Volume 23 - Issue 7 - July 2010

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How To Integrate DME Into Treatment Protocols

By Josh White, DPM, CPed | 11253 reads | 0 comments

Having established treatment protocols for common conditions one sees in practice can go a long way toward reining in costs and maximizing efficiency. This author offers insights on the benefits of these protocols and how to incorporate durable medical equipment (DME) into the equation.

A key impetus for reining in health care costs is based on the understanding that 50 percent of these costs go toward unnecessary administrative costs, excessive or unnecessary tests and other waste.



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Underscoring The Positive Impact DPMs Can Have On The Lives Of Their Patients

Camille Ryans, DPM | 2581 reads | 1 comments

At times, individuals question their purpose in life. They wonder about the significance of what they are contributing to others. This is especially true with most healthcare providers as day after day they give themselves selflessly to the needs of patients.



Technology In Practice »

Can A Topical Remedy Have An Impact For Nail Fungus?

Podiatry Today Staff | 23883 reads | 0 comments

Are you looking for a topical alternative to oral medications for nail fungus? Perhaps you are looking for a topical antifungal that could be used as an adjunct to oral medications or laser treatment for onychomycosis.

   Physicians may want to consider the Formula 3 antifungal as a viable topical remedy for toenail fungus. The product offers an oil-soluble tolnaftate formula, which is absorbed seconds after application, according to Tetra Corporation, the manufacturer of the product.



Surgical Pearls »

A Closer Look At An Emerging Fixation Option For The Akin Osteotomy

Nga T. Ho, DPM, Branden R. Rhodes, DPM, and Stephen Kominsky, DPM, FACFAS | 14575 reads | 0 comments

The original Akin osteotomy for the correction of hallux abducto valgus (HAV) included resection of the medial prominence of the first metatarsal head in combination with a medial based wedge osteotomy of the proximal phalanx of the hallux.1 Subsequently, there have been several modifications to the original procedure in order to address factors such as location, rotation, shortening, dorsiflexion and plantarflexion.2-12



Wound Care Q&A »

Current Insights On Managing Lower Extremity Wounds With Edema

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Edema is a major impediment to proper and timely wound healing. Accordingly, our expert panelists discuss how to work up and manage lower extremity wounds with edema, and share their insights on effective compression bandages.

Q:

What is the basic assessment and workup that you do with patients with leg edema?



Diabetes Watch »

Can Community-Based Programs Help Prevent Lower Extremity Amputations?

Ryan H. Fitzgerald, DPM | 10000 reads | 0 comments

There are currently 24 million Americans — approximately 8 percent of the entire population — living with diabetes.1 Nearly 1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people 20 years and older each year. It is estimated that the number of patients living with diabetes will double to an estimated 48 million people by 2050.1



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