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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
    2,648 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

    1,653 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
    2,026 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
    Here one can see a lawnmower injury suffered by a pediatric patient. Molly Judge, DPM, generally tries to use simple mechanical forms of wound coverage in the acute setting.
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    39,335 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Important questions arise when traumatic wounds occur in the lower extremity. Accordingly, our expert panelists address key considerations in the initial evaluation and when one should consider an amputation. They also explore the use of soft tissue coverage, skin substitutes and topical dressings with traumatic wounds. Q: What protocol/triage steps do you utilize in the initial evaluation of a traumatic wound? A: For a patient with extreme pain and a traumatic wound that requires immediate surgical debridement, Molly Judge, DPM, says pain management and a... continue reading
    By Marc Katz, DPM
    25,774 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Cryosurgery is an effective pain relief modality that uses freezing temperatures for ablation of the nerves that provide sensation to the heel. While this treatment is relatively new for foot pain, physicians have utilized cryosurgery for pain relief for decades. This modality has proven to be a viable treatment and is an excellent choice for appropriate patients prior to considering more invasive procedures. Heel pain has become an epidemic in our society. Diabetes, arthritis, weight gain, injuries, previous heel surgery and other medical conditions are known contributing factors.... continue reading
    The PathFormer cable is connected to a pair of monitoring electrodes on the patient’s skin. The operator presses and holds down the actuating button until the cutter automatically pulls away from the nail after creating a microconduit.
    By Andreas Boker, MD; Clinical Editor: Jesse Burks, DPM
    18,539 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    The fully keratinized, thick multilayered structure of the nail plate presents a formidable barrier to nail bed access. This limits the options for treatment of nail diseases such as onychomycosis and subungual hematoma from nail trauma. Until recently, clinicians considered nail removal as an option for formal repair of the nail bed for subungual hematomas involving large regions of the nail bed.1 Penetration enhancing formulations have aided the delivery of molecules to the nail bed through the impermeable nail plate.2 Researchers have used a carbon diox... continue reading
    By Stephen L. Barrett, DPM, MBA, CWS
    98,459 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
    17,721 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
    15,091 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
    15,809 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