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  • June 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 6
    In regard to Biofreeze, “most patients report a significant decrease in pain upon its use in the first week,” notes Debra Levinthal, DPM.
    By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor
    5,520 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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

    4,866 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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 John H. McCord, DPM
    2,601 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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 Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    5,153 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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
    Dr. Richie notes the Arizona AFO (shown above) is indicated for severe end-stage posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), Charcot arthropathy and severe degenerative joint disease (DJD) of the ankle.
    Guest Clinical Editor: James Losito, DPM
    17,928 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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
    Here one can see the impregnating of platelet gel concentrate (PGC) into an allogenic OATS plug. Dr. Weinraub says impregnating allogenic bone graft material with the PGC enhances local inductivity.
    Moderator: Mark Dollard, DPM; Panelists: Luis Leal, DPM, Kieran Mahan, DPM, D. Scot Malay, DPM, MSCE, Glenn Weinraub, DPM, and Thomas Zgonis, DPM
    14,741 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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
    Here one can see a severely pronated foot after the patient underwent reconstructive surgery. While an orthotic device may be helpful in providing support for the foot, one must ensure the device has a wide midsole, adequate depth and heel counter support
    By David Levine, DPM, CPed
    16,637 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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 Leon Reber, DPM, and Babak Baravarian, DPM
    32,185 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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
    In this photo, one can see a lateral view of a nonunion of a calcaneal fracture.
    By Jesse B. Burks, DPM, FACFAS
    5,725 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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
    8,507 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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