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  • May 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 6
    Here one can see a preoperative view of a pediatric flatfoot deformity.
    By Lawrence DiDomenico, DPM
    23,190 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Podiatric surgeons commonly perform an extraarticular calcaneal osteotomy on hindfoot deformities of the foot and ankle.1 One would typically perform this powerful osteotomy in conjunction with other procedures. Complications with the percutaneous calcaneal displacement osteotomy are rare.2-4 This is in contrast to the customary lateral approach of a calcaneal osteotomy as the surgeon may see complications that include wound dehiscence, sural nerve damage, sural neuritis, delayed union, non-union, infection and invasion of the medial neurovascular structures.2-6... continue reading
    Here one can see an epithelioid sarcoma. Note the ill-defined area of cutaneous/subcutaneous induration with focal ulceration.
    By Bradley W. Bakotic, DPM, DO
    19,181 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    The recognition and characterization of soft tissue tumors is central to the practice of podiatric medicine. In many instances, clinicians of the lower extremity serve as the frontline physicians when it comes to the identification of such tumors. Given the inverse relationship between the amount of time prior to diagnosis and patient survival rates, the role of podiatrists may be of paramount importance. Depending upon one’s depth of experience and comfort level, some clinicians might limit their role to clinical recognition and ordering preliminary imaging studies. Others may go a step... continue reading
    Here one can see a postoperative wound dehiscence after a lateral ankle surgical procedure.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    8,691 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Various classification systems categorize diabetic wounds and infections. One system, devised in 2003, categorizes different levels of non-vascular diabetic foot surgery. How effective is such a system? A recent study, the first to evaluate the system’s effectiveness, suggests including various risk factors in the system may better predict surgical complications. The study, presented as an abstract at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting, evaluates the classification system’s four categories: elective, prophylactic, curative and emergency surgery. Res... continue reading
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM
    34,614 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    With over 50 different surgical procedures in the literature relating to bunion surgery, there is a great deal of debate as to the best surgical procedure. Some consider a minimum incision technique to be ideal while others believe an open and more extensive correction is the best. For years, I have pondered the best surgical procedure for hallux valgus correction and have tried many of the procedures. I have come to some conclusions that have dramatically changed my practice and resulted in far better outcomes related to hallux valgus correction. First and foremost, I have to state that th... continue reading
    Here one can see the application of Acticoat to cover a split thickness skin graft. One study found that Acticoat had a more rapid onset of action and better performance than three other
silver-containing dressings. (Photo Courtesy of Alan Cantor, DPM)
    By Chad Friedman, DPM, Elizabeth Bass, DPM, and John Steinberg, DPM
    11,476 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Given the increasing prevalence of antimicrobial resistance, there is a growing interest in emerging wound care products that contain silver. Topical silver has a broad range of antimicrobial activity and has been used extensively to help treat high-risk burn patients. Research has confirmed that silver is effective against gram negative and positive bacteria, methicillin resistant Staph aureus (MRSA), yeast, filamentous fungi and viruses (including varicella zoster and herpes simplex types I and II).1-4 Interestingly, the use of silver for medicinal purposes has been docume... continue reading
    The Topaz Microdebrider is specially designed for treating tendons in a minimally invasive microdebridement procedure.
    By Anthony Leone, Special Project Editor
    8,521 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Many people suffer from tendinosis or similar tendon aliments that involve tissue scarring. In seeking relief for their pain and discomfort, patients may try a variety of conservative modalities ranging from bracing to injections. If conservative methods fail, there is another option before one considers the possibility of an invasive surgical procedure. The Topaz Microdebrider (Arthrocare) enables clinicians to perform microdebridement of soft tissue, such as tendons, in the foot and ankle. Essentially, the device uses radiofrequency energy to cause microscopic “trauma” to the scar tissu... continue reading
    Here one can see a heel spur in an asymptomatic patient.
    By Don Green, DPM and Peter S. Kim, DPM
    105,107 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    The etiology of heel pain is quite varied. First described by Wood in 1812, the most common cause is thought to be plantar fasciitis. This is typically marked by focal tenderness to any component of the aponeurosis but most frequently at the proximal medial insertion of the plantar aponeurosis.1 Many symptomatic patients with plantar fasciitis demonstrate plantar heel spurs (traction enthesopathies) of the os calcis. One may best appreciate this shelf of exostosis on the lateral and lateral oblique views of standard radiographic studies.2 On rare occasions, fracture of... continue reading

    4,946 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    For many patients, stability and cushioning are high on their list of footwear needs. A new shoe may fulfill those needs. The 992 is for the overpronating patient, according to the manufacturer New Balance. The company says the N-Durance® feature provides the cushioning, stability and durability that patients need. In addition, New Balance notes the Encap® provides additional support and cushioning through the polyurethane rim while the Abzorb® SBS absorbs shock at the heel and forefoot. The 992’s C-Cap® midsole is compression molded EVA,... continue reading
    The STA-Peg implant is an example of an impact-blocking device or direct impact implant. Without changing the subtalar joint axis, these implants limit anterior displacement of the lateral talar process.
    By Donald Green, DPM, Mitzi Williams, DPM, and Chul Kim, PMS IV
    63,510 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
    “Collapsing” pes planovalgus or flexible flatfoot is a complex pedal pathological condition with numerous components. In its most significant form, the condition can lead to significant disabling and an inability to ambulate efficiently. Arthroereisis is a relatively modern surgical technique one may employ for pes planovalgus correction. Arthroereisis is defined as the limitation of exogenous joint motion without complete arthrodesis. This procedure, which involves placing a motion blocking implant within the sinus tarsi, has been designed to restrict excessive subtalar joint (STJ) pron... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    5,653 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    I used to be humble about podiatry in the company of MDs and DOs. It seemed a necessary part of survival in the medical community. However, this humility has dissolved in recent years. When it comes to medical and surgical care of feet and ankles, we are the best at what we do. There is no need to kiss up to any non-podiatric physicians. I recently attended a medical staff and hospital board leadership conference. I have just finished a two-year term as Chief of Surgery and will assume the job of Board Chairman for our hospital next year. The conference was attended by physicians and leaders ... continue reading