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  • July 2007 | Volume 20 - Issue 7
    By Stephanie C. Wu, DPM
    10,019 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Here one can see the clinical presentation of a patient presenting with a chronic hallux ulceration. This digit elicited a positive probe to bone test. These findings should lead a clinician to suspect osteomyelitis.
    By Nicholas Bevilacqua, DPM
    18,671 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    It has been estimated that a person with diabetes has a 25 percent lifetime risk of developing a foot ulceration.1 Diabetic foot ulcers commonly become infected, can involve bones and joints and may progress to amputation. Osteomyelitis frequently complicates ulcerations in people with diabetes and may be present in up to 20 percent of mild to moderate and 50 to 60 percent of severely infected wounds.2 ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    10,666 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    By Loan Lam, DPM, Peter Blume, DPM, FACFAS, and Michael Palladino, DPM, FACFAS
    25,430 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Given the increasing prevalence of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), these authors discuss the differences between HA-MRSA and CA-MRSA, what the literature reveals about antibiotic therapy and keys to the diagnostic workup of these patients. ... continue reading
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    3,854 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    I recently read the article, “Scope of Practice: Where Things Stand” (see page 36, May issue). I had to refrain from laughing when I compare the problems with scope of practice in the United States to what the situation is in Ontario. Indeed, a brief historical overview of the situation of podiatrists in Ontario is warranted so your American readers can appreciate our frustration. ... continue reading
    Here one can see a deep deficit in a 45-year-old male with diabetes and neuropathy as the result of a neglected ulcer that developed a deep abscess four days after debridement.
    By Lawrence A. Lavery, DPM, and Douglas P. Murdoch, DPM
    27,130 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC, KCI) may be the most impressive device for the foot since AO fixation revolutionized elective foot surgery. For large or difficult wounds, VAC therapy can rapidly improve granulation tissue and speed up coverage of exposed tendon and bones. Indeed, this often occurs in days to weeks rather than months. Most clinicians are convinced at the bedside when they see dramatic changes in the characteristics of a wound such as size, depth and exposed structures. There is a growing body of evidence that supports the clinical observations and animal research that have be... continue reading
    David J. Freedman, DPM, says the Cannulated Titanium Lag Screws allow compression in comparison to K-wire fixation and this facilitates quicker healing.
    By Aaron Becker, Special Projects Editor
    3,440 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    The recent introduction of longer surgical screws may facilitate improved outcomes with lesser digital arthrodesis procedures. The new Cannulated Titanium Lag Screws stand out with a thinner and longer profile, making them “ideal for severe digital deformities,” according to the manufacturer OsteoMed. The 2.0 mm screw ranges between 6 to 42 mm in length and the 2.4 mm screw ranges between 6 to 50 mm in length. David J. Freedman, DPM, FACFAS, who is in private practice in Silver Spring, Md., says the screws are long enough that podiatric surgeons are able to complete an arthrodesis on th... continue reading
    By Lawrence Lavery, DPM, MPH
    13,320 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08

    2,369 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    A new Doppler can document a patient’s vascular status from a number of angles. The Smartdop® 30EX is a lightweight, portable, bidirectional Doppler with a printer and large LCD display, according to the manufacturer Koven Technology. The device has an automatic cuff inflator which the company says aids in fast and accurate testing for ankle-brachial indices and tibial-brachial indices. With the Smartdop 30EX, one can use the Smart-V-Link® Software to save up to 30 waveforms. The company says one can calculate ratios automatically and optional PPG models are ava... continue reading
    Lee C. Rogers, DPM, used VAC therapy until the wound bed was completely prepared and granular as shown in the above photo.
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    24,494 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Given the increasing use of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) to spur wound healing, our expert panelists return for the second part of this Q&A discussion on NPWT (see “Inside Insights On Negative Pressure Wound Therapy,” page 24, May issue). They offer specific pearls on the use of NPWT, how to combine the modality with skin grafts and silver dressings, and tips for avoiding wound maceration. Q: Do you have any pearls for using negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT)? A: Eric Travis, DPM, utilizes VAC therapy (KCI) mostly at 125 mmHg of continuous suction. For a fragile w... continue reading