Volume 21 - Issue 7 - July 2008

New Products »

Cool Cover

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Cool Cover

A new bootie can offer cold therapy for patients suffering from various conditions.
The NatraCare Cold Therapy Bootie has three pockets that allow patients to place cold packs around the heel, ball of the foot or the top of the feet, according to the manufacturer GelSmart/ PediFix.
The company says the booties can help ease chronic heel pain, Achilles tendonitis and low ankle sprains. In addition, patients can get relief from inflammation due to arthritis and strains from minor sports injuries. The company says patients can refrigerate



Continuing Education »

How To Address Puncture Wounds

Barry Rosenblum, DPM, Drew Taft, DPM, and Kevin Riemer, DPM | 1923 reads | 0 comments

Please click here for the full Continuing Medical Education article:

http://www.naccme.com/program/pd-2008-7/

Given the challenges of treating puncture wounds, these authors emphasize a thorough diagnostic work-up, review pertinent guidelines and explore current concepts on the use of prophylactic antibiotics.



Feature »

A Closer Look At The Research On Bilayered Living Cell Therapy

George Liu, DPM, FACFAS, and John Steinberg, DPM, FACFAS | 18893 reads | 0 comments

   

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



Letters »

Weighing In On The Evidenced-Based Medicine Debate

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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 When a new technology or modality appears, and it is presented in a journal that is not peer reviewed, should we be skeptical of using the modality on our patients?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



Feature »

How To Address Vascular Complications With Lower Extremity Wounds

David E. Allie, MD | 21851 reads | 0 comments

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



Diabetes Watch »

Assessing Vascular Surgery Options In Patients With PAD

Lauren A. Fisher, DPM, Hillarie L. Sizemore, DPM, and Khurram H. Khan, DPM | 12094 reads | 0 comments

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



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