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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • August 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 8
    By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    3,649 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/05
       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 ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    2,002 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/05
       What has always struck me about the podiatry profession is the diverse array of niches within the field. Podiatrists may specialize in the sports medicine arena or excel in ensuring appropriate wound care for high-risk patients with diabetes. Podiatric doctors may be known for their stellar surgical expertise while other DPMs have a strong knowledge of podiatric dermatology.    Addressing the diversity of the podiatric experience is a challenge that we look forward to with each issue. Nowhere is this diversity more apparent than in this month's edition, one ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    17,183 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/05
       New technologies abound and there is certainly no shortage of new innovations. There are new medications for diabetic neuropathic pain and antibiotic-resistant infections. There are innovative matrices that may enhance the healing environment for wounds. There are leading advances in the limb salvage arena as well as impressive modalities for facilitating bone healing. With that said, let us take a closer look at several new and emerging innovations that may prove beneficial to podiatrists and their patients.    1. Tigecycline (Tygacil™, Wye ... continue reading
    By Eric Feit, DPM
    19,236 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/05
       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 ... continue reading
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM
    25,595 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/05
       As we evolve in our treatment of foot and ankle conditions, it seems like each treatment meets with some reservation from the medical community. As podiatric physicians, our mindset is scientific in nature and we need hard facts and evidence-based results to show each treatment option is beneficial. I am with the mainstream in that thinking but I also try to rationalize a treatment option and see why it may or may not benefit a patient.    To that extent, there has been a great deal of interest in treatment options for diabetic neuropathy. A. Lee Dellon, MD ... continue reading
    By David Kanuck, DPM, and Gary Jolly, DPM
    14,446 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/05
       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 ... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    2,102 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/05
       I wrote about cooking a few months ago in this column (see page 98, April issue). Since that column was published, many readers have called or written to ask for my recipe for salmon marinated in single malt Scotch and grilled on a cedar plank. I have a confession. I don’t usually use recipes when I cook.    Cooking is something I can experiment with and goof up without dire consequences so I wing it and no dish ever comes out the same twice. I will try to remember the basics of the marinated salmon and give you a usable recipe (see “Dr. McCord’s Recip ... continue reading
    David Levine, DPM, CPed
    18,123 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/05
       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 ... continue reading

    3,463 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/05
    Disguising Bumps And Bruises    Summer activity can bring bumps and bruises for children, and a new scar product can help DPMs improve the appearance of kids’ scars.    The new Mederma® for Kids™ is formulated for children between the ages of 2 and 12, and can minimize the appearance of scars resulting from injury, burns, bug bites and surgery, according to manufacturer Merz Pharmaceuticals. The company says the product is also perfect for scars from childhood diseases and stretch marks from weight fluctuation.   ... continue reading
    By Russell G. Volpe, DPM
    15,371 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/05
       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 ... continue reading