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  • August 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 8
    By Gary “Dock” Dockery, DPM, FACFAS
    78,715 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Podiatric physicians are often presented with dilemmas when diagnosing various dermatological conditions as these conditions may have overlapping symptoms. An accurate diagnosis is dependent on the patient history, physical examination and asking key questions to elicit telling answers from the patient. Accordingly, we have launched a new bimonthly column, “Dermatology Diagnosis,” that will test one’s skills in diagnosing dermatological conditions. Without further delay, let us consider the first case.    A 26-year-old male presents with a four-day h... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    2,489 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Imagine this scenario. A 75-year-old patient presents to a podiatric surgeon for treatment of a fracture of the fifth metatarsal base tuberosity. Instead of placing the patient in a walker, the podiatrist gives the patient crutches so he or she can see a CMS-approved durable medical equipment (DME) supplier in order to get the walker. The DPM just hopes the walker is correctly sized, modified when necessary and applied correctly.    Indeed, this may become the new reality as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a competitive bi... continue reading
    Here one can see contact dermatitis on both feet. This was caused by exposure to allergens in a pair of sandals.
    By Gary L. Dockery, DPM, FACFAS
    50,756 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Pruritus is a symptom complex rather than a dermatological condition. It is a very common manifestation of skin diseases described as an itch that makes a person want to scratch. It can be frustrating and cause some patients severe discomfort. Chronic itching can lead to sleeplessness, anxiety, depression and behavioral disorders (especially in young children). Symptoms of pruritus can be a result of skin conditions such as dry skin (xerosis), atopic dermatitis, eczema and contact dermatitis. Pruritus can also present with certain internal disorders or may be due to altered p... continue reading
    By Douglas Richie Jr., DPM
    40,585 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       One of the biggest challenges in a sports medicine practice is deciding when an athlete has sufficiently recovered from an injury and can return to his or her sport. Often, the podiatric physician is under pressure from various sources to return the athlete back to play quickly after injury. More often than not, it is not the athlete who puts the pressure on the doctor. Rather, it is a coach or parent who wants the athlete back in action as soon as possible.    If an athlete returns to play before an injury has adequately healed, there is a risk of re-in... continue reading
    The radiographic findings of a septic nonunion versus an aseptic nonunion may be indistinguishable. Here one can see peri-hardware loosening in both septic and aseptic nonunions.
    By Neal M. Blitz, DPM, FACFAS
    40,252 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Screws, plates, staples, pins and wires are the hardware that the foot and ankle surgeon uses to fixate fractures, fusions and/or osteotomies. An infection involving hardware may jeopardize the bone healing process and is a precarious situation for both the patient and the surgeon. In some situations, the infection may be easily managed yet it can be limb threatening in other situations. Like any infection, early diagnosis is paramount.    Hardware is necessary to stabilize osseous segments until one achieves complete bone healing, a process that typically ... continue reading
    AmeriGel Wound Dressing can treat diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, post-surgical incisions and first- and second-degree burns.
    By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor
    3,472 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       When looking for a wound care product that offers antimicrobial properties, provides effective debridement and facilitates a moist wound care environment, podiatrists may want to consider the AmeriGel Wound Dressing. As if these benefits were not enough, one can use the dressing to treat a variety of wounds, including diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, post-surgical incisions and first- and second-degree burns.    R. Daniel Davis, DPM, says the topical medication is an affordable and effective option in his armamentarium.     “(AmeriGe... continue reading