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  • December 2004 | Volume 17 - Issue 12

    2,728 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       I believe your recent editorial was inappropriate. (See “Emphasizing Accountability For Seniors On Election Day,” page 15, October issue.) You made some half-baked effort to try and present some kind of balance in your editorial but your bias was obvious. You knocked President George Bush’s accomplishments in Medicare and touted the possibility that Senator John Kerry’s plan would be superior.    You, like so much of America, have taken Kerry’s statements at face value. Make no mistake about it. Kerry’s plan is socialized medicine. The ultra-lib... continue reading
    Here one can see localized granuloma annulare on the top of the foot in a young female patient.
    By Gary L. Dockery, DPM, FACFAS
    60,986 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Granuloma annulare (GA) is a benign inflammatory, self-limiting granulomatous dermatoses characterized by a variable clinical presentation of dermal and subcutaneous lesions. Although this condition may occur at any age, it is predominantly a disease of children ranging in age from 2 to 10 and adults who are younger than 30. GA is very common in young females as they are twice as likely to be affected than males. Foot involvement occurs in more than 70 percent of all patients with GA and hand involvement occurs in 60 percent of patients.    The lesions may ... continue reading
    Here is a preoperative view of an ulcer secondary to a rocker bottom foot.
    By Scott Neville, DPM, Peter Blume, DPM, and Jonathan Key, DPM
    30,797 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Although Charcot neuroarthropathy occurs in a small percentage (5 percent) of the diabetic population, the natural disease course is associated with severe morbidity including chronic ulcerations, infections and amputations.1 The medical necessity of limb preservation is well known to all podiatrists. However, the recent advent of rocker bottom reconstruction provides the podiatric surgeon with another tool in the fight for limb preservation.    Those with ulcerations secondary to Charcot foot deformity are part of a complex subset of patients who... continue reading
    By Steven Chinn, DPM, MS
    7,422 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Everyone dreads the potential experience of making a mistake that affects patient care. However, the complexity of healthcare lends itself to these situations. Caring for patients requires a series of interconnecting steps in order to produce the desired outcome. As physicians and surgeons try to minimize the variables that arise, there are still factors, some of which we are accountable for and some not, that can add up to a bad clinical outcome. Many states have regulations that require licensed healthcare facilities, such as hospitals and nursing homes, to report any unusual patient care p... continue reading
    Praise goes a long way. Praising good behavior encourages the continuation of this behavior so keep those compliments coming.
    By Lynn Homisak, PRT
    7,249 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       As songwriter Henry Kaiser put it, “Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.” I can attest to this truth of this statement. As a podiatric medical assistant and consultant, I frequently lecture at meetings and speak to doctors and assistants all over the country. My mission is to help create a better work dynamic between doctors and assistants. With this in mind, let us consider some common questions that come up at meetings.    Q: I am not having any luck training my staff. I tell them how things should be done and I still end up doing them m... continue reading
    When considering a double calcaneal osteotomy, one should assess standard weightbearing views (AP, lateral and oblique views of the foot and ankle) for degenerative changes and angular deformity.
    By Alan R. Catanzariti, DPM, Robert W. Mendicino, DPM, and Brian D. Neerings, DPM
    24,789 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       The double calcaneal osteotomy includes a combination of the posterior calcaneal displacement osteotomy (PCDO) and the Evans anterior opening wedge calcaneal osteotomy. One would consider this combination for symptomatic flexible flatfoot deformity in both the adolescent flexible flatfoot and the adult with late stage II (Johnson and Strom’s classification) posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD).    The PCDO consists of a transcortical osteotomy through the posterior tuber of the calcaneus with medial transposition of the tuberosity. The PCDO displaces... continue reading
    Darco says the Med-Surg™ Shoe reduces pressure and provides post-op protection.

    6,315 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Debriding For Successful Wound Healing    For the latest in debriding diabetic ulcers, turn to the newest variation on a tried and true papain urea formula.    Gladase™-C is indicated for diabetic and decubitis ulcers, postoperative wounds, burns and various other wounds. Smith and Nephew Wound Management, the manufacturer of the product, says the papain-urea-chlorophyllin copper complex sodium in Gladase-C offers an enzymatic debrider that one can apply throughout treatment to help remove necrotic tissue and liquefy slough.  &... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    1,647 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       When I first started working on this magazine, we did a small survey of readers to help determine the direction of the magazine when we took it over from the former publisher. The majority of readers said they wanted to see more clinical topics and we have pursued this editorial agenda over the years with some practice management articles mixed in as well.    It is an ongoing education for us to provide just the right mix of articles that tackle emerging clinical topics as well as articles that discuss conditions that you see every day in your practice. Tha... continue reading
    By Mark A. Caselli, DPM, and John Brummer, DPM
    28,940 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Fluid replacement is an important part of any athletic regimen, but proper hydration is one of the most neglected aspects of the athlete’s diet. Now that podiatrists are active members of the medical teams servicing many types of athletic events (and often act as medical directors and co-directors), it is vital to have a working knowledge of the signs and symptoms of dehydration. Active sports medicine podiatrists should also be able to develop a plan for establishing hydration protocols at sporting events.    When athletes engage in sport, they will lose ... continue reading
    Here is a postoperative infection following a first MTPJ arthroplasty in a patient who has neuropathy and diabetes. The culture and sensitivities grew out as community-acquired MRSA. (Photo courtesy of David G. Armstrong, DPM.)
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    6,061 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Methicillin resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) infections are on the rise around the world as infections pass between hospitals and the community. The infections are not only associated with morbidity and mortality but also pose a high financial cost to patients and the healthcare profession, according to experts. What is causing the rise in antibiotic resistance and what steps should DPMs take to prevent and combat infection?    The incidence of MRSA infection has increased 40 percent in five years and one-third of pneumonia among patients on ventilators... continue reading