Volume 16 - Issue 2 - February 2003

Sports Medicine »

Assessing And Treating Cold-Related Injuries Among Athletes

By Mark Caselli, DPM | 20524 reads | 0 comments

Skiers, ice-skaters, joggers, mountain climbers and outdoor enthusiasts are all prone to cold-related skin injuries. Local cold injuries occur when the core (consisting of internal structures such as the brain, heart, lungs and abdominal organs) temperature is maintained but the shell (skin, muscles and extremities) temperature dramatically decreases.
The feet are among the most commonly affected body parts with these local cold injuries. Duration of the exposure, the temperature to which the skin has been exposed and the wind velocity are the three most important factors to consider when de

Practice Builders »

Referral Generator: Work Smarter At Patient Education

By Chris E. Vance, DPM | 6060 reads | 0 comments

Predictably, the most sought after and most efficient medical practices have a common denominator: the ability to educate and communicate in a timely and effective manner. Patients do not come to us for our ability to make a buttress pad or apply an Unna boot. They come to us for our diagnostic ability and to be effectively educated on their condition and the available treatment options. As an educator, you are viewed as the authority and the relater of valuable information.
Patients will retain information differently but all learn by different methods: verbal, tactile, visual or auditory. M

Orthotics Q&A »

Key Pearls For Prescribing AFOs

Clinical Editor: Howard Dananberg, DPM | 7374 reads | 0 comments

You may find that even the best of custom foot orthotics are insufficient to manage a particular patient’s problem. Either too much force is applied to the foot or perhaps the foot orthotic cannot provide the necessary support. In some of these cases, one may consider using an ankle foot orthotic (AFO). In a follow-up to last month’s cover story, a panel of experts address how and when they employ these devices in treatment.

Q: In what type of situation do you consider using an AFO or similar brace?
Alan Banks, DPM, uses an AFO in various situations, saying the device can be

Technology In Practice »

How The Premier Mini C-Arm Provides A Clearer Picture

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 3880 reads | 0 comments

If you need a clearer picture when taking X-rays in your practice, you may want to consider adding the Premier Mini C-Arm to your diagnostic armamentarium. The device’s compact design, easy application and enhanced resolution reportedly make it useful for a variety of applications.
The iso-centered C-arm is well balanced and rotates 360 degrees. Fluoroscan, the manufacturer of the device, notes the Mini C-Arm’s easy navigation allows for easy viewing of 15-inch (38-cm) swiveling high intensity monitors from any angle.

The Premier device features a 45-micron focal spot X-ray tube. Not

News and Trends »

Chronic Tendon Pain: Can The Ultrasound Have An Impact?

By Gina DiGironimo, Production Editor | 6719 reads | 0 comments

Should DPMs give more consideration to using ultrasounds when treating tough Achilles tendon cases? Ultrasonography may help provide a more accurate diagnosis, improved treatment and shorter recovery time for patients with chronic tendon problems, according to the authors of a new study, which was recently presented at the 88th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.
During the study, conducted at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, researchers performed an ultrasound on 400 patients, who had various tendon,

Feature »

What Boards And Organizations Are Doing For You

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 6639 reads | 0 comments

APMA. ACFAS. ABPOPPM. A glance at the acronyms of the various podiatric organizations can fill you with visions of alphabet soup. For those just starting out in podiatry or those who are trying to cut back on how many organization fees they’re paying each year, choosing from among these organizations can be very daunting. The question has to be asked: What are the goals of these boards and organizations and what will they do for you?
The types of organizations run the gamut from state societies and educational organizations to practice management groups. To join some groups, you’ll no dou

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