Volume 17 - Issue 8 - August 2004

Diabetes Watch »

Why We Shouldn't Overlook Psychosocial Issues In Patients With Diabetes

By Thomas Zgonis, DPM, and Gary Peter Jolly, DPM | 9627 reads | 0 comments

Diabetes mellitus is said to be a disorder of glucose metabolism, but it can be so much more for those individuals who have the disease and the families with whom they share their lives. The sequelae of diabetes involve vascular changes in the large and small vessels, and produce disorders of the retina, the kidneys and the coronary arteries, not to mention the peripheral vascular tree. While serum glucose management is critical, it is only one part of the total picture in managing patients with diabetes.
In order to adequately protect the patient from the ravages of diabetes, a well-integrat

Sports Medicine »

Recognizing And Treating Insect Bites And Stings In Athletes

By Mark A. Caselli, DPM | 9760 reads | 0 comments

Stinging insects and ticks can cause problems for athletes who participate in outdoor sports or activities. At the very least, these stings or bites can lead to itchy and irritating skin conditions. On the more extreme end, these stings or bites may lead to serious anaphylactic reactions or Lyme disease. Therefore, it is important for sports medicine practitioners to recognize the potential conditions and dangers that may come from these insect bites and stings, and know how to institute appropriate treatment.
Stinging insects belong to the order Hymenoptera, which includes bees, wasps and st

Orthotics Q&A »

Key Insights On Prescribing Orthoses For Dress Shoes And Sandals

Guest Clinical Editor: Lawrence Huppin, DPM | 12521 reads | 0 comments

With summer in full swing, more and more patients are moving from the rigidity of dress shoes into the comfort of sandals. Fitting orthotics into both types of footwear has its own unique challenges as the sizes of each vary and the amount of control is also different between shoe types. With this in mind, our expert panelists offer pearls on how they alter orthotic prescriptions for dress shoes or sandals.

Q: What are important concepts to keep in mind when prescribing orthoses for women’s dress shoes?
Lawrence Huppin, DPM, says patient education is of paramount importance

New Products »

Resolving Skin Conditions

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Are you looking for one cream that can combat several skin conditions?
Salex™ Cream may be just what your patients need. It utilizes 6% salicylic acid to fight hyperkeratotic skin disorders, such as keratosis plantaris, ichthyosis and psoriasis, according to Healthpoint, the product’s manufacturer.

The cream helps facilitate the removal of excess keratin and the company also notes that the product has a new Multivesicular Emulsion System (MVE). This MVE technology aids in hydration, lubrication and improving blood flow in the skin.
For your patients’ comfort, Salex i

Editor's Perspective »

Are Biomechanics Emphasized Enough In Podiatric Education?

By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief | 2186 reads | 0 comments

There is a prevailing notion that most podiatric students want to become accomplished podiatric surgeons as opposed to “experts in biomechanics of the foot.” However, educators and authors strongly emphasize the biomechanical knowledge of form and function as essential to being a successful podiatrist. “Biomechanical training sets podiatrists apart from other disciplines that treat the feet,” notes one established biomechanics author.
It is also the critical foundation for those who wish to become podiatric surgeons. After all, more than a few educators call podiatric surgery “ap

Practice Builders »

Seven Reasons To Appraise Your Practice

By David Edward Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP | 5364 reads | 0 comments

Assessing the value of your medical practice is an investment in your practice’s future. Not only does it help build equity value, it would be shortsighted not to have a professional appraiser working with you to understand the key issues involved and the reasons for them. After all, it is very easy in the emotion of buying or selling a practice to make a mistake, especially in a changing environment and niche specialty like podiatry.
Don’t wait to have your practice appraised. There is a tendency to contact professional appraisers retroactively during valuation disputes or when sales, pa