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  • July 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 7
    The wound (left) located on the medial aspect of the ankle appears relatively innocuous until one uses the Wound-Mapping™ Ultrasonic Assessment Method (right). One can clearly see the invasion of the distal end of the tibia, indicating that the patient ha
    By Martin Wendelken, DPM, RN, Oscar Alvarez, PhD, Lee Markowitz, DPM, Christopher Comfort, MD, and Linda Waltrous, RN
    9,354 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    2,207 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    In order to maintain a high number of referrals, the author recommends putting on a short, lunchtime presentation on a few simple diagnoses for referring physicians. Doing so can translate into the referring doctors recalling your practice when they need
    By Steven Peltz, CHBC
    6,825 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    Among people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, 67 percent have a BMI greater than 27 and 46 percent have a BMI greater than 30. An estimated 70 percent of diabetes risk in the U.S. can be attributed to excess weight.
    By Chad Friedman, DPM, and Doug Pacaccio, DPM
    6,279 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    This X-ray shows a transmetatarsal amputation. Transmetatarsal amputations can provide long-term success for limb salvage, according to the authors.
    By Christine Salonga, DPM, and Peter Blume, DPM
    78,121 reads | 2 comments | 09/03/08
       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