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  • March 2007 | Volume 20 - Issue 3
    By Jarrett D. Cain, DPM, and Vickie R. Driver, DPM, MS
    13,445 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/07
          Patients with diabetes can be a quite an undertaking for any physician who manages them on a consistent basis. In the past, this has created reservations when it comes to managing these patients especially from a surgical standpoint. However, over the years, with greater understanding of the disease, improvements in surgical techniques and emerging research, the reservations have diminished and the role of surgical management is a viable option when it comes to successfully treating those with diabetic ulcerations, infections and other related complications that exist in t ... continue reading
    By Justin Franson, DPM, and Babak Baravarian, DPM
    66,513 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/07
          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 ... continue reading
    By Guy R. Pupp, DPM, FACFAS, and Mark A. Kachan, DPM; By Warren S. Joseph, DPM, FIDSA
    11,559 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/07
          Yes. By Guy R. Pupp, DPM, FACFAS, and Mark A. Kachan, DPM. Given the increasing incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, one should consider empiric coverage against MRSA in high-risk patients with infected ulcerations in the lower extremity.       The most common pathogens in nosocomial skin and skin structure infections in the United States and Canada in 2000 were Staph aureus. Researchers have stated that approximately 30 to 60 percent of all Staph aureus isolates are methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MR ... continue reading
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    By Aaron Becker, Special Projects Editor
    14,888 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/07
          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 ... continue reading
    By Rachel Grieder, DPM, Sean McMurray, DPM, and Matthew J. Claxton, DPM
    11,978 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/07
          The neuropathic foot presents unique challenges when treating and preventing chronic wounds. One of the most difficult challenges is offloading the neuropathic foot without compromising function or causing a transfer of pressure that leads to further ulceration. When performing a limb salvage procedure, the goal is to provide the patient with a stable, plantargrade foot while still allowing for ambulation.1       In choosing the appropriate procedure to offload the foot, it is important to consider minimal bone resection versus a partial pedal ... continue reading

    3,701 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/07
    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 ... continue reading
    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