Volume 21 - Issue 5 - May 2008

Technology In Practice »

Searching For An Alternative To NSAIDs

Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor | 3373 reads | 0 comments

Podiatrists looking for an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for the treatment of a vast array of painful conditions may have a viable option in Traumeel (Heel Inc.).
Available in injectables, tablets, ointment, gel and drops, Traumeel has been in use for over 60 years, according to Heel Inc. Physicians have used Traumeel to treat muscular pain, acute sprains of the ankle, tendonitis and postoperative pain, as well as a variety of other conditions ranging from dislocations and contusions to minor pain from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout



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Secrets To Preventing And Treating Baseball Injuries

Nicholas Romansky, DPM, and Bill Sayer, MS | 9414 reads | 0 comments

With spring finally here, amateurs and professionals alike have returned to the baseball diamond. More than 40 million Americans participate in baseball and softball each year. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), there are over 500,000 injuries per year related to baseball.
American children begin playing organized baseball at 5 or 6 and some people continue to play the sport past the age of 60 whether games are competitive or during a family picnic. As a result of this, different injury patterns present themselves. Most of us who have played can



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Can Evidence-Based Medicine Be A Reality In Practice?

Robert J. Smith, Contributing Editor | 5235 reads | 0 comments

It is said that the best science is repeatable science. If you pour x into y in certain measures and under specific conditions, z will occur every time. In podiatry, such certainty is not always that certain. The treatment regimen one utilizes for the lower extremity wound of one patient with diabetes may work in healing the diabetic ulcerations of three other patients but not a fourth. Her wound might require a different therapy or a combination of therapies. Her z requires a different x and y.
However, the regimen you prescribed for your first patient should work. It has bee



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How To Master Billing For Orthotics

Anthony Poggio, DPM | 55594 reads | 2 comments

Orthotics are an integral part of podiatric practice. They provide viable treatment options for many conditions that we treat. However, there are also associated hard costs with orthotics that can be a financial detriment to the practice if the office cannot collect fees in a timely fashion.
Obviously, your staff should be very aware of coverage criteria for the principal insurance companies that your office commonly deals with when it comes to payment for any service rendered in the office. This will save a lot of time in determining whether orthotics may be a covered benefit f



Continuing Education »

Tarsal Coalition And Pes Planus: What Is The Best Treatment Option?

Jesse B. Burks, DPM, FACFAS | 3473 reads | 0 comments

Please click here for the full Continuing Medical Education article:

http://www.naccme.com/program/n-212/

Given the challenges inherent in diagnosing and treating tarsal coalitions, this author reviews key clinical findings, offers keys to diagnostic imaging, explores the merits of conservative therapy and discusses indications for resection and arthrodesis.



Diabetes Watch »

Key Insights On Assessing The Risk Factors For PAD

Anthony Yung, DPM, and Khurram Khan, DPM | 5933 reads | 0 comments

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a significant risk factor for diabetic foot amputation. It is also an important marker for atherosclerosis in other organ systems and is associated with a fourfold increase in cardiovascular death.1
Current estimates suggest a 3 to 10 percent incidence of PAD in the general population but reportedly only 25 to 33 percent of these people are symptomatic. Of the patients with asymptomatic PAD, 70 to 80 percent will remain stable at five years whereas 10 to 20 percent will experience significant deterioration of their health due to t



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