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  • July 2008 | Volume 21 - Issue 7
    Here one can see a preoperative lateral view of hallux valgus showing instability in the dorsal and plantar planes.
    Justin Franson, DPM, and Babak Baravarian, DPM
    38,053 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Bunion surgery is perhaps the most common procedure we perform in podiatry. Since bunions come in all shapes and sizes, several different types of procedures have emerged along with various refinements over the years. Accordingly, let us take a closer look at what makes these procedures work well. Conversely, we need to ask some tough questions.Why do some bunion surgeries fail? Why do some people seem to recover better than others? How can we minimize poor outcomes? Our group has been involved in many revision bunion surgeries so there is a certain level of failures and compl... continue reading
    AmeriGel (AmerX Health Care) contains Oakin™, an oak extract with natural tannins that have reportedly been proven to reduce infections and inflammation, and speed healing.
    Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    6,922 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Can the natural oak extract Oakin™ enhance the healing properties of a wound dressing? AmeriGel Wound Dressing (AmerX Health Care), which contains Oakin, has received high marks from podiatrists for its ability to promote healing, especially following nail surgeries. The company notes that AmeriGel Wound Dressing reduces wound bioburden through its antimicrobial and antifungal properties, and assists in debridement. The dressing also reportedly balances the mix of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitory matrix proteins (TIMPs) in the wound matrix... continue reading
    Using a blunt needle, the surgeon may place the calcium phosphate bone cement directly into the surgical void as shown above. In this procedure, surgeons are utilizing OsteoVation calcium phosphate bone cement with a total non-constrained great joint impl
    Kerry Zang, DPM
    18,275 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Over the years, hallux valgus repair has evolved from simple bunionectomies to complex and multiple osteotomies. The keys to a successful outcome are the realignment of the structural abnormalities and a stable postoperative environment.The former is important for proper function and the latter facilitates the healing process. With this in mind, let us take a closer look at the potential benefits of utilizing calcium phosphate bone cement (OsteoVation™, OsteoMed Corp.) for filling voids in metatarsal osteotomy-type bunionectomies to achieve a favorable surgica... continue reading

    3,268 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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 ... continue reading
    Lynn Homisak, PRT
    5,652 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
    2,053 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Steven R. Kravitz, DPM
    Steven R. Kravitz, DPM, Khurram Khan, DPM, and Lawrence Harkless, DPM
    10,230 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
    20,625 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
    4,897 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

    2,159 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