Volume 16 - Issue 8 - August 2003

Continuing Education »

A Guide To Treatments For Onychomycosis

By John Mozena, DPM | 16381 reads | 0 comments

Onychomycosis is the number one diagnosed and treated disease by podiatrists today. While the disease was first recognized in the United States in 1928, it has only recently been brought under control with drugs that have been introduced in the last 10 years. With the advent of safer oral and topical medications, there has been a renewed focus on increasing efficacy rates. The current research seems to be centered on synergistic activity of oral and topical medications as well as different vehicles to add additional penetration of the medication.
Onychomycosis is present in 2 to 3 percent



Feature »

Reinventing The Delivery Of Quality Care

By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief | 6744 reads | 0 comments

There are some consistent themes that have emerged from this year’s roundup of leading innovations in podiatry. “Minimally invasive” seems to be the phrasing of choice as the technology seems to be more and more focused on reducing patient pain and downtime via more targeted surgical solutions. In addition to products geared toward common podiatric ailments such as flatfoot, plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, there are other modalities in the mix that may not be on the cusp of mainstream acceptance, but show intriguing promise for the future.
Without further delay, here is what



Editor's Perspective »

Can The Present Help Shape The Future?

By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief | 2117 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 | 1706 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 | 17656 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?
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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