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  • July 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 7

    7,827 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
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       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
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       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.
    12,490 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 Tod Storm, DPM
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       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
    By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
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       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 Warren S. Joseph, DPM, Thomas Zgonis, DPM, and Thomas S. Roukis, DPM
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       Diabetic foot infections arising from ulcerations are the largest non-traumatic cause of lower extremity amputations. Contributing factors include peripheral neuropathy and vascular disease, rigid pedal deformities, local trauma and pressure, extensive soft tissue loss, multi-system failure, non-compliance and severe infection.    Over the decades, there have been a number of shifts in the way clinicians approach diabetic foot infections (DFIs). Throughout the ‘60s and into the ‘70s, clinicians felt most DFIs were, like other skin and skin structure inf ... continue reading
    By Peter A. Blume, DPM, Kenneth L. Cornell, DPM, Bauer Sumpio, MD, and John Aruny, MD; and Mardon R. Day, DPM
    9,854 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/05
       Yes, these panelists say ischemia plays a significant role in chronic ulcerations and emphasize the importance of a thorough vascular workup in these patients. By Peter A. Blume, DPM, Kenneth L. Cornell, DPM, Bauer Sumpio, MD, and John Aruny, MD    Clinicians must consider numerous factors when evaluating and treating ulcerations of the foot. Ulceration in the foot most frequently occurs as a result of a combination of neuropathy, ischemia and trauma. Ulcerations that become chronic in nature frequently result in a lower extremity that is at an i ... continue reading
    Here you can see a typical neuropathic forefoot ulcer before tendon lengthening (gastrocnemius-soleus and posterior tibial).
    By J. Monroe Laborde, MD, MS
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    By Michael Schreck, DPM
    27,386 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/05
       Although both acute hematogenous osteomyelitis (AHO) and chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO) are somewhat uncommon, differentiating between the two can be tricky. Having a strong grasp of the etiology and presentation of these conditions can go a long way toward preventing a delayed or inappropriate diagnosis, which could be harmful for pediatric patients.    Pediatric hematogenous osteomyelitis may occur secondary to a traumatic injury and/or an acquired illness or other immunosuppressive condition. Acute hematogenous osteomyelitis reportedly ... continue reading