Volume 27 - Issue 2 - February 2014

News and Trends »

February 2014

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When performing a bunionectomy, surgeons have a variety of techniques at their disposal. A Podiatry Today online poll reveals that half of the respondents use the Austin procedure as their most common bunionectomy procedure.

Diabetes Watch »

A Closer Look At Pharmacologic Compounds For Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Andrew H. Rice, DPM, FACFAS, and Sarah Edgar, DPM | 8485 reads | 3 comments

The treatment of diabetic neuropathic pain is complex and often unsatisfactory clinical results plague the patient with diabetes and the treating physician. Historically, physicians have used systemic pharmacologic treatments with mixed results and undesirable side effects. These have included antidepressants, anticonvulsants, N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonists and opiate analgesics.1

Dermatology Diagnosis »

When A Non-Healing Wound Has A Dermatologic Origin

William Fishco, DPM, FACFAS | 3395 reads | 2 comments

A 60-year-old Hispanic female presented with the chief complaint of severe pain associated with a large wound on her left leg, which had been present for four years. She had received treatment at another local hospital prior to her admission to Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix and the previous treatment recommended to her was a below-knee amputation. Her prior treatment while living in Mexico included application of topical antibiotics and a wet-to-dry dressing. She had never had any type of debridement of the wound.

Orthotics Q&A »

Current Insights On The Benefits Of Custom Orthoses And AFOs

Guest Clinical Editor: Bijan Najafi, PhD | 3846 reads | 0 comments

These expert panelists discuss the pros and cons of custom foot orthoses and their biomechanical benefits, whether ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) can prevent falls in older patients, and how to prescribe orthotics for older patients.

Practice Builders »

Casting Off Negativity To Bolster Your Practice’s Success

Lynn Homisak, PRT, CHC | 2682 reads | 0 comments

There are so many good business improvement books out there to read and when you find one that really has an impact on you, you want to share it. One such book is The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World with Kindness by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval. The premise was nothing new and yet I wondered: if so many people know this, why don’t we practice it more?

Technology In Practice »

Fixation Device Allows For Improved Hammertoe Repair

Danielle Chicano, Contributing Editor | 2033 reads | 0 comments

For patients suffering from hammertoe deformity, an emerging modality with an optimized design for superior bone purchase might offer relief and repair.