Volume 18 - Issue 2 - February 2005

Sports Medicine »

A Closer Look At Eczematous Dermatitis In Athletes

By Mark A. Caselli, DPM | 18060 reads | 0 comments

   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 »

Cigna Settlement: A Call To Political Action?

By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor | 2922 reads | 0 comments

   $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



Feature »

What You Should Know About Merging Your Practice

By Steven Peltz, CHBC | 5278 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 | 13720 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 | 2472 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



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