Volume 17 - Issue 5 - May 2004
I have been in private practice for five and a half years now. I have acquired three offices and I see patients from multiple nursing homes. Like most new practitioners, I had spent numerous hours the first few years figuring out how to “run” a practice. I was eager to build my practice and apply what I had worked so hard for over the last several years in school and residency.
During my first year out of residency, I spent a lot of time on marketing and trying to figure out the coding and billing. I spent my free time lecturing, visiting offices and going to just about every hospital f
New Products »
Looking for something to support the orthotic you’re already using?
Look no further than the Arch Suspender, which has lifting straps that provide adjustable support for the talonavicular joint and/or calcaneal cuboid joint. The product supports the custom Richie Brace® orthotic.
While applying ankle tape to the medial arch and leg has provided temporary relief for posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), the Arch Suspender’s adjustable strapping provides “maximum support and comfort,” according to patent holder Douglas Richie, DPM.
He says you can apply the Arch
News and Trends »
While there has been a plethora of studies in recent years that have tackled therapeutic footwear for people with diabetes, a new study reveals a dramatically lower rate of foot ulcers among those who wear therapeutic footwear and insoles. The study, which was published recently in Diabetes Care, found that 33 percent of patients who wore their own shoes had new foot lesions while approximately four percent of those who wore therapeutic footwear and insoles experienced new ulcers.
The study, which was conducted in India, tracked 241 patients with diabetes who either had previous foot u
Surgical Pearls »
Isolated fusions of the rearfoot have long been a choice of many podiatric foot and ankle surgeons for conditions such as coalitions, arthrosis and symptomatic flatfoot deformities. Persuasive arguments can be made for fusion of the calcaneocuboid, subtalar or talonavicular joints, especially when it comes to deformities such as the symptomatic flatfoot. While each of these procedures provide certain benefits for surgeons, they can present their own unique intraoperative and postoperative challenges as well.
With this in mind, I would like to share my thoughts as to why my talonavicular (TN)
Wound Care Q&A »
Given the potentially serious nature of venous ulcers in the lower extremity, our expert panelists take a closer look at key risk factors and share their treatment approaches to this condition. Drawing from their experience, they also discuss topical treatments, the use of bioengineered skin substitutes and surgical procedures.
Q: What risk factors predispose patients to the development of lower extremity venous ulcers?
A: Mark Hirko, MD, and Lawrence Karlock, DPM, agree that risks include prior deep venous thromboses (DVT), morbid obesity, lower extremity trauma and chronic venous
Whether they are due from patients, insurance companies, HMOs, Medicare, Medicaid or other third-party payers, accounts receivable (A/R) are the lifeblood of any medical practice. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for a podiatry practice to wait six, nine, 12 months or longer for payment. In fact, older A/R are often written off or charged back as bad debt expenses and never collected at all.
Also keep in mind that A/R are often the biggest practice asset to protect against creditors or adverse legal judgements. A judgement creditor pursuing you for a claim may pursue the assets of your prac
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