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  • July 2004 | Volume 17 - Issue 7
    Here one can see moderate hallux varus.
    By Justin Franson, DPM, and Babak Baravarian, DPM
    19,151 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Chances are, you have seen patients present to your office with pain after undergoing a bunion surgery, which you may or may not have performed. If you were the operating surgeon, it is easy enough to research the specific procedure that you performed. However, in many cases of hallux varus complications, the patients wind up in another surgeon’s office for reconstruction. Obtaining all the prior operative and post-op information will aid in tailoring the revisional surgery. With this in mind, let’s consider the following case. A 55-year-old female patient returns to the office for a fol... continue reading
    By John S. Steinberg, DPM, Khurram Khan, DPM, and Jonah Mullens
    20,162 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    In clinical practice, two of the most common types of infected wounds podiatrists see are ulcerations and postoperative incision sites. In order to resolve these infections and ultimately close these wounds, one must have a strong understanding of the etiology of infected ulcerations and post-op infections, how to assess these wounds and how to select appropriate treatment options. ... continue reading
    A new instructional CD guides you in using Ethyl Chloride® Topical Anesthetic to minimize injection pain, according to Gebauer.

    3,191 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    When treating diabetic patients who have neuropathic ulcers, it can be challenging to apply a wound care ointment with a wooden applicator or cotton swab due to pain tolerance issues. However, a new spray version of Panafil® may be able to address these concerns. Healthpoint, the manufacturer of Panafil Spray, says the spray is light so it doesn’t hurt a sensitive wound bed and facilitates easier access with tough to reach areas of irregularly-shaped wounds. The company also emphasizes that using the spray minimizes the potential for cross-contamination, a significant benefi... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    1,896 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Consider the dizzying array of choices one must make when a patient presents with a non-healing wound. In some cases, determining the etiology can be a daunting challenge. In their guest column for Diabetes Watch, Damieon Brown, DPM, and Javier La Fontaine, DPM, discuss the difficulties of detecting diabetic autonomic neuropathy and provide an illuminating case study that reflects the subsequent challenges of treating these patients for chronic wounds (see page 20). Within this month’s continuing education article, “How To Detect And Treat Infected Wounds” (see page 68), John S. Stei... continue reading
    Samuel Nava, Jr., DPM, says female runners comprise approximately 10 to 15 percent of his patients with neuromas.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    9,006 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Painful foot neuromas are a common dilemma among podiatric patients and the neuromas appear to be increasingly more prevalent among runners. Samuel Nava, Jr., DPM, a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), estimates that approximately 10 to 15 percent of his patients with neuromas are female runners. He notes that female runners who wear more narrow shoes at work and subsequently go running on hard surfaces may be at a higher risk for developing neuromas. Bruce Werber, DPM, a Fellow and Past President of ACFAS, says the majority of his neuroma patients are female bu... continue reading
    Using a hemostat, one may see the bulbous, white and glistening nerve mass and dissect it.
    By Lynnelle R. Gabriel, DPM
    34,772 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Treating a Morton’s neuroma can be a delicate operation. There is currently much discussion and controversy over whether to remove an intermetatarsal neuroma or leave the nerve intact and release the deep transverse intermetatarsal ligament via a minimally invasive nerve decompression (MIND). There have not been enough studies to sway the majority of surgeons to leave the intermetatarsal neuroma and only release the ligament. Although I believe this is truly an entrapment of the nerve, I have found removing the neuroma has been quite successful. The clinical signs and symptoms of a neurom... continue reading
    Changes in the skin and its appendages can indicate a nutrient deficit. Note the dry skin.
    By Patricia Abu-Rumman, DPM, and Robert A. Menzies, BSc(Hons), MChS, SRCh
    16,478 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Wound healing is a complex process that depends upon the delicate balance of physical and spiritual well-being of the individual. In order to maintain this required balance for wound healing, clinicians must be aware of and evaluate five major conditions including: adequate perfusion, decreased bacterial load, protection from mechanical stress, sufficient nutrition and the patient’s psychosocial status. While one can evaluate the first three conditions through clinical examination techniques, laboratory assays and special studies, the nutritional status and psychosocial status of the patie... continue reading
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    10,007 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Offloading diabetic neuropathic ulcers comes with a unique set of treatment challenges. Some consider total contact casting the gold standard but whether it’s practical in a busy practice is highly debatable. Still, how can one arrive at a solution that will enhance patient compliance? With these issues in mind, our expert panelists share their thoughts and experiences with this topic. Q: How do you initially offload the plantar diabetic neuropathic ulcer? A: Lawrence G. Karlock, DPM, says he is initially aggressive when it comes to offloading the plantar neuropathic ulceration. ... continue reading

    5,516 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    First, I’d like to say that the article on adult-acquired flatfoot (AAF) was insightful and thorough (see the cover story “A New Approach To Adult-Acquired Flatfoot,” pg. 32, May issue). It is now my reference on AAF. However, I found that the heel pain article left questions unanswered (see “Conquering Conservative Care For Heel Pain,” pg. 48, May issue). I wonder why James Losito, DPM, offered his comments on Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) while having very limited knowledge of ESWT. Out of the three methods of generating shockwave, Dr. Losito only describes one. By his... continue reading
    A 53-year-old female sustained a scald burn. As you can see, the plantar aspect was unaffected due to its glabrous anatomy, which makes plantar burns less common.
    By Alan J. Cantor, DPM, CWS, and Keith Burger, PA-C
    20,676 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Burn injuries are among the most devastating wounds a clinician may be asked to treat. Burn medicine is a critical care, specialized field of medicine, surgery and rehabilitation, all of which are intertwined and interdependent for successful outcomes. Precise awareness of modern wound management, skin function, infectious disease issues and crisis decision capabilities are hallmarks of burn injury care. Significantly, as more podiatrists become experts at wound management, many DPMs will find themselves becoming an integral part of the modern burn team. In the United States, there are appr... continue reading