Volume 26 - Issue 5 - May 2013

Feature »

Point-Counterpoint: Are Acellular Dermal Matrices More Effective Than Fibroblast-Derived Dermal Substitutes?

Howard Kimmel, DPM, and Alexander Reyzelman, DPM | 9338 reads | 1 comments

Yes. Citing the literature, enhanced sterility and ease of use, Howard Kimmel, DPM, says human acellular dermal matrices are an effective option for wound care.

No. Alexander Reyzelman, DPM, says the role that fibroblasts play in facilitating the healing of chronic wounds is well established whereas questions abound for acellular dermal matrices, which lack high-quality supporting evidence.



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A Closer Look At Cryosurgery For Neuromas

Marc Katz, DPM | 6139 reads | 0 comments

Can cryosurgery be an effective alternative treatment for neuromas? This author offers keys to diagnosis, shares pertinent pearls on cryosurgical techniques and emphasizes the benefits of ultrasound injection guidance.



News and Trends »

May 2013

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Although a recent study concludes that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is not effective for healing diabetic wounds, several physicians note that HBOT does have a benefit as an adjunctive treatment for non-healing diabetic foot ulcers.



Diabetes Watch »

When Not To Use Advanced Wound Care Modalities

Gary M. Rothenberg, DPM, CDE, CWS | 4996 reads | 0 comments

The statistics are alarming. The morbidity and mortality associated with lower extremity wounds are high, and we are constantly exposed to new options to help heal our patients. The toolbox for the wound care clinician has expanded exponentially in the past decade and it seems as though we are learning more and more daily about the basic science behind wound care.



Surgical Pearls »

Essential Insights On The Medial Slide Calcaneal Osteotomy

Keith D. Cook, DPM, FACFAS, and Irene Labib, DPM, MS | 10510 reads | 0 comments

Both pediatric and adult-acquired flatfoot deformities, particularly posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) stage II, remain difficult to treat and there is much controversy in regard to the optimal form of treatment. Patients usually present with increased pain and swelling along the medial aspect of the ankle or rearfoot. The foot generally maintains an abducted forefoot position and a decrease in the height of the medial longitudinal arch. Sometimes patients can perform a double heel raise but cannot perform a single heel raise. This signifies posterior tibial tendon pathology.



Wound Care Q&A »

Essential Insights On Treating Pressure Ulcers

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 5740 reads | 0 comments

Our expert panelists expound on the treatment of pressure ulcers, including the use of calcanectomies, nutritional supplements and negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT).