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  • February 2003 | Volume 16 - Issue 2
    By Chris E. Vance, DPM
    6,317 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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... continue reading
    Some DPMs have found AFOs helpful in treating dropfoot.
    Clinical Editor: Howard Dananberg, DPM
    7,665 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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? A: Alan Banks, DPM, uses an AFO in various situations, saying the device can be... continue reading
    Fluoroscan’s Premier Mini C-Arm has a 45-micron focal spot, the smallest available, to let you produce high-definition images.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    3,984 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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... continue reading
    On the left, you can see a high resolution ultrasound image of a normal Achilles tendon.
    By Gina DiGironimo, Production Editor
    6,923 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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, ... continue reading
    By Jeff A. Hall, Editor in Chief
    2,162 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    It offers more proactive diagnostics. It offers a more precise diagnostic view. It’s more portable. It fosters better patient compliance. These are just some of the claims that have been made about the potential impact of using high resolution ultrasound (or ultrasound biomicroscopy) in both diagnosing, monitoring and, in some cases, facilitating effective treatment for certain conditions you may see in your practice. Speaking strictly from a layman’s perspective, the possibilities of using this modality for some podiatric applications do sound intriguing. I was particularly struck by the... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    6,872 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    2,658 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    After a very pleasant 26 years of solo practice, I hired a young associate. Mike is a good kid with excellent surgical skills. My patients like him and he has added a new element of energy to my practice. Mike had called my office seeking work about 18 months ago. He told me he was entering his second year of a PSR-24 and wanted to work in a small town in western Washington. I was happy with my solo practice but stayed on the phone to be polite. Then I told him I had no need for an associate. We exchanged e-mail addresses and I expected not to hear from him again. Wrong! Mike sent me an e-ma... continue reading
    By Michael Metzger, DPM, MBA
    6,019 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    I can remember the days of the first managed care organization (MCO) contracts. Typical comments ranged from “Where do I sign and did I sign up before Dr. Smith down the street?” to “Who has time to read these things? I get my UCR fees anyway.” I have tried to target many of the most common items I overlooked in the past. Granted, in some cases, you will not be able to negotiate some items but you should still know what you are getting yourself into. Before you even get into the finer details of a particular contract, you need to keep in mind that the contract was developed and writt... continue reading
    By Yuki Morita, DPM
    7,707 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Recent advancements in technology have led to numerous adjunctive therapies for healing chronic wounds. In many cases, though, we can achieve healing in a short period of time once we identify the underlying factors that inhibit proper healing. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of these common impediments. While wound hypoxia is the most common obstacle we see, it is also the most difficult hurdle in facilitating wound healing. You can measure wound hypoxia with transcutaneous oxygen pressure (TcPO2). A TcPO2 reading of less than 40mmHg has been correlated with poor wound ... continue reading
    Here we see frostbite on both feet of a 49-year -old patient.  Note the marked purple, cyanotic appearing discoloring of the digits.
    By Mark Caselli, DPM
    21,145 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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... continue reading