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  • April 2010 | Volume 23 - Issue 4
    David Mullens, DPM, Esq.
    12,421 reads | 0 comments | 03/30/10
    Medicare overpayments and underpayments can cause unique headaches and lost revenues for DPMs. This author provides a comprehensive guide to what you should know about appealing claims to maximize your reimbursement and avoid unnecessary legal entanglements. ... continue reading
    Kevin A. Kirby, DPM
    7,675 reads | 4 comments | 03/25/10
       Barefoot running has gained in popularity ever since last year’s publication of the book Born to Run. This book details the story of the Mexico-based Tarahumara Indians, who, for centuries, have regularly run barefoot at distances sometimes greater than a marathon. ... continue reading

    3,853 reads | 0 comments | 03/25/10
    Customized Locking Plates For Surgeons    New locking plates may help surgeons match internal fixation to the patient’s bone type.    The new VLP™ Foot Variable-Angle Locked Plating System has several plate designs as well as a range of screw types to provide a more individualized approach for patients with all bone types, according to the manufacturer Smith & Nephew.    The company notes that the plating system offers flexibility with locking screws that allow placement 15 degrees off the center axis in any direction. ... continue reading
    Janet McCormick, MS
    13,527 reads | 1 comments | 03/25/10
       The first question podiatrists ask after they decide to add cosmetic services to their practice is “How do I set up a room?” Some believe it will be quite an undertaking. Others think it will be a breeze and can be done in one day. Either may be true, according to their vision of the concept, but they should know that these rooms are different than traditional podiatry treatment rooms. They should also know the overall setup and appearance contributes to the success of the cosmetic services part of their practice. ... continue reading
    Charles F. Peebles, DPM
    14,016 reads | 0 comments | 03/25/10
       Athletes are passionate about pushing their bodies to the highest level. The difficulty occurs when this athletic passion runs directly into a fracture, tendon rupture or other potential need for surgery (elective or not). The athlete’s mindset is to keep going and keep pushing forward while our desire is to put on the brakes and give the body the rest it needs to heal. ... continue reading
    Ronald Valmassy, DPM
    11,249 reads | 0 comments | 03/25/10
       When treating patients with orthotic therapy, podiatric physicians may face various dilemmas on when to prescribe devices or how to treat patients who have used over-the-counter devices to no avail. These expert panelists discuss the use of orthoses after bunion surgery, “retail” orthoses and the treatment of pediatric patients among other issues. Q: When would you prescribe functional foot orthoses following bunion surgery? ... continue reading
    William Fishco, DPM, FACFAS
    30,338 reads | 0 comments | 03/25/10
       A 51-year-old male presented to the office with the chief complaint of a skin growth on his right medial heel. He related that the mass has grown slowly over the prior year. He did not have any severe pain with it other than shoe irritation. The skin lesion would bleed easily with any pressure on it. ... continue reading
    Rhonda Cornell, DPM
    18,272 reads | 0 comments | 03/25/10
       Chronic lower extremity wounds are a significant complication of diabetes. Approximately 15 to 20 percent of people with diabetes will develop a diabetic foot ulcer in their lifetime.1 As the number of people diagnosed with diabetes continues to rise, so will the number of diabetic foot ulcers. It is estimated that the number of people diagnosed with diabetes will double to an estimated 48 million people in the United States by the year 2050.1 ... continue reading

    5,643 reads | 0 comments | 03/25/10
    Can PRP Injections Relieve Pain From Chronic Achilles Tendinopathy? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are among the treatment options for the commonly presenting problem of chronic Achilles tendinopathy. Although a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concludes that PRP does not show a significant benefit for the condition, several DPMs have experienced promising results. ... continue reading
    Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    3,744 reads | 0 comments | 03/25/10
       It has been nearly 20 years since I graduated from college. Back then, I thought of myself as a newspaperman and started my career in the newspaper business. I picked up two newspapers a day back then and grabbed both the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sundays. Then it shifted to just getting the Inquirer on Sundays. Now I cannot remember the last time I bought a newspaper. When you can read all of the news online for free for the most part, why bother buying a newspaper? ... continue reading