Volume 19 - Issue 6 - June 2006

Technology In Practice »

Can Topical Cryotherapy Provide A Viable Alternative For Pain Relief?

By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor | 5035 reads | 0 comments

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



New Products »

Healing Wounds From The Onset

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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



Forum »

Did You Hear The One About The Bigoted Patient?

By John H. McCord, DPM | 2402 reads | 0 comments

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



Editor's Perspective »

Wound Classification Systems: Are They Significantly Utilized In Practice?

By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor | 4659 reads | 0 comments

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



Feature »

Seven Secrets To Successful Hiring

By Robert J. Smith, Contributing Editor | 5860 reads | 0 comments

What is more nerve wracking than hiring people to staff your practice? Tightrope walking might qualify but more often than not, there is a net below to catch you if you take a wrong step. Jumping out of an airplane also comes to mind but you would usually have a parachute that should keep you from really hurting yourself.

Indeed, hiring can be more intimidating or worrisome than either of those things partly because there are no safety measures that keep you from danger after you have brought a person on board. A new employee is live, in person, on your phones, in front of your patients,



Continuing Education »

How To Diagnose And Treat Insect Bites And Stings

By Gary Dockery, DPM, and Stephen Schroeder, DPM | 148138 reads | 0 comments

There are abundant crawling and flying insects that infest, bite and sting humans, particularly on the foot and ankle regions. At this time of the year, people may be particularly susceptible to bites from ants, fleas, ticks and spiders. Other possible problems may include infestations with scabies and stinging insects.
There are various types of ants that can inflict different levels of bites and stings. The three main stinging and biting ants are fire, harvester and pharaoh ants.
The fire ant is common in the southeastern United States and Caribbean islands. Its sting causes immediat



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