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  • February 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 2
    By Mark A. Caselli, DPM
    18,347 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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... continue reading
    By Steven Peltz, CHBC
    5,464 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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 ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    3,027 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       $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 ... continue reading
    Here is a view of a wound that resulted from a partial calcanectomy. Note the meshed Integra secured with staples.
    By Ann Anderson, DPM, and John S. Steinberg, DPM
    14,110 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    2,600 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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... continue reading

    3,935 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    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 ... continue reading
    Sixth in a series
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    15,860 reads | 2 comments | 09/03/08
       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... continue reading
    In his experience, Ronald Valmassy, DPM, notes that once children have worn an orthotic for a brief period of time, they discover they actually like wearing it.
    Guest Clinical Editor: Eric Feit, DPM
    30,138 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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:... continue reading
    Patient satisfaction can bolster the referral rate and economics of your practice in several ways.
    By David Edward Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP, and Gary L. Bode, CPA, MSA
    7,780 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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... continue reading