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  • September 2007 | Volume 20 - Issue 9
    By Richard L. Blake, DPM
    15,431 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
    Limb length discrepancy (LLD) can cause a variety of symptoms. There are a variety of common clinical techniques clinicians can use to help detect LLD. Radiographic imaging provides the best method for measuring LLD. Treatments vary but can lead to significant improvement of symptoms. Indeed, the detection and treatment of LLD can be a very satisfying aspect of a clinical biomechanics practice.In cases of LLD, gait evaluation normally shows the dominance of one side or leg. As the patient walks down the hall, there is a tendency to lean to one side. One can see this on every step o... continue reading

    1,572 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    A new dressing utilizes the healing power of silver to combat post-op infections.Acticoat™ Post-Op can help fight the risk of infection after orthopedic, soft tissue and other surgical procedures, according to the manufacturer Smith and Nephew. The company notes the tri-laminate dressing consists of a perforated Silcryst™ nanocrystalline silver wound contact layer, an absorbent hydrocellular foam layer and a transparent, waterproof adhesive top film, IV 3000™. Further, the company says Acticoat has activity against methicillin-resista... continue reading
    By Dennis Shavelson, DPM
    9,996 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    For years, it seems like the $5,000 bunion and pressures from HMOs diverted DPMs’ attention from biomechanics. The emphasis of our education and practices strayed from Root toward Ilizarov and coding. “Gold standard” orthotics cast from foam or “posted to cast” do not generate the pride and acceptance that a Root device once did for podiatry and our orthotic fees are less justified when compared to high-tech, over-the-counter footbeds and custom devices casted by other providers or over the Internet. The solution is neoteric biomechanics, a school of func... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    2,459 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Second opinions were easy when I started my practice 32 years ago. There was an ancient orthopedic surgeon (who also did gallbladders and hysterectomies). He always tried to steal my patients who came to him for a second opinion. The tremors in his hands tended to scare the patients back to me. There were two young orthopedic surgeons who would say, “We can do a good job for you but McCord is as good as we are, but not better.” This mixed message always left them confused and they generally returned to me. There were no other podiatrists within 30 miles.... continue reading
    By Aaron Becker, Special Projects Editor
    7,360 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    When it comes to being recognized as a true sports medicine physician, Lisa Schoene, DPM, ATC, says in order to “talk the talk, you better walk the walk.” Dr. Schoene says the best sports medicine practitioners are the ones who cover the events and are out there covering races even when it is cold and rainy or starting very early in the morning.“Hands-on experience is imperative in my mind,” emphasizes Dr. Schoene, who has covered many marathons, triathlons and other races. “I question the physician who says he or she is a ‘sports medicine spe... continue reading
    Here one can see an X-ray of the BB gun wound. This seemingly small object can cause serious damage as a retained foreign body.
    By Michael Keller, DPM, and Jacob D. Fassman, DPM
    23,977 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Continuing Education Course #156September 2007I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “How To Address Puncture Wounds,” 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 hour (.1 CEU). Readers will not be required to p... continue reading
    Foot complications have become one of the leading causes of hospitalization for patients with diabetes and the patients hospitalized with a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) can expect a 59 percent longer length of stay than hospitalized diabetic patients without
    By Barbara J. Aung, DPM, CWS
    7,854 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    In reading many of the recent articles in podiatry publications, we will need to expand our vocabularies to include various new phrases. These phrases will include pay for performance, evidence-based medicine or evidence based treatment plans, and evidence-based treatment guidelines. Electronic medical records (EMR) and electronic health records (EHR) will be linked to evidence-based guidelines at the point of care. These changes are also reverberating within the primary care settings and in other selected specialties.What can this mean for any practitioner let alone the solo practitioner w... continue reading
    In order to help reduce the risk of surgical site infections (as shown above), the authors of a recent review in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery emphasize appropriate management of the patient’s blood glucose levels, oxygenation and temperature.
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    7,954 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Podiatric surgery can carry inherent risks including the possibility of perioperative infection. A recent article in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) offers several pertinent recommendations that aim to prevent some of the reported 780,000 surgical site infections that occur every year in the United States, according to the study authors. Although they acknowledge that preoperative antibiotics are associated with lower rates of surgical site infections, the authors of the JBJS article say surgeons should continue antibiotics for no more than 24 hours afte... continue reading
    In regard to factors one should weigh when deciding whether to use steroid injections in treatment, James Losito, DPM, says one should consider age and when the athlete must return to practice.
    Moderator: Douglas Richie Jr., DPM Panelists: James Losito, DPM, Mike Lowe, DPM,Stephen Pribut, DPM, and Amol Saxena, DPM
    12,636 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
    When treating athletes, podiatrists may use corticosteroid injections to treat various conditions. However, are such injections overutilized in athletes? Here is what our expert panelists have to say about what factors to consider in using injectable steroids, differences in treating athletes and non-athletes, and the type of steroids to use.Q: When treating an athlete, which condition are you most likely to treat with corticosteroid injection?A: Mike Lowe, DPM, and Amol Saxena, DPM, both use corticosteroid injections for neuromas. As Dr. Lowe notes, ... continue reading
    One should then evaluate the entire construction and use one suction tube to complete the seal among the three wounds.
    By Luis Leal, DPM
    14,838 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC) is one of our greatest tools in managing large as well as deep wounds. It crosses multiple surgical disciplines and is applicable to virtually all anatomical sites. This technology has revolutionized limb salvage surgery and has prevented untold numbers of amputations. There is an exciting growth curve with the use of this technology. Surgeons can modify the technology to aid in the closure of a multitude of wound scenarios.In the course of utilizing VAC therapy (KCI), one must be cognizant of adjacent tissue and protect it from the deleterious effects of negat... continue reading