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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • December 2004 | Volume 17 - Issue 12
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    6,121 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/04
       Methicillin resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) infections are on the rise around the world as infections pass between hospitals and the community. The infections are not only associated with morbidity and mortality but also pose a high financial cost to patients and the healthcare profession, according to experts. What is causing the rise in antibiotic resistance and what steps should DPMs take to prevent and combat infection?    The incidence of MRSA infection has increased 40 percent in five years and one-third of pneumonia among patients on ventilators ... continue reading
    By Allan B. Grossman, DPM and Matt Sowa, DPM
    44,203 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/04
       Venous thromboembolism (VTE) or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a common medical condition associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. Undiagnosed and untreated VTE can put patients at an unacceptable risk for a pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal. Thromboemboli account for 600,000 new cases, 300,000 admissions and approximately 100,000 deaths a year. Given that VTE has a recurrence rate of approximately 30 percent, early diagnosis and treatment are imperative.    In order to understand the risk factors of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), one must firs ... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    3,909 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/04
       This is one of my editorials that will irritate the DPMs who equate being a podiatrist with canonization. You guys and gals might want to toss this issue aside or take an extra Paxil or Wellbutrin. Some of the decisions we make and the things we do compel us to take a harder look in the mirror.    We need to be more careful about operating on developmentally delayed, mentally ill and drug addicted patients. Most of these patients are not capable of making an informed decision alone and need the assistance of a competent advocate. This could be a relative, gu ... continue reading
    By Paul R. Scherer, DPM
    78,730 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/04
       Podiatrists have been treating tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS) conservatively for decades although there is no clinical outcome study to document the effectiveness of orthotics for this syndrome. Most podiatrists rely on the anecdotal evidence and their own experience to prescribe orthoses, which are intended to change the position of the foot and reduce the trauma and traction of the posterior tibial nerve at the flexor retinaculum.    First defined by Keck in 1962, tarsal tunnel syndrome is a relatively common problem that podiatrists see in their practice an ... continue reading

    2,760 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/04
       I believe your recent editorial was inappropriate. (See “Emphasizing Accountability For Seniors On Election Day,” page 15, October issue.) You made some half-baked effort to try and present some kind of balance in your editorial but your bias was obvious. You knocked President George Bush’s accomplishments in Medicare and touted the possibility that Senator John Kerry’s plan would be superior.    You, like so much of America, have taken Kerry’s statements at face value. Make no mistake about it. Kerry’s plan is socialized medicine. The ultra-lib ... continue reading
    By Gary L. Dockery, DPM, FACFAS
    61,702 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/04
       Granuloma annulare (GA) is a benign inflammatory, self-limiting granulomatous dermatoses characterized by a variable clinical presentation of dermal and subcutaneous lesions. Although this condition may occur at any age, it is predominantly a disease of children ranging in age from 2 to 10 and adults who are younger than 30. GA is very common in young females as they are twice as likely to be affected than males. Foot involvement occurs in more than 70 percent of all patients with GA and hand involvement occurs in 60 percent of patients.    The lesions may ... continue reading
    By Scott Neville, DPM, Peter Blume, DPM, and Jonathan Key, DPM
    31,051 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/04
       Although Charcot neuroarthropathy occurs in a small percentage (5 percent) of the diabetic population, the natural disease course is associated with severe morbidity including chronic ulcerations, infections and amputations.1 The medical necessity of limb preservation is well known to all podiatrists. However, the recent advent of rocker bottom reconstruction provides the podiatric surgeon with another tool in the fight for limb preservation.    Those with ulcerations secondary to Charcot foot deformity are part of a complex subset of patients who ... continue reading
    By Steven Chinn, DPM, MS
    7,503 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/04
    Everyone dreads the potential experience of making a mistake that affects patient care. However, the complexity of healthcare lends itself to these situations. Caring for patients requires a series of interconnecting steps in order to produce the desired outcome. As physicians and surgeons try to minimize the variables that arise, there are still factors, some of which we are accountable for and some not, that can add up to a bad clinical outcome. Many states have regulations that require licensed healthcare facilities, such as hospitals and nursing homes, to report any unusual patient care p ... continue reading
    By Lynn Homisak, PRT
    7,299 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/04
       As songwriter Henry Kaiser put it, “Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.” I can attest to this truth of this statement. As a podiatric medical assistant and consultant, I frequently lecture at meetings and speak to doctors and assistants all over the country. My mission is to help create a better work dynamic between doctors and assistants. With this in mind, let us consider some common questions that come up at meetings.    Q: I am not having any luck training my staff. I tell them how things should be done and I still end up doing them m ... continue reading
    By Alan R. Catanzariti, DPM, Robert W. Mendicino, DPM, and Brian D. Neerings, DPM
    25,017 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/04
       The double calcaneal osteotomy includes a combination of the posterior calcaneal displacement osteotomy (PCDO) and the Evans anterior opening wedge calcaneal osteotomy. One would consider this combination for symptomatic flexible flatfoot deformity in both the adolescent flexible flatfoot and the adult with late stage II (Johnson and Strom’s classification) posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD).    The PCDO consists of a transcortical osteotomy through the posterior tuber of the calcaneus with medial transposition of the tuberosity. The PCDO displaces ... continue reading