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  • March 2002 | Volume 15 - Issue 3
    By Jeff Hall
    2,417 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/02
    It seems like every other day, there is a new study pointing to alarming statistics about the increasing prevalance of diabetes. Approximately 16 million Americans have diabetes, but many believe the figure may be even higher. It could get a lot worse. According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47 million people in the U.S. are at risk for type II diabetes. Raising awareness of the disease and its potential complications continues to be a problem. Just as this issue went to press, results of a joint survey by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Ame ... continue reading
    “Clearly, there are two schools of thought on doing a P&A  in the presence of a paronychia.”
—Dr. Joseph

    44,584 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/02
    Is it an infection or an inflammation? That’s just one of the questions about the paronychia that came up during a roundtable discussion among DPMs. They also addressed the debate over doing a P&A for a paronychia, whether soaking is the ideal treatment and what you should do differently when treating a diabetic who has a paronychia. Here are their comments. Warren Joseph, DPM: Any of us who have had a paronychia know they hurt. These patients will come into your office and they are in pain. They’ve all been to their family doctor, their primary doctor if they’re HMO patients a... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    1,657 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/02

    13,754 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/02
    There have been many technological advances in wound care over the past decade, ranging from research into the wound healing model to the role of growth factors and the use of living skin constructs in clinical practice. With this in mind, our expert panelists take a closer look at Apligraf and their experiences in using this product. Q: Do you use Apligraf much in your practice? If so, when do you use it in the course of treatment? A: Both Robert Snyder, DPM, and Sheldon Ross, DPM, use Apligraf frequently in their practices. David Armstrong, DPM, says he uses Apligraf if he does no ... continue reading
    By Leonard Simmons, DPM
    2,667 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/02
    I may have retired from office practice, but I have not retired from the practice or profession of podiatry. Why did I leave office practice? Frankly, I got sick and tired of dealing with insurance companies, HMOs and managed care groups. I got tired of spending 15 minutes with a patient and 15 minutes with a chart. I got tired of time constraints, which denied me the pleasure of practicing the art of our profession. Looking back, I can tell you in total honesty that 40-plus years of practice seemed to go by about as quickly as a teenager can spend $20. There are so many differences between ... continue reading
    By Caroline A. Abbott, PhD, and Carine van Schie, PhD
    9,625 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/02
    Research in recent years has shown distinct ethnic differences in the prevalence of diabetic complications, including amputation and more recently, foot ulceration. Although the etiology of the diabetic complications among different ethnic groups is not completely understood, preliminary data has highlighted some interesting variations in the presentation of these complications. Projections of diabetes prevalence indicate the number of people with type 2 diabetes worldwide is set to double over a 25-year period.1 This epidemic of diabetes is due to an aging and increasingly obese population. ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy
    6,875 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/02
    The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently released its revisions of the 2002 Clinical Practice Recommendations. Will these revisions lead to improved clarity, better outcomes and a heightened awareness of diagnostic indicators among all health care professionals? Those in the know seem to have a favorable impression. “Two of the association’s most critical position statements have been completely revised and several others have been updated, using the ADA’s system for grading scientific evidence to support clinical practice recommendations,” says Lee Sanders, DPM, the Former P ... continue reading
    By Richard Braver, DPM
    20,899 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/02
    Distal posterior heel pain is a deformity we see quite often. It masquerades as chronic Achilles tendinitis, when in fact a calcaneal step (aka retrocalcaneal exostoses) is present at the Achilles insertion. You must also clinically differentiate it from adjacent problems, such as Haglund’s deformity, retrocalcaneal bursitis and intra-Achilles tendon tear. Often, these problems may be concurrent, however, you must treat the calcaneal exostoses for complete cessation of pain. Keep in mind that retrocalcaneal exostoses are most symptomatic in active individuals over 30. On inspection, you w ... continue reading
    By John E. Hahn, DPM, ND
    11,340 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/02
    Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the United States, with 15.7 million Americans afflicted with the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and the primary cause of blindness in people (due to diabetic retinopathy) between the ages of 20 and 70.1 ... continue reading
    By Eric M. Feit, DPM, FACFAS and Alona Kashanian, DPM
    10,470 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/02
    It is typically easier to heal a diabetic foot ulcer than it is to prevent recurrence. Once you’ve healed the ulcer, the next challenge is to minimize pressure at the site of the old ulceration or the site of a boney prominence. If the patient has never had an ulcer but has a high risk for ulceration, then employing pressure off devices is essential for prevention. Obviously, the large majority of diabetic foot ulcerations are preventable. There are several keys to prevention, which include organized treatment protocols, early detection, aggressive wound care, orthotics and appropriate sho... continue reading