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  • January 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 1
    A 60-year-old patient, who has had type II diabetes for over 20 years, presented with an infected deep necrotic ulceration of the hallux. Tracking skin oxygenation may help predict which diabetic patients are at risk for developing foot ulcers, according
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    15,927 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Researchers of a recent study say assessing microcirculation changes may help predict whether diabetic foot ulcers will heal. The authors of the study, which was published in a recent issue of The Lancet, utilized medical hyperspectral imaging to perform these assessments and add that the new technology may help identify patients with diabetes who are at higher risk for foot ulcers.    Researchers of the study examined 108 patients, including 51 patients with diabetic neuropathy, 36 with diabetes but no neuropathy and 21 control patients without diab... continue reading
    Clinicians treated this wound with a combination of Panafil for odor control and debridement and VAC therapy.
    By Kathleen Satterfield, DPM
    9,325 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       One will not find combination therapies mentioned in evidence based medicine (EBM) journals or in research trials. In fact, one will rarely find combination therapies mentioned in many trade publications either. Purists often claim this concept presents a mixed message. How can one track performance and outcomes if he or she is using combination therapies? What component worked?    Detractors sometimes call the practice of using combination therapy “the shotgun approach.” They say it does not denote much finesse and represents excess. Proponents weigh i... continue reading
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM
    46,634 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Tendinosis is one of those diagnostic terms that took me a while to truly understand. People most often use this term in relation to the Achilles complex but tendinosis can be related to any tendon of the foot or ankle. In most cases, tendinosis is associated with the tendons about the ankle and the most commonly affected tendons are the Achilles, posterior tibial and peroneals.    While tendinosis is a very simple concept to explain, it is a far more difficult concept to truly understand and treat. Essentially, tendinosis involves the fraying or scarring of ... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    3,971 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Most aspects of being a small town podiatrist are easy and pleasant. My patients almost always leave feeling better than when they arrived. Most are grateful and express it with their thanks or occasionally by leaving a batch of freshly baked cookies. I arrive home most evenings with my emotional cup full to the brim. Tonight, I came home on empty.    Earlier this week, a vivacious woman in her mid-30s came to the clinic for help with a mole on the sole of her foot. Her doctor had been concerned when she found it during a routine yearly physical. The lesion... continue reading
    Acute injuries to the toe nail bed and surrounding tissues are often caused when the patient drops a heavy object on the toe.
    By D. Scot Malay, DPM, MSCE
    188,600 reads | 2 comments | 09/03/08
       Injuries involving the toe nail bed and adjacent tissues are very common. Acute injuries to these structures are frequently caused by dropping a heavy object on the toe or by stubbing the toe into a solid object. Less common mechanisms of acute injury include nail bed lacerations and puncture wounds. Chronic nail trauma is usually caused by repetitive mechanical pressure associated with hammertoe or claw toe deformities aggravated by weightbearing and shoe gear contact. This can also lead to toe nail and bed hyperkeratosis and nail plate dystrophy.    Failu... continue reading
    By John T. Hester, DPM, MSPT
    137,799 reads | 3 comments | 09/03/08
       Tibial stress injuries have become an increasingly frequent reason for visits to sports medicine offices and clinics over the past decade. Unfortunately, these patients often leave the office with a diagnosis of shin splints. This nonspecific “diagnosis” has little clinical usefulness in light of the present day understanding of exercise-induced leg pain and, specifically, tibial stress injuries. The term “shin splints” merely describes a symptom of tibial stress injury and has little clinical or diagnostic value.    Researchers have proposed many ... continue reading
    By Gary Peter Jolly, DPM, FACFAS, and Michael M. Cohen, DPM, FACFAS
    13,215 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Yes. This author emphasizes the use of external fixation and ligamentotaxis for treating calcaneal fractures, citing key benefits including earlier post-op weightbearing. By Gary Peter Jolly, DPM, FACFAS    Intraarticular calcaneal fractures have long been recognized as a devastating injury but, fortunately, they constitute only 2 percent of all fractures. While there is universal agreement on the severity of their impact, there has been anything but a consensus on how practitioners should manage these fractures.    The history of the treatment of... continue reading
    Anger may be secondary to the primary emotions of anxiety, confusion, frustration, loss of control or self-esteem issues. If we let the patient speak, this may reveal her primary emotions, which can facilitate understanding.
    By John V. Guiliana, DPM, MS
    33,741 reads | 2 comments | 09/03/08
       Out of the many challenges that business owners face day to day, human conflict is the one that most people lack the skill to handle appropriately. However, learning how to deal with interpersonal conflicts caused by “difficult people” will help enhance patient satisfaction and ultimately improve the productivity of your practice.    We perceive the “difficult person” in many different ways. He or she may be arrogant, demanding, unrealistic or condescending. Usually, the difficult person is someone who is working from the negative side of his or her... continue reading
    Arthroplasty, arthrodesis and implant arthroplasty are among the common treatments for hammertoes.
    By John A. DeBello, DPM, Kordai I. DeCoteau, DPM, and Eric Beatty, DPM
    20,234 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Hammertoes may have an etiology that is either congenital or acquired. Pain and cosmetic appearance are the leading factors for patients wanting surgical intervention for hammertoe deformities. While there are a variety of approaches for hammertoe correction, we have found success with a novel approach that emphasizes the use of medial and lateral incisions.    Typically, surgeons use dorsal linear, dorsal longitudinal semi-elliptical, dorsal transverse semi-elliptical, plantar longitudinal and medial/lateral incisions in hammertoe surgery.1 Howe... continue reading
    As shown in the above table, the flexibility of a custom foot orthotic is proportionate to the weight of the patient and the thickness of the material. Note the differences in flexibility between vacuum-formed polypropylene and direct milled polypropylene
    By Lawrence Huppin, DPM, and Paul Scherer, DPM
    21,973 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       When it comes to an effective prescription for custom foot orthoses, podiatrists must consider the dysfunction of that particular patient’s foot in order to achieve a satisfactory clinical outcome. Addressing the specific needs of the pathology producing the dysfunction as well as the symptoms the patient is experiencing makes the difference between treatment success and failure.    Dispensing the same prescription orthotic for posterior tibial dysfunction and plantar fasciitis will not produce the same successful outcomes as a colleague who prescribes p... continue reading