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  • December 2001 | Volume 14 - Issue 12
    Jonathan E. Moore, DPM, MS, Lawrence Harkless, DPM and George Liu, DPM
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    Mark A. Caselli, DPM and Ellen Sobel, DPM, PhD
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    The irritation is the result of biomechanical deformities such as limb length discrepancy, gastrocsoleus equinus, and excessive foot or leg varus, producing midtarsal and subtalar hyperpronation. In turn, this pronation produces a stretch of the plantar fascia as well as unwanted pulling on the origin of the fascia (the medial calcaneal tubercle). ... continue reading
    Getting a swab of a plantar ulceration for a qualitative culture is fairly common within an outpatient wound care environment.

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    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

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    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
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    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

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    John McCord, DPM
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    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

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    David C. Erfle, DPM and Nicholas Romansky, DPM
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    These authors offer diagnostic tips and treatment pearls for lower-extremity tendon injuries, with a specific focus on managing chronic tenosynovitis. Tendon pathology in the foot and ankle are the most common of all injuries. Obviously, there have been chapters in books dedicated solely to repairing individual tendons in the lower extremity. Given the array of external factors (i.e., duration and intensity of activity, improper shoes) and intrinsic factors (i.e., altered body mechanics, advanced age) that can cause tendon pathology, let’s take a closer look at how to differentiate tendon ... continue reading

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    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