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  • November 2004 | Volume 17 - Issue 11
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    3,491 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/04
       Documenting chart notes has become a pain in the butt. In the good old days, I would handwrite one or two lines after rendering routine foot care. Now I have to dictate a chapter of War and Peace after trimming a few toenails. It is even worse if the patient comes in with a complex foot problem. I have to insert all the bullets to justify the billing code or go to jail for 10 years if the dreaded audit occurs.    I never wanted to buck the system so I hired a transcriptionist (one who can listen, type and keep track of office gossip all at the same ti ... continue reading
    By Stephen Offutt, DPM, MS and Patrick DeHeer, DPM
    146,209 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/04
       Heel pain is arguably the most common complaint that foot and ankle specialists hear. The majority of these complaints are linked to plantar fasciitis and we all have developed our own unique treatment algorithms for this condition. What happens when we are months into our treatment algorithm and the patient has not had much improvement or a fasciotomy has been performed and the heel pain returns? Is it still plantar fasciitis?    No. In both of these scenarios, we must revert back to our differential diagnoses. While heel pain is commonly caused by plantar ... continue reading

    5,972 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/04
       We certainly agree that the DPM/MD or DPM/DO agree is not for John McCord, DPM (“Should We Add ‘MD’ To Our Credentials?,” page 74, September issue). This forward-looking concept is directed at the future of podiatric medicine, not the past or present. It would not be effective from a time or cost perspective for a practitioner such as Dr. McCord, with 29 years under his belt, to go back to school, pass tests or complete rotations.    The concept of the dual degree is part of an evolutionary process that has elevated a former trade into a bona fide r ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    5,702 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/04
       Type “DPM” or “podiatrist” into an Internet search engine and name after name of established practitioners will come up, leading to Web sites which may have established in order to market their practices. Many podiatrists have been building Web sites to supplement the traditional methods of reaching patients and facilitate the ability of potential patients to reach them. ... continue reading
    By Gary L. Dockery, DPM, FACFAS
    11,329 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/04
    By Lowell Scott Weil, Jr., DPM, MBA
    41,282 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/04
       Last year, I wrote “Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) has a long way to go to prove it has overwhelming medical benefits that are claimed by the manufacturers, but it is still in the early stages of its evolution. With time, it will be necessary to prove these claims through prospective studies.” (See “Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy: Hope Or Hype?,” page 46, November 2003 issue.)    While this article is not intended to prove beyond a statistical doubt that ESWT works, emerging research via prospective placebo-controlled, double-blind studie ... continue reading
    By Justin Franson, DPM, and Babak Baravarian, DPM
    34,165 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/04
       A 20-year-old male presents to your office with a painful sinus tarsi, medial arch and a history of recurrent ankle sprains over the last few years. The pain seems to limit his activities more and more, and he is frustrated with his lack of improvement. He has seen a few doctors for this problem, and has been treated with orthotics, ankle braces, physical therapy and NSAIDs. He wants to know why he is not getting better and what you can do to get him back to playing tennis.    The majority of patients who walk (or limp) into our offices have conditions that ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    13,088 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/04
       There were a lot of reports circulating last month about the rise of injuries in the National Football League (NFL). An Indianapolis Star article noted that after four weeks of play, 34 players had been placed on injured reserve, the highest number in six years. As this issue went to press, 346 players are listed on injury reports in the NFL with the injuries ranging from mild to season-ending injuries. (That is an approximate average of 11 injured players per team.) Sixty-three of these injuries (18 percent) are lower-extremity injuries.    When aske ... continue reading
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    114,640 reads | 1 comments | 11/03/04
       Whether it is used as a topical ingredient or a dressing ingredient, the use of silver in treating wounds has been around for quite some time. Silver has an array of beneficial effects in promoting healing. Given the potential of silver in the wound care arena, our expert panelists take a closer look at the history of silver in wound care, key indications and their experience with the different modalities that contain silver.    Q: Historically, how has topical silver been used in wound care?    A: The panelists note that silver has ... continue reading
    By Jesse Burks, DPM
    7,688 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/04
       Severe, acute or repetitive chronic inversion ankle sprains can often result in lateral instability of the lateral ankle complex. Although one can treat the vast majority of these conditions conservatively, a significant and unresponsive case may require surgical intervention. Over the course of the past two decades, improved soft tissue anchors and arthroscopic procedures have reduced the necessity of traditional open procedures.    However, these procedures can still play a vital role in the surgical management of this condition. Naturally, there are numer ... continue reading