Volume 19 - Issue 3 - March 2006

Treatment Dilemmas »

Essential Insights On Treating Freiberg's Infraction

By Justin Franson, DPM, and Babak Baravarian, DPM | 45014 reads | 0 comments

As practitioners of the foot and ankle, some conditions and their treatment options become second nature to us. For example, it seems we are fairly comfortable with the treatment options associated with a degenerated first metatarsophalangeal joint. However, what does one do with the patient who has pain at the ball of the foot when X-rays reveal flattening of the second metatarsal head and degenerative changes in the second metatarsophalangeal joint? The answer probably should be, “Well, it depends.”
Freiberg’s disease can vary in severity and typically undergoes a progression over tim



Technology In Practice »

Can A Non-Selective NSAID Provide Improved Pain Relief?

By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor | 2727 reads | 0 comments

Whether clinicians are combating painful symptoms associated with osteoarthritis or easing the postoperative pain of patients, clinicians have found a key ally with a medication that has been around for 30 years.
A non-selective, non-steroidal antiinflammatory drug, Nalfon (fenoprofen) is a proprionic acid derivative that is available in 200 mg, immediate release capsules. Clinicians have written over 37 million prescriptions for Nalfon since its FDA approval in 1976, according to Pedinol, which acquired the drug last year.

Nalfon provides mild to moderate pain relief in 15 to 30 minutes



New Products »

A More Flexible Package

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Several bandages are now available in one convenient package to hand out to patients.

Physician Packs include CoFlex®, CoFlex® Med and latex-free CoFlex® NL bandages, according to the manufacturer Andover Coated Products. As the company notes, the bandages feature EasyTear® technology. Patients can easily apply and remove them, and the bandages all have non-slip support.
With the compact box design and smaller roll counts, Physician Packs are easy to store. The company adds that the tan-colored packs are available in sizes from 1 to 4 inche



Forum »

Counseling Patients On What Not To Bring To The Office

By John H. McCord, DPM | 2339 reads | 0 comments

   I have a small list of items that I prefer patients not bring to the office when they come for care. What is on the list?

   • Supersized 32-oz. soft drinks
   • Guns
   • Pets
   • Cell phones

   The problem with 32-oz. soft drinks is obvious. I manipulate the painful heel. The patient lets out a screech and the Cherry Coke bounces off the ceiling before cascading onto my bald head.

   Guns are a unique and challenging problem. I live in a rural community where



Editor's Perspective »

Diabetes Research: Why It Needs To Be More Of A Budget Priority

By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor | 2898 reads | 0 comments

   I have long since given up looking for logic from the Bush administration. However, the recently proposed cuts in funding for diabetes research certainly fly in the face of very disturbing statistics about the prevalence and impact of this disease.

   According to a recent news article in Diabetes Today, the proposed budget numbers would slash $11 million from funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, a research division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and $20 million from funding for chronic disea



News and Trends »

Can Exercise Expedite Wound Healing In Older Patients?

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 6301 reads | 0 comments

The benefits of exercise in preventing diabetes and improving general health are well established. Can exercise also facilitate improved wound healing among older adults? A recent study in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences found that wounds healed faster for patients who exercised compared to those who engaged in no activity.

The study involved 28 healthy adults with a mean age of 61. The patients were assigned either to an exercise or non-exercise group. Researchers created small wounds on patients and conducted wound measurement three times a week to calculate the heali