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  • July 2007 | Volume 20 - Issue 7
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    25,241 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/07
    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

    2,493 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/07
    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
    By Gordon Zernich, CP, Tomas Dowell, CPO/LPO, Gary M. Rothenberg, DPM, FACFAS, and Michael M. Cohen, DPM, FACFAS
    30,719 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/07
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    1,691 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/07
    Making hospital rounds to care for patients with infections and diabetic wounds is at times depressing. This morning’s rounds were particularly difficult. My first patient was a 53-year-old heavy equipment operator who had just lost his fourth and fifth rays due to diabetes and gangrene. It is not likely that the wound will heal. He is single and does not get many visitors. He seems sad and tired of fighting. My second patient is a 47-year-old high school teacher. She is in denial about the seriousness of her mixed infection that is destroying her foot and leg. She keeps talking about nee ... continue reading
    By David E. Allie, MD
    9,919 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/07
    Given the severe ramifications associated with the combination of critical limb ischemia (CLI) and diabetic foot ulcers, this author emphasizes the potential impact of revascularization procedures in reducing the number of lower extremity ampulations. Accordingly, he offers a closer looks at recent advances in this arena and their place within the armentarium for CLI ... continue reading
    By Stephanie C. Wu, DPM
    10,489 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/07
    By Nicholas Bevilacqua, DPM
    19,492 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/07
    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
    11,109 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/07
    By Loan Lam, DPM, Peter Blume, DPM, FACFAS, and Michael Palladino, DPM, FACFAS
    27,000 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/07
    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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    4,042 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/07
    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