Volume 19 - Issue 2 - February 2006

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Can A New Brace Provide A Treatment Alternative For Ingrown Toenails?

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 20333 reads | 0 comments

While the matrixectomy is a common procedure of choice for ingrown toenails, researchers from Germany believe an orthonyxia procedure, delivered via a new brace, may be more effective in treating these toenails.
In a study, which was recently published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA), the researchers found that patients who wore the brace experienced reduced pain and a quicker return to work than those who underwent surgery. However, a couple of DPMs are skeptical.
The recent study in JAPMA examined 41 patients with ingrown toenails. Twent



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Assessing The Potential Of Nitric Oxide In The Diabetic Foot

By Paul J. Kim, DPM | 45603 reads | 0 comments

   Researchers have studied nitric oxide (NO) extensively for the past 40 years. However, there has been an increased interest within the past 15 years. In 1998, the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine was awarded to scientists who worked out the signaling mechanisms for NO in the human body.

   Nitric oxide is an endogenous gas produced by cells with many diverse physiological effects. The substrate arginine is converted by the enzyme nitric oxide synthase (NOS) to citrulline with the liberation of NO (see “A Closer Look At Nitric Oxide Production” belo