Volume 17 - Issue 4 - April 2004

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How To Avoid Financial Gridlock In A Group Practice

By Christopher R. Jarvis, MBA and David B. Mandell, JD, MBA | 3619 reads | 0 comments

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



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A Guide To Preventing And Managing Golf Injuries

By Kirk Herring, DPM, and Kelli Pearson, DC | 13689 reads | 0 comments

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



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Key Insights To Treating Talipes Equinovarus

By Edwin Harris, DPM | 17423 reads | 0 comments

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



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How To Detect Peripheral Arterial Disease

By Peter A. Blume, DPM, Jonathan J. Key, DPM, Bauer E. Sumpio, MD, PhD | 18417 reads | 0 comments

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



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Inside Insights On Evaluating Office Software

By Michael Metzger, DPM, MBA | 3666 reads | 0 comments

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



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Evidence-Based Medicine: A Worthwhile Investment?

By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief | 2320 reads | 0 comments

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



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