Volume 16 - Issue 12 - December 2003

Feature »

Reviving An Ancient Therapy To Manage Chronic Pain

By Nicholas A. Grumbine, DPM | 9533 reads | 0 comments

Controlling pain has become a sophisticated, albeit inexact science. Artful pain assessment, integrated care, the titration of medications and the effective use of therapies and modalities are tailored for each patient. Indeed, meticulous clinicians must avoid tunnel vision and take the proper steps in diagnosing and treating chronic pain.



Continuing Education »

How To Select The Right Procedure For Hallux Limitus

By Harold Schoenhaus, DPM | 18185 reads | 0 comments

When it comes to hallux limitus, there are several circumstances in which one may see this decreased range of motion of the first metatarsophalangeal joint. You may note a limited range in the direction of dorsiflexion, plantarflexion or both. Depending upon the etiology, you may see the restriction during nonweightbearing, static stance or during the propulsive phase of gait.
The etiology may be secondary to direct macrotrauma to the great toe joint, metabolic conditions such as gouty arthritis or, most commonly, first ray hypermobility associated with abnormal pronation. Hypermobility of



Editor's Perspective »

Flipping The Script For Unconventional Remedies?

By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief | 1639 reads | 0 comments

The consumer ads for pain management pharmaceuticals keep coming fast and furious. In one ad, you may see a woman standing at a window grimacing, clutching her painful knee as she watches her children play in the back yard. In the next scene, you see her smiling and pushing her daughter on a swing. You hear the voiceover come in: “Ask your physician about (fill in the name of the medication here).”
Then there’s the obligatory close-up shot of the product with a rosy glow behind it and perhaps a brief hushed warning about possible side effects.
Imagine flipping the script on the voic



Letters »

Another View Of Podiatric Residency Funding

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In regard to last month’s “Letters” section (see “A Closer Look At Federal Funding For Residencies,” page 14, November), teaching hospitals that have intern and residency training programs and that also treat Medicare patients are currently being reimbursed by the Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services (CMS) for direct and indirect expenses.
The direct expenses would cover such financial items as intern/resident salaries, health insurance, meals, malpractice insurance and educational expenses. This is usually the smaller of the amounts received by the hospital administration. Th



Forum »

Why It Pays To Be Cautious With 'Funny Looking Lesions'

By John McCord, DPM | 3261 reads | 0 comments

I have performed more than 300 unnecessary excisional biopsies during the past 28 years. They were unnecessary because the pathology reports were negative. The lesions were not malignant. It’s the five positive biopsies that made all this unnecessary surgery worth doing. I learned early in my career about the risk of neglecting to biopsy a “funny looking lesion.”
A lady in her late 50s came to me the first month I was in private practice. She had a very painful ingrown toenail. The toe seemed normal and there was hardly any incurvation of the nail border. The skin was slightly red and



News and Trends »

CDC Warns Of MRSA In Athletes

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 4797 reads | 0 comments

Methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) infections have become increasingly prevalent in recent years in various populations. Over the past year and a half, there have been outbreaks of MRSA on athletic teams, prompting a recent report by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that warned competitive athletes of the potential for infection.
In an August edition of the Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report (MMWR), the CDC noted an MRSA outbreak on a Colorado fencing team that occurred in February. One month before that, two Indiana high school wrestlers suffered



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