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  • June 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 6
    By Jesse B. Burks, DPM, FACFAS
    5,881 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    Nonunions can be a troubling condition for both the patient and the podiatric physician. Failed unions can result from a host of factors arising from the patient, surgeon or both. In many surgical cases, one primary cause is difficult to identify and the end result may actually result from a combination of various etiologies. As with any surgical complication, it is important to emphasize preventive efforts. However, even with diligent efforts, a nonunion may still occur. In my opinion, there are three different perspectives that dictate how one should treat. There is the academic perspecti ... continue reading
    Here one can see a mini-arthrotomy ankle fusion with Therics beta tricalcium sulfate as the bone graft. (Photo courtesy of Luis Leal, DPM)
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    8,668 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    Can a combination of two procedures yield positive results for patients with hallux rigidus? A recent study, presented as an abstract at the annual meeting of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), notes increased function and decreased pain in patients who underwent a combination of a hemi-implant arthroplasty with a decompressional osteotomy. As part of the study, 11 patients with hallux rigidus underwent the combination of surgical procedures. Patients had either grade III or IV hallux rigidus, less than 20 degrees of first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) dorsiflexion, an... continue reading
    By Robert J. Smith, Contributing Editor
    6,653 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    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, ... continue reading
    By Kathleen Satterfield, DPM
    40,190 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    There are as many classification systems for wounds as there are clinicians who believe they have developed the proverbial “better mousetrap.” The various wound classification systems include the Wagner classification, the University of Texas scheme, the S(AD) SAD classification, the Red Yellow Black breakdown, which is prominent in the nursing literature, the PEDIS classification and the DEPA Score. ... continue reading
    Here are fire ant bites on the dorsum of the foot. Note the typical circle of stings with two tiny red dots in the center where the jaws were attached.
    By Gary Dockery, DPM, and Stephen Schroeder, DPM
    161,919 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/06
    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... continue reading
    By Kevin McDonald, DPM
    16,570 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
    12,350 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
    18,543 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
    5,642 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
    15,066 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