Volume 24 - Issue 12 - December 2011

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December 2011

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As part of the proposed reforms for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), podiatric physicians would be eligible to attain leadership positions in hospital staffs.
The rule would change the requirements that hospitals and critical access hospitals must fulfill to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. Under current requirements, hospitals are permitted to assign management positions to MDs, DOs or, when permitted by state law, doctors of dental surgery or dental medicine.

Diabetes Watch »

Can Copper Help Prevent Lower Extremity Complications In Patients With Diabetes?

Gary M. Rothenberg, DPM, CDE, CWS | 11947 reads | 0 comments

The wound care arena of the 21st century offers the practicing clinician a wide array of products and technologies to utilize in the management of diabetic foot ulcerations. Our patients are benefitting from the explosion of emerging technologies and evidence-based algorithms are helpful in guiding treatment interventions. Some technologies are innovative and a reflection of modern discoveries while others like medicinal applications for copper were in use in ancient times.

Orthotics Q&A »

Determining The Best Orthotic Fit For Patients

Guest Clinical Editor: Nicholas Romansky, DPM | 14390 reads | 0 comments

Are orthotics prescribed too much or are they underutilized when it comes to biomechanical issues in the lower extremity? In addition to emphasizing a tailored treatment approach for each patient, these experts also detail their casting methods and the standards they use to choose orthotic fabrication materials.

Practice Builders »

Managing Office Staff: What Podiatry Can Learn From The Airline Industry

Lynn Homisak, PRT | 7759 reads | 1 comments

Some might argue right out of the gate that running a practice the way the airline industry runs their airlines might be a downright disaster, especially in the area of time management. I might have once agreed as I have had my share of delays. However, when you consider that a major airline like Continental (now United) had as of August logged in 6,000 flights per day and shows an overall 85 percent success rate with departures and an 82 percent success rate with arrivals during the months of May and June 2011, the airline’s reputation is not as bad as you might have believed.1

Sports Medicine »

Rethinking Our Approach To Jones Fractures To Facilitate Shorter Post-Op Recovery

Edward Blahous, DPM, FACFAS | 53392 reads | 0 comments

If there was a surgical technique that could abbreviate the time it took to achieve clinical and radiographic healing of first metatarsal base osteotomies by three weeks, podiatric physicians would be obligated to investigate. Further, if this new technique afforded superior outcomes in comparison to the existing surgical standard, word would spread quickly to foot surgeons everywhere. Imagine how much more rapidly athletes could bear weight, exercise, go to work or return to their sport.

Forum »

For DPMs, It’s A Wonderful Life

Kevin A. Kirby, DPM | 2681 reads | 0 comments

Every year during the Christmas holidays, I make a point of taking the time during those busy days to sit for a few hours to watch my favorite holiday movie, Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life.