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  • December 2004 | Volume 17 - Issue 12
    By Steven Chinn, DPM, MS
    7,172 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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
    Praise goes a long way. Praising good behavior encourages the continuation of this behavior so keep those compliments coming.
    By Lynn Homisak, PRT
    7,080 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
    24,258 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