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  • December 2008 | Volume 21 - Issue 12
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    3,510 reads | 0 comments | 11/26/08
       I like gadgets. My Blackberry is linked to my GPS so I can talk to the map while I am driving my fuel sipping Prius. Seminars have always been a challenge to me because all the new medical gadgets are on display and for sale in the exhibit halls. I have learned to leave my credit cards with high limits locked in the hotel room safe.    I attended a seminar about seven years ago and saw the ultimate gadget in electronic health record (EHR) software. This was the answer to my dream. The doctor carries a tablet computer into the exam room and clicks little boxe... continue reading

    3,240 reads | 0 comments | 11/26/08
    Orthotics For Athletes    A new athletic orthotic may be beneficial for patients who have different athletic activities.    Sportmaxx™ is the newest orthotic in the Footmaxx family and the company says it may enhance athletic performance, help patients heal from injuries and provide extra support.    The product is specially made for active patients and allows for use in a variety of sports and activities, according to Footmaxx. The company says the custom made orthotic was designed to provide support while allowing motion con... continue reading
    By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    4,981 reads | 0 comments | 11/26/08
       For many practitioners, gait analysis provides invaluable diagnostic insights. It can also facilitate the creation of more effective orthotics. The Footmaxx™ Metascan System has stood the test of time in this regard, according to Richard S. Cohen, DPM.    Dr. Cohen, a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, has been using the Footmaxx scanning system for approximately 14 years and describes patient satisfaction at around 99 percent.     “Patients embrace the computer technology and the immediate results relating to their ... continue reading
    By David Edward Marcinko, MBA, CMP, and Hope Rachel Hetico, RN, MHA, CMP
    15,263 reads | 1 comments | 11/26/08
       When it comes to purchasing a podiatry practice, there are a variety of factors that one must consider in evaluating the worth of the practice. Assessing the value of a practice is fraught with potential landmines if one does not go into the process with a strong understanding of some key principles to medical practice valuation.    According to the Dictionary of Health Economics and Finance, practice valuation is the “formal process of determining the worth of healthcare or other medical business entity at a specific point in time and the act or process ... continue reading
    By Amol Saxena, DPM
    7,540 reads | 0 comments | 11/26/08
       Over the decades, the concept of podiatric sports medicine has evolved. In years past, educators at podiatry schools directly and indirectly implied that it was primarily making orthoses for runners. Certainly, this was the case in the early 1970s running boom as George Sheehan, MD, a cardiologist, urged runners to seek the biomechanical benefit of foot orthoses.    However, as more patients from other sports gravitated to podiatrists for biomechanical help, the knowledge base of the practitioner had to expand. One of my mentors, John Durkin Jr., DPM, advis... continue reading
    By M. Joel Morse, DPM
    49,253 reads | 0 comments | 11/26/08
    Key Questions To Consider    1. What essential question does one still need to help make the diagnosis?    2. What is the tentative diagnosis?    3. Can you list at least three differential diagnoses?    4. What features in this condition differentiate it from other conditions?    5. What is the suitable treatment of this condition?    A 27-year-old Caucasian male presents with a history of a strong smell of the feet for the past five years. He is very active in sports. The p... continue reading
    By Allen Mark Jacobs, DPM, FACFAS, FAPWCA­­
    19,173 reads | 0 comments | 11/26/08
       Intraepidermal nerve fiber density testing is gaining enthusiastic acceptance for the diagnosis as well as the staging of diabetic neuropathy. Studies have demonstrated reduced intraepidermal nerve fiber density in patients with diabetes type 1 and type 2.1 One major advantage of intraepidermal nerve fiber density testing is the ability to detect the presence of evolving peripheral neuropathy in the presence of normal neurophysiologic studies. 2    Electrodiagnostic studies are reflective of large fiber disease, which is frequently pre... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    26,770 reads | 0 comments | 11/26/08
        When I first started working on Podiatry Today about eight and a half years ago, I found myself trying to find and recruit a variety of podiatrists to be regular columnists for the magazine. John McCord, DPM, was the first columnist to come on board.    Dr. McCord had an idea for a regular op-ed column that would largely draw upon his experiences in the podiatric profession. This turned into the “Forum,” which is certainly one of the most well read columns in the magazine.    With the “Forum,” you may read a salient commentary on ... continue reading

    7,271 reads | 0 comments | 11/26/08
    Should You Treat Asymptomatic Pediatric Flatfoot? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    When encountering a child with asymptomatic flatfoot, it is important to decide whether you should treat the condition or see if the flatfoot will improve on its own. A recent article in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) examines the effects of orthoses for this condition and provides a framework for treatment.    After reviewing studies on the use of orthoses to treat pediatric flatfoot, the authors of the JAPMA article pres... continue reading
    By Edwin Harris, DPM, FACFAS
    4,005 reads | 0 comments | 11/26/08