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  • June 2002 | Volume 15 - Issue 6
    The shape of the orthotic plate should match the shape of the plantar aspect of the foot with the STJ in neutral position and the MTJ(s) pronated and locked.
    By Arnold Ross, DPM
    7,799 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Numerous patients use orthotics and have improved foot function as a result of wearing them. Not only do they experience relief from previous pain and symptoms, but wearing orthotics also helps to prevent recurrence of foot, leg and other skeletal pains and conditions. Unfortunately, there are also numbers of patients who are either unable to tolerate their orthotics or are not getting symptomatic relief. We are often asked to evaluate many of these patients and assist them in getting better results from their orthotics. People may hear about orthotics in different ways, whether it’s throug... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor
    1,710 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Sometimes, it’s the subtle comment that gives you pause. Shortly after giving a lecture at a recent conference, a DPM found out that a particular company had sponsored the series of lectures he had participated in and he expressed regret. “If I had known (the company) was sponsoring the lecture, I would have mentioned their product.” Then there are the more outrageous examples of drug company influence, like the one captured in an éxpose on ABC’s Primetime earlier this year. On the program, a doctor revealed that he had received approximately $10,000 worth of freebies from var... continue reading
    By Pamela M. Jensen, DPM
    25,225 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Post-surgical hypertrophic bone formation can be a frustrating problem. It has been identified at fracture, osteotomy and amputation sites. The majority of patients with hypertrophic bone formation are largely asymptomatic and practitioners often identify the condition via radiographs they get for other pathologies. However, those who are symptomatic often have a problematic non-healing wound at the site and can complain of pain, swelling or even decreased range of motion if a joint is involved. Most of the literature addresses hypertrophic bone formation as a complication associated with ac... continue reading
    New from Bianco Brothers, the Suture Shears reportedly allow you to remove sutures quickly and effortlessly.

    4,003 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    As a sign of the technology times, MediNotes recently introduced the most updated version of its Charting Plus software. The Charting Plus Version 4.2 features updated components and enhanced functionality for all your electronic medical recordkeeping. Some of the revisions to the software include new ways to format note text, an enhanced chief complaint section and tables that you can now lay out in rows and columns. New customization allows you to add new folders to the Object Explorer and referral letters now have custom layouts. An image and graphics tool allows you to store digital ima... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    2,699 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    I received a letter last week about another crisis approaching podiatry. The letter was from my insurance company and it warned that premiums were going up because of the malpractice crisis. In my mind, malpractice isn’t a crisis until I become a defendant. In 27 years, I have not had that pleasure. Yet. I review closed claims for my state podiatry licensing board. I have not noticed an increase in the number of claims but the settlements and jury awards are climbing like a homesick angel. Twenty years ago, a $75,000 settlement was shocking. The last case I saw had a $1.3 million jury verd... continue reading
    The CompuMed system, featuring the Wand from Milestone Scientific, may offer a less painful alternative to traditional anesthesia.
    By Gina DiGironimo, Production Editor
    3,514 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Many patients are fearful of the pain and pinching associated with syringes and needles. Often, the anticipation of the anesthetic needle causes more discomfort and distress than the procedure itself. Milestone Scientific recently introduced an alternative to the traditional anesthetic needle injection that may reduce the pain and anxiety needles cause. The CompuMed system delivers computer-controlled anesthesia, which you can regulate. The system features a slow injection mode and a fast injection mode. The company says the system’s microprocessor automatically delivers safe and effective... continue reading
    By Stephen Monaco, DPM
    3,497 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Nothing makes us more angry and frustrated than discrimination based on participation and reimbursement levels. One of the classic examples is when we perform a bunionectomy and get reimbursed at a lower rate than an MD or DO for doing the same procedure. Indeed, the cost-cutting measures and restrictive practices of insurers make discrimination an everyday reality in our practices. Often, insurers will take advantage of our ignorance of the law to improve their own profit margins. Are there any steps we can take to help ensure fair and equal payment for the services we provide to our patien... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    9,581 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Do enough people know about your practice? Do enough primary care doctors know about your practice? Are you getting enough referrals or are most of them going to the DPM two blocks over? Several DPMs and a podiatric assistant say you have to be skilled in patient empathy, excel at staff relations and be a savvy marketer, among other things, if you want to build and sustain a thriving podiatric practice. ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    2,152 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Can hyaluronan therapy help you achieve better treatment results with indolent diabetic foot ulcers? Indeed, researchers do believe that hyaluronan-containing dressings may provide adjunctive benefits in facilitating quicker healing. According to a recent study presented at the 15th Annual Symposium On Advanced Wound Care, a healing regimen that included the hyaluronan dressings took an average of 8.6 weeks. All 36 patients in the study underwent surgical debridement for their diabetic foot wounds and were placed on therapy consisting of hyaluronan dressings (Hyalofill, ConvaTec) with dre... continue reading
    Here you can see a medial malleolar stress fracture of the distal tibial physis. Note the accessory ossicle.
    By Amol Saxena, DPM, and Andrew Cassidy, DPM
    154,045 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Stress fractures in and around the ankle are most often due to repetitive stress. These injuries are often underdiagnosed and may be misdiagnosed as “shin splints.” In fact, the symptoms may persist for an extended period before the diagnosis of a stress fracture is even made. One reason for this is these types of injuries are often sports-related. Athletes, in general, may have a higher pain threshold and continue to exercise, which can exacerbate symptoms. At the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, we see a predominantly athletic population in our sports medicine department. Our goal is not ... continue reading