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  • March 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 3
    This intraoperative photo shows the first metatarsophalangeal joint with the silicone implant removed. Note the erosion of the proximal phalanx and the first metatarsal head. (Photo courtesy of Graham A. Hamilton, DPM)
    By Kerry Zang, DPM, Shahram Askari, DPM, A’Nedra Fuller, DPM, and Chris Seuferling, DPM
    40,774 reads | 2 comments | 09/03/08
    Addressing the biomechanics of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) as well as the first ray are the keys to any surgical correction of first metatarsal pathology. According to Rootian theory, the principal etiologies of hallux limitus are as follows.1 • A long first metatarsal or when the position of the first metatarsal head is relative to the second. When the first metatarsal is long, there will be jamming of the metatarsophalangeal joint during the initiation of the propulsive phase of gait. This causes a reduction in the range of dorsiflexion of the hallux and in... continue reading
    By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor
    2,861 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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 ... continue reading
    Here one can see a 72-year-old male with a postsurgical wound dehiscence of a transmetatarsal amputation. The wound has undergone maggot debridement.
    By Stephanie C. Wu, DPM, MS, Lawrence A. Lavery, DPM, MPH, and David G. Armstrong, DPM, PhD
    8,914 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Non-healing skin ulcerations of the lower extremities affect millions of people in the United States and impose tremendous medical, psychosocial and financial impact. These wounds may be secondary to a myriad of etiologies including pressure, metabolic, trauma, venous, arterial etiologies and diabetic neuropathy.1 The Wound Healing Society defines chronic ulcerations as wounds that have “failed to proceed through an orderly and timely process to produce anatomic and functional integrity, or proceeded through the repair process without establishing a sustained anatomic and functi... continue reading

    6,108 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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... continue reading
    Here is a view of preulcerative calluses. When examining patients who may have diabetic peripheral neuropathy, one should perform a complete dermatologic exam including the evaluation of dyshidrosis, callosities, ulcerations and other abnormalities.
    By Kathleen Satterfield, DPM
    28,590 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is a “diagnosis of exclusion.” Diagnostic challenges are one thing but few practitioners relish that phrase when it comes to DPN. For this condition, the practitioner needs to cast a very wide net of tests and keep an open mind regarding clinical suspicion in order to reach an accurate diagnostic conclusion. How likely is it that there could be another neuropathy-causing disease or medical condition resulting in these same lower extremity symptoms? Does the podiatric physician really need to consider thyroid problems, vitamin B12 deficiencies, nerve en... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    2,473 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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... continue reading