Volume 26 - Issue 11 - November 2013

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November 2013

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While there has been controversy over the years about the use of nerve decompression for diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy, a recent study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association concludes that the risk of recurrent ulcers following the procedure is low.

Diabetes Watch »

A Closer Look At The Role Of Collagen In Healing Complex Diabetic Foot Ulcerations

By Ann Zmuda, DPM | 5797 reads | 0 comments

Currently, in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports there are approximately 25.8 million people with diabetes mellitus, which is 8.3 percent of the population.1 This number is estimated to grow to 44 million by the year 2034.

Wound Care Q&A »

Current Insights On Treating Gangrenous, Odorous And Painful Wounds

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 5898 reads | 0 comments

These insightful panelists offer their expertise on dressings, particularly for wounds that are dry and gangrenous, and wounds with strong odor. They also share their perspectives and insights on painful wounds.

Surgical Pearls »

A Closer Look At Treatment Options For Neglected Achilles Tendon Ruptures

Nicholas J. Bevilacqua, DPM, FACFAS | 6512 reads | 0 comments

Achilles tendon rupture occurs frequently and if it is neglected, there may be significant long-term disability. Early diagnosis of an acute rupture and prompt initiation of treatment will generally lead to optimal results. Acute Achilles tendon ruptures may be misdiagnosed up to 25 percent of the time.1 In other cases, patients may not seek immediate medical care if they are able to ambulate and the pain is tolerable. It may be weeks or months before the patient receives a referral or decides to pursue treatment. Ultimately, continued functional impairment and alterations in gait cause the patient to seek medical attention.

Treatment Dilemmas »

Advanced Regenerative Healing Options For Chronic Plantar Fasciitis

Bob Baravarian, DPM, and Rotem Ben-Ad, DPM | 7520 reads | 0 comments

Plantar fasciitis is no doubt one of the most common presentations that foot and ankle specialists see. Although there are multiple causes for heel pain, biomechanical issues causing strain on the plantar fascia are by far the most common causes. A tight posterior muscle group causing an increase in pronation or even a cavus foot structure will result in inflammation of the fascia and subsequent pain.

Technology In Practice »

New MRI System Offers Specific Extremity Focus

Danielle Chicano, Editorial Associate | 1309 reads | 0 comments

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system can be a useful diagnostic tool for a variety of conditions. Accordingly, a MRI system that is compact and tailored specifically for extremities may provide an especially valuable diagnostic option for podiatrists.