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  • April 2004 | Volume 17 - Issue 4
    By Christopher R. Jarvis, MBA and David B. Mandell, JD, MBA
    3,780 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Over the past few years, we have written many articles on potential strategies that podiatrists can use to reduce income taxes, increase benefits or build retirement savings. Unfortunately, these consultations often turn out to be less than fruitful because of office politics. While the younger members of a podiatry group are often very motivated to reduce their income taxes, the older, more established doctors are often uninterested. Either they are already so close to retirement that they don’t need extra retirement planning or they are simply set in their ways and don’t want to chang... continue reading
    Having a proper follow-through allows the golfer to safely decelerate the swing and dissipate the rotational forces. Weight shift and shearing forces load the leading foot laterally as typical loads reach 85 percent of body weight.
    By Kirk Herring, DPM, and Kelli Pearson, DC
    13,975 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Over 25 million Americans play golf on a regular basis.1 Unlike many athletes, golfers also remain active well into their later years.2 With the aging of the adult population, increasing numbers of seniors will turn or return to golf for exercise and pleasure. Given the increasing numbers of people playing golf, you may start to see more patients presenting with golf-related injuries. Golf-related injuries are commonly attributed to the repetitive nature of the golf swing and a long day of walking and standing.3,4 One may also see an increased incidence of ove... continue reading
    Here is an example of a two-stage amputation that is now ready for debulking and delayed primary closure.
    By Kathleen Satterfield, DPM
    11,100 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    There is a moment in the operating room when every surgeon must make a decision about an amputation. Should we perform the amputation as a two-stage procedure or is it wise to close the surgical site right then and there? There was a time when surgeons always left these surgical sites open due to the concern of possibly closing over some bacterial contamination that would flourish in the sutured environment. Of course, there was also a time when patients were admitted to the hospital for elective bunion surgery. Obviously, times have changed. Now the surgeon who sends a tissue sample to the ... continue reading
    Contractures of capsule, ligament and muscle result in rigid equinovarus.
    By Edwin Harris, DPM
    18,015 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Since the first recognition of talipes equinovarus (TEV), the only treatment options have been closed reduction through manipulation with immobilizing techniques and surgical correction. The goal of treatment is ensuring a painless, plantigrade, supple foot with good range of motion and normal function. However, there has been a significant evolution in the treatment of TEV over the years. In fact, there are over 2,600 literature references on the subject. TEV is an anatomically and etiologically complex condition. Understanding the morbid anatomy is crucial for successful conservative and su... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    4,030 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Revenue enhancement was a popular theme in the exhibit hall at the APMA national meeting last August. Every other booth seemed to offer an enhancement gimmick. These exhibits were popular, especially with the younger doctors. This brought to mind a novel I read in the mid-‘70s. It was called Five Smooth Stones and was written by Anne Fairbairn. The story was about relationships but the underlying theme was, "You pay for your luck." The idea was some good things and some bad things will come your way in life. There should be a balance. If you’re out of balance to the good or to the bad, f... continue reading
    One pitfall of the ABI is that it yields abnormally high values with medial calcification of arteries, which one commonly sees in the diabetic population.
    By Peter A. Blume, DPM, Jonathan J. Key, DPM, Bauer E. Sumpio, MD, PhD
    19,165 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) affects 12 million people in the United States.1 More than half of the patients with PAD are asymptomatic or have atypical symptoms.2 PAD is a narrowing of blood vessels characterized by atherosclerotic occlusive disease of the lower extremities, restricting blood flow. There are many causes of PAD. In addition to a major risk factor like smoking, diseases such as diabetes, Buerger’s disease, hypertension and Raynaud’s disease predispose patients to developing PAD. Inadequate perfusion to the lower extremity will always result in a n... continue reading
    In a retrospective study of over 200 patients who underwent the Lapidus arthrodesis procedure, the researchers found only a 5.3 percent nonunion rate.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    5,127 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    A new study on Lapidus arthrodesis presents some encouraging results. In a retrospective study of over 200 patients who underwent the Lapidus arthrodesis procedure, the researchers found only a 5.3 percent nonunion rate. The study, which was recently published in The Journal of Foot And Ankle Surgery (JFAS), assessed the results of a modified procedure, which emphasized joint curettage with subchondral plate preservation and screw fixation. The low nonunion rate is the most significant finding in the study, according to study co-author Lawrence Ford, DPM. “A lot of people believe t... continue reading
    By Michael Metzger, DPM, MBA
    3,843 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Choosing the best software program for your practice is not easy. There are many good practice management software programs (PMS) on the market. They vary widely in their features, costs, ease of use and learning curve. While these differentiating factors are commonly known, you may want to consider other aspects of these programs — aspects that are less commonly known or thought of — in order to obtain a software package that provides the best fit for you and your practice. For instance, most of us will think of the need to enter the insurance company’s name, address, phone number, etc... continue reading
    Koven says its Smart-V-Link Vascular Software facilitates easier pre-op documentation.

    2,328 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    A new product combines diagnostic testing with equipment that may help facilitate easier reimbursement. The Smartdop® 20EXR Doppler has Smart-V-Link™ Vascular Software that enables you to document your preoperative procedures for patient records and reimbursement. Koven Technology, the manufacturer of the product, says the software features complete ABI and TBI software for simple documentation and automatic calculation of ratios. The Smartdop, which weighs just 2 pounds, also has an optional PPG plug-in module to measure toe pressures in patients with diabetes. Koven says i... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    2,437 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Prove it. Well, it’s easier said than done when it comes to evidence-based medicine (EBM) in podiatry. In the Diabetes Watch column this month, guest columnist Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, tackles the issue of open amputations versus closed amputations (see page 16). She notes that on this specific topic, “much of the knowledge that we operate under comes from research at other anatomic levels by other specialists.” The lack of EBM is a prevailing issue across the board in podiatric surgery, according to one experienced surgeon and educator. He notes that podiatric surgeons still base m... continue reading