Volume 20 - Issue 5 - May 2007

New Products »

Turbocharge PAD Treatment

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Clinicians have a new tool to treat the potentially serious peripheral arterial disease (PAD).



Technology In Practice »

Is A Unique Topical Ideal For Diabetic Skin Care?

By Aaron Becker, Special Projects Editor | 4750 reads | 1 comments

For many patients with diabetes, skin care of the foot can be a primary concern. Neglecting skin conditions as simple as dry or cracked skin can lead to minor wounds or even ulceration.

   For practitioners, the simplest of preventative measures may be the key to combating diabetic skin conditions.



Forum »

Emphasizing First Impressions And People Skills Over The Interview Process

By John H. McCord, DPM | 3068 reads | 0 comments

Job interviews have been the greatest challenge for me during the past 32 years of running a podiatry practice. I am no good at it.

   I have read a few books on the topic and most suggest interview formulas. You and your office manager grill some poor kid with obscure questions like, “What are your five best qualities?” or “What did your last boss like least about you?” or “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

   I always ask the same question. “Is there anything you would just refuse to do on this job?”



News and Trends »

Does Secondhand Smoke Contribute To Delayed Post-Op Healing?

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 7032 reads | 0 comments

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 »

When Patients With Diabetes Have Lower Extremity Nerve Entrapments

By Greg Mowen, DPM | 9223 reads | 0 comments

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 »

Inside Insights On Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM | 8709 reads | 0 comments

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.

Q:

What has been your general impression and experience with using negative pressure wound therapy for lower extremity wounds?

A: