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  • July 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 7
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM
    10,773 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/05
       Forefoot issues related to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are well noted with fusion of the great toe being a standard procedure in association with relocation or resection of the lesser metatarsophalangeal joints, and fusion of the proximal interphalangeal joints. Surgeons have also been successful in treating the rearfoot with fusion procedures once the arthritis is not tolerable with bracing and medication.    As a patient grows older, it is easier to address the issues of RA in the ankle. In the thin and fairly sedentary patient, ankle replacement is a good ... continue reading
    By Jason R. Hanft, DPM, and Brigette Smith, DPM
    48,199 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/05
       Since every wound has the potential for infection, it is important to differentiate between infection and colonization.1 There is no textbook that depicts all the possible appearances of wounds that contain bacteria. Indeed, the potential of wounds to heal or become infected depends on many variables. Wound care specialists have a responsibility to become familiar with the these variables as well as develop a trained eye for the clinical appearance of a wound so they may render the appropriate treatment.    There is an enormous amount of informat ... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    3,878 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/05
       This is the time of my professional life when I planned to slow down with fewer clinic hours, less surgery and maybe a few more nursing home visits. It has not worked out that way. Three years ago, I hired an associate who had just completed a quality PSR-24 in a university hospital. The place was an advanced trauma center with a lot of emergency room activity to stimulate young podiatric residents.    He asked about my referral experience from our local emergency room. I received a handful of referrals and consults over the years, and just accepted that tr ... continue reading
    By Kristin Titko, DPM
    7,835 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/05
       In the competitive world of medicine, half of the battle for the specialists today is establishing a positive relationship with a primary care physician. It can be initially intimidating to some podiatrists to compete against more established orthopedic foot and ankle specialists in their area. However, if the primary care physician is aware of a DPM’s scope of practice, abilities, strengths, successes and knowledge of limitations, he or she can help the podiatric practice thrive in the local community. ... continue reading

    7,704 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/05
    Promoting Wound Healing    The newest wound dressing uses a combination of several ingredients to remove exudate and promote healing.    In order to facilitate wound healing, Promogran Prisma™ Matrix combines collagen, oxidized regenerated cellulose (ORC) and silver ORC+, according to the manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson Wound Management. The company says the chronic wound dressing removes the destructive elements of the wound, maintains a bacterial balance, reduces bacterial growth and utilizes silver to ensure healthy growth of tissue ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    1,792 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/05
       In a recent position statement, “Third-Party Reimbursement For Diabetes Care, Self-Management Education and Supplies,” the American Diabetes Association (ADA) doesn’t exactly mince words. “To reach diabetes treatment goals, practitioners should have access to all classes of antidiabetic medications, equipment and supplies without undue controls. Without appropriate safeguards, these controls could constitute an obstruction of effective care.”    What about patients who do not have pain or cannot feel pain due to neuropathy? One of the often-cited s ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    8,161 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/05
       Podology in Spain has evolved from a subspecialty of nursing into its own undergrad degree. As a result, Juan Goez, DPM, says the profession is undergoing the same “growing pains” that American podiatry suffered in the 1960s and ‘70s. As the profession grows, PRESENT (Podiatric Residency Education Services Network) Courseware, an online provider of lecture content to U.S. podiatric residency programs, is expanding its series of lectures into Spain to provide podologists with insights into the medical and surgical experience of American DPMs.     “I ... continue reading
    By Erwin Juda, DPM, R.Ph.
    12,327 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/05
       Pain management in the elderly remains one of the most challenging issues for the podiatric surgeon. As life expectancy continues to advance, more geriatric patients will undergo surgery. While these patients may undergo these procedures to help facilitate independence and a better quality of life, one must carefully weigh the risks and benefits of surgical intervention in this patient population.    Regardless of the success of the given surgical procedure, one may still encounter significant tissue damage and the subsequent release of pain and inflammator ... continue reading
    By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    6,891 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/05
       For patients suffering from neuropathic pain, quality of life can be a real issue. Traditional over-the-counter remedies have often not been enough to combat the effects of diabetic neuropathy or postherpetic neuralgia. However, with the introduction of Axsain™ (capsaicin 0.25%), doctors now have a new weapon in their armamentarium to fight pain.    Used alone or as an adjunctive therapy to supplement oral medications, Axsain contains three times as much capsaicin as other brands currently on the market. It works by depleting sensory nerves of t ... continue reading
    By Tod Storm, DPM
    22,420 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/05
       The use of plastic surgery techniques has increased dramatically among podiatric surgeons over the past few years. The most useful techniques involve the use of skin grafts and local flaps, which can help solve some difficult wound closure problems. The increased usage of these techniques is partially due to the fact that some are relatively easy to learn and one can learn the basics at weekend workshops. However, as one might expect with any surgical procedure, complications can arise.    Fortunately, severe complications are infrequent but one must handle ... continue reading