Volume 23 - Issue 6 - June 2010
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How Will Healthcare Reform Affect Your Patients And Practice?
Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
During the protracted battle over healthcare reform, there was no shortage of opinion on either side of the issue on whether the reform would help or hurt patients and doctors. Now that President Obama has signed the reform into law, how will it affect both podiatric patients and practices?
Given the potential risk of amputation among people with diabetes, multidisciplinary teams are critical to facilitate timely diagnostic assessment and appropriate interventions. Accordingly, these authors review the literature on multidisciplinary care for this high-risk patient population and share insights from their experience on the vital skill sets needed to facilitate improved patient outcomes.
Although the Weil osteotomy provides an excellent surgical option for primary central ray pathologies, this author says it is not appropriate for most central metatarsal pathologies due to biomechanical factors and it is prone to complications.
By Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, FACFAS
While current modalities for the symptoms of painful diabetic neuropathy include oral medications, topical therapies and surgical treatment, emerging research suggests the potential benefits of neurostimulation. Accordingly, these authors review the current literature and offer insights on proper patient selection for appropriate referrals.
Friction blisters are fairly common among athletes, hikers and the military. They can lead to pain and infection, and complications such as cellulitis and sepsis if they are not managed in a timely, appropriate manner. Accordingly, this author offers a thorough review of the literature and provides insights on the pathomechanics and treatment of this condition.
The ACFAS/APMA split was one of the most controversial developments to affect podiatry in years. Accordingly, this author talks to various podiatrists about the aftermath of the controversy, the emergence of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons and how the proposed CPME 320 changes might affect both surgical training and biomechanical knowledge.
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