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  • December 2001 | Volume 14 - Issue 12
    According to the author, recent evidence suggests that DPMS should be wary of assuming that a ruptured PTT is the primary etiology for adult-acquired flatfooot (shown above).
    By Douglas H. Richie Jr.
    42,759 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Virtually every foot and ankle surgical symposium held in the United States over the past five years has devoted significant sessions to the pathomechanics, surgical and non-surgical treatment of the symptomatic adult flatfoot condition. Unfortunately, the popular name for this condition, posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), reinforces a generally accepted notion that a failure of the posterior tibial tendon (PTT) is the primary etiology of the symptomatic adult acquired flatfoot deformity. However, there has been recent evidence to the contrary that would, at least, caution us about ... continue reading
    The Apex Foot Measuring System from Apex Foot Health Industries allows you to compare heel-to-toe and heel-to-ball length in order to determine the correct shoe size. The system is available in men’s, women’s and a combination version.

    3,340 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Are you trying to get a more accurate handle on a patient’s diabetic neuropathy? If so, you may want to check out the SmartPen dual filament sensor from Koven Technology. It says the SmartPen combines a sterile sharp tip sensor and a replaceable, calibrated, retractable Semmes-Weinstein monofilament. According to Koven, the sterile sensor enables you to test for sharp sensations in areas near diabetic foot ulcers. Using the 10gm monofilament helps you assess diabetic neuropathy assessment with touch-pressure sensation and is calibrated for 100 uses, according to the company. Koven adds tha... continue reading
    This positive bone scan indicates bilateral tibial stress fractures with associated right first metatarsophalangeal joint arthritis.
    By Eric J. Heit, DPM and Richard T. Bouché, DPM
    11,342 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    It has been speculated that 50 to 75 percent of weightbearing forces are transmitted through the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ) complex during weightbearing and these forces can account for up to three times one’s body weight.1,2 Anatomical location of the hallucal sesamoids predisposes them to significant shear, pressure and ground reactive forces during weightbearing activities. As a result, sesamoids are a site for potential injury. Sesamoid pathology is not uncommon in a typical podiatric sports medicine practice. In a study of 1,000 running injuries, the sesamoids... continue reading

    1,534 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    The burden of infections in surgical patients today is alarming. In the United States, Staphylococcus aureus is the most common cause of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs). Approximately 70% of nosocomial infections are due to gram-positive organisms, with methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) being a very common nosocomial pathogen in hospitalized patients and the most common nosocomial pathogen in surgical patients. Equally alarming is the recent, rapidly rising occurrence of community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA), a pathogen that appears to have evolved independently of healthcare-asso... continue reading
    Getting a swab of a plantar ulceration for a qualitative culture is fairly common within an outpatient wound care environment.

    9,214 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    By Jonathan E. Moore, DPM, MS When it comes to microbiologic monitoring of a wound, qualitative and quantitative cultures are the most commonly used techniques. In the outpatient wound care environment, you would generally obtain qualitative cultures As we all know, the swab method is easy, inexpensive and is a non-invasive method that gives you specific information about bacterial contamination in the superficial wound. In addition to the class and type of bacterial organism grown from this qualitative culture, the degree of contamination has been reported as very light, light, moderate a... continue reading

    2,931 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    A Perfect Fit Are you looking for an orthotic that is an alternative to PTB and AFO braces? Now you can use the Mueller TPD Orthosis to treat tibialis posterior dysfunction and certain abnormalities such as midfoot abduction, severe forefoot varus and midfoot hyperostoses. According to the manufacturer Allied OSI Labs and the device’s creator, Terrance J. Mueller, DPM, the orthotic assists surgical patients post-operatively and reduces the need for reconstructive surgery. For more information, call (800) 444-3632 or circle 326 on your reader service card. Air Tight When patients have... continue reading
    Harry Goldsmith, DPM
    6,894 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Getting paid promptly and properly is never easy. However, this renowned expert offers insights that can help you improve office efficiency, navigate through the red tape of managed care and ultimately bolster incoming revenue streams. Way back when, in pre-managed care times, physicians could expect to be paid their fees in full. Unfortunately, with the advent of the managed care era, times have changed and certainly not for the better for DPMs. Physicians, who had previously maintained an “arm’s distance” from third party payers (preferring to deal directly with their patients), ha ... continue reading

    1,237 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    John McCord, DPM
    1,763 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    A new form of bragging rites exists among physicians. There seems to be competition among doctors where the winner is who who paid the least for his car. I have been the clear winner in my medical community. During the past year, I have been driving a 1967 Mercedes diesel that cost me $1,400. It doesn’t look like much but it makes a statement. It says I’m frugal and not afraid of risk. While I always carry a tool box, a cell phone and a case of oil, the old Benz has been a reliable means of transport to and from the office. There was an unfortunate incident last spring when the drive shaf... continue reading

    1,095 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08