Managing Equinus In Patients With Diabetes

Although equinus is reportedly “the most profound causal agent in foot pathomechanics,” the phenomenon has yet to be addressed fully in the diabetic foot. Accordingly, these authors discuss the definition of equinus and offer insights on the efficacy of stretching, night splints, a new bracing option, tendo-Achilles lengthening and gastrocnemius recession.

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Keys To The Diagnostic Workup For Patients With Diabetic Foot Infections

Delays in diagnosing diabetic foot infections can increase the risk of complications. Accordingly, these authors offer a closer look at pertinent principles in the diagnostic workup ranging from insights on the patient history and physical exam to key tips on laboratory studies and imaging studies.

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Transitioning To Advanced Therapies For DFUs: Are Four Weeks And 50 Percent The Magic Numbers?

When do you make the transition to advanced modalities for diabetic foot ulcers? With this question in mind, these authors discuss key diagnostic pointers and offer salient insights from the literature on when physicians should consider advanced modalities to facilitate improved healing and outcomes.

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Understanding The Biomechanical Effects Of The Evans Calcaneal Osteotomy

Reviewing the evolution of the Evans calcaneal osteotomy, this author discusses the impact on biomechanics, shares insights from the literature on osteotomy placement and bone graft size, and offers pearls on minimizing the risk of common complications.

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A Guide To Compression Dressings For Venous Ulcers

Given the relatively common incidence of venous insufficiency and the high likelihood of recurrence with venous leg ulcers, these authors offer a thorough review of the literature and share their insights on compression modalities ranging from inelastic (short stretch) bandages to intermittent pneumatic compression therapy.

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Current And Emerging Insights On Hammertoe Correction

Given the risks and patient concerns associated with K-wire fixation, these authors discuss the use of emerging hammertoe implants, absorbable pins and cannulated screws, and share a couple of illuminating case studies.

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How To Maximize Your Collections

How do you bolster collections at your practice? Ensure processes that prevent poor coding and minimize data entry errors. Have strong procedures in place to follow up with insurance companies and stay on top of patient statements. Incentivize the collections performance of your office staff. With cogent details on these steps and other measures, this author shares salient insights on making collections run more smoothly.

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Managing Stress Fractures In Athletes

When getting athletes back on their feet following a stress fracture, one must balance the need to return to sport with the need for safe healing. Combining a thorough review of the literature with practical pearls from his clinical experience, this author offers salient diagnostic insights and perspectives on non-weightbearing, bone stimulation and other treatment measures.

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Essential Insights On Treating Psoriatic Lesions In The Lower Extremity

Patients with psoriasis can present with multiple levels of involvement and with different types of the chronic condition. Accordingly, this author discusses the presentation of the condition, offers keys to diagnosis and reviews a variety of treatment options, including topical agents and combination therapy.

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Current Insights On Imaging Techniques For Diagnosing Infection

Timely diagnosis of lower extremity infections is essential to providing effective treatment and preventing complications. Accordingly, these authors discuss the roles of various imaging modalities ranging from plain radiographs and nuclear imaging to computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography.

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A Closer Look At Platelet-Rich Plasma For Achilles Tendon Pathology

As orthobiologic technology continues to advance, these authors discuss the theory behind platelet-rich plasma (PRP), offer a thorough review of the literature on PRP for Achilles tendon injuries and provide insights from their clinical experience on the role of this emerging modality.

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Naked Mole Rat’s Genetic Code Laid Bare

The piggy-nosed, coldblooded animals are neither rats nor moles. But scientists hope the naked mole rat’s newly sequenced genome may offer insights into not only aging but also cancer and other diseases.

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Selling Your Practice: What You Should Know

Getting a good selling price for your podiatry practice is a complex endeavor and can be particularly challenging in these unstable economic times. This author reviews seven elements that can help physicians attain maximum value for the practice and also offers insights on the valuation process.

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Emerging Insights With The Ankle Implant Arthroplasty

Can the total ankle replacement (TAR) provide a viable alternative to ankle arthrodesis? In addition to reviewing the FDA approved TARs in the United States, advances in device design and the current literature, these authors emphasize proper patient selection, sound pre-op planning and other insights from their experience in performing total ankle arthroplasty procedures.

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Conquering Peroneal Tendinopathy In Athletes

Peroneal pathology can affect athletes in a wide variety of sports and activities. The complexity of peroneal tendon disorders can be compounded by the desire of athletes to get back to the field of play as soon as possible. Accordingly, these authors offer pertinent diagnostic insights, review conservative therapies and provide step-by-step tips on surgical treatment.

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Conquering Peroneal Tendinopathy In Athletes

Peroneal pathology can affect athletes in a wide variety of sports and activities. The complexity of peroneal tendon disorders can be compounded by the desire of athletes to get back to the field of play as soon as possible. Accordingly, these authors offer pertinent diagnostic insights, review conservative therapies and provide step-by-step tips on surgical treatment.

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How Have Patients Responded To The Suture And Button Stabilization Technique?

I am happy to report that my patients and I have been pleased with the results of the suture and button stabilization technique used for stabilizing plantar plate insufficiency associated with lesser metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) instability. (See the February 2011 Podiatry Today cover story at http://www.podiatrytoday.com/current-insights-treating-second-mpj-dysfun… and a previous blog I did on this subject at http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/questions-and-answers-suture-and-bu… .)

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Pertinent Insights On Biologic Matrices For Soft Tissue Repair

Given the emergence of biologic matrices, these authors examine the biologic and biomechanical potential of these modalities in the lower extremity. They also offer a review of the current research on these therapies and provide a pertinent case study.

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Current Concepts In Wound Bed Preparation

Proper preparation of the wound bed is essential to priming the wound for effective healing. Accordingly, this author discusses key principles from the literature and shares insights from his clinical experience in employing debridement and adjunctive modalities to help facilitate better wound healing and eventual wound closure.

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