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  • November 2007 | Volume 20 - Issue 11
    Ocean Aid says podiatrists can use Ocean Aid Spray for topical cleansing of burns, lacerations and abrasions. The spray is also indicated for debridement of postoperative wounds, stage I-IV pressure ulcers and diabetic ulcers, according to the company.
    By Aaron Becker, Special Projects Editor
    2,606 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Ocean Aid Spray, which recently garnered the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Approval, offers a wound care solution that combines an enzymatic debridement therapy with all-natural elements to help protect and nourish cells. The spray uses a combination of reverse osmosis filtered water, coral reef salt and lysozyme to reduce wound healing time by almost 50 percent, according to Ocean Aid, the manufacturer of the product. Ocean Aid cites the inclusion of lysozyme as essential to the product’s ability to facilitate wound healing. Lysozyme is a nat... continue reading

    1,606 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Healing wounds with silver is a tried and true practice, and a new product makes silver use simpler. Allevyn™ Ag Silver Wound Dressings are composed of hydrocellular foam and are part of a line of products that manage fluids and have moisture balance, according to the manufacturer Smith and Nephew. The company notes the dressings have a seven-day wear time. During this time, the dressings release silver in a sustained fashion and provide bactericidal protection against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, according to the company.... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    1,959 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    I am going through an interesting phase of my career as a podiatrist. I am trying to find a replacement for myself when I walk out the back door December 31, 2008. I plan to throw the keys to the office behind me and lock myself out. My license expires that day. This day also marks my 62nd birthday. I do not plan to dabble in podiatry until I get old(er) and feeble.Replacing me is an interesting challenge. I advertised the job of an associate for my partner, who will be taking over the practice. Seven well qualified young podiatrists applied. They have all had or are completing thr... continue reading
    By Stephen L. Barrett, DPM, MBA, CWS
    94,929 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    As with any peripheral nerve surgery, tarsal tunnel surgery is demanding and can sometimes be excessively difficult. Additionally, one may not have a full appreciation of the outcome until some point in the postoperative period — if at all — when the nerve has had adequate time for recovery and/or regeneration. Sadly, there are many misnomers in podiatric medicine and surgery. For example, the nomenclature of “tarsal tunnel syndrome” implies that the site of chronic nerve entrapment is at the level of the tarsal tunnel,... continue reading
    The grid pattern on the foot indicates the point of greatest tenderness in relation to plantar fascia pain. Use of a 0.062 K-wire or 18-gauge needle to penetrate through the skin and fat to the level of fascia.
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM, and Bora Rhim, DPM
    17,579 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    In the United States, at least 10 percent of the population experiences heel pain secondary to plantar fasciitis. Reportedly, 600,000 outpatient visits to medical professionals a year are due to plantar fasciitis.1 According to a 2003 study, plantar fasciitis frequently occurs in people who are on their feet most of the day, those who are obese and those who have limited ankle dorsiflexion.2 However, it is important to recognize that all heel pain symptoms do not stem from plantar fasciitis. There are many different etiologies for heel pain and making the... continue reading
    (Photo courtesy of Kirk Herring, DPM) Clinicians may pursue cast immobilization in conjunction with giving a final corticosteroid injection.
    By Eric M. Feit, DPM and Alona Kashanian, DPM
    14,932 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Over the years, podiatrists have become the primary health care providers for all forefoot conditions and most rearfoot conditions. With greater public awareness and increased referrals from primary care doctors, heel pain pathology is perhaps the most common foot pathology we treat in our offices. As a result, many new devices and surgical techniques have emerged in recent years to help improve our outcomes. Unfortunately, some of these newer methods and techniques are not always necessary and may not demonstrate the same outcomes that some of the research states. It... continue reading
    Podiatrists have a huge selection of prefabricated foot orthoses (PFOs) if they choose to use them. Although there is a great deal of research validating effectiveness, no consensus exists for length, materials, design or rearfoot posting.
    By Paul R. Scherer, DPM
    15,598 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    The world of orthotic therapy and foot biomechanics was somewhat shaken in 2006 when a randomized study found that “customized and prefabricated orthoses used in the trial (had) similar effectiveness in the treatment of plantar fasciitis.”1 Of course, there was a great deal more to this study than the one sentence but it sure stimulated discussion within podiatry and orthopedic surgery concerning the value of custom orthoses in comparison to prefabricated devices. There are actually four relatively recent trials that compare prefabricated and custom orthoses relativ... continue reading
    With a calcaneal stress fracture, pain is usually not as significant with plantar palpation but there may be increased pain intensity with a direct side-to-side compression of the heel as shown above.
    By Charles F. Peebles, DPM
    5,989 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    In a new study, 10 to 18 percent of patients with diabetes said they would sacrifice eight to 10 years of life in perfect health to avoid a life of diabetic treatments.
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    5,927 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Given that patients with diabetes can face extensive treatments due to the risk of complications, adherence to treatment regimens may be a problem due to a perceived decline in their quality of life. A new study finds that although end-stage complications have the greatest effect on quality of life, comprehensive treatments affect quality of life to the degree that some patients were willing to forego years of healthy living to avoid treatments. In the study, which was recently published in Diabetes Care, researchers interviewed 701 patients with diabetes a... continue reading
    This cadaveric dissection depicts the location of the sural nerve in relation to an endoscopic gastrocnemius recession. The top of the picture shows the proximal leg with a medial view on the left side and a lateral view on the right.
    By Paul J. Kim, DPM, Clinical Editor: John S. Steinberg, DPM
    23,832 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    While various researchers have implicated the equinus deformity as a major deforming force in a host of foot and ankle pathologies, the exact definition of equinus remains unclear.1-4 However, Root states that “the minimal range of ankle joint dorsiflexion that is necessary for normal locomotion is 10 degrees.”5 Subsequent studies report that the ankle joint range of motion for asymptomatic patients ranges from 0 to 13.1 degrees with the knee extended and from 5 to 22.3 degrees with the knee flexed.6-9 The implication from these studies and ... continue reading