Volume 20 - Issue 4 - April 2007

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Shield Wounds With Silver

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When faced with wounds, one might want to utilize the healing power of silver.

   The Silver Shield Silver Antimicrobial Skin Wound Gel offers a clear and amorphous hydrogel that does not irritate, stain or discolor tissue, according to the product’s manufacturer Anacapa Technologies, Inc.

Technology In Practice »

Can A New Orthotic Redefine Perceptions About Prefabs?

By Aaron Becker, Special Projects Editor | 3591 reads | 0 comments

While there are plenty of prefabricated orthotics on the market, many of them do not provide the levels of comfort and pain relief that most custom orthotics can offer.

Forum »

Leading By Example: Choosing Priorities Over Politics

By John H. McCord, DPM | 1863 reads | 0 comments

I avoided the politics of podiatry for most of the first 20 years of practice. I considered all the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) stuff that went on in Washington, D.C. a waste of time and money although I have been a card-carrying member since 1975.

   I got my first taste of leadership in our profession in 1993 when I became a member of the Washington Podiatric Medical Licensing Board. The work was challenging and fulfilling.

News and Trends »

Leading Authors Criticize Surgical Decompression For Diabetic Neuropathy

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 5247 reads | 0 comments

While some have touted surgical decompression as a possible treatment option for diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DPN), authors of a recent Diabetes Care commentary have challenged the validity of this procedure, calling it an unproven modality based on flawed hypotheses.

Letters »

Physical Therapy: Ancillary Service For Patients Or Referral For Profit?

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I am writing in response to the recent feature article, “How To Provide Physical Therapy As An Ancillary Service,” written by Jonathan Moore, DPM (see pg. 36, February issue). Unfortunately, the article may lead some readers to believe that adding physical therapist services to a physician/medical practice is not without potential harm or controversy.

Diabetes Watch »

Islet Cell Transplantation: Can It Facilitate Insulin Independence?

By Jessica Kaylor, BA, and John S. Steinberg, DPM | 5801 reads | 0 comments

Do islet cells hold promise in treating diabetes? Islet cells are groupings of hormone-secreting cells in the pancreas that are responsible for several endocrine functions including the production of insulin. Pancreatic islets contain four different types of cells including: insulin-producing beta cells, glucagon-releasing alpha cells, somatostatin-producing delta cells and cells that contain polypeptides (PP cells). Each individual islet contains approximately 1,000 of these four types of cells.

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