How Doctors got Creative to Achieve a Nearly 70% Success Rate Treating Ulcers

The best care demands the best proof of both outcome and value. Trial and error is inherent when searching for the best new applications of healthcare, which is usually manifested by creative, outside of the box thinking. With over thousands of wound care products in today's market, due diligence is a must in the search for which products work best for various types of wounds. In this particular study, we used a particular engineered matrix that was made up of a porous matrix of cross-linked bovine (bovine, meaning cattle) tendon collagen and glycosaminoglycan and a semi-permeable polysiloxane (Fancy term for silicone) layer .
I had the honor of training with a world class multi-specialty wound care team at MedStar Georgetown University hospital in Washington D.C. that made the decision to use this particular product on chronic ulcers caused by unusual or "atypical" etiologies such as: systemic autoimmune diseases, sickle cell anemia, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other rare diseases. The results were promising, with almost 70% of these difficult ulcers healing completely. This particular product is now part of my practice as a podiatric surgeon. If you have a wound or ulcer that has not healed for greater than one month and has failed conservative therapy, you should consider seeking medical attention and make an appointment as soon as possible. If you have a wound or ulcer that has failed several treatment options, we may first need additional tests ordered to gather information on blood flow, tissue oxygenation, nutritional status and the presence of infection. The treatment will depend on various factors but most can generally start upon their first visit. 
Dr. Vinay Matai
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Silver Spring
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Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC (FASMA) Doctors appear in Washingtonian Magazine’s List of Top Doctors in the Area

A big congratulations to:

Dr. Ian Beiser

Dr. Man Cho

Dr. Lee Firestone

Dr. Eric Masternick

Dr. Gene Mirkin

Dr. Howard Osterman

Dr. Seth Rubenstein

Dr. Erika Schwartz

Dr. Adam Spector

We'd like to celebrate a huge win for the FASMA team with 9 of our doctors being selected for Washingtonian Magazine's top Podiatrists. Local physicians were asked by Washingtonian Magazine to list the Podiatrists they refer to and respect the most. Over 20% of the Podiatrists cited by the magazine belong to the Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic. We'd like to thank all of our valued patients who expressed satisfaction with the level of treatment they receive, and to our professional colleagues for their generous vote of confidence.   FASMA Homepage FASMA on Facebook    

What Being Active Means for Your Feet

Working at his prestigious position as team podiatrist of the Washington Wizards for 25 years and the Washington Mystics since their inception, Dr. Howard Osterman has treated a myriad of foot, ankle and lower leg injuries. Every sports doctor's dream would be getting players back out doing what they do best while at the same time keeping them safe, mitigating to the highest-degree the chance of becoming re-injured. Featured in an article in this month's issue of LER Foot Health, Osterman talks about conveying the benefits of orthotics to athletes using high-level data and medical imaging, which resembles heat maps and weather radar images, showing what's really going on “under the hood” of their feet. When it comes to shoes athletes prefer, Osterman says "They want a softer insole, but that doesn't really help with controlling their foot and ankle motion". Osterman hopes that athletes better understand the impact not wearing the right shoes really has in the short-term and long-term. Pressure Management Technology is relatively new, and although it is not definitive in discovering why players get injured, it is definitely a start.  But pressure mapping technology has therapeutic uses, too. David Levine, DPM, Cped says, “There are mechanical issues that may lead to ulcers...there’s always something clinically that you think you know, but it helps to see the data to confirm that.” Keeping athletes healthy is of top priority for Osterman and the players, and pressure management technology may be the start to obtaining definitive answers for athletes with chronic and acute foot, ankle, and lower leg injuries.    

Dr. Howard Osterman

Howard Osterman is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and member of the Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic.

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FASMA2016_0461_pp Dr. David Levine is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and member of the Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic.


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