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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • July 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 7
    By Chad Friedman, DPM, and Doug Pacaccio, DPM
    6,384 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
    79,549 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
    17,753 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
    98,787 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
    16,175 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

    3,420 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
    By Paul J. Kim, DPM, Karolina S. Dybowski, BS, and John S. Steinberg, DPM
    39,111 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/06
       The medical management of wounds today is vastly different than wound management was a few years ago. Evidence-based research has provided the practitioner with new technologies that can predictably heal wounds that previously would have threatened limb loss.    The team approach to complex wound management has been widely embraced and many communities now have referral centers and hospital-based teams that provide multidisciplinary care. With an estimated 20.8 million people in the United States now affected by diabetes and a 15 percent lifetime incidence ... continue reading
    By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor
    4,060 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/06
       While many surgeons may opt for traditional arthroplasty, those who are looking for improved stability may want to consider the use of Interphlex Flexible Stabilization Rods.    Comprised of 80-durometer medical grade silicone, the Interphlex rods help maintain toe length by stabilizing and preserving the joint space, according to the product’s manufacturer OsteoMed, Inc. The company notes the stiffness of the rods addresses toe migration while the spacer provides stability of the joint space.    OsteoMed says the Interphlex rods are indi ... continue reading
    By Guy Pupp, DPM, FACFAS, and Chad Westphal, DPM
    83,503 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/06
       Diabetes is clearly an epidemic in this country. According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18.2 million people in the United States have the disease and 1.3 million new cases are diagnosed each year. Foot infection is the most common reason for lower extremity amputation and leads to billions of dollars a year in hospitalization costs in this country alone.    Despite becoming almost commonplace, diabetic foot infections are often mismanaged, particularly with regard to antibiotics. The solution to this pro ... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    2,596 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/06
       I always seem to have a small following of patients who have fallen through the cracks of health insurance coverage. My practice policy is “No Financial Barriers to Care.” In other words, we take care of them and provide care according to their needs.    Dean was a perfect example of a patient falling through the cracks. He presented in my office seven years ago with a crushed foot. He was trying to move a bull into a corral and a beast that weighed around 800 pounds stepped on his left foot.    Dean was 63 years old and had stopped wor ... continue reading