance Injuries

Lisa M. Schoene, DPM, ATC, FACFAS | 11153 reads | 0 comments

Dancers place high demands on the foot and ankle. Given these challenges and rigorous expectations for performance, treatment of injuries in this population can be intricate and challenging. Accordingly, this author discusses the differentiation of common dance injuries, relevant psychological issues and pertinent keys to treatment.

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