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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • May 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 6
    Here one can see a postoperative wound dehiscence after a lateral ankle surgical procedure.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    8,707 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
    34,676 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
    11,501 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
    8,530 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
    105,532 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

    4,952 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
    63,656 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
    5,673 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
    Night splints are an additional adjunctive therapy that one should always consider in any treatment plan for plantar fasciitis.
    By Brian Fullem, DPM
    38,959 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Plantar fasciitis is often inaccurately referred to as “heel spur syndrome.” Clinicians should no longer use this terminology. Most of the time, the presence or absence of a plantar calcaneal spur has no effect on symptoms or treatment. The term fasciitis may also be a misnomer. Lemont studied the pathology of 50 patients who underwent fascial release surgery.1 The findings did not show any evidence of inflammatory cells within the fascia. The common finding was degeneration of the tissue. The inflammation appears to be in the underlying intrinsic musculature so perhaps the corr... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    3,297 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    You wouldn’t think it would take much persuading to convince patients with diabetes to regularly monitor their blood sugar or stay off of a recently treated foot wound given the potentially serious consequences of not doing so. Yet the statistics tell us a different story. In an intriguing, retrospective study published in the February 2005 edition of WOUNDS, researchers found that patient compliance was poor in 79 percent of patients with diabetes that eventually succumbed to amputation. Experts say there are things clinicians can do to identify obstacles to compliance. It starts ... continue reading