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  • January 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 1
    By John McCord, DPM
    2,214 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    Leaving an isolated digit predisposes the foot to other ulcerations due to the biomechanically unstable deformity.
    By Kathleen Satterfield, DPM
    14,707 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    11,280 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    Here one can see tinea pedis on the plantar arch due to T. mentagrophytes. Approximately 26.5 million people are affected with tinea pedis annually in the United States. (Photo courtesy of Gary Dockery, DPM)
    By Barry Blass, DPM
    64,267 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    When exploring surgical options for interdigital neuritis, a dorsal incision is preferred over a plantar incision for primary surgery.
    By David Soomekh, DPM, and Babak Baravarian, DPM
    36,842 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    1,738 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    Fifth in a series
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    5,721 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    6,896 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    Here is a lateral radiograph of a calcaneus-to-calcaneus transfer of autogenous bone graft from the posterior-superior aspect of the body to the anterior aspect of the body for lengthening of the calcaneus in a combined collapsing pes valgus repair.
    By D. Scot Malay, DPM
    27,796 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    By Anthony Poggio, DPM
    60,635 reads | 2 comments | 09/03/08
       Many doctors already dispense supplies and durable medical equipment (DME) from their offices for patient use. Others will simply write a prescription and send the patient to a DME provider. This is potentially a lost source of revenue for the practice. Having DME and supplies available in the office is also a great service to the patient.    Patients love it when they can get X-rays in the office as opposed to going to another facility, waiting for additional services, taking additional time off work, etc. The same applies to dispensing DME. Another benefi... continue reading