Volume 16 - Issue 8 - August 2003

Editor's Perspective »

Can The Present Help Shape The Future?

By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief | 2141 reads | 0 comments

There are significant disparities between the various podiatric residency programs across the country. For example, at the University of Texas, residents get “five hours per week of lectures and topic discussions,” according to one of the professors. Yet another educator who was accustomed to hearing four or five lectures a week during his residency concedes that the current crop of residents at his facility “are lucky to get one or two a week.”
In order to help address some of these issues, Alan Sherman, DPM, Michael Shore, DPM, and Jay Lieberman, DPM, have teamed up to create PRES



Forum »

Tilt-A-Whirls And Telecoms: The Other Side Of Thrill Rides

By John H. McCord, DPM | 1726 reads | 0 comments

I try to learn from my mistakes. I haven’t always succeeded. I was 11 when my parents first allowed me to go to the county fair alone. The midway or carnival had been forbidden territory to me because of the naughty side shows, gambling opportunities and the thrill rides. My mother would not have approved. I could always go to confession on the way home.
Three dollars was the budget for my first solo trip to the fair. I had just collected from my paper route customers and was carrying 10 silver dollars, five in each pocket. After paying the 50-cent admission, I had $2.50 to blow. I planned



Diabetes Watch »

The Role Of MMPs In Chronic Wound Edema

By Adrianne P.S. Smith, MD, FACEP | 17911 reads | 2 comments

Wound healing progresses through a series of processes, which include the formation of granulation tissue, epithelialization and connective tissue remodeling. These events require continuous modification of the complex cellular support matrix. This matrix is comprised of: structural proteins (collagen and elastin); specialized “anchoring” proteins (fibronectin, laminin and fibrillin); and proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) such as hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, heparan sulfate, heparin, dermatan sulfate and keratan sulfate. Blood vessels that deliver oxygen and nutrients to



New Products »

A Smart Way To Document

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Who isn’t always on the lookout for new devices to make reimbursement less of a hassle?
In order to make the process a little easier, you may want to consider the Smartdop® 20EX with Smart-V-Link™ Vascular Software.

The product features Smart-V-Link Vascular Software and is complete with ABI and TBI software. It reportedly helps facilitate easier documentation of preoperative procedures for the patient’s record and for reimbursement purposes as well, according to the company Koven Technology.
It adds that the software can also automatically calculate ratios and print



News and Trends »

Established DPMs To Teach Residents Online

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 5492 reads | 0 comments

Podiatric residents will have access to the expertise of a diverse range of established DPMs thanks to a new series of online lectures. Podiatry Online founders Alan Sherman, DPM, and Michael Shore, DPM, have created PRESENT (Podiatric Residency Education Services Network) Residency Courseware, which will bring lectures to all residency programs through the Internet. Podiatric residents will now be able to access 52 weekly hour-long lectures online, beginning August 1.
The goal of the program is to “equalize the access to high quality formal teaching materials by the nationwide community o



Orthotics Q&A »

Prescribing Orthotics For Pediatric Soccer Players

Clinical Editor: Nicholas Sol, DPM | 11997 reads | 0 comments

When treating pediatric soccer players, you may see common conditions such as calcaneal apophysitis and injuries such as lateral ankle sprains. Prescribing orthotics for players also comes with its own set of considerations. Indeed, finding the right orthotic can sometimes be tricky. With that in mind, our expert panelists weigh in on how best to treat this unique group of patients.

Q: What are the two or three most common biomechanical complaints you see in your pediatric patients who play soccer?
A:
All three panelists say Sever’s disease (calcaneal apophysitis) is among the co



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