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  • September 2003 | Volume 16 - Issue 9
    Moderator: Robert Phillips, DPM Panelists: William Olson, DPM, Douglas Richie Jr., DPM, Paul Scherer, DPM and Christopher E. Smith, DPM
    22,444 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    In order to help bring orthotic therapy into sharper focus, some of the top thinkers on biomechanics share their insights on various orthotic materials. They discuss the importance of addressing the patient’s specific activity and pathology in arriving at an appropriate orthotic prescription, and offer their views and experiences on the efficacy of various orthotic materials. Without further delay, here’s what they had to say to questions posed by Robert Phillips, DPM. Q: What type of feet do you feel almost always need rigid orthotics? What type of feet should never be put into a ... continue reading
    By Mark Hofbauer, DPM, and Steven Kravitz, DPM
    31,414 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    Yes, Mark Hofbauer, DPM, cites the limited indications of the procedure. He says the first MPJ fusion is a better option for hallux abductovalgus patients as it provides enhanced stability and biomechanical effects. For the past 10 to 15 years, there has been a great debate over whether the Keller bunionectomy has become an outdated procedure. Proponents on both sides have been able to make solid arguments. The Keller bunionectomy began to get a black eye years ago when surgeons stretched the indications for its use. This was due in part because it was an easy, quick procedure to perform. A ... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    2,402 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    I ran into a young family physician in the hospital last week. He is one of the sharpest new doctors in our community and refers to podiatrists often. He looked terrible and seemed almost in shock. He let me know his job had just been terminated at the clinic where he was employed. He had one day to discharge his patients from the hospital or turn them over to other physicians. He was being replaced by a physician’s assistant. The bad stuff that our profession dealt with in the 1990s because of health care reform is still happening to our MD friends. We often complained during the ‘70s an ... continue reading
    By Neal Frankel, DPM
    6,665 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    Who would have thought that when we finally went into practice after years of podiatry school and residency, we would be more dependent on third party payers for our existence than our patients? In fact, recent studies have indicated that, on the average, we spend one-half to one full hour per patient on paperwork and insurance matters. For many podiatrists to whom I have spoken, the “hassle factor” of trying to get paid from insurance companies seems to be the primary reason many of them are not happy with private practice. Keep in mind this is a game of sorts. The insurers want to keep ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    5,974 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    Students pursuing a career in podiatry will have a new option when Midwestern University unveils a new podiatric medicine program in October 2004. The university, located in Glendale, Ariz., will become the seventh member of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) in 2005 and its new four-year program will have slots for 30 students. Jeffrey C. Page, DPM, the Director of the Arizona Podiatric Medical Program at Midwestern University, says the program will address a strong future demand for DPMs as well as the needs of the surrounding community. Citing 1999 projectio ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    3,496 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    Three years ago, enrollments at podiatry schools were in serious decline and it was deemed a crisis situation. It got to the point where some even suggested reducing the number of podiatry schools from seven to six or perhaps five. However, experienced educators noted that enrollment trends are very cyclical and, sure enough, there have been positive increases in enrollment the last two years. According to the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM), the total first year enrollment at the six AACPM schools improved to 461 in 2003, a 15 percent increase from two years ... continue reading
    By Jonathan Moore, DPM
    54,562 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/03
    As the complexity and price of wound care materials seems to be reaching mind-numbing proportions, choosing the right product for your patients seems to be getting harder instead of easier. However, taking into account cost, effectiveness and availability, one would be hard pressed to find a product better than zinc oxide. Although it is most commonly associated with diaper rash ointments and Unna boot wraps, zinc oxide has remained relatively underused in podiatry offices and in wound care centers. Considering that more than 300 enzymes are dependent on zinc for activity such as matrix metal ... continue reading
    By Gerard V. Yu, DPM, Andrew Vincent, DPM, and Wissam Khoury, DPM
    17,803 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    Over the years, a multitude of techniques have been described and employed for digital arthrodesis, ranging from arthroplasty and arthrodesis to flexor tendon transfer and lesser digital implants. Each procedure has a place in surgical correction of digital deformities. Digital arthrodesis, in particular, provides permanent and reliable correction of deformities and is considered by the senior author to be a favored technique, especially when it comes to managing digital deformities of a biomechanical etiology. Two fundamental techniques, the end-to-end arthrodesis and the peg-in-hole arthro ... continue reading
    By Stephen L. Barrett, DPM
    16,045 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    Keck first described tarsal tunnel syndrome in the literature back in 1962 and it remains a controversial topic today.1 While tarsal tunnel syndrome is a prevalent and common condition, lower extremity peripheral nerve entrapments and other nerve pathology can be clinically difficult to appreciate and understand. Needless to say, making a decision to proceed with surgical intervention for this condition can also be difficult. Experienced practitioners with a high degree of neurological understanding and appreciation for peripheral nerve pathology are more likely to focus on these p ... continue reading
    By James Q. Del Rosso, DO, FAOCD
    5,586 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/03
    Cutaneous malignancies and benign neoplasms simulating malignancy commonly affect the distal lower extremity, including the foot. One may see a variety of malignancy categories such as epithelial tumors, adnexal neoplasms, melanoytic neoplasms, vascular neoplasms and soft tissue tumors. Histologic confirmation of diagnosis is essentially mandatory, warranting the need to send all tissue specimens, including biopsy, incisional and excisional specimens, for pathology examination. In some cases, the pathologist may incorporate immunohistochemical stains to differentiate specific tumor types. D ... continue reading