Can Oasis (Porcine Small Intestine Submucosa) Have An Impact For Pyoderma Gangrenosum?

Pyoderma gangrenosum is a rare, non-infectious neutrophilic dermatosis that results in painful, recurrent necrotizing ulcerations. The condition causes painful ulcerations, with a characteristic appearance of a violaceous undermined border, mainly on the lower extremity. The etiology is poorly understood and there is no defined treatment protocol.

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Recognizing The Damaging Impact Of PAD

A recent Lancet report noted that in 2010, 202 million people worldwide had peripheral artery disease (PAD).1 Consider the following statistics about PAD and related complications.2

• Those who smoke are two to three times more likely to have lower extremity PAD.
• Patients with PAD are four to five times more likely to suffer a transient ischemic attack or stroke.
• Those with PAD are two to six times more likely to die from coronary heart disease.

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Recognizing The Damaging Impact Of PAD

A recent Lancet report noted that in 2010, 202 million people worldwide had peripheral artery disease (PAD).1 Consider the following statistics about PAD and related complications.2

• Those who smoke are two to three times more likely to have lower extremity PAD.
• Patients with PAD are four to five times more likely to suffer a transient ischemic attack or stroke.
• Those with PAD are two to six times more likely to die from coronary heart disease.

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DFU Research Funding Gaps: ‘A Clear And Present Medical And Fiscal Calamity’

Although diabetes takes a costly toll, literally and figuratively, on the foot and ankle, there is a stunning gap in lower extremity diabetes research funding.1

Our recent study, published in Diabetes Care, examined U.S. National Institutes of Health funding for diabetes and diabetic foot ulcers. Our research revealed total spending of $7.1 billion in funding for overall diabetes research from 2002 to 2011 with only $11.8 million, or 0.17 percent, reserved for research on diabetic foot ulcers. As we note in the study, this is a 604-fold disparity.

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The Top Ten Innovations In Podiatry

the top ten innovations in podiatry The Top Ten Innovations In Podiatry

Each year, podiatric physicians gain new tools to add to their armamentariums to treat a variety of lower extremity conditions. Accordingly, this author speaks to experts in the field about new surgical advances, emerging wound care modalities, promising antifungals and a new line of OTC orthoses.

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Emphasizing The Importance Of Preparation For Emergency Situations

By now, we have heard how brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev constructed the bombs at the Boston Marathon with a pressure cooker and metal projectiles, and placed the bombs in backpacks on the ground. Due to the low positioning of the bombs, their blasts caused many lower extremity injuries and three deaths, including one child whose vital organs were closer to the ground. In total, more than 175 injuries occurred. It is unknown how many suffered amputations but a Boston Medical Center statement revealed that out of 23 patients treated there, five underwent amputations.

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A Guide To Using Bilobed Flaps In Lower Extremity Surgery

a guide to using bilobed flaps in lower extremity surgery A Guide To Using Bilobed Flaps In Lower Extremity Surgery

Bilobed flaps can preserve tissue and facilitate primary closure in various surgical procedures as the flaps do not require skin grafts and have predictable long-term reproducibility and functional outcomes. Accordingly, this author presents his own experience with bilobed flaps and discusses how they can have an impact in closing lower extremity defects.

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Can Minimalist Shoes Be Beneficial For Osteoarthritis-Related Knee Pain?

A new study accepted for publication in Arthritis & Rheumatism says patients walking barefoot or wearing minimalist shoes have reported a reduction in knee adduction as well as reduced pain.1 This article is greatly needed in the world of orthopedics where the majority of orthopedists are still prescribing foot orthotics to treat many of the lower extremity injuries that do not warrant surgery.

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How Patients Can Get An Aerobic Workout While Staying Off Their Feet

Not being able to exercise due to foot injury, surgery or lower extremity immobilization can be a frustrating problem for patient and physician alike. We want our patients to be adherent to our immobilization instructions and patients want to continue their cardio fitness workouts in spite of immobilization.

For the past two years, my office has been recommending the following YouTube video by Laurel House:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=LtrciwU4Fbo .

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Staying In Stride With Your Running Patients

I recently attended “The Running Event,” a symposium in Austin, TX for retailers and shoe manufacturers involved in the running industry. In addition to seeing the debut of new products, attendees heard lectures addressing a myriad of topics such as running form, injuries, lower extremity biomechanics and marketing strategies for retailers.

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