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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • December 2004 | Volume 17 - Issue 12
    Praise goes a long way. Praising good behavior encourages the continuation of this behavior so keep those compliments coming.
    By Lynn Homisak, PRT
    7,200 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    When considering a double calcaneal osteotomy, one should assess standard weightbearing views (AP, lateral and oblique views of the foot and ankle) for degenerative changes and angular deformity.
    By Alan R. Catanzariti, DPM, Robert W. Mendicino, DPM, and Brian D. Neerings, DPM
    24,577 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    Darco says the Med-Surg™ Shoe reduces pressure and provides post-op protection.

    6,234 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Debriding For Successful Wound Healing    For the latest in debriding diabetic ulcers, turn to the newest variation on a tried and true papain urea formula.    Gladase™-C is indicated for diabetic and decubitis ulcers, postoperative wounds, burns and various other wounds. Smith and Nephew Wound Management, the manufacturer of the product, says the papain-urea-chlorophyllin copper complex sodium in Gladase-C offers an enzymatic debrider that one can apply throughout treatment to help remove necrotic tissue and liquefy slough.  &... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief
    1,634 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       When I first started working on this magazine, we did a small survey of readers to help determine the direction of the magazine when we took it over from the former publisher. The majority of readers said they wanted to see more clinical topics and we have pursued this editorial agenda over the years with some practice management articles mixed in as well.    It is an ongoing education for us to provide just the right mix of articles that tackle emerging clinical topics as well as articles that discuss conditions that you see every day in your practice. Tha... continue reading
    By Mark A. Caselli, DPM, and John Brummer, DPM
    28,513 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Fluid replacement is an important part of any athletic regimen, but proper hydration is one of the most neglected aspects of the athlete’s diet. Now that podiatrists are active members of the medical teams servicing many types of athletic events (and often act as medical directors and co-directors), it is vital to have a working knowledge of the signs and symptoms of dehydration. Active sports medicine podiatrists should also be able to develop a plan for establishing hydration protocols at sporting events.    When athletes engage in sport, they will lose ... continue reading
    Here is a postoperative infection following a first MTPJ arthroplasty in a patient who has neuropathy and diabetes. The culture and sensitivities grew out as community-acquired MRSA. (Photo courtesy of David G. Armstrong, DPM.)
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    5,992 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    With deep vein thrombosis, there is a triad of hypercoagulability, venous stasis and endothelial damage.
    By Allan B. Grossman, DPM and Matt Sowa, DPM
    43,469 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    3,805 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    74,172 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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

    2,697 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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