Volume 15 - Issue 8 - August 2002

Editor's Perspective »

Fostering A Culture Of New Ideas

By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief | 1692 reads | 0 comments

My sister gave me a wonderful Christmas present a couple of years ago. Knowing of my fondness for jazz, she went on eBay and bid for a black and white portrait of the great Miles Davis. The striking photo shows a very young Davis (perhaps in his early 20s at the time of the photo) with trumpet in hand and a music chart in front of him. He appears thoughtful and contemplative in the photo, as if he’s pondering where the next note will take him.
The portrait of the late jazz innovator was used as part of an old Apple Computer ad campaign. The simply stated ad tagline in the top right-hand



Technology In Practice »

Getting Shockwave Results With The Epos Ultra

By Gina DiGironimo, Production Editor | 3851 reads | 1 comments

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects over 2.5 million Americans. If conservative treatments fail, podiatrists are exploring the merits of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), a non-invasive procedure, before considering surgical options. ESWT received FDA approval in 2000 for the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Earlier this year, a new ESWT device called the Epos Ultra (which includes built-in ultrasound technology) received FDA approval for the plantar fasciitis indication.
Those who have used the Epos Ultra have cited very favorable treatment results.
Lowell Scott Weil



Feature »

A New Bag Of Innovations

By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief | 6234 reads | 0 comments

What products are facilitating quicker wound healing? What are some of the cutting-edge devices that are generating interest among podiatrists? What antibiotics are getting results? Are there new innovations that can provide adjunctive relief in diabetic foot wounds? In an attempt to answer some of these questions, we talked to leading podiatrists in the field. Without further delay, here’s what they had to say.
1. Promogran Matrix Wound Dressing. This chronic wound dressing was recently granted FDA approval for the treatment of exuding wounds, including diabetic, venous and pressure



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How To Conquer Crossover Second Toe Syndrome

By Babak Baravarian, DPM | 67998 reads | 0 comments

The crossover second toe is an extremely difficult problem for foot and ankle surgeons. Often, with the initial presentation, the deformity has progressed to the point where it is one subsection of a multitude of forefoot deformities. This makes the condition more challenging as you must treat the associated deformities at the same time in order to achieve a good outcome.



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What You Can Learn From Nightmare Malpractice Cases

By Janice G. Roven, JD, LLM | 5706 reads | 0 comments

You may not be able to prevent a malpractice claim from ever being filed against you (there are a lot of folks out there looking for an easy payday). However, there are proactive steps you can take to safeguard and successfully defend your practice should a lawsuit be filed against you. Although there are basic theories of malpractice prevention, I have found it helpful to teach prevention by example.

Think Twice About Testifying Against Colleagues
Case One: I represented a podiatrist who was truly disturbed about being sued. When I met with him to discuss this matter, he informed me th



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How To Prescribe Orthotics For Runners

By Alona Kashanian, DPM | 12299 reads | 0 comments

Most competitive runners do not like being restricted in their regimens. As we all know, these patients are very anxious to resume their running activity. However, they do look to foot and ankle specialists for help in reducing the inflammation, preventing and/or recuperating from lower extremity injuries. In order to write effective orthotic prescriptions for these patients, be sure to pay attention to cast correction, materials and additional bells and whistles.
The ability of the orthosis to control abnormal or excessive motion of the foot is more dependent on the size of the device and th



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