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  • September 2008 | Volume 21 - Issue 9
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    2,173 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
    1,975 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    By Stephanie C. Wu, DPM, MS
    21,236 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
    6,751 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
    By Bob Baravarian, DPM
    9,677 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

    4,039 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 Luke D. Cicchinelli, DPM, FACFAS
    16,118 reads | 1 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
    64,066 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
    By Allen Mark Jacobs, DPM, FACFAS
    14,605 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Although commonly present in the patient with diabetes mellitus, motor neuropathy frequently goes undetected. Less dramatic in presentation than sensory neuropathy, the presence of motor deficit secondary to diabetic neuropathy is frequently not evaluated during examination and subsequently goes unrecognized. There is also not a great deal of literature regarding the effects of diabetes on motor function in the lower extremity. As a result, the effects of motor neuropathy on the foot and ankle frequently go unappreciated. Motor neuropathy in diabetes is common. A recent electrophysiologic stu... continue reading
    This photo shows a deep anterior ankle wound with exposed tendon eight days after GraftJacket application. Surgeons secured the graft with skin staples and treated the wound adjunctively with NPWT.
    By Nicholas J. Bevilacqua, DPM, and Robert M. Greenhagen, DPM
    21,055 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that diabetes now affects nearly 24 million people in the United States. Foot ulcers will affect up to 25 percent of people with diabetes during their lifetime.1 People with diabetes have a 30-fold higher lifetime risk of undergoing a lower extremity amputation in comparison to those without diabetes.2 A foot ulcer precedes a lower extremity amputation 85 percent of the time.3 Diabetic foot problems are a major burden to society and come at great costs to the healthcare system. Prevention of fo... continue reading