Volume 26 - Issue 7 - July 2013

Feature »

Addressing Posterior Malleolar Ankle Fractures

Nicholas Todd, DPM, AACFAS, Meagan Jennings, DPM, FACFAS, Shannon Rush, DPM, FACFAS, Ryan Wood, DPM, and Richard Jensen, DPM, FACFAS | 9954 reads | 0 comments

Posterior malleolar ankle fractures can be a challenge to reduce and fixate. Accordingly, these authors provide compelling case examples and emphasize the use of computed tomography and a posterior approach to facilitate optimal outcomes.



Feature »

How Do You Motivate Office Staff?

Lynn Homisak, PRT | 4916 reads | 0 comments

Motivating your employees is not always as simple as writing a check or a form letter thanking them for their service. This author draws on real-life scenarios to present the most effective ways of encouraging staff to perform to the best of their abilities, and provides advice on avoiding the inherent pitfalls.



News and Trends »

July 2013

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The percutaneous plantar fasciotomy has the advantage of being less invasive than other fasciotomy techniques but how does it compare in its ability to get patients back on their feet quicker with less pain?



Diabetes Watch »

Proven Strategies To Prevent Lower Extremity Amputation

Monica H. Schweinberger, DPM | 5610 reads | 0 comments

From 2009 to 2012, amputation rates at our facility dropped 77.3 percent as a result of the staff employing basic strategies in both prevention and wound care. This occurred despite the consistent rates of new foot ulcers that arise each year in patients with diabetes. A study by Apelqvist and colleagues in 1994 demonstrated that treatment of diabetic foot ulcers costs significantly less than amputation, making reduced amputation rates a benefit to both patients and the healthcare system at large.1



Surgical Pearls »

An Emerging Option For Treating Severely Subluxed Lesser MPJ Deformities In Seniors

Michael Tritto, DPM | 3953 reads | 0 comments

The correction of a significantly subluxed or dislocated hammertoe in an elderly patient can be a challenge to any surgeon. Over the last 22 years, I have tried numerous ways to correct the problem, all with varying degrees of success. The use of the Weil osteotomy along with other procedures, including proximal interphalangeal joint fusion, flexor transfer and now plantar plate repair from a dorsal approach, has not given me consistent results with patients who are over 65 years of age.



Wound Care Q&A »

A Guide To Selecting The Right Dressings For Wounds

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 6136 reads | 0 comments

The proper selection of a wound dressing can greatly facilitate wound healing. Accordingly, the panelists share their thoughts on dressing selection, antimicrobial dressings and emerging dressings in wound care.