Volume 19 - Issue 3 - March 2006

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 | 2334 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 | 2892 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 | 6285 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



Letters »

Raising Questions About Ankle Arthrodiastasis

By Jerome K. Steck, DPM, FACFAS, and George Vito, DPM, FACFAS | 5438 reads | 0 comments

I read the recent article “A New Solution For The Arthritic Ankle?” (see page 36, December 2005) with interest. I applaud the authors for their work and agree that this is an option for patients with degenerative joint disease of the ankle.
George R. Vito, DPM, et. al., accurately point out that there are few surgeons who have total ankle implant training and regularly perform this procedure. I have had years of training with the inventor of the only FDA approved ankle implant, and have performed a tremendous number of these procedures successfuly.
Unfortunately, the authors’ review o



Diabetes Watch »

Understanding The Potential Impact Of Diabetes On Bone Biology And Biomechanics

By Glenn Weinraub, DPM | 10986 reads | 0 comments

It is well established that poorly controlled diabetes mellitus leads to vasculopathy, immunopathy and neuropathy, all of which may contribute to osteopathy. However, in order to understand the nuances of bone healing in the diabetic population, one must first have a strong grasp of the fundamentals of bone biology and biomechanics (see “A Helpful Primer On Bone Structure” below).
Bone is a dynamic medium with a multifactorial purpose including support of soft tissues, protection of soft tissues, locomotion and being a mineral reservoir. The growth, maintenance and healing of bone require