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  • April 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 4
    In this preoperative photo, one can see a plantar prominence with a “rocker bottom” deformity.
    By Eric A. Barp, DPM, and W. Ashton Nickles, DPM
    14,701 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    The Charcot foot and ankle is a challenging clinical entity for the qualified foot and ankle surgeon. It is a progressive disease with insidious onset. Osteoarthropathy was originally described in 1703 but it wasn’t until 1868 that it was called Charcot neuroarthropathy due to Charcot’s work in linking the disease to tabes dorsalis and neuropathy.1,2 It was Jordan who linked this destructive disease — which is associated with joint dislocation, breakdown and pathologic fracture — with diabetes mellitus.3 Osteoarthropathy has an incidence ranging from 0.16 percen... continue reading
    Applying foam underwrap in a single layer can protect sensitive skin and hair. It does retain moisture and heat.
    By Tim Dutra, DPM, MS
    77,577 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
    Taping is a critical art as well as a science when it comes to the treatment and prevention of athletic injuries. Taping takes practice, creativity and adaptability. It is a very important part of a sports medicine practice. Not only is taping therapeutic, it can also be diagnostic in the evaluation and treatment of injuries in athletes since the athlete’s response to taping can indicate the effectiveness of orthotics in controlling biomechanical issues. While taping is not a substitute for a comprehensive rehabilitation program, it is a key element in allowing an athlete to return to acti... continue reading
    Overbooking appointments and having staff act annoyed when patients ask how much longer the wait will be are two things that irritate patients, and may lead to them going elsewhere for podiatric care.
    By Michael Z. Metzger, DPM, MBA
    4,337 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Successful DPMs know the right formulas for keeping patients. One should manage medical information professionally, run an efficient office, listen to patient concerns and always keep the patient foremost in mind. On the flip side, if a podiatric practice engages in certain other behaviors, the podiatrist will likely see more than a few patients walk out the door without returning any time soon. That said, here are pearls on what not to do to keep a thriving practice. Unlike articles that suggest ideas to help you keep patients, I absolutely guarantee that the ideas presented in this article ... continue reading
    By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor
    5,771 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    When it comes to adjunctive modalities for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy, podiatrists may want to consider the supplement Metanx (Pamlab). Two podiatrists cite the modality as a safe and effective treatment option for those with diabetic neuropathy. Comprised of 2.8 mg of L-methylfolate, 25 mg of pyrioxal 5’-phosphate (B6) and 2 mg of methylcobalamin (B12), Metanx has been proven to increase nitric oxide (NO) synthesis and improve endothelial function, according to Allen Jacobs, DPM, and Theodore Varoz, DPM, PCPM, DFW. Dr. Jacobs notes that B6 facilitates neural regeneration and B12 ... continue reading
    The podiatry profession places too much emphasis on the subtalar and midtarsal joints, according to Christopher Nester, BSc, PhD. (Photo courtesy of Arnold Ross, DPM)
    Guest Clinical Editor: Bruce Williams, DPM
    8,103 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Although what one learned in podiatric medical school is invaluable in a podiatry career, sometimes podiatrists may encounter a different reality in clinical practice. These expert panelists weigh what they learned in school with their experience and the current research. They also detail which directions future orthotic research should take. Q: What is the current research telling us about how the foot really functions as opposed to what many podiatrists were taught in school? A: Much of the current research focuses on the importance of the midtarsal joint(s) and how they have a ... continue reading

    5,271 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    For patients with dermatological conditions, a new product may be able to provide some relief. Ammonium Lactate Cream 12% is indicated for ichthyosis vulgaris and xerosis, according to the manufacturer, Paddock Laboratories. The product offers 12% lactic acid neutralized with ammonium hydroxide, according to the company. As Paddock Labs says, when one applies lactic acid to the skin, it may decrease corneocyte cohesion. In addition, the company says an in vitro study showed that in cadaver skin, 6.1 percent of the Ammonium Lactate Cream was absorbed in 68 hours. It is available in a lot... continue reading
    By Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM
    18,287 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    When a foot and ankle specialist is involved as part of the medical staff for a college or professional basketball team, the demands on injury prevention and rehabilitation are significant. This high level of specialized care in the professional and collegiate setting involves several people, including the players, coaches, trainer, other medical staff and management in professional teams. Since treatment can involve the careers of those associated with the team, there is a certain amount of pressure on the treating physician. With so much at stake, two critical factors play an integral ro... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    1,773 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    I have never been much of a fan of American football. This is partly due to a trauma related to the game early in my life. My father took me to a University of Montana Grizzly game when I was 5 years old. Naturally, we sat in the cheap seats, rickety bleachers used mostly by impoverished students and my father. It was my first opportunity to watch a football game and I tried to concentrate but the tedium of timeouts, huddles and slow movement of huge men adorned in padding and helmets caused me to daydream. I dozed off, fell out of the bleachers and fractured my clavicle. I swore off football... continue reading
    In particular, when one is managing diabetic ankle fractures, the treating physician should have a high index of suspicion for the development of Charcot.
    By Alan R. Catanzariti, DPM, Robert W. Mendicino, DPM, and Travis L. Sautter, DPM
    16,847 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Ankle fractures in patients with diabetes and documented neuropathy present a significant challenge to the clinician. The majority of literature has indicated that ankle fractures in this particular patient population are often difficult to manage and complication rates are reportedly quite high. These poor outcomes are similar for both conservative and surgical treatment. There are several factors implicated in the high complication rates one sees in the management of ankle fractures in patients with diabetic neuropathy. Many of these patients have significant osteopenia. The combination of... continue reading
    This is a spiral shaft fracture that resulted from a twisting injury. Note the medial displacement and shortening of the distal fragment.
    By Nicholas Romansky, DPM, and Todd Becker, DPM
    123,335 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Podiatric physicians commonly see fifth metatarsal fractures when treating active patients. The actual rate of occurrence is unknown but some estimate the rate at somewhere between 0.7 and 1.9 percent of all foot fractures. Fractures of the fifth metatarsal can occur at a number of locations and while some of these respond well to conservative treatment, other fractures have been notoriously hard to heal with high rates of nonunion and other complications. Proper classification of these fractures and a strong understanding of the mechanism of injury will help guide the podiatric physician ... continue reading