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  • August 2004 | Volume 17 - Issue 8
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    2,270 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    There is a prevailing notion that most podiatric students want to become accomplished podiatric surgeons as opposed to “experts in biomechanics of the foot.” However, educators and authors strongly emphasize the biomechanical knowledge of form and function as essential to being a successful podiatrist. “Biomechanical training sets podiatrists apart from other disciplines that treat the feet,” notes one established biomechanics author. It is also the critical foundation for those who wish to become podiatric surgeons. After all, more than a few educators call podiatric surgery “ap... continue reading
    By David Edward Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP
    5,466 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Assessing the value of your medical practice is an investment in your practice’s future. Not only does it help build equity value, it would be shortsighted not to have a professional appraiser working with you to understand the key issues involved and the reasons for them. After all, it is very easy in the emotion of buying or selling a practice to make a mistake, especially in a changing environment and niche specialty like podiatry. Don’t wait to have your practice appraised. There is a tendency to contact professional appraisers retroactively during valuation disputes or when sales, pa... continue reading
    According to a recent study of 40 diabetic patients with full-thickness wounds, those receiving the GraftJacket (as shown above) had an 89.1 percent wound depth reduction after a month.
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    8,701 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Intriguing new treatments and devices abound in this yearly review. We take a closer look at promising therapies for diabetic neuropathy and osteoarthritis of the ankle. Wound care specialists weigh in on new approaches to optimizing wound beds and closing stubborn wounds. Podiatric surgeons discuss time-saving devices for facilitating tendon transfers and leading voices in biomechanics offer their respective takes on a helpful orthotic modification, a re-emerging pediatric orthotic and a new athletic shoe that is generating a lot of buzz. Without further delay, here is what the experts had t... continue reading
    Lantiseptic Skin Protectant is an emollient ointment that offers a 50 percent lanolin formula. It is reportedly helpful in treating cracked skin as well as grade I and grade II pressure sores.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    5,335 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Patients with diabetes may face a broad range of potential complications, including cracked and dry skin on their feet. Given the increasing prevalence of diabetes, it is more important than ever to have cost-effective options to address this uncomfortable facet of the disease. What can you turn to in order to provide some relief for those who have cracked and dry skin on their feet? The Lantiseptic® line of products may be your answer. Available in different sizes and for a range of problems, Lantiseptic Skin Protectant, Lantiseptic Therapeutic Cream and Lantiseptic All Body Wash... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    3,976 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    I enjoyed finally being able to see patients in my third year of podiatry school. The college clinic was clogged with students in white coats and a few patients. Most students were considered fortunate if they cared for one patient on a typical clinic day. I always dragged neighbors from my East Cleveland apartment complex where I worked as a night maintenance man. While I fixed their appliances and unclogged their plumbing, I always inquired about any foot problems. I usually saw at least five patients every clinic day. Since I developed my rapport with these patients as neighbors, they add... continue reading
    According to one ongoing study, which was recently presented at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, one-half of the parents of obese boys rated their children’s weight as “about right.”
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    4,068 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    With the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes in children, are parents and children getting the message that being overweight can lead to the disease? Several new studies suggest otherwise, finding rising health problems in obese children and concluding that childhood obesity can go unnoticed by both parents and children. Although Eric Espensen, DPM, has not seen an increased number of children who have type 2 diabetes, he notes that Minh Mach, MD, an endocrinologist colleague, has seen such an increase and lectures on the rising incidence of type 2 diabetes in youth. Dr. Espensen urges p... continue reading
    By Thomas Zgonis, DPM, and Gary Peter Jolly, DPM
    9,786 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Diabetes mellitus is said to be a disorder of glucose metabolism, but it can be so much more for those individuals who have the disease and the families with whom they share their lives. The sequelae of diabetes involve vascular changes in the large and small vessels, and produce disorders of the retina, the kidneys and the coronary arteries, not to mention the peripheral vascular tree. While serum glucose management is critical, it is only one part of the total picture in managing patients with diabetes. In order to adequately protect the patient from the ravages of diabetes, a well-integrat... continue reading
    Here is a gross view of a bisected femoral bone involved by Ewing’s sarcoma. Note the periosteal re-duplication that corresponds with the “onion skinning” observed in plain film radiographs. (Photo reprinted by permission of Data Trace Publishing Company.
    By Bradley W. Bakotic, DPM, DO
    20,011 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
    Many lesions of bone that arise with relative frequency in the feet are seen less commonly in alternate locations. Similarly, there are a host of trends with regard to the biology of bone tumors that are unique to the distal extremities, particularly the feet. With that said, let’s review the most common malignant tumors of the bones of the feet and key clinical features that can aid in arriving at the most appropriate diagnosis and subsequent treatment. While it is far from the most common malignant tumor of the skeletal system at large, Ewing’s sarcoma/primitive neuroectodermal tumor (P... continue reading
    By Mark A. Caselli, DPM
    9,911 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Stinging insects and ticks can cause problems for athletes who participate in outdoor sports or activities. At the very least, these stings or bites can lead to itchy and irritating skin conditions. On the more extreme end, these stings or bites may lead to serious anaphylactic reactions or Lyme disease. Therefore, it is important for sports medicine practitioners to recognize the potential conditions and dangers that may come from these insect bites and stings, and know how to institute appropriate treatment. Stinging insects belong to the order Hymenoptera, which includes bees, wasps and st... continue reading
    By Neal Blitz, DPM, and Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM
    16,723 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Yes, Neal Blitz, DPM, says it is possible in certain cases. In assessing the literature and his own experience, he emphasizes proper patient selection and key surgical tips for facilitating optimal outcomes. The Lapidus arthrodesis is an excellent procedure to correct metatarsus primus adductus. The procedure, which allows one to realign and stabilize the first metatarsal at the apex of the deformity, was first described by Albrecht in 1911 and subsequently popularized by Lapidus.1-4 Yet it was later abandoned by many surgeons because of the high nonunion rate and postoperative c... continue reading