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  • August 2008 | Volume 21 - Issue 8
    One can use the TempTouch (as shown above) to determine the skin temperature in a Charcot foot.
    By Lee C. Rogers, DPM, and Robert G. Frykberg, DPM, MPH
    38,176 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/08
         The Charcot syndrome is a devastating condition that can affect the feet or ankles of those with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy. The reports on the incidence and prevalence of Charcot foot vary widely, and range between 0.1 to 29 percent among people with diabetes. These studies indicate a trend for a higher frequency in those with peripheral neuropathy and in specialty clinics.1 The specialty clinic providers may have a higher clinical suspicion and may accordingly arrive at a diagnosis more rapidly and definitively.      The risk of amput ... continue reading
    By David Baek, DPM
    14,596 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/08
         Lower extremity complications associated with diabetes present a special challenge to any physician contemplating surgical management. Prophylactic foot surgery can be described as a procedure to prevent ulceration or re-ulceration in patients with diabetes without significant vascular compromise. This concept is part of a larger classification system, which stratifies the risks associated with various types of foot surgery.1      Why and when would you consider prophylactic surgery? A history of previous ulceration and/or amputation is an impo ... continue reading
    This photo shows resupination prior to propulsion in an athlete with an increased arch.
    By Oghale Eleyae, DPM
    17,647 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/08
         Among all the things that I learned during my sports medicine fellowship at the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, I became fascinated by one particular phenomenon. There seems to be a relationship between foot type and specific sporting events. After close observation and an ongoing study, I have noticed that athletes with tibia varum, cavus foot type and, sometimes, an in-toe gait tend to excel in sporting events that primarily involve quickness in acceleration, stop and go maneuvers, and cutting.      Researchers have made correlations betwe ... continue reading
    Exoform Dorsal Night Splint

    4,300 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/08
    A Helpful Night Splint Patients with various types of heel pain may get relief from a new night splint.      The Exoform® Dorsal Night Splint can be helpful in treating plantar fasciitis and related types of heel pain, according to the product’s manufacturer Ossur.      The company says the product can address issues that commonly arise with other braces. These issues include a lack of adjustability, pressure points, product migration and rotation.      Furthermore, Ossur notes the Exoform has a support shell th ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    18,904 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/08
    In the annual roundup of emerging advances in podiatry, this author talks to podiatrists to get their thoughts about new surgical devices, vascular assessment tools and intriguing diagnostic innovations.      Advances in technology have the potential to reshape and redefine commonly held thought processes and practices in podiatry. This year’s list includes a quicker option for assessing microvascular flow, an ankle arthrodesis locking plate and a diagnostic device that may facilitate earlier recognition of lower extremity melanomas.      With that said, ... continue reading
    In regard to the CalFix Calcaneal Plate (as shown above) and Screw System, Keith Cook, DPM, says “applying the (system) has been relatively easy and the fixation has been solid.”
    By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    3,956 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/08
    By Bora Rhim, DPM
    23,214 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/08
         Hallux rigidus of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) is the most common form of osteoarthritis of the foot.1 Hallux rigidus is defined as a progressive arthritic process of the first MPJ that causes pain, stiffness and enlargement of the joint.1      There are numerous surgical procedures to help address the pain and stiffness of this joint. These procedures include cheilectomy, osteotomies, resection arthroplasty, interpositional arthroplasty, hemiarthroplasty, total joint arthroplasty and arthrodesis.       ... continue reading
    A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine notes that just 4 percent of physicians surveyed have an extensive and fully functioning electronic medical records (EMR) system while 13 percent said they have a basic EMR system.
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    7,262 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/08
    Given the potential benefits of quicker reimbursement and improved productivity, and the need to ensure HIPAA compliance, you would think electronic medical records (EMR) would be in place in the majority of physician practices. How many doctors are actually using the EMR Systems in the office? Not many, according to a recently published survey in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). ... continue reading
    Here one can see a non-healing ulceration in a male patient with peripheral vascular disease, diabetes and Charcot arthropathy. (Photos courtesy of Intermountain LDS Hyperbaric Medicine Department)
    By Harriet W. Hopf, MD, and Caroline E. Fife, MD
    31,005 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/08
       There are 15 million people in the United States with diabetes mellitus, half of whom are undiagnosed. Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) occur in 12 percent of these individuals, accounting for 60 percent of lower extremity amputations and costing more than $1 billion annually.1    Diabetic foot ulcers have various mechanisms including:    • microneurovascular dysfunction with loss of the nociceptive reflex and an exacerbated inflammatory response;    • vasomotor dysfunction with arteriovenous shunting;    ... continue reading
    By Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS
    2,532 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/08