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  • April 2009 | Volume 22 - Issue 4
    David Edward Marcinko, MBA, CMP, and Hope Rachel Hetico, RN, MHA, CMP
    10,774 reads | 0 comments | 03/27/09
       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 ... continue reading
    Kevin A. Kirby, DPM
    5,343 reads | 0 comments | 03/27/09
       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... continue reading

    3,416 reads | 0 comments | 03/27/09
    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... continue reading
    Kevin McDonald, DPM
    17,612 reads | 0 comments | 03/27/09
       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... continue reading
    Guest Clinical Editor: Cherri Choate, DPM
    11,165 reads | 0 comments | 03/27/09
    Nicholas J. Bevilacqua, DPM
    27,977 reads | 0 comments | 03/27/09
       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... continue reading
    Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor; Lauren A. Grant, Editorial Assistant
    3,871 reads | 0 comments | 03/27/09
    Does Diabetes Thwart The Impact Of ESWT For Plantar Fasciitis? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    In a recent retrospective study of extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), researchers found a greater than 70 percent success rate in treating plantar fasciitis at three months and 12 months after treatment. The study authors also found that the presence of diabetes or psychological issues may have a negative impact upon ESWT results.    The study, which was recently published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery (JFAS), offered a retrosp... continue reading
    Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    10,180 reads | 0 comments | 03/27/09
    When hiring another DPM as an associate in your practice, it is important to find a capable practitioner who will enhance patient care and fit in well with you and your staff. This author speaks to practice management experts who offer a guide of what to look for and what to avoid when searching for an associate.    As your podiatry practice begins to flourish, you may find yourself in need of an associate DPM who can take on some of your patient load and draw more patients to your practice. Although you may have numerous candidates for the job, it is vital to choose a new as... continue reading
    M. Joel Morse, DPM, and Rhonda Cornell, DPM
    29,640 reads | 0 comments | 03/27/09
    Eczema can arise in various permutations ranging from nummular eczema and atopic dermatitis to xerotic eczema and hyperkeratotic plantar eczema. Accordingly, these authors review key clinical signs, possible etiologies and exacerbating factors, and appropriate treatment considerations.    Eczema, a form of dermatitis or inflammation of the superficial layers of the skin, is the most common skin reaction that podiatrists encounter.1 It is an acute inflammatory cutaneous eruption characterized by itching, redness, papules, vesicles, edema, serous discharge, dryness, ... continue reading
    Kevin A. Kirby, DPM
    37,648 reads | 1 comments | 03/27/09
    Yes. While Dr. Root made a number of substantial contributions to the profession, this author says emerging research has exposed flaws with the subtalar joint neutral theory and the curriculum at podiatry schools has shifted toward alternate theories of foot function.    Forty-three years ago, Merton L. Root, DPM, established and became director of the first Department of Orthopedics at the California College of Chiropody. This college later became the California College of Podiatric Medicine and is now the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University.... continue reading