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  • September 2008 | Volume 21 - Issue 9
    By Bob Baravarian, DPM
    9,483 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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... continue reading

    3,942 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    2,094 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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 ... continue reading
    By Molly S. Judge, DPM, FACFAS
    1,921 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    By Stephanie C. Wu, DPM, MS
    20,703 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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... continue reading
    By Robert J. Smith, Contributing Editor
    6,608 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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... continue reading
    Here one can see an ischemic ulcer in a patient with diabetes. The authors say the endovascular approach to the ischemic diabetic foot has lead to a 96 percent one-year limb salvage rate at their institution. (Photo courtesy of Jonathan Moore, DPM, and Pa
    By Francesco Serino, MD, and Yimei Cao, MD
    7,267 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    In the early 1980s, LoGerfo opened the window of limb salvage in critical stages of diabetic atherosclerosis by fighting the misconception of microangiopathy that had previously prevented attempts to bypass arterial lesions in diabetic foot.1 He produced evidence that revascularization of distal diabetic arterial occlusions can be successful. This evidence in turn gave a fundamental push to expand and improve techniques of distal bypass.2,3 ... continue reading
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    12,300 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Patients with venous ulcers can face daunting complications. Accordingly, our expert panelists provide pertinent pearls on diagnosis, compression therapy, debridement and how their patients have fared with vascular surgery procedures. Q: How do you approach/work up the patient with a chronic venous ankle ulcer? Is there any need for venous ultrasound studies? ... continue reading
    By Luke D. Cicchinelli, DPM, FACFAS
    15,809 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Learning and performing effective surgery is akin to studying and speaking a foreign language. Not every one does so with the same fluency. The patient often does not speak a single word. Anatomy is the vocabulary, surgical procedure selection is the syntax and some aspects like verb conjugation and internal fixation sequences simply have to be committed to memory. ... continue reading
    By Bruce E. Williams, DPM
    62,409 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Turf toe is primarily considered a sprain of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ). The mechanism of turf toe injuries is a hyperextension of the first MPJ, which results in a sprain of the plantar joint capsule or a potential tear or rupture of the plantar capsule and ligaments.    Common forefoot injuries similar in presentation to turf toe are non-specific trauma, Freiberg’s infraction, sesamoiditis, arthritis and soft tissue injury. ... continue reading