Volume 20 - Issue 11 - November 2007

Technology In Practice »

Facilitating Healing In A Variety Of Lower Extremity Wounds

By Aaron Becker, Special Projects Editor | 2529 reads | 0 comments

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



New Products »

Simplifying Silver

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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.



Forum »

Passing The Torch To A New Partner

By John H. McCord, DPM | 1893 reads | 0 comments

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



Feature »

Do Prefab Orthoses Have A Place In Treating Plantar Fasciitis?

By Paul R. Scherer, DPM | 15124 reads | 0 comments

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



Continuing Education »

A Guide To The Differential Diagnosis Of Plantar Fasciitis

By Charles F. Peebles, DPM | 5877 reads | 0 comments

Please click here for the full Continuing Medical Education article:

http://www.naccme.com/program/n-216/

There may be a tendency to leap to a plantar fasciitis diagnosis when patients present with heel pain. However, this author emphasizes the importance of a thorough differential diagnosis. accordingly, he offers diagnostic insights on a variety of potential causes ranging from calcaneal spur fractures and neurogenic heel pain to systemic etiologies.



News and Trends »

How Does Quality Of Life Affect Diabetes Treatment Compliance?

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 5817 reads | 0 comments

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



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