Volume 22 - Issue 4 - April 2009

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Essential Insights On Successful Budgeting

David Edward Marcinko, MBA, CMP, and Hope Rachel Hetico, RN, MHA, CMP | 9136 reads | 0 comments

   Although some might view a budget as unnecessarily restrictive, sticking to a spending plan can be a useful tool in enhancing the wealth of a practice. These authors emphasize keys to smart budgeting and how to track spending and savings in these tough economic times.

   There is an aphorism that suggests, “Money cannot buy happiness.” Well, this may be true enough but there is also a corollary that states, “Having a little sure reduces the unhappiness.”

   Unfortunately, today there is more than a little financial unhappiness in



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Podiatry’s Future: Biomechanics Versus Surgery Or Biomechanics With Surgery?

Kevin A. Kirby, DPM | 4260 reads | 0 comments

   Podiatric surgery and podiatric biomechanics were treated as two very different specialties, separate and distinct from each other during my podiatry school days. The faculty members for surgery and biomechanics were different. The surgery and biomechanics clinics were in different locations. Rarely was there a mention of surgery concepts in the biomechanics clinic or a mention of biomechanics concepts in the surgery clinic.

   In fact, as podiatry students, we often raised our eyebrows at each other when a surgery faculty member entered the biomechanics c



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New Products April 2009

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A Closer Look At A New NPWT Device

   A new negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) device may offer a variety of benefits for patients.

   Smith and Nephew says the Renasys EZ™ System is designed for ease of use as well as improved comfort for patients being treated with NPWT.

   The Renasys EZ System allows one to administer varying levels of pressure, ranging from 40 to 200 mmHg, according to the manufacturer. The company says clinicians can use Renasys EZ on surgical, traumatic or chronic wounds depending on the wound charac



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Insights On Buying An Older Podiatry Practice

Kevin McDonald, DPM | 14058 reads | 0 comments

   I was sitting in my recliner one evening when the phone rang. It was a very experienced podiatrist who lived in a town 20 miles away. He wanted me to buy his part-time practice so he could retire.

   I told the retiring podiatrist that I was too busy. I suggested that he call another podiatrist — one we both knew — who had an associate with time on his hands. The retiring DPM said he had already tried that option and several others with no luck. His voice had a pleading quality. I reluctantly told him that I would look at his practice. I was quite surpr



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Emerging Trends In Research With Orthoses And Biomechanics

Guest Clinical Editor: Cherri Choate, DPM | 9862 reads | 0 comments

   As podiatry continues to emphasize evidenced-based medicine more and more, some of the leaders in biomechanics research share their thoughts on current studies and speculate about how future research with orthoses may eventually alter the way podiatrists practice.

   Q: What orthotic-related research projects have your completed or are you currently in the midst of studying?

   A: Cherri Choate, DPM, is working with Paul Scherer, DPM, and Howard Hillstrom, PhD, and his research group at the Hospital for Special Services in New York C



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Current Insights On Classifying Charcot Arthropathy

Nicholas J. Bevilacqua, DPM | 23159 reads | 0 comments

   Before the advent of insulin, death from diabetes occurred early in the disease process. Now people with diabetes are living longer and long-term complications of the disease are more common. One such complication is Charcot arthropathy and since the early report by Jordan linking it to diabetes, the number of case reports has steadily increased.1

   Although the etiology of Charcot arthropathy is largely unknown, it is well recognized that this condition can occur in conjunction with any peripheral neuropathy. Researchers have found that Charcot



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