Volume 18 - Issue 8 - August 2005

Technology In Practice »

Gauze Dressing Takes Wound Care To New Level

By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor | 3477 reads | 0 comments

   Podiatrists have turned to AmeriGel Care Lotion to solve an array of skin problems, including psoriasis and ichthyosis. Building upon the success of the lotion, AmeriGel Hydrogel Saturated Gauze Dressing utilizes the same key ingredient with an eye toward providing long-term moist wound care.

   What makes the AmeriGel Gauze Dressing unique among the impregnated gauze dressings available today is the use of Oakin as its primary ingredient, according to the manufacturer, AmerX Health Care Corp. Oakin provides antifungal, antimicrobial and autoly



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Key Insights On Treating Tennis Injuries

By Eric Feit, DPM | 17612 reads | 0 comments

   One of the fastest growing sports in the United States, tennis is also one of the few sports that people can play throughout their lives. More and more seniors are active tennis players and they have their share of foot and ankle injuries. Other tennis players are very similar to most weekend warriors in other sports such as running, aerobics and volleyball. It is very difficult to slow them down even if they become injured.

   This is the challenge for the foot and ankle specialist. How can we treat injured players and keep them on their feet? What alterna



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Mastering Complications In External Fixation

By David Kanuck, DPM, and Gary Jolly, DPM | 13599 reads | 0 comments

   Any surgical procedure carries a risk of complications. Whether one opts to utilize internal or external fixation, there is both a common and yet unique set of problems based on hardware design and usage. Therefore, it is imperative to obtain an intimate working knowledge of the equipment and its capabilities in order to maximize the true potential of each method and hopefully minimize the risk of complications.

   The ability to control an internal surgical environment by external manipulation is a powerful tool that is unique to external fixation. This



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A Closer Look At Case Studies In Gait Analysis

David Levine, DPM, CPed | 17321 reads | 0 comments

   When assessing patients, obtaining information via video and computer-assisted gait analysis may assist clinicians in more ways than they even realize. It is information that one may not otherwise obtain during a typical podiatric biomechanical examination. Watching patients ambulate can be very helpful in picking up key details that can inform the diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan.

   One needs to consider other contributing factors as well. These factors include the patient’s occupation as well as the shoes he or she typically wears. For example, a



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Athletic Footwear For Children

By Russell G. Volpe, DPM | 14741 reads | 0 comments

   Although the summer will soon be winding down, the activities of children dictate year-round use of athletic footwear. When assessing and treating pediatric patients, and answering the questions of their parents, clinicians often face the challenge of evaluating and recommending features in a good pediatric athletic shoe.

   Certainly, using orthoses can help encourage normal development of the foot. However, in order to improve function and the patient’s activity level, one must also consider the features of athletic footwear in order to optimize the effe



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How To Treat Severe Bunions

By Jesse B. Burks, DPM | 35599 reads | 0 comments

   The bunion deformity is one of the most common deformities that podiatric foot and ankle surgeons treat. As with other conditions, the conservative and surgical measures vary based on the patient’s expectations and the surgeon’s experience. Although there are limited conservative options available such as shoe modifications and prescription orthoses, most podiatric physicians would agree that surgical correction is often necessary for a symptomatic bunion deformity.

   While there are several considerations in choosing the appropriate surgical procedure,



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