Volume 16 - Issue 6 - June 2003

Diabetes Watch »

How To Facilitate Better Patient Compliance

By Gary M. Rothenberg, DPM, CWS | 15277 reads | 1 comments

In the course of a single day, we often see frustrating patients who do not follow the seemingly simple instructions that we give to them. Treating non-compliant diabetic patients, specifically those who are dealing with issues of wound care, infections and even amputations, can be particularly challenging.
When I use the term non-compliant, I am sure that everyone immediately visualizes his or her most memorable patient. You may refer to this patient as a problem patient, a troublemaker or any other choice word, but are these negative judgments of patients making the challenging cases even



New Products »

Accelerating Wound Healing

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Are chronic wounds throwing you for a loop?
If so, you may want to consider using CellerateRX, a new wound care gel and powder that reportedly helps to jumpstart the healing process. Advanced Wound Care, the manufacturer of the product, says CellerateRX has an array of indications ranging from diabetic ulcers and surgical wounds to pressure ulcers and second-degree burns.

The company notes that CellerateRX promotes and accelerates cellular regeneration by replicating the natural fibroconnective template. It can be a good modality for recalcitrant wounds as it promotes natural autolysis and



News and Trends »

Could Old Ankle Sprains Hamper Fitness Efforts?

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 7597 reads | 0 comments

Have you been seeing an increase in lateral ankle pain among baby boomers who have recently resumed regular exercising or sports activities? Sports medicine experts say the pain may be the result of old ankle sprains that haven’t healed properly and recommend checking the ankles of these patients for chronic instability.
An estimated 25 percent of sports injuries involve the foot or ankle, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), and a majority of these result from incomplete rehabilitation of earlier injuries.
Robert Duggan, DPM, says rigorous physical activi



Practice Builders »

How Will The New Coding Changes Affect Your Practice?

By Billie C. Bradford, MBA | 18012 reads | 0 comments

It happens every year. All healthcare professionals have learned to anticipate annual changes in Medicare regulations, coding and reimbursement. However, this year’s delays and payment uncertainties definitely qualify 2003 as one of the worst years yet for physicians trying to do some financial planning for their practices.
For starters, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2003 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Final Rule on Dec. 31, 2002, two months behind schedule. As a result of that delay, the payment rates for 2003 were amended to take effect on March 1,



Sports Medicine »

Treating Foot And Ankle Injuries In Ballet Dancers

By Mark A. Caselli, DPM | 62551 reads | 0 comments

The dancer’s feet are comparable to a concert pianist’s hands. Extensive training, often beginning before the age of 10, is common, especially among girls. Through the years, changing styles and great leaps have placed increased strain on the foot, resulting in the variety of dance injuries we must diagnose and treat today.
In a follow-up to the last column (see “How To Identify And Treat Common Ballet Injuries,” pg. 70, April issue), let’s take a closer look at other common foot and ankle injuries that affect ballet dancers.
The most common acute injury in theatrical dance is the



Technology In Practice »

New Wound Dressing Offers Promise Of Improved Healing

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 3956 reads | 0 comments

It can be challenging to maintain an optimum environment for wound healing in certain patients. It can also be challenging to sift through the vast array of wound care dressings on the market and find the right one that will help your patient. However, you may welcome the arrival of a new dressing that is reportedly cost-effective, easy to use and has a wide range of potential indications.
You can use the phytacare Alginate Hydrogel wound dressing to treat a wide variety of lower extremity wounds, ranging from diabetic ulcers and pressure ulcers to abrasions and second-degree burns, accordin



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