Volume 16 - Issue 4 - April 2003

New Products »

Same Strength, Smaller Package

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Your debriding arsenal just became a little fuller with the introduction of two new sizes of popular debriding ointments.
New from Healthpoint, Panafil and Accuzyme are now available in 6-gram unit packages. According to the company, the smaller packaging of these ointments provides patients with convenience and is a safe, easy option for first time applications.
Healthpoint notes the unit dose will reduce potential waste and is appropriate for situations requiring less therapy.
Company: Healthpoint
Product: Accuzyme and Panafil Unit Dose
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News and Trends »

CMS Expands Coverage Of HBO To Diabetic Foot Ulcers

By Gina DiGironimo, Production Editor | 6870 reads | 0 comments

Beginning this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will expand its coverage of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) to include the treatment of diabetic wounds in the lower extremities. According to the CMS, in order to qualify for this coverage, patients must have: type 1 or type 2 diabetes and a lower extremity wound due to diabetes; a wound that is classified as a Wagner grade III or higher; and have failed an adequate course of standard wound therapy.
Caroline Fife, MD, says the expanded coverage is a “big step forward.”
“It represents an understanding on the par

Orthotics Q&A »

When Orthotics Can Treat Low Back Pain

Guest Clinical Editor: Nicholas Sol, DPM, CPed | 28833 reads | 1 comments

Have you seen your share of patients who have back pain as a result of compensating for gait-related problems? If so, you’re not alone. Some patients may indeed get relief from lower back pain after getting custom orthotics. With this in mind, our expert panelists tackle this important subject.

Q: Podiatrists often report that many of their patients experience relief of low back pain after receiving custom orthotics. What is the relationship?

Point-Counterpoint »

Are Ankle Implants Worth Another Look?

By Mark H. Feldman, MS, DPM, and John Grady, DPM | 12849 reads | 0 comments

Yes, Mark H. Feldman, MS, DPM, cites technical advances in the devices and promising results from studies.

Diligent study of normal ankle biomechanics and review of previous implant failures has led to the development of a new generation of total ankle replacement (TAR) implants. The newer implants provide a better means of dissipating the rotational forces at the joint surface by using a meniscus-like bearing between the tibial and talar components, while maintaining the integrity and stability of the joint.1-4
This improvement, coupled with improved cementless fixation, has

Practice Builders »

MCO Applications: Nine Common Mistakes You Should Avoid

By Michael Metzger, DPM, MBA | 5258 reads | 0 comments

More often than not, we feel like we’re doing the managed care company a favor by applying. There’s also a tendency to believe the process is so cut and dry that we can apply at the last minute. Let’s clear up these misconceptions. If you don’t apply and apply properly, someone else will. Secondly, as our mothers use to tell us, haste makes waste. Indeed, simple mistakes can slow the process down to a snail’s pace and/or cause the company to reject your application.
First, I strongly recommend filling out the application yourself. Often, the application will ask for information that

Sports Medicine »

How To Identify And Treat Common Ballet Injuries

By Mark Caselli, DPM | 44968 reads | 1 comments

The performance demands of ballet are comparable to many highly competitive athletic pursuits. Although dancers are artists and not athletes, the athletic demands of dance choreography place the dancer at risk for injuries. Fifteen to 20 percent of dance injuries involve the foot. Chronic injuries tend to predominate as they are related primarily to the repetitive impact loading of the dancer’s foot on a relatively hard, unyielding surface: the dance floor.
Unlike the athlete, who often wears a shoe specially designed to stabilize the foot and absorb shock, the ballet dancer wears only a t