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  • October 2004 | Volume 17 - Issue 10
    Second in a series
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    6,078 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    How does the care of diabetic patients at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities stack up against care given by professionals in managed care plans? A new study involving over 8,000 people suggests patients with diabetes receive superior care at the VA facilities. The study, which was recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, tracked nearly 1,300 patients with diabetes in five VA centers and compared their care to that which was received by 6,900 patients with diabetes in eight managed care health plans. According to the study, 98 percent of the patients with diab... continue reading
    This patient developed a large blister from chronic venous insufficiency, a condition that results in blood pooling in the venous system of the lower extremities.
    By Mark Beylin, DPM
    35,559 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Chronic venous insufficiency is a significant disease that affects as much as 25 percent of the population in the United States. It is also a condition commonly treated by podiatric physicians. The condition results in blood pooling in the venous system of the lower extremities (see “A Guide To Normal Venous Anatomy And Physiology below). Venous stasis ulcers are the end stage of chronic venous insufficiency. In order to treat venous stasis ulceration, one must have a clear understanding of the pathophysiology of venous disease. Most of the vein problems that occur are due to increased pr... continue reading
    
The AmeriGel Hydrogel Saturated Gauze Dressing is indicated for pressure ulcers and diabetic ulcers.

    7,569 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    When undergoing treatment for pressure ulcers and infections, your patients may want a dressing they can easily apply once a day. The AmeriGel Hydrogel Saturated Gauze Dressing may be the answer as it is the first antimicrobial hydrogel impregnated gauze, according to the manufacturer AmerX Health Care. The company says the product reduces the bioburden of the wound, facilitating a wound free of debris. The gauze is indicated for use on pressure ulcers (stage I to IV), diabetic skin ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, first- and second-degree burns and post-surgical wounds with dehiscence, acc... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    1,575 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Access to health care coverage will certainly play a role in the upcoming presidential election on November 2. At the end of last year, President Bush signed the Medicare reform bill into law (see “Medicare Reform: Just More Smoke And Mirrors?,” page 14, February issue). Aside from the significantly underestimated cost of the Medicare reforms, people on Medicare are not exactly thrilled with the new law, according to a recently released survey by the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Nearly half of seniors and non-elderly people with disabilities on Medicare have an unfavorable vie... continue reading
    Many runners who are smaller and lighter prefer a graphite orthotic for fit and control of pronation, according to Timothy Dutra, DPM. He says it is important for the running shoe to be stable in order to get maximum control from the orthotic.
    Clinical Editor: Timothy Dutra, DPM
    17,533 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    When prescribing orthotics for athletes in widely varying types of sports, one must take into consideration both the needs of the athletes and the advantages and disadvantages different types of shoes may offer. With that said, these panelists offer their expertise on orthotic modifications they use to keep their patients on the athletic field. Q: What influence does athletic shoegear have on sport specific orthotics and orthotic modifications? A: For Stephen M. Pribut, DPM, the patient’s specific shoe category and sport have a “major impact” on the orthotics he prescribes. H... continue reading
    By David Edward Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP
    9,349 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Supply chain inventory management (SCIM) is essential for doctors who perform a number of similar procedures, those who dispense a fair number of products and surgeons because a medical practice’s profitability will suffer if it has too much or too little inventory of durable medical equipment (DME) on hand. How can a physician determine the proper DME inventory level? One uncommonly used approach is based on the economic order quantity costing (EOQC) method. EOQC is a century-old accounting formula that determines the point at which the combination of order costs and inventory carrying cos... continue reading
    Here is a photo of Luke D. Cicchinelli, DPM, and a five-year-old Nicaraguan girl who was treated for a large lipoma deep to her plantar fascia. Dr. Cicchinelli says participating in mission trips “frames my daily work in a context of value and service bey
    By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    8,528 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
    More and more DPMs are volunteering their time and considerable expertise to travel abroad to help those in need of medical attention. While the concept of missionary work is certainly not new, the number of opportunities to help others across the globe seemingly grows each year. It is not only the patients in other countries who benefit from the gifts these trips provide. Daniel Lee, DPM, AACFAS, remembers going on mission trips as an elementary school student while living in South America. He currently serves on the faculty of the Baja Project for Crippled Children. Since 1976, the Baja ... continue reading
    This patient has excessive hyperhidrosis. Note the small droplets of moisture on the feet in a moccasin distribution.
    By Mary E. Crawford, DPM, FACFAS
    24,041 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Hyperhidrosis is a pathological condition of overperspiration due to excessive secretion by the eccrine sweat glands in amounts greater than required for physiological needs. The disorder often leads to personal embarrassment and professional difficulties in the workplace. It is estimated that Americans alone spend in excess of $500 million annually on products designed to decrease sweating. Patients will often seek medical attention but the enormity of the problem is often disregarded by the medical professional, resulting in despair and isolation for those who suffer from hyperhidrosis. It ... continue reading

    3,310 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    I thoroughly enjoy reading Podiatry Today each month. It is an excellent learning tool for a student. However, upon reading the recent Editor’s Perspective column (see “Are Biomechanics Emphasized Enough In Podiatric Education?” page 18, August issue), I found your survey of the schools to be somewhat misleading. Having just begun my third year at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, I have already completed two semesters of biomechanics. I have also completed courses in physical therapy, sports medicine, padding and strapping, and have taken several practical biomechanical wo... continue reading
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM, Donald R. Green, DPM, and Peter Kim, DPM, MS
    14,059 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Yes, this author says the Lapidus facilitates better first ray stability, allows more intraoperative flexibility and is an easier procedure to perform and fixate. By Babak Baravarian, DPM As the field of foot and ankle surgery has evolved, there has been a dramatic shift in hallux abducto valgus surgery. Currently, the primary treatment goals are ensuring proper alignment of the first metatarsal in both the sagittal, frontal and transverse planes, and facilitating the best long-term outcome. When it comes to realignment of the first ray in all three planes and minimizing the chanc... continue reading