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  • June 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 6
    By Kevin McDonald, DPM
    17,579 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    When I was in podiatry school 20-something years ago, there was a podiatrist on the faculty who was very impressive to me. He wore stylish clothes, drove a Mercedes convertible and took vacations to Australia. One day, I asked him: “What does it take to have a successful career as a podiatrist?” The doctor looked me square in the eye and said “Son, it only takes two things to be a successful podiatrist. One, you have to have a touch of gray hair so that you look experienced. Two, you need to have a couple of hemorrhoids so you look … concerned.” I did not want to wait for the gray ... continue reading
    By Scott A. Spencer, DPM
    12,931 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    How many of us have put on a low Dye strapping that successfully alleviated the patient’s symptoms only to prescribe foot orthotic devices that did not have the same outcome? I would think anyone who has been in practice long enough has done this. What happened between the low Dye strapping and the foot orthotic device that changed the outcome we anticipated? One can use the low Dye as a treatment modality in and of itself or as a means of assessing whether or not a patient would benefit from a pair of foot orthotic devices. There are many variations of this strapping and many of us have s ... continue reading
    Guest Clinical Editor: James Losito, DPM
    20,064 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    In this edition of “Orthotics Q&A,” the panelists discuss various issues ranging from indications for the Richie Brace, Arizona AFO and prefabricated orthoses to whether orthotic casting should reduce supinatus. Without further delay, here is what the panelists had to say. Q: What are the indications for using a Richie brace versus using an Arizona brace? A: For Doug Richie Jr., DPM, each custom ankle foot orthotic (AFO) has a different clinical indication and choosing one to treat a pathology is the same as choosing a surgical procedure. He notes the rigid Arizona AFO has a mol ... continue reading
    By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor
    6,077 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    People who cannot take traditional pain medication for heel pain, sore arches or other podiatric problems may find comfort with Biofreeze (Performance Health, Inc.). The topical modality is designed to help relieve pain from sprains and sore muscles, among other aliments, according to the company. Biofreeze is a topical cryotherapy analgesic that generates a cooling remedy that numbs painful areas and helps reduce inflammation, according to the manufacturer. The modality incorporates Ilex, a natural extract of holly, which is formulated in a base for topical application, according to Debra A ... continue reading
    Moderator: Mark Dollard, DPM; Panelists: Luis Leal, DPM, Kieran Mahan, DPM, D. Scot Malay, DPM, MSCE, Glenn Weinraub, DPM, and Thomas Zgonis, DPM
    15,810 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    In our ongoing quest to find viable graft alternatives in bone fracture and primary osseous repair, the technology of orthobiologic bone substitutes continues to evolve. Traditionally, we have looked for replacement bone from sources within the patient’s own body. Indeed, autograft is widely considered the gold standard for grafting. While autograft bone is superior in its ability to provide osteogenic mesenchymal stem cells, it does have a couple of inherent problems, namely, a limited supply and morbidity associated with harvesting from donor sites. Accordingly, we have brought together a ... continue reading

    5,261 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    The latest in the universe of wound care products aims to treat a variety of ulcers and wounds. Optase™ is indicated for healing dehiscent wounds as well as pressure, venous and arterial ulcers, according to the product’s manufacturer Onset Therapeutics. The company says the gel product is a capillary bed stimulant that both promotes healing and protects the wound bed area by acting as an occlusive barrier. Optase is composed of balsam of Peru, castor oil and trypsin–BCT. The company says Optase decreases wound bed disruption during application and patients do not need a ... continue reading
    By David Levine, DPM, CPed
    17,947 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    Everyone pronates and everyone supinates. It is a matter of how much and when each occurs that determines whether lower extremity problems will occur. Shoe companies have marketed their products based on the words “pronation” and “supination.” They have done such a good job at this that people come into our offices thinking they are either pronators or supinators. As we know, high arched feet can pronate too much just as low arched feet may not pronate enough. Now more than ever before, there is more awareness of orthotic devices as a result of foot-related products becoming availabl ... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    2,945 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    The current paranoid hysteria of our country toward protecting our borders from illegal aliens, mainly those of color, has caused the revisit of an abscess on our national soul. Racial and ethnic slurs and jokes are back. Following the civil rights battles of the 1960s, it became unacceptable to offend racial minorities. We did not have strict laws against racial jokes like other more developed countries such as the Netherlands but insulting jokes or comments seemed to cease. I have a strict rule in my office that racial jokes and ethnic slurs are forbidden. Employees who forget this rule ge ... continue reading
    By Leon Reber, DPM, and Babak Baravarian, DPM
    33,792 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    Yes. After discussing the importance of the plantar plate in facilitating MTPJ stability, this author points out key shortcomings of the flexor tendon transfer and emphasizes the more direct focus of plantar plate repair. By Leon Reber, DPM When it comes to pain below the metatarsal head, clinicians have described this with various names such as predislocation syndrome, monoarticular nontraumatic synovitis, capsulitis or simply metatarsalgia. Although the terminology varies, the one thing they have in common is pressure. Excessive pressure below the metatarsal head is the reason ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    5,576 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    The variety of classification systems for lower extremity wounds is stunning. There is the popular Wagner Ulcer Classification System, the University of Texas (UT) Diabetic Wound Classification System, the National Pressure Ulcer System, the PEDIS classification from the International Working Group for the Diabetic Foot and diabetic foot infection guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) among other classification schemes. In a guest column for our “Diabetes Watch” column (see page 20), Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, discusses some of these classification systems an ... continue reading