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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • July 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 7
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    9,825 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/06
       It is no secret that foot infections can lead to a range of complications up to and including lower extremity amputation. However, a recent study has demonstrated a dramatically higher risk of both amputation and hospitalization in diabetes patients who develop foot infections as opposed to those without infection. The authors say this is the first prospective study to report the incidence of foot infections in a defined population as well as the risk factors for infection.    The study, published in a recent issue of Diabetes Care, found that patient ... continue reading
    By Martin Wendelken, DPM, RN, Oscar Alvarez, PhD, Lee Markowitz, DPM, Christopher Comfort, MD, and Linda Waltrous, RN
    9,535 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/06
       During the last few years, improvements continue to abound in wound care treatments and therapeutics. Specialized dressings, circulation boots, monochromatic infrared therapy, skin substitutes and negative pressure therapy along with variety of vehicles to deliver silver are only a few of the advances. There have also been emerging developments in the diagnostic arena, including thermography, infrared temperature devices, pressure detection mats and devices to test for sensory defects and neuropathy.    Despite all of these advances, standard wound care (sha ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    2,257 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/06
       The importance of resolving infections and facilitating quicker wound healing is commonly understood when it comes to managing lower extremity ulcerations in patients with diabetes. Indeed, a recent study in Diabetes Care emphasizes just how important those treatment goals are in the diabetic population.    According to the study, those who have a diabetic foot infection have over a 150 times greater risk of amputation and a 55.7 times increased risk of hospitalization than those without infection (see page 10, “News and Trends”).   & ... continue reading
    By Steven Peltz, CHBC
    6,994 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/06
       A detailed assessment of the day-to-day operations, billing and marketing of a podiatric practice can greatly enhance one’s results while planning a personnel transition within the practice.    With this in mind, I conducted an operational and revenue analysis for a doctor with the objective of helping him to plan for the future of his practice and the location of his practice.    The analysis has a couple of key sections. First, we reviews the processes in the doctor’s office such as scheduling, patient intake and patient flow. We mo ... continue reading
    By Chad Friedman, DPM, and Doug Pacaccio, DPM
    6,391 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/06
       The complications stemming from obesity have been well documented. In recent years, the popularity of the gastric bypass procedure has increased as a method of combating obesity. As the literature shows, gastric bypass has a positive effect on diabetes itself as well as diabetic neuropathy. However, the surgery is not without its risks and the entire health care team must be aware of both the benefits and downsides.    According to data from the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, two-thirds of the United States population is overwe ... continue reading
    By Christine Salonga, DPM, and Peter Blume, DPM
    79,593 reads | 2 comments | 07/03/06
       Lower extremity limb preservation among patients with diabetes continuously challenges the foot and ankle surgeon. With a significant population afflicted by this disease, podiatric physicians often perform amputations, a complication related to diabetes.1-4 The literature shows that pedal amputations occur in 60 percent of all nontraumatic lower extremity amputations with foot related disease as the most frequent cause for hospital admission.4,5    Transmetatarsal amputations, a common partial foot amputation, succeed with long-term ef ... continue reading
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    17,764 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/06
       Treating partial- and full-thickness burns present unique challenges for podiatrists. Although one may need to refer burns to a burn center, there are measures DPMs can take to treat burns and help relieve the patient’s pain. Accordingly, these expert panelists discuss their preferred modalities for wounds, methods of management and their thoughts on the role of bioengineered tissues and oral antibiotics.    Q: What is your initial management of lower extremity burn wounds as far as partial-thickness (second degree) versus full-thickness (third degree) ... continue reading
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM
    98,969 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/06
       An ankle sprain can be a debilitating and often difficult problem to overcome. In most cases, patients do not seek treatment immediately and/or the treatment offered is not up to par. I have spent a great deal of time at the local family practice and emergency room offices explaining how the treatment they offered their patients at the initial visits was not aggressive enough. Indeed, when initial treatment for ankle sprains is not aggressive enough, it may result in chronic instability and the need for surgery.    Accordingly, let us take a closer look at t ... continue reading
    By Daniel K. Lee, DPM, and Gregory E. Tilley, DPM
    16,186 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/06
       There have been many surgical treatment modalities described in the podiatric and orthopedic literature for the correction of hallux limitus.1-5 Since the Regnauld procedure was introduced in 1968, surgeons have used it in the treatment of a pathologically long proximal phalanx and hallux limitus.6 However, since its development, this procedure has been characterized as a technically challenging procedure for the treatment of hallux limitus with or without moderate degenerative arthritis.7-10    In 1995, Kissel, et. al., and ... continue reading

    3,425 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/06
    Treating Wounds From Every Angle Patients can now use two tested wound care products in a spray emulsion form.    Accuzyme and Panafil are perfect for elderly patients, particularly those who suffer from arthritis, according to Healthpoint, the manufacturer of both products. The spray emulsion format does not require direct contact from the patient or person applying the enzymatic debridement products. Healthpoint says the “no touch” application may reduce the chance of infection and help prevent disturbing the wound bed.    Healthp ... continue reading