Volume 18 - Issue 1 - January 2005

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A Closer Look At Bone Graft Substitutes

By D. Scot Malay, DPM | 26828 reads | 0 comments

   There are many instances when it is appropriate for the foot and ankle surgeon to use bone grafts in order to enhance a patient’s clinical outcome. When it comes to reconstructive osteotomies for angular realignment, arthrodeses and the repair of nonunions and cystic bone lesions, these are often best performed with procedures that take advantage of the many desirable features of bone grafts and, more recently, bone graft substitutes.

   Before discussing the details of bone graft substitutes, it is helpful to review the bone graft options that are availa

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Inside Secrets To DME Billing

By Anthony Poggio, DPM | 58764 reads | 2 comments

   Many doctors already dispense supplies and durable medical equipment (DME) from their offices for patient use. Others will simply write a prescription and send the patient to a DME provider. This is potentially a lost source of revenue for the practice. Having DME and supplies available in the office is also a great service to the patient.

   Patients love it when they can get X-rays in the office as opposed to going to another facility, waiting for additional services, taking additional time off work, etc. The same applies to dispensing DME. Another benefi

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What You Should Know About Dance Injuries

By Lisa M. Schoene, DPM, ATC | 43242 reads | 0 comments

   In recent years, dance medicine has become increasingly separate from the traditional sports medicine culture. As dance injuries are being evaluated and studied from many different medical perspectives, it is becoming more apparent that there is a serious need for dance medicine specialists to educate not only the dancers but the dance company managers and teachers.

   Awareness of injuries among dancers and their need for proper treatment and rehabilitation has become more accepted by the dance community. Prompt evaluation and treatment can facilitate long

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How To Determine The Appropriate Level Of Amputation

By Kathleen Satterfield, DPM | 14008 reads | 0 comments

   One should not view an amputation as a failure but as an opportunity to give a patient a chance to improve his or her quality of life.1-3 If the amputation is a definitive procedure, it may allow the patient freedom from the continuing wound care that chronic ulcerations tend to require. While the amputation is often thought of as a simple procedure, one should only perform this procedure after careful consideration of factors that will lead to a successful long-term outcome for each patient.

   Selecting an inappropriate level of amputation can d

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How To Detect And Treat Tinea Pedis

By Barry Blass, DPM | 61702 reads | 0 comments

   Fungal infections of the foot represent the fourth most common problem that we see in podiatric practice.1 Approximately 26.5 million people are affected annually.2 Nearly half of these people will suffer from multiple episodes for years. Treatment varies from home remedies and OTC preparations to a large variety of topical and oral medications. While tinea pedis is certainly is not the most challenging condition we treat, eliminating a longstanding, annoying and embarrassing condition can make the practitioner a hero in the eyes of his or her patient.