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December 12, 2013 #4,939 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
Telemedicine Provides for Early Detection of Diabetic Ulcers: FL Podiatrist 
 
Early intervention is key to saving diabetics from amputation, said Dr. Howard Umansky, a Miami-based podiatrist. Umansky is founder of Mobile Health Inc., which provides home visits to podiatry patients who have trouble getting to a doctor, and the Diabetes Rural Outreach Project, or DROP, a telemedicine program to monitor diabetes patients in rural areas. About 60 to 70 percent of diabetics will develop neuropathy, which is a loss of sensation, Umansky said.
 
Dr. Howard Umansky
 
With DROP, patients use smartphones to take and email pictures of foot wounds to medical personnel to be monitored daily, if needed, Umansky said. Smartphone apps also can be used to measure the depth and skin temperature around a wound. “The earlier we can detect it, the earlier we can treat it. If we treat it, we can prevent gangrene, and we can prevent amputation,” Umansky said.
 
Source: Julie Landry Laviolette, Miami Herald [12/10/13]

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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS
BCPMA Receives Regional Outstanding Partnership Award From CDA
 
Dr. Joseph Stern and Dona Van Wellegham
 
The British Columbia Podiatric Medical Association (BCPMA) was recently presented with the Regional Outstanding Partnership Award from Dona Van Wellegham, Manager, Volunteer Engagement, of the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). The award, which was accepted by Dr. Joseph Stern, was given in recognition of the BCPMA's world-class volunteers.
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QUERIES (CLINICAL)
Query: DVT Prophylaxis
 
I am performing a standard Austin bunion procedure on an otherwise healthy 24 year-old college student. I use an ankle tourniquet. She is 5"4", 130 lbs, and maintains an active lifestyle. She runs and plays tennis. In addition to anti-depressant meds, she uses an oral contraceptive and admits to smoking less than one pack per day for the past 4 years. I've counseled her about her smoking.
 
In previous years, I probably would have done nothing more than place her on low-dose aspirin, fit her with TED-type compression hose, and encourage her to exercise her calf and remain mobile during her recovery. Is this a case that requires additional DVT prophylaxis measures based on the current standard of care? Any opinions or references are appreciated.
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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Administration of IM Antibiotics
 
I am writing to seek the readership's view on administering IM antibiotics in the office in those instances where an infection seems to call for more than PO medication. Is anyone doing this?   

Gary M. Mantell, MS, DPM, Memphis, TN 

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: Brian Timm, DPM
 
This clinical presentation could represent a mild form of a variety of spastic conditions related to a variant of a multitude of developmental delay rooted conditions. Having speech delay is a relatively vague diagnosis termed 'alalia'. This could be associated with numerous cognitive as well as structural concerns which could even include deafness or behavioral or emotional conditions as well, which may alter a patient's development into adulthood.  
 
Have you spoken with the pediatrician regarding the extent of this patient's medical history? In my opinion, these cases can be addressed non-surgically until a spastic condition or diagnosis is identified. If there is a functional equinus, physical therapy and even speech therapy could be ordered for now.
 
Brian Timm, DPM, Naples, FL, drtimm@familyfootandlegcenter.com

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CLINICAL) - PART 1B
From: Ron Raducanu, DPM
 
Her lack of speech can be significant. Is she seeing a speech therapist for this, and what is the origin of this pathology? When you say "neurologically intact", does that mean no clonus? It also sounds like the "deformity" is flexible. Is there any rigidity to the midfoot/rearfoot at all? Have the parents agreed to an x-ray? If so, what were the findings? I'd like to check an x-ray if the parents agree, and if there is even a hint of rigidity. 
 
When she walks initially, what is her...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Raducanu's extended-length letter can be read here.

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CLINICAL) - PART 2
From: Barry Mullen, DPM
 
I agree with Dr. Markinson on his panniniculitis call, yet erythema nodosum, lupus, numular eczema, and necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum should also be considered in the differential diagnoses.
 
Barry Mullen, DPM, Hackettstown, NJ, yazy630@aol.com

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CLINICAL) - PART 3
From: Larry Huppin, DPM
 
When addressing the mechanical aspects for this patient, it is important to note that both pressure and friction play a role in callus formation. Pressure can be decreased most effectively by using an orthosis that conforms very close to the arch of the foot in order to transfer pressure from the areas of callus formation at the metatarsal heads and heel to the arch. For the forefoot calluses, a Poron metatarsal pad or metatarsal bar on top of the orthosis will further act to transfer pressure from the met heads to the area of the metatarsal neck and shaft. Rocker-soled shoes can also decrease localized metatarsal head and heel pressure depending on the location of the rocker.   
 
The orthosis alone, however, will have a limited role in decreasing friction. Using socks with a lower coefficient of friction and that wick moisture (acrylic rather than cotton) will help decrease friction. Decreasing moisture with the use of antiperspirants can also help. A more effective method to decrease friction is to apply an ultra-low coefficient material such as a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) patch to the orthosis topcover at the location of callus formation. A PTFE patch has a coefficient of friction of .16, compared to between .5 and .9 for common topcover materials such as leather, Spenco®, and polyethylene forms such as EVA. In addition, PTFE is the only material that can be applied to a shoe or orthosis which will not have an increased coefficient of friction when it becomes wet. By reducing the coefficient of friction, local skin trauma is reduced.   
 
Disclosure: I am the medical director at ProLab Orthotics; a manufacturer of foot orthoses and distributer of the PTFE Patch™  
 
Larry Huppin, DPM, Seattle, WA, lhuppin@gmail.com

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (JURY VERDICT REPORTER) - PART 1A
RE: Botched Bunionectomy Caused Deformity, Plaintiff Claimed (NY)
From: Peter Smith, DPM, Peter Bregman, DPM
 
I can’t decide which surprises me more - $800K for a sore 5th toe with “loss of independent mobility” or Myron Boxer testifying against another colleague. Oh no wait, neither one surprises me!
 
Peter Smith, DPM, Stony Brook, NY, drpetersmith@optonline.net
 
I am appalled to see that some woman got over 800k because her 5th toe remained elevated. This is sad for two reasons. 1) The amount 2) I'm pretty sure the toe could have been put rectus by MIS surgery. Biomechanically, it does not make sense that she could not walk normally, as the fifth toe is not needed for ambulation.
 
Peter Bregman, DPM, Las Vegas, NV, drbregman@gmail.com

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (JURY VERDICT REPORTER) - PART 1B
From: Gerald Mauriello Jr., DPM, MA
 
Does anyone else think this is ridiculous? Maybe it's just me, but the major problems are the lack of tort reform and podiatrists who make a living capitalizing on it. Remedy this, and there is plenty of money for healthcare. Eliminate the need to practice defensive medicine, wow. One can dream. What goes around comes around.  
 
Gerald Mauriello Jr., DPM, MA, Freehold, NJ, drmauriello@gmail.com

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (MEDICAL/LEGAL)
From: Jeffrey Kass, DPM
 
Dr. Kruper brings up a valid point in terms of pathology - that a podiatrist is more likely to see non-bony surgical issues than bony surgical problems. I think full allopathic scope is a pipe dream here in New York. It seems the atmosphere is to take baby steps. Considering we have the oldest podiatry school, one would think our scope would be advanced compared to that of the other states. 
 
I am trying very hard to understand why it is possible to pass a scope bill to allow 3-year trained RRA certified podiatrists to perform bony ankle surgery and skin and soft tissue to the knee, while the rest of NY podiatrists are deemed incompetent to treat the non-surgical problems (skin and soft tissue) above the ankle. This law seems very "egosurgical-centric".
 
The surgical trained person gets to perform surgery and non-surgical care, while everyone else is left out. ABPM, where are you? Can you hear me now? Any dues-paying member in the NYSPMA or ABPM should voice their concerns to the societies they pay dues to. The assumption seems to be if you don't call them, you don't oppose what is taking place.
 
Jeffrey Kass, DPM, Forest Hills, NY,  jeffckass@aol.com
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