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  • July 2012 | Volume 25 - Issue 7
    Camille Ryans, DPM
    1,423 reads | 0 comments | 06/27/12
    The terms practicum, practice and practical all come from the common Greek root, praktikos, which means “to practice.” Although the words have very different meanings, all three are necessary components in becoming a successful podiatrist. At times, during the training necessary to becoming a podiatric physician, we overlook these fundamentals and they become overshadowed by the quest to master the more complex podiatric medical theories and skills. ... continue reading
    Sydney K. Yau, DPM, and Bob Baravarian, DPM, FACFAS
    9,842 reads | 0 comments | 06/27/12
    Hallux limitus is a decrease in sagittal plane dorsiflexion of the hallux at the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ). Hallux rigidus is a term that clinicians often use interchangeably with hallux limitus but hallux rigidus describes the absence of motion or severely restricted motion of the first MPJ. The normal range of dorsiflexion of the first MPJ should be 65 to 75 degrees to allow for normal propulsion during gait. A limitation of motion at the first MPJ has a variety of potential causes including an elevated first metatarsal, a hypermobile first ray, a long first metatarsal, a square first metatarsal head or trauma. ... continue reading
    Damien Dauphinée, DPM, FACFAS, CWS-P
    14,168 reads | 1 comments | 06/27/12
    The interdigital neuroma is a common source of forefoot pain that podiatric foot and ankle surgeons see in their practices every day. The characteristic symptoms have been well known since Morton first described them in 1876.1 Even though Morton believed the problem was located at the fourth metatarsophalangeal articulation, his name has been associated with the pathology for over a century. Peripheral nerve surgeons have chosen to avoid the term “neuroma,” opting instead for “interdigital neuritis,” which better describes the problem. ... continue reading
    Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS
    40,860 reads | 0 comments | 06/27/12
    Providing salient examples and insights from their experience, the expert panelists discuss proper documentation, coding for E&M services and appropriate use of modifiers. ... continue reading
    Paul J. Liswood, DPM, FACFAS
    8,808 reads | 0 comments | 06/27/12
    The care podiatrists provide for patients with diabetes is essential, improves outcomes and saves money. That is the value we provide. Now we have data that demonstrates this value. Last year, two independent studies, one by Carls and colleagues and the other by researchers at Duke University, confirmed this truth. ... continue reading

    3,726 reads | 0 comments | 06/27/12
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has released its latest guidelines for diabetic foot infections, updating the recommendations from 2004. ... continue reading
    Jason Hanft, DPM, FACFAS, Jonathan Moskovits, DPM, and Daniel Hall, DPM
    15,626 reads | 1 comments | 06/27/12
    Is the probe to bone test losing its gold standard luster? Will nuclear medicine imaging reinvent the diagnostic approach to osteomyelitis? Can antibiotic beads have an impact in treatment? Offering insights from the literature as well as their own clinical experience, these authors answer those questions and many more. ... continue reading

    2,258 reads | 0 comments | 06/27/12
    A Podiatric Use For Amniotic Membranes Amniotic membranes, which have had longtime success in ocular surgery, may now have possible use in the lower extremity. ... continue reading
    Matthew Claxton, DPM
    8,038 reads | 0 comments | 06/26/12
    With a look at the current research, this author offers insights on addressing the bone healing issues resulting from vitamin D deficiency in a 19-year-old patient with bunions. ... continue reading
    Nicholas J. Bevilacqua, DPM, FACFAS
    9,595 reads | 0 comments | 06/26/12
    This author details the surgical treatment of a calcaneal avulsion fracture in a 59-year-old patient with poor bone quality, who later required revisional surgery consisting of excision of fracture fragment and reattachment of the Achilles tendon. ... continue reading