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  • June 2004 | Volume 17 - Issue 6
    By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    6,450 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/04
    While some patients may only see dehydrated feet as a minor nuisance, it can lead to further problems such as fungal infections and ulcerations. However, one emerging product can not only combat anhidrosis but may be helpful in treating a variety of skin problems, including psoriasis and icthyosis. Podiatrists are turning to AmeriGel Care Lotion to solve an array of skin problems, citing its particular effectiveness with patients who have diabetes. The lotion, which contains Oakin™ or oak extract, is “the first and only antimicrobial, antifungal, antiinflammatory and antipruritic lotion ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    5,869 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/04
    Two new international studies reveal intriguing findings in the realm of diabetes research. In the Finland-United States Investigation of NIDDM Genetics (FUSION) study, which involved over 1,200 patients, researchers identified 10 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are associated with type 2 diabetes in the Finnish population. According to the study, which was published in a recent issue of Diabetes, these SNPs were located within or close to the hepatocyte nuclear factor 4 alpha (HNF4A) gene, which influences the expression of glucose metabolic genes. In a separate study, whi ... continue reading

    3,355 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/04
    A new cushion may help keep your patients’ heels cool and comfortable while speeding up the healing process. For patients suffering from plantar fasciitis, the Sol Step™ provides cushioning and absorbs shock of the heel’s plantar aspect, according to the device’s manufacturer, Brown Medical. The company says the product’s neoprene stocking-like support offers a comfortable fit and the compression to the heel and arch accelerates healing. Sol Step’s Sealed Ice™ pad cushions each foot. The company says the product can also provide up to 20 minutes of col ... continue reading
    Moderator: Michael Downey, DPM; Panelists: Jeffrey C. Christensen, DPM, Lawrence Fallat, DPM, Robert L. Goldstucker, Esq., Nelson Hendler, MD, MS, and Steven Mandel, MD
    26,627 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/04
    Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) has emerged as one of the more controversial topics in podiatry in recent years. Not only are there no clear-cut answers in regard to the etiology of the condition, standard terminology for describing the condition has been equally elusive in the past. With this in mind, expert panelists discuss various issues in diagnosing and treating this condition. Q: We have all heard different terms used for this condition, including reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), causalgia and Sudek’s Atrophy. What is the current ... continue reading

    66,234 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/04
    Cryogenic neuroablation is a safe, minimally invasive option that is less painful than alcohol injections and may facilitate a reduced risk of stump neuromas, according to this author. By Lawrence Fallat, DPM Morton’s neuroma (perineural fibroma) is a common painful forefoot disorder that can present treatment challenges to all podiatric physicians. The common digital nerves, usually in the second and third intermetatarsal spaces, become enlarged in the area of the deep transverse metatarsal ligament and subsequently cause pain in the ball of the foot with cramping, pain and num ... continue reading
    By Howard Rosenbaum, DPM
    6,348 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/04
    Congratulations to John McCord, DPM. The reaction from several sources to his recent Forum column on “gimmicks” (“Thinking Twice About Revenue Enhancement Opportunities,” page 82 in the April issue) has generated enough emotion to compel my response. In general, Dr McCord’s view of the podiatry profession is discouraging to podiatrists who desire to enhance their knowledge and skills. Furthermore, his portrayal of diagnostic ultrasound is inaccurate and misleading. Actually, I am disappointed that a Podiatry Today Editorial Advisory Board member believes that a podiatrist is ... continue reading
    By Jason Pollard, DPM, and Richard Stess, DPM
    38,489 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/04
    Charcot neuroarthropathy is a progressive deterioration of a joint characterized by a loss of sensation. When left untreated, this condition can lead to pathological fractures, joint dislocation/subluxation and deformity. This condition reportedly affects an estimated 0.8 percent to 7.5 percent of people with diabetes. The prevalence of this condition increases dramatically among patients with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy, ranging from 29 to 35 percent in this specific population.1,2 However, this disorder is not limited to patients with diabetes as it can also afflict patien ... continue reading
    By Gary L. Dockery, DPM, FACFAS
    11,808 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/04
    Serious foot infections result from a combination of factors including disease, injury, neuropathy, vascular impairment and insufficient wound healing. Diabetic patients, in particular, are at high risk of developing serious complications in lower extremities that can lead to amputation. Of the estimated 17 million people who have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, almost 15 percent will undergo lower extremity amputation during their lifetime.1,2 Approximately 80 percent of diabetes-related amputations are preceded by chronic foot ulcers.3-5 Many chronic foot ulcers in diabet ... continue reading
    By Robert Smith, Contributing Editor
    15,013 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/04
    Doc Baker had it easy. As the only physician in Walnut Grove, he had the market cornered. Anyone who lived in or visited the fictional center of the Little House On The Prairie television series (whether it was Laura Ingalls, Nellie Olsen or some unfortunate guest star like Ernest Borgnine) had to go to Doc Baker for their ills. Everything was curable and everyone paid at the end of the visit. If Walnut Grove existed today, it would likely have a variety of specialists (including a couple of podiatrists) and there would be an insurance agency (or a dozen) processing claims and graduall ... continue reading
    Guest Clinical Editor: Nicholas Romansky, DPM
    14,011 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/04
    There is no shortage of issues to consider when you are prescribing custom orthotics for different types of patients, whether it’s knowing what to look for during the biomechanical exam or understanding the keys to proper casting. With these things in mind, our expert panelists explore various issues from prescribing orthotics for athletes to altering orthotics in case of improper fit. Q: What keys do you look for in your biomechanical exam? A: Patrick Nunan, DPM, starts his biomechanical exam by having the patient sit on an exam table while he evaluates the joints’ range of mot ... continue reading