Volume 20 - Issue 5 - May 2007
News and Trends »
Doctors in various professions have noted the deleterious effects of smoking on post-op healing. A new study says smokers take almost twice as long to heal as nonsmokers and also sheds light on another aspect of smoking: the delayed effects of healing in those exposed to secondhand smoke.
Diabetes Watch »
Editor’s note: Peripheral nerve decompression for patients with diabetes and lower extremity neuropathy continues to be a hotly debated topic in podiatric medicine and other specialties. The driving force of evidence based medicine has looked critically upon this procedure while many respected surgeons in a variety of fields have found great clinical successes. Dr. Mowen reviews many of the debate topics and presents some helpful information and opinion in this column.
— Dr. Steinberg
Wound Care Q&A »
Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) can have a positive effect on wound healing. These panelists detail what types of wounds can benefit from the technology, when to consider negative pressure and how various NPWT devices compare to one another.
What has been your general impression and experience with using negative pressure wound therapy for lower extremity wounds?
Surgical Pearls »
Ambiguity and inconsistency seem to reign when it comes to the podiatric scope of practice in different states. This author consults leading DPMs in the legal battles over podiatric scope of practice and whether a uniform national scope of practice can be a viable solution.
Emphasizing an increased awareness of those who may be at risk for fall injuries, this author discusses key elements in facilitating one's balance and reviews key studies to assess the potential impact of foot orthoses in improving balance.
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