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  • March 2007 | Volume 20 - Issue 3
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    10,475 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/07
    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 ... continue reading
    By Wendy Tyrrell MEd, DPodM, MChS, and Rose A. Cooper, PhD
    26,879 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/07
         Honey is an ancient wound remedy that is reappearing in clinical practice in developed countries. The availability of licensed wound care products in Europe, New Zealand and Australia is prompting healthcare practitioners in conventional medicine to consider the use of honey within their treatment armamentarium. Ulcer remedies such as honey are necessary as the prevalence of diabetes rises.      The American Diabetes Association has estimated that about 7 percent of the population had diabetes.1 It is an increasing problem that has serious impl ... continue reading
    By Larry Crystal, DPM
    2,451 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/07
         “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 ... continue reading
    By Larry Crystal, DPM
    3,298 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/07
          “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 ... continue reading
    By William D. Fishco, DPM, FACFAS
    70,511 reads | 1 comments | 03/03/07
         Metatarsalgia is a diagnostic term used to describe pain in the ball of the foot. Gerard V. Yu, DPM, eloquently described and illustrated predislocation syndrome in 1995. What Dr. Yu described was a clinical syndrome characterized by focal pain under a lesser metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ), most often affecting the second toe joint.1      Subjective symptoms reported by those afflicted with this syndrome would be described as a “grape-like” swelling under the affected toe joint, and a feeling as if there were a stone bruise on the ball of ... continue reading
    By Jessica Kaylor, BA, and John S. Steinberg, DPM
    15,756 reads | 1 comments | 03/03/07
          Although the patient with diabetes and renal failure presents serious challenges to the limb salvage team, there is evidence and argument to support aggressive treatment and attempted limb salvage in a multidisciplinary clinical environment. An abundance of medical literature discusses the separate wound care challenges posed by diabetes and renal failure.       Less work has been done, however, to identify proper treatment and salvage techniques for patients who suffer from both maladies. While many do opt for primary amputation in the patient with diab ... continue reading
    One study found that non-compliant patients were over 50 percent more likely to have foot ulcerations and, with increasing underlying neuropathy and deformity, they became more than 20 times more likely than the compliant patients to have an amputation.
    By Kathleen Satterfield, DPM
    5,441 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/07
         The basic question is really “How do you get someone to do something that they do not especially want to do?” The fictional Tom Sawyer was the classic king of this skill but as physicians, we are trying to do something a bit more complicated than getting someone to paint a fence. We are trying to get our patients to adhere to the instructions of given treatment regimens, such as taking a confusing regimen of pharmaceuticals or staying off an injured foot.      Although the word “non-compliance” is not in the title of this article, be assured that... continue reading
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    21,143 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/07
         When it comes to patients with ischemic foot ulcers, potential complications can be dire. Accordingly, it is important to have a firm grasp on diagnostic studies as well as current and emerging treatment options that may enhance outcomes for patients.      With this in mind, our expert panelists discuss a range of issues related to the ischemic foot.      Q: How do you approach/work up the ischemic foot ulcer patient?      A: David E. Allie, MD, works up such patients “very, very aggressively.” Of the approxi ... continue reading
    By William N. McCann, DPM
    23,121 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/07
          The use of durable medical equipment (DME) has grown to become a part of almost every podiatric practice over the last half-century. In fact, podiatrists have led the field in this important area of patient treatment through our use of orthotic devices.       With our extensive background and training in biomechanics, our understanding of diabetes and its complications in the lower extremities as well as a need to provide patients with immediate immobilization, it is no wonder that DME is one of the more important offerings that we can extend to those we ... continue reading
    By Anthony Weinert, DPM, Ali Elkhalil, DPM, and Ahmad Farah, DPM
    7,644 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/07
          Practitioners have described various osteotomies for the proximal hallux. However, the Akin closing wedge osteotomy is currently the most common procedure. Podiatric surgeons commonly employ the transverse plane closing wedge osteotomy for the correction of hallux abductus interphalangous deformity. One may also use this as an additional procedure for the correction of hallux abductovalgus deformity.       Akin noted that one should perform the closing base wedge osteotomy at the proximal one-third of the proximal hallux and orient it in the transverse p ... continue reading