Volume 21 - Issue 9 - September 2008

Feature »

Injectable Silicone: Can It Mitigate Plantar Pedal Pressure?

By Stephanie C. Wu, DPM, MS | 20311 reads | 0 comments

Ambulation exposes the foot to a collaboration of focal pressure and repetitive stress, and ground reaction forces generated in response to weightbearing activities are the commonly responsible stressors.1
The portion of the foot in contact with the ground varies during the stance phase of gait. Accordingly, the site of ground reaction force application varies, generally progressing from the heel at first contact to the hallux at toe-off.2
These forces contain vertical, anteroposterior and mediolateral components. However, the vertical force is much greater than the o

Feature »

How To Market Your Practice On The Internet

By Robert J. Smith, Contributing Editor | 6482 reads | 0 comments

As we draw closer to the close of the century’s first decade, we see that technology is more ubiquitous than ever as it reaches into virtually every aspect of our lives and businesses. Nowhere is this more apparent or relevant than in medical practices, which have opened themselves to the Web in everything from billing to dispensing and prescriptions.
Marketing a practice on the Web is possibly the most widely used application of Internet technology. One essential reason justifies the creation and maintenance of a practice Web site: patients expect it.

“It is a critical part of running

Treatment Dilemmas »

Hammertoe Surgery: Can Emerging Advances In Fixation Have An Impact?

By Bob Baravarian, DPM | 9337 reads | 0 comments

The treatment of painful hammertoes has dramatically changed in the past several years. What used to be a troubling and often difficult problem to correct has improved to the point that correction is consistent and there is far less pain and difficulty with the return to full function.
Accordingly, let us take a closer look at a treatment algorithm for the treatment of hammertoes and associated problems.
The underlying cause of hammertoes is not fully understood but the general thinking is quite simple. There is a noted imbalance between the stability of the flexor and extensor tendon funct

New Products »

A Silver Solution For Wounds

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   More patients can utilize the proven benefits of silver, thanks to a new dressing.

   Melgisorb Ag releases a sustained amount of antibacterial silver for up to four days, according to the manufacturer Mölnlycke Health Care. The company says the non-woven dressing is composed of alginate with carboxymethyl cellulosic (CMC) fibers, which limit maceration to the wound due to low lateral wicking.

   The company notes that Melgisorb Ag is designed for moderate to heavily exuding wounds and tests have shown that it absorbs 45 percent more tha

Forum »

Finding The Middle Ground Between Flexibility And A Cookbook Approach

By John H. McCord, DPM | 2031 reads | 0 comments

I am cooking this afternoon. It is a beautiful, balmy western Washington summer day and a light rain shower has spared me from harvesting the lawn on the John Deere.
This evening’s dinner will be shared with a pediatrician who has been my taste critic for the past 30 years. Dinner will be an Italian rice dish, risotto with radicchio. I tried it in a little Rome bistro a few months ago and concluded it was the best meal of a three-week trip around Italy and France.
I never trust one recipe so there are two cookbooks and a Bon Appetit open in the kitchen. Tonight’s dinner will be a

Continuing Education »

Key Insights On Imaging Techniques And Tendon Pathology

By Molly S. Judge, DPM, FACFAS | 1862 reads | 0 comments

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When failed conservative therapy raises doubts about your original diagnosis, ancillary imaging may aid in identifying the scope of tendon pathology. This author details the merits and drawbacks of MRI, ultrasound and nuclear medicine imaging, and how they may facilitate a better treatment plan.

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