Editorial Staff

  • Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects:
    Jeff Hall
  • Senior Editor
    Brian McCurdy
  • Circulation and Subscriptions
    Bonnie Shannon
  • Art Director:
    Alana Balboni
  • Editorial Correspondence

  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
  • HMP Communications, 83 General Warren Blvd
    Suite 100, Malvern PA 19355
  • Telephone: (800) 237-7285, ext. 214
    Fax: (610) 560-0501
  • Email: jhall@hmpcommunications.com
  • October 2002 | Volume 15 - Issue 10
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in Chief
    2,001 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/02
    Procrastination is one thing, but the numbers of physicians who have applied for the one-year extension on complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is extremely low. One consultant notes (as this issue went to press) that less than 4 percent of members of the American Medical Association (AMA) have filed for the extension. Those who don’t file for the one-year extension on October 15 will be expected to be HIPAA compliant on October 16, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). While there are no specific numbers on how many D... continue reading
    You may see these radiographic findings (positive anterior drawer sign on the right and increased talar tilt on the left) for patients who have severe lateral ankle pain following a severe ankle sprain. According to the author, when patients take a coxib,
    By Matt Rampetsreiter, DPM
    11,224 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/02
    Are COX-2 inhibitors good alternatives to nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)? Yes, traditional NSAIDs inhibit both COX enzymes but they have well-documented gastrointestinal side effects. NSAIDs can cause severe electrolyte disturbances and renal complications such as hyponatremia, hyperkalemia, edema, hypertension, acute and chronic tubulointerstitial nephritis, papillary necrosis and glomerular lesions. Patients with prostaglandin-depleted disease states (cirrhosis, congestive heart failure, chronic renal failure, volume depletion, and nephrosis) who use NSAIDs often develop acute ... continue reading
    By Bhavesh J. Shah, DPM
    6,049 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/02
    Every year, 800,000 additional cases of diabetes are diagnosed and it is projected that nearly 9 percent of all Americans will have diabetes by the year 2025.1 More shockingly, the incidence of diabetes has gradually increased among young people over the last decade, mainly related to an increase in obesity and sedentary lifestyles. In addition, diabetes may commonly reappear in women who previously had gestational diabetes.2 Diabetes has truly proven itself to be a progressive Pandora’s box, which can cause severe complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, b... continue reading
    In a study of 50 children, Jay and Schoenhaus, et. al., found that using the Dynamic Stabilizing Innersole System (DSIS) resulted in a statistically significant correction of hyperpronation.
    By Russell G. Volpe, DPM
    19,702 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/02
    Most orthoses made for children are motion-controlling or motion-altering, often referred to as functional foot orthoses. The presenting pathology in the child’s lower extremity often requires a device to reduce excessive motion in a foot with, for example, high ligamentous laxity and genu valgum or you may need the device to direct motion in a limb with a rotational disorder such as a femoral antetorsion and compensatory hyperpronation. Accommodative devices are less frequently required in this age group. It is much more common in adults than in children to require accommodation of reduced... continue reading
    New from Etonic, the DRx line offers patients walking shoes in five  different styles for men and women.

    2,624 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/02
    A new line of comfort walking shoes may address a wide range of individual foot needs without straining the wallet. The Etonic DRx line from Etonic Athletic features five new shoes to fit multiple widths of both men and women. According to the company, all of the shoes also offer enhanced comfort via Etonic’s Footrest Comfort System, a dual density, multi-layered footbed with a gel heel insert. In addition to these features, Etonic says the DRx Journey, a men’s walking shoe, offers double depth sizing, a Dri-lex multi-zone sock liner system, a heel Stable Air chamber and other notabl... continue reading
    By David G. Armstrong, DPM, and Gary M. Rothenberg, DPM, CDE
    11,606 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/02
    Yes, maggots are inexpensive, practical and can facilitate the use of other modalities, says David G. Armstrong, DPM. I remember bringing up the issue of using maggots to help debride a particularly intractable wound with one of my great mentors, Bill Todd, DPM, who is now with the Dr. William A. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Finch University. What was his response? “Armstrong … Those damn critters have a hell of a lot less education than we’ve wasted on your sorry cranium. I should hope that you can at least learn to debride a wound as well as one of them.” While I ofte... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    7,785 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/02
    “Diabetic foot disease is truly a global problem. Every patient of whatever race, with diabetes of whatever type, is at potential risk for developing foot problems,” noted Andrew Boulton, MD, during his keynote address, “The Diabetic Foot: A Global View,” at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Podiatric Medical Association in Seattle. Introduced by legendary Paul Brand, MD, Dr. Boulton cited rising prevalence rates of diabetes and alarming statistics in other countries. Dr. Boulton strongly emphasized the need for better education on the causes of diabetic foot ulcers, treat... continue reading
    Clinical Editor: Nicholas Sol, DPM, CPed
    9,935 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/02
    When patients have certain occupations, you may have to take a different approach to try to control abnormal forces in the foot. Obviously, performing a biomechanical evaluation is essential as you have to identify individual demands before tackling occupation-specific modifications. With this in mind, our panelists address the more demanding occupations and what considerations come into play with orthotic modifications. Q: How and why do you modify your orthotic prescriptions for patients whose jobs require standing in place for prolonged periods? A: Milton J. Stern, DPM, and Ambik... continue reading
    By Mark A. Caselli, DPM
    9,148 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/02
    Ever since the first modern triathlon competition was conducted in San Diego in 1974, interest in the sport has grown steadily over the years. Currently, millions of amateur athletes participate in thousands of events annually worldwide. Since triathlon competitors perform three events with little or no rest between them, it can be a challenge for podiatrists to treat injuries that athletes sustain in these events. ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    5,243 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/02
    Citing enhanced stability, accuracy, efficiency and better outcomes, podiatrists are praising the benefits of using the Accu-Cut Osteotomy Guide System. While osteotomies for correcting first MPJ deformities have been around a long time, Robert E. Graser, DPM, says this system enables you to customize the procedure with ease and still obtain consistent results. “The tight tolerance engineered into the Accu-Cut Osteotomy Guide System allows surgeons to custom tailor their osteotomies via a simple method that is consistently stable and reproducible case to case,” explains Dr. Graser, who in ... continue reading