Volume 18 - Issue 2 - February 2005

Feature »

What You Should Know About Merging Your Practice

By Steven Peltz, CHBC | 5349 reads | 0 comments

   Two podiatrists meet for dinner and one raises the possibility of merging their practices. “Why do we have two offices, two billing systems and two complete staffs?,” one may ask. “We each need another provider but not full time, and we each pay a different accountant to do the same thing. Is there something here that would make more sense?”

    “Mergers and acquisitions.” That was the hot phrase we read about in the ‘80s and ‘90s. People often equated this phrase with larger market share, fewer expenses and more profit. Sometimes it was an



Diabetes Watch »

Can A New Biologic Matrix Facilitate Improved Wound Healing?

By Ann Anderson, DPM, and John S. Steinberg, DPM | 13857 reads | 0 comments

   The field of advanced wound care science continues to deliver new products and concepts for use in healing problem wounds of the lower extremity. The market now includes two living cell products and numerous biologically active products that are the result of bioengineering research and development. The real advantage of these new technologies is that we can now actively stimulate healing whereas most of the prior advances in wound care simply helped to optimize the wound environment.

   This ability to interact with the wound base and stimulate the producti



Forum »

Debating Care Of The Poor In A Posh Setting

By John H. McCord, DPM | 2497 reads | 0 comments

   I recently attended a seminar at a posh ski resort in Sun Valley, Idaho. The cost of transportation and lodging favored an older segment of our profession who were done paying off student loans and past worrying about productivity and overhead. It was refreshing not to hear about financial problems and the stress that plagues younger doctors.

   I have known many of these podiatrists for the past 30 years. Ten years ago, we were talking about the terrible cost of college education and how our kids were making us go broke. Now we talk about the careers our ki



New Products »

New Products

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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 »

Study: Custom Orthotics Not Necessarily Better Than Prefab

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 15581 reads | 2 comments

   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 »

Expert Insights On Prescribing Pediatric Orthotics

Guest Clinical Editor: Eric Feit, DPM | 29301 reads | 0 comments

   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?

   A:



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