Volume 20 - Issue 3 - March 2007

Treatment Dilemmas »

Key Insights On Treating Hallux Limitus

By Justin Franson, DPM, and Babak Baravarian, DPM | 57512 reads | 0 comments

      Hallux limitus, by definition, is a decrease in sagittal plane dorsiflexion of the hallux at the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) when the foot is in a weightbearing or simulated weightbearing position. With this in mind, let us take a closer look at the treatment approaches to this condition.

      Normal range of dorsiflexion motion of the first MPJ should be 65 to 75 degrees in order to allow for a normal gait. Near the end of the propulsive phase of gait, the leg has a 45-degree position to the floor and the ankle is in about 20 degrees of plant



Technology In Practice »

New Bone Growth Stimulator Offers Treatment For Nonunion Fractures

By Aaron Becker, Special Projects Editor | 12518 reads | 0 comments

      Facilitating the healing of nonunion fractures can be challenging. In order to address this challenge, a number of practitioners have been turning to the DonJoy OL1000 Bone Growth Stimulator as it reportedly provides an easy to use, noninvasive treatment option.

      The bone growth stimulator is a lightweight, battery-powered device that can accommodate a large variety of fracture sites, according to DJO Inc., the manufacturer of the device. While the bone growth stimulator is specifically indicated for the treatment of established nonunion fractures s



New Products »

New Products

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Picturing Wounds Accurately

     As wounds progress through different stages of healing, it is important to have an accurate method of tracking their progress.

     With the new PictZar® medical software program, one would take a digital photo and load that photo and a ruler into the computer, according to Medline Industries, the manufacturer of the software program. The company says the product then accurately calibrates to the ruler and measures the wound’s length, width, circumference and area.

     Medline says



News and Trends »

News and Trends

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 9400 reads | 0 comments

How Effective Is The PTB Test In Diagnosing Osteomyelitis?

     There has been some recent debate within the profession about the effectiveness of the probe-to-bone (PTB) test in diagnosing osteomyelitis. A new study in Diabetes Care has found that the PTB test has a relatively low positive predictive value when it is utilized for diabetic patients with foot wounds.

     The two-year study tracked 1,666 patients with diabetes who underwent regular foot exams and were instructed to come to the clinic if they developed signs of lower-extremity



Forum »

Taking An Active Role In Medical Staff Leadership

By Larry Crystal, DPM | 2071 reads | 0 comments

     “Good morning, Chief” “Here comes the Chief” and “Good morning, Mr. President” are all greetings that I have heard since I was elected into the position of Medical Staff President of a tri-campus rural hospital with 65 active staff and 45 mid-level providers. So how did the only podiatrist on staff come to serve as Chief of Staff?

     Some might say that my election was the result of a fortune of circumstance and those with experience in medical staff leadership might say that I was the victim of circumstance. Regardless, I have had the honor



Forum »

Taking An Active Role In Medical Staff Leadership

By Larry Crystal, DPM | 2818 reads | 0 comments

      “Good morning, Chief” “Here comes the Chief” and “Good morning, Mr. President” are all greetings that I have heard since I was elected into the position of Medical Staff President of a tri-campus rural hospital with 65 active staff and 45 mid-level providers. So how did the only podiatrist on staff come to serve as Chief of Staff?

      Some might say that my election was the result of a fortune of circumstance and those with experience in medical staff leadership might say that I was the victim of circumstance. Regardless, I have had the hono



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