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  • July 2008 | Volume 21 - Issue 7
    Lynn Homisak, PRT
    5,651 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Motivation does not always come wrapped in a dollar bill.Yet whenever the topic of “staff incentive” comes up, so does the topic of money. Even though I try to emphasize that it takes more than cold hard cash to incentivize staff, far too many physicians are unable to grasp this notion and keep reverting back to the bankroll in an effort to “buy” their staff ’s enthusiasm. One survey, conducted by the late Kenneth Kovach, PhD, of the University of Maryland, found a significant disconnect between what employees actually want from a job and what man... continue reading
    Barry Rosenblum, DPM, Drew Taft, DPM, and Kevin Riemer, DPM
    2,050 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Steven R. Kravitz, DPM
    Steven R. Kravitz, DPM, Khurram Khan, DPM, and Lawrence Harkless, DPM
    10,229 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Yes. By Dr. Steven R. Kravitz, DPM. This author says podiatrists should consider extracellular matrix enhancement for chronic, complex wounds that do not respond to standard of care therapy. Over the past 10 years, there have been paradigm shifts in intervention for chronic non-healing wounds. There has been an increased emphasis on moist wound healing,wound bed preparation and managing the wound microenvironment through bone factor enhancement, matrix metalloprotease (MMP) management and bioload reduction. There has also been a new emphasis on e... continue reading
    This plantar midfoot wound failed to close after the placement of a split thickness skin graft.
    George Liu, DPM, FACFAS, and John Steinberg, DPM, FACFAS
    20,616 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Diabetic foot ulcers are among the many complications encountered with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus. Approximately 15 percent of all patients with diabetes will experience an ulcer in their lifetimes.1,2 Additionally, 85 percent of all nontraumatic lower extremity amputations are preceded by a preventable ulceration.3,4    Diabetic foot ulcerations pose a considerable economic burden. In 1995, Medicare spent $1.5 billion on diabetic lower extremity ulcers.5 One retrospective analysis found that foot ulc... continue reading
    An extensive CDC survey notes that arthritis creates an additional barrier to exercise for patients with diabetes. Cherri Choate, DPM, suggests low-impact water exercises for such patients.
    Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    4,893 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Getting patients with diabetes to exercise may be an uphill battle due to disease concerns. The combination of arthritis with diabetes can be an additional barrier to activity, according to a large survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC utilized 2005 and 2007 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which surveyed hundreds of thousands of people across the United States and its territories. The BRFSS survey indicated that the prevalence of arthritis in adults diagnosed with diabetes was 52 percent. Furthermore... continue reading

    2,156 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    I have just finished reading the article, “EBM: Can It Be A Reality In Practice?” (see page 38 in the May issue). I acknowledge and understand the viewpoints presented in the article. However, if we all waited for articles to be peer reviewed before trying a new treatment, how would this help patients currently? When a new technology or modality appears, and it is presented in a journal that is not peer reviewed, should we be skeptical of using the modality on our patients? Someone has to take the initiative to try the new product and report back to... continue reading
    Here one can see MRSA of the heel after wound debridement.The patient received linezolid postoperatively.
    Eliza Addis-Thomas, DPM, Jon Key, DPM, FACFAS and Peter A. Blume, DPM, FACFAS
    60,699 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Staphylococcus aureus is a common pathogen that can result in everything from minor skin infections to osteomyelitis, bacteremia, endocarditis and pneumonia.1 In podiatry, infections with Staphylococcus aureus, especially methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), are something physicians see on a daily basis. In a study determining the prevalence of MRSA in infected and uninfected diabetic foot ulcers, 61 percent of infected diabetic foot ulcers were infected with MRSA.2 With the emergence of multi-drug resistant St... continue reading
    David E. Allie, MD
    25,469 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Our contemporary knowledge and critical limb ischemia (CLI) tools have allowed us to dispel many myths regarding the endovascular treatments of lower extremity disease and CLI. These tools are not perfect but they have greatly improved over the last decade and certainly over the last two to three years. One of the biggest complaints I hear from podiatrists is “the surgeons and interventionalists in my area do not believe these things work.” Accordingly, let us take a closer look at some of these myths and the corresponding realities. Myth: Most CLI patien... continue reading
    Guy Pupp, DPM, FACFAS, and Channa Williams, DPM
    17,886 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Biofilms reportedly cause an estimated 1 million nosocomial infections each year in the United States.1 Surgically, these microorganisms may cause abscesses, prosthetic failure and osteomyelitis. These complications may require surgical excision of the infected prosthesis and underlying soft tissue along with reconstruction of the affected part. Understanding the nature of biofilms through research and clinical experience is key to providing the appropriate treatment. Moreover, such treatment and prevention may even lead to the eradication of serious, chronic illnesse... continue reading
    In this angiogram after laser and SilverHawk endovascular atherectomy, one can see opening of the anterior tibial artery of the right leg.
    Lauren A. Fisher, DPM, Hillarie L. Sizemore, DPM, and Khurram H. Khan, DPM
    13,172 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a very common condition that affects 20 to 30 percent of patients over 50 years of age, equating to an estimated 10 million Americans. As the population ages, the incidence of PAD will likely increase dramatically.1 Intermittent claudication is a symptom among patients with PAD and one can use the presence of these symptoms as a diagnostic tool.2 True claudication is an aching or cramping within the muscles in the involved extremity that is exertion-related, relieved by rest and occurs at a relatively constant walking ... continue reading