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  • August 2007 | Volume 20 - Issue 8
    By Jack Janov, Esq.
    18,214 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Most podiatrists may never be targeted by a malpractice claim. However, it is prudent to consider preemptive strategies to help reduce the risk of being sued and to minimize your potential exposure.Overall, recent jury verdict data show only slight increases to the median and average jury awards in many states and many medical malpractice cases resolve without the payment of any damages. However, the highest malpractice payouts have increased for the most severely injured patients, according to a Bureau of Justice review of the 2000 and 2004 statistics for Florida, Illinois, Maine,... continue reading
    Here one can see various AmerX Health Care products including the AmeriGel Wound Dressing, which reportedly offers antimicrobial, antifungal, antiinflammatory and autolytic debriding properties.
    By Aaron Becker, Special Projects Editor
    2,692 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    With a wide range of indications, the AmeriGel Wound Dressing can be helpful in treating an array of lower extremity wounds. According to AmerX Health Care, the manufacturer of the wound dressing, the product reduces the healing time of matrixectomies by 20 to 50 percent. AmerX Health Care adds that the dressing has a demonstrated efficacy of 77 percent in wound care applications.The company says the AmeriGel Wound Dressing is the only FDA-approved, antimicrobial hydrogel. According to the company, the dressing is indicated for stage I-IV pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, diab... continue reading
    This MRI demonstrates both peroneus longus and brevis tendons. The peroneus brevis appears more like a longitudinal split of the peroneus longus.
    By Neal M. Blitz, DPM, FACFAS
    38,316 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Continuing Education Course #155 August 2007I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “How To Address Failed Peroneal Tendon Surgery,” in our CE series. This series, brought to you by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME), consists of complimentary CE activities that qualify for one continuing education contact ho... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    1,664 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    All of life’s issues seem open for discussion in the doctor’s lounge. There is a pot of coffee going, a TV and a couple of computer terminals with eBay blocked. I have enjoyed visiting with my colleagues and sharing our struggles with medicine, raising kids, buying cars and investments. It is an axiom that it is never wise to invest in anything you learned about in the doctor’s lounge.I was having coffee with an internist friend last week. We both started practice at about the same time. Initially he did not want to have much to do with a podiatrist. I found him t... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    32,865 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    A recent study claims a link between chronic plantar heel pain and increased ankle dorsiflexion with researchers noting their conclusion is contrary to the “common clinical perspective.”
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    5,782 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    With the incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus rising, how can healthcare institutions protect patients? The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) recently conducted a survey of 1,237 hospitals and has formulated recommendations for preventing MRSA transmission.The study noted the rate of MRSA was 46 in 1,000 patients. Of those patients, 34 in 1,000 patients were infected and 12 in 1,000 patients were colonized. The APIC emphasizes the importance of good hand hygiene, including frequent hand washing, alcohol-based ... continue reading
    By Shine John, DPM, Robert W. Mendicino, DPM, and Alan R. Catanzariti, DPM
    38,591 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Impingement syndromes can result in chronic ankle pain. Initially described as “athlete’s ankle” and “footballer’s ankle,” these syndromes have been associated with athletic activities such as soccer, running, volleyball, high jumping and ballet dancing.1-3 These syndromes can affect either the anterior or posterior aspect of the ankle joint and its causal pathway can be of soft tissue and/or osseous origin.Only one reported study describes impingement syndromes occurring concurrently at the anterior and posterior ankle.4 Pa... continue reading
    Hyperspectral imaging, as shown above, has emerged as a new tool to aid in the diagnosis of microvascular disease and may help predict wound healing.
    By Lee C. Rogers, DPM
    10,195 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    These two Tekscan images demonstrate that a specific orthotic device can reduce sub-hallux pressure at heel lift.
    By Paul R. Scherer, DPM
    42,636 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Given the multifaceted nature of hallux limitus, having a strong understanding of the subject is vital for anyone who treats the feet. Indeed, hallux limitus is part of the discussion for a variety of conditions including hallux rigidus, hallux valgus, first MPJ arthritis, osteochondritis and first ray hypermobility. There are countless treatment solutions for hallux limitus depending on the nature of the pathology.Can one make any sense of the variety of topics related to hallux limitus? Is there a common ancestor to this pathology? If we know more about hallux limitus, is there a... continue reading
    By G. “Dock” Dockery, DPM, FACFAS
    275,474 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    It is late in the summer when a 29-year-old Caucasian female, employed as a medical assistant in your foot and ankle clinic, presents with a two-day history of red spots on her feet. The red spots became small fluid-filled vesicles, which are present mostly on the soles. She says she has broken one of the small vesicles and it expressed a clear fluid. The lesions are causing mild discomfort but are not very pruritic. Otherwise, she feels a little fatigued and reports a slightly elevated oral temperature today. Additionally, she reports a mild headache and a slight sore throat. She ... continue reading