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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • January 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 1
    By Lisa M. Schoene, DPM, ATC
    47,006 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/05
       In recent years, dance medicine has become increasingly separate from the traditional sports medicine culture. As dance injuries are being evaluated and studied from many different medical perspectives, it is becoming more apparent that there is a serious need for dance medicine specialists to educate not only the dancers but the dance company managers and teachers.    Awareness of injuries among dancers and their need for proper treatment and rehabilitation has become more accepted by the dance community. Prompt evaluation and treatment can facilitate long ... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    2,276 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/05
       Fridays are the usual days for eruptions in my podiatry clinic. Friday afternoons are the most typical times when Murphy’s Law rules. An eruption is a diabetic patient with a severe infection or an osteotomy that falls apart or a pin tract infection. If patients hate a new pair of orthotics, they usually show up Friday afternoon to give me an earful.    Last Friday was no exception to the eruption rule but the fun started early. Fridays are always busy in our clinic. My schedule was booked solid with mostly straightforward podiatric cases. Then the emerge ... continue reading
    By Kathleen Satterfield, DPM
    15,253 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/05
       One should not view an amputation as a failure but as an opportunity to give a patient a chance to improve his or her quality of life.1-3 If the amputation is a definitive procedure, it may allow the patient freedom from the continuing wound care that chronic ulcerations tend to require. While the amputation is often thought of as a simple procedure, one should only perform this procedure after careful consideration of factors that will lead to a successful long-term outcome for each patient.    Selecting an inappropriate level of amputation can d ... continue reading
    By Eric H. Espensen, DPM
    11,621 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/05
       Management of the diabetic foot is a tremendous challenge. It has been estimated that the annual healthcare costs of caring for the diabetic foot range in the billions.1 Approximately 15 percent of diabetic patients will develop a foot or leg ulceration at some point during the course of their disease and 50 percent of those patients suffer reulceration within 18 months.2 Researchers have observed that the prevalence of neuropathy in the diabetic population is 33.5 percent, the prevalence of vascular disease is 12.7 percent and the prevalence of foot ulc ... continue reading
    By Barry Blass, DPM
    65,820 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/05
       Fungal infections of the foot represent the fourth most common problem that we see in podiatric practice.1 Approximately 26.5 million people are affected annually.2 Nearly half of these people will suffer from multiple episodes for years. Treatment varies from home remedies and OTC preparations to a large variety of topical and oral medications. While tinea pedis is certainly is not the most challenging condition we treat, eliminating a longstanding, annoying and embarrassing condition can make the practitioner a hero in the eyes of his or her patient. ... continue reading
    By David Soomekh, DPM, and Babak Baravarian, DPM
    38,396 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/05
       In 1876, Morton described a peculiar and painful affliction of the foot in the area of the fourth and fifth metatarsals as the metatarsals compress the plantar interdigital nerve. Describing this as a neuroma is bit of a misnomer as the condition is more likely an entrapment rather than a true neuroma. The effects of compression on nerve fibers are extensive. Nerve compression can be from external edema surrounding the nerve, edema within the nerve or external compression from other anatomical structures in the area.    It may be more appropriate to refer t ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    1,818 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/05
       What happens when a patient’s family history falls through the cracks? A leading podiatric educator recalls an incident that happened early in his practice. A patient underwent extensive ankle surgery and had a myocardial infarction on the operating table while he was under general anesthesia. The patient survived and the DPM found out later that the patient had a long family history of heart disease.     “From then on, I was very diligent in obtaining the (family history) information from all patients,” he emphasizes.    Another po ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    5,928 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/05
       In the past, the majority of comparative studies of antibiotics for diabetic foot infections have been relegated to smaller, unblinded trials. However, a new randomized, multicenter study of over 500 patients found that the simpler dosing regimen of ertapenem (Invanz, Merck) had comparable results to piperacillin/tazobactam in treating these infections.    In what study co-author David G. Armstrong, DPM, MSc, PhD, calls “easily the largest ever randomized controlled trial of diabetic foot infections,” the double-blinded SIDESTEP Study of Diabetic Foot I ... continue reading
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    7,078 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/05
       Do growth factors improve the rate of wound healing? When is it appropriate to use them on chronic wounds? Is the cost of growth factor modalities worth the results? Our expert panelists answer these key questions, share their experiences and ponder the future of these modalities with their discussion about the efficacy of growth factors in chronic wound care. Without further delay, here is what they had to say …    Q: When, why and how do you utilize growth factors in the treatment of foot and ankle wounds?    A: Wound bed prepar ... continue reading
    By D. Scot Malay, DPM
    28,470 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/05
       There are many instances when it is appropriate for the foot and ankle surgeon to use bone grafts in order to enhance a patient’s clinical outcome. When it comes to reconstructive osteotomies for angular realignment, arthrodeses and the repair of nonunions and cystic bone lesions, these are often best performed with procedures that take advantage of the many desirable features of bone grafts and, more recently, bone graft substitutes.    Before discussing the details of bone graft substitutes, it is helpful to review the bone graft options that are availa ... continue reading