Volume 18 - Issue 2 - February 2005
New Products »
Relieve Dry Skin
Dry skin can be a problem for many patients in the winter.
Given this common problem, one may want to consider Umecta™, which can provide relief for moderately to severely dry skin. The JSJ Pharmaceuticals product contains 40% urea and SanoDerm™ technology, and is available in an 8-oz. tube.
The company notes Umecta also features a physiologic lipid base that is rich in omega-6 essential fatty acids. Such acids, which are readily absorbed into the epidermal barrier, can help in
News and Trends »
Many podiatrists report positive benefits anecdotally of using custom orthotics to treat plantar fasciitis. However, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Association (JAPMA) points out flaws in the current literature on the subject and suggests there is no current evidence basis to support the notion of custom orthotics being more effective than prefabricated orthotics for plantar fasciitis.
While authors of the study concede that the “vast majority” of articles in the last 30 years say orthoses are “highly effect
Orthotics Q&A »
There is an array of special considerations one must take into account when prescribing pediatric orthotics. In addition, it is important to work with both children and their parents to encourage compliance so the child does not develop problems later in life. With this in mind, our expert panelists share their experience on prescribing pediatric orthotics.
Q: When prescribing an orthotic for a child, how do you explain to the parents that the child may need to wear these devices for many years or the rest of his or her life?
Practice Builders »
Most podiatrists equate marketing with advertising. However, advertising is the most expensive and often least effective facet of services marketing. Internal marketing is the most cost effective, most time effective and usually the most dignified form of marketing. Internal marketing within your practice occurs continuously even if you are unaware of it.
Patient satisfaction opens the door to internal marketing of your practice and comprises the bulk of services marketing. We all know DPMs who are only average clinically but do extremely well. Conversely
Sports Medicine »
Pruritis, or generalized itching, is the most common presenting skin complaint. It can be a particularly annoying and sometimes debilitating problem for athletes, who place great demands on their skin. Since pruritis may be caused by a particular skin disease or may occur without evidence of any specific skin disorder, diagnosis can be challenging for the clinician.
Making the diagnosis even more difficult is the fact that athletes often attempt various treatment regimens, including the use of over-the-counter remedies, which can alter the appearance of t
Editor's Perspective »
$11,550,000. That is the settlement fund that DPMs and other specialty care providers will be able to draw from after enduring years of billing disputes with Cigna Healthcare. In December, the insurer decided to settle a national class action lawsuit filed by specialty health care providers and associated state and national associations including the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).
How significant is the settlement? In terms of the immediate financial remuneration, one podiatrist calls it a “drop in the bucket” compared to the revenue
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