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  • | Volume 20 - Issue
    By Alexander Reyzelman, DPM, Joseph Fiorito, Cody Hoover and Michael Brewer
    12,475 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    In the podiatric profession, we are frequently faced with chronic painful musculoskeletal processes that get labeled as arthritis, chronic plantar fasciitis, neuroma, etc. Perhaps it would behoove us to start thinking of an underlying neurological pathology that may be responsible for foot or ankle pain. In the senior author’s opinion, there is more neurological pathology causing foot and ankle pain than is being diagnosed. This may explain the cases in which patients have chronic musculoskeletal conditions and undergo surgery, but their pain never improves. Accordingly,... continue reading
    By G. “Dock” Dockery, DPM, FACFAS
    9,688 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    A 37-year-old Caucasian male presents with a chief complaint of a nodular growth on the left calf. He first noticed the bump about two months ago but says he did not think too much about it until recently. At that time, he noticed it was causing mild discomfort when he touched it but the growth was only slightly pruritic. The lesion did not appear to be infected and it did not drain or bleed at any time. He says he checked the rest of his body for any similar looking lesions and found none. Otherwise, he has no other complaints or concerns. The patient has not changed his diet or ... continue reading
    By Lawrence A. Lavery, DPM
    4,699 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Preventing foot ulceration and re-ulceration in high-risk patients with diabetes is a challenge. Clinical outcomes are much better when high-risk patients receive proper foot care, education and protective shoes. There is a growing body of work which demonstrates that programs aimed at treatment and prevention significantly reduce ulcers, amputations and hospital admission.1-4 However, even at “centers of excellence for the diabetic foot,” the rate of ulcer recurrence is still very high. In a randomized clinical trial, Uccioli reported a 28 percent re-ulceration rate... continue reading
    (Photo courtesy of Ronald Valmassy, DPM)
Mary Keen, MD, emphasizes the importance of gait training with a pediatric physical therapist.
    Guest Clinical Editor: Edwin Harris, DPM
    9,355 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Given that toe walking and other gait disturbances are common among children, these expert panelists take a closer look at these conditions, offer keys to the diagnostic assessment and share their insights on appropriate treatment modalities and physical therapy regimens.Q: What is your treatment plan for children with diplegia and hemiplegia?A: Mary Keen, MD, says most children with diplegia and hemiplegia walk so she strives to facilitate independent ambulation. In order to achieve safe, efficient ambulation, Dr. Keen says children need ad... continue reading
    By Patrick DeHeer, DPM, and Debra Mardis, DPM
    16,484 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Approximately 50 percent of all sports injuries are secondary to overuse.1 Overuse injuries result from repetitive microtrauma that leads to local tissue damage in the form of cellular and extracellular degeneration. Injury is most likely to occur when an athlete changes the intensity or length of training. This has been described as the “principle of transition.”1 A discrepancy between work and recovery can lead to breakdown on a cellular, extracellular or systemic level. Other factors that can influence wear and tear include biomechanical abnormalities, poor train... continue reading
    Running shoes are lightest in weight and offer maximum cushioning. They are designed for linear activity and should never be worn for court activity.
    By Josh White, DPM, CPed
    19,769 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
    For professional athletes and weekend warriors alike, having the right shoe and the correct fit can mean the difference between participating and sitting on the sidelines. Since most podiatrists now fit shoes in their offices, it is imperative that they develop a true expertise in this critical aspect of foot care, particularly with respect to the special needs of athletes. Providing proper shoe fit and selection for active individuals holds great potential for both injury prevention and for practice expansion. When podiatrists themselves fit patients with athletic shoes, it fills... continue reading
    Post-op pressure on the amputation site of the lower extremity resulted in this chronic non-healing wound for six months.
    By Patris A. Toney, DPM, MPH, and Vickie R. Driver, DPM, MS
    4,661 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    The future of growth factor therapy in wound care is advancing rapidly. There is also increasing evidence in the literature to support the efficacy of growth factors in wounds, particularly chronic wounds, and how they can help facilitate desired healing outcomes. With advances in research over the past decades, physicians and researchers have teamed together to isolate and identify the disruption(s) in the sequence of wound healing that lead to chronic wounds. Upon a closer examination of the phases of wound healing on the cellular level, it is clear that cytokines, particularly g... continue reading

    2,767 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Two new wound healing products harness the power of the ocean. The all-natural Ocean Aid Spray and Ocean Aid Moisturizing Foam can heal wounds without antiseptics or disinfectants, according to the manufacturer Ocean Aid, Inc. The company says the product line uses lysozyme, a natural antibacterial enzyme, along with coral reef sea salt in a sterile solution. The company says Ocean Aid Spray uses an isotonic, purified sea salt solution while Ocean Aid Moisturizing Foam offers an antiinflammatory formula for soothing pain after phenol procedures as well as other nail procedures. Bo... continue reading
    Here is an example of a patient requiring primary closure over a weightbearing area and a skin graft over a non-weightbearing area.
    By Tod Storm, DPM
    10,387 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Continuing Education Course #157 October 2007 I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “A Guide To Current Concepts In Skin Grafting,” in our CE series. This series, brought to you by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME), consists... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    1,304 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    My favorite writing project is to produce a “return to work” document for a patient who has recovered from a serious foot or ankle problem. I had that pleasure last week on behalf of a 53-year-old gentleman whom I first met six months ago during a hospital consult. His primary physician requested a consult regarding a diabetic ulcer with cellulitus involving the fourth and fifth toes of the left foot. The primary doc also let me know that he was beginning his vacation that day so I could manage the patient until he was ready for discharge. It all seemed like a convenien... continue reading