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  • November 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 11
    By Lara M. Allman, DPM
    6,440 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/05
       The year was 1996. I had finally graduated podiatry school. It felt great except for the large sum of loans that had accumulated. Four years and $100,000-plus in debt, it seemed like a black hole with no end in sight. A few months before graduation, the student loan department gave each of us a crash course on our loans, teaching us terms such as deferment, consolidation and prime rate. Deferment sounded good, especially if the residency salary left much to be desired. ... continue reading
    By Lisa M. Schoene, DPM, ATC
    48,355 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/05
       Given the common incidence of heel pain, patients may present to the office with symptoms that have been present anywhere between two or three weeks to perhaps two or three years. Often, these patients have already consulted with another clinician who had an incorrect approach to treatment. When the pain does not resolve, the patient may feel that he or she has to undergo an unnecessary surgical procedure.    This is unfortunate as the problem may be due to improper care. If the treating clinician does not implement the proper treatment plan, including foll ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    14,294 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/05
       While previous studies have touted the benefits of peripheral nerve decompression for patients with neuropathy, a new study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) reveals positive effects on sensation, neuropathic pain and patient balance. Authors of the study found that 87 percent of patients with numbness reported improved sensation and 92 percent who had preoperative balance problems had improved balance a year after undergoing the procedure.    According to the study, which involved 60 patients with diabetic neuropat ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    5,553 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/05
       From scheduling appointments to answering patient questions to billing, DPMs would be lost without competent and productive staff members. Indeed, having a good support staff is essential to a successful practice. However, with the hustle and bustle of everyday practice, it can be easy for staff to get bogged down in tasks. How can DPMs maximize the productivity of their staff?    Part of increasing productivity involves motivation and Lynn Homisak, PRT, says this requires a keen understanding of each individual, being interested in his or her needs and kno ... continue reading
    By John Mozena, DPM, PC, and Tyler Marshall, DPM
    15,431 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/05
       One of the most documented postoperative complications of distal metatarsal osteotomies is adhesive capsulodesis that limits dorsiflexion of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ). When faced with such a post-op complication, one may be able to use a proven cartilage preservation procedure that maintains, if not improves, the first MPJ range of motion.    Austin and Leventon first described the Austin bunionectomy in 1962 and the original procedure has undergone many modifications over the years.1 Each modification has different indications and ... continue reading
    By Don Buddecke, DPM and Michael S. Lee, DPM
    42,413 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/05
       Calcaneal fractures continue to be one of the most complicated injuries of the lower extremity. Satisfactory outcomes are difficult to achieve and require extensive experience and understanding in treating the injury. Calcaneal fractures are much like pilon fractures of the distal tibia in that they are severe soft tissue injuries complicated by fracture of the heel bone. The importance of the soft tissue envelope cannot be overstated.    There continues to be a wide range of treatment strategies despite the significant ongoing research on this injury. Cast ... continue reading
    By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    7,311 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/05
       Doctors are turning to Biofreeze to manage the pain associated with a variety of ailments affecting the lower extremities. Available in a gel, roll-on or no-touch natural Cryospray™, the product provides a pain relief period that generally lasts 30 percent longer than conventional gels, according to its manufacturer, Performance Health, Inc.    Biofreeze works through cryotherapy. In essence, it decreases blood flow and confuses nerve endings. This in turn numbs the affected area and results in a decrease in inflammation. The formula contains Ilex, an he ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    5,215 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/05
       There is no doubt that podiatrists see quite a bit of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis accounts for 11 to 15 percent of all foot symptoms in adults, according to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine last year. As Stephen Barrett, DPM, points out in his cover story, “A Guide To Neurogenic Etiologies” (see page 36), projected estimates indicate that greater than two million patients per year are diagnosed with heel pain in the United States.    However, despite the prevalence of this condition, there are complex anatomical consid ... continue reading
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM
    54,772 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/05
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    23,662 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/05
       In a follow-up column to the previous discussion of lower extremity traumatic wounds (see “Essential Insights On Managing Traumatic Wounds,” page 32, September issue), the panelists discuss key principles in treating open fracture wounds in the forefoot and toes. They also share their thoughts on the use of plastic surgery techniques and advanced wound closure modalities. Without further delay, here is what the panelists had to say.    Q: How do you manage simple open fracture wounds in the forefoot/toes?    A: A. Douglas Spital ... continue reading