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 | 5377 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 | 2534 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 | 5027 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 »

Essential Insights For Managing Nonunions

By Jesse B. Burks, DPM, FACFAS | 5500 reads | 0 comments

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



Feature »

Seven Secrets To Successful Hiring

By Robert J. Smith, Contributing Editor | 6313 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,



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