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  • August 2004 | Volume 17 - Issue 8
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    9,534 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/04
    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
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    6,170 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/04
    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
    4,611 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/04
    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
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    4,588 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/04
    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
    11,547 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/04
    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
    By Bradley W. Bakotic, DPM, DO
    22,281 reads | 1 comments | 08/03/04
    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
    12,483 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/04
    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
    18,565 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/04
    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
    Guest Clinical Editor: Lawrence Huppin, DPM
    14,131 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/04
    With summer in full swing, more and more patients are moving from the rigidity of dress shoes into the comfort of sandals. Fitting orthotics into both types of footwear has its own unique challenges as the sizes of each vary and the amount of control is also different between shoe types. With this in mind, our expert panelists offer pearls on how they alter orthotic prescriptions for dress shoes or sandals. Q: What are important concepts to keep in mind when prescribing orthoses for women’s dress shoes? A: Lawrence Huppin, DPM, says patient education is of paramount importance ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    7,648 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/04
    The clock is ticking. In another step of a process which began in 1996, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have set a deadline of April 21, 2005 for compliance with the security standards of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Is your practice ready to meet the deadline? The voluminous data on HIPAA compliance lays out broad guidelines for maintaining security. As the final rule from the Federal Register states, healthcare organizations must “ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all electronically protected health informat ... continue reading