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  • August 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 8
    Up to 62 percent of Americans with diabetes have diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which is one of the most commonly encountered neuropathic pain syndromes in clinical practice.
    By Stephanie Wu, DPM, MSc
    31,098 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/06
       Approximately 800,000 new cases of diabetes mellitus are diagnosed each year. The disease affects over 18 million people, approximately 6 percent of the population of the United States.1 Type 2 diabetes, which is typically not diagnosed in patients under age 45, is overwhelmingly the most prevalent of all types of diabetes as it affects nearly 17 million Americans.1 Symptoms of Type 2 diabetes are often not detected until they are severe or until patients seek treatment for related complications.2 Diabetes complications can result in blindness... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    2,425 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/06
       I do not care much for equipment failures. If you take good care of your stuff and do not abuse your equipment and instruments, they should last forever or at least for another three years until I retire. Tell that to my cast saw.    A patient of mine fell off her horse and broke her lateral malleolus. Since the fracture was slightly displaced and the patient was a real macho cowgirl, I felt that a fiberglass walking cast with a couple of extra rolls was the safest way to go. She griped and complained while I was putting on the cast. She said she wouldn’ ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    6,203 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/06
    CMS To Begin Competitive Bidding Process For DME    Changes are underway at the federal level to the durable medical equipment (DME) system for Medicare patients and may have an effect on podiatry practices and patient care. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes a system that will open up the durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) system to competitive bidding. As part of the plan, only those suppliers chosen through the bidding will be permitted to supply items to Medicare beneficiaries in product areas cover ... continue reading
    By John E. Hahn, DPM, ND
    12,382 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/06
       The modern podiatric physician is faced with many challenges when it comes to appropriate patient selection for surgical procedures. Specifically, when it comes to the high-risk patient with diabetes, there are potential challenges that can lead to postoperative complications and potential lawsuits. Indeed, some of these high-risk patients may experience delayed wound healing with no obvious preoperative disease elucidated in the preoperative history, physical and conventional laboratory studies.    Faced with these challenges, the astute podiatric physician ... continue reading
    By Ronald A. Sage, DPM
    8,448 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/06
       Reducing the number of lower extremity amputations is a goal for all clinicians caring for patients with diabetes. In spite of this, the numbers of limb-threatening infections and subsequent amputations continue to rise each year. While medical and surgical interventions are frequently successful in facilitating limb salvage in patients facing amputation, failures in limb salvage attempts do occur. These failures result in multiple trips to the operating room, significant potential morbidity and prolonged disability.    In order to more accurately predict ... continue reading
    By Molly Judge, DPM
    14,932 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/06
       For foot and ankle specialists, the diagnosis and complete management of neuropathic arthropathy ranks among the most daunting challenges. Currently, one makes the clinical diagnosis when there is a compilation of clinical and radiographic findings suspicious for the condition. The diagnosis relies upon the histopathology to identify the neuropathic joint destruction.    Once one makes a diagnosis, either definitively or clinically, the treatment approach remains the discretion of the physician. Those best trained for treating this condition rely on the lit ... continue reading