Volume 18 - Issue 3 - March 2005

Feature »

Inside Secrets For Maximizing Efficiency

By Robert Smith, Contributing Editor | 3851 reads | 0 comments

   When a practice’s bottom line is not as strong as it should be, one should take a serious look at overhead costs but it is also important to look at how you and your staff are doing your jobs. There are things podiatrists can do to make more efficient use of staff, technology and process, and accordingly rein in runaway costs. Indeed, there are few practices out there that could not benefit financially from being more efficient.

    “The idea is to look from the outside in,” says Hal Ornstein, DPM. “You are always inside the operation and you cannot



Continuing Education »

How To Manage Heel Ulcers In Patients With Diabetes

By Jonathan Moore, DPM, and Pamela Jensen, DPM | 37650 reads | 0 comments

   Diabetic heel ulcers constitute one of the most frustrating problems for podiatric physicians. Pressure ulcers affect nearly 2 million people each year and account for annual healthcare costs that range between $2.2 billion and $3.6 billion. The heel is the second leading site for development of pressure ulcers after the sacrum.1 While patients with diabetes are living longer than in the past, the incidence of hospital-acquired heel ulcers increased from 19 percent in 1989 to 30 percent in 1993.2

   Costs for heel ulcers are nearly dou



Editor's Perspective »

Addressing The Ongoing Challenge Of Diabetes Care

By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor | 2060 reads | 0 comments

   Over 18 percent of people age 60 and over in the United States have diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, 1.3 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed every year in people over the age of 20. Between 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage, a major contributing factor to lower-extremity amputation. Greater than 60 percent of nontraumatic lower-limb amputations in the U.S. occur among patients with diabetes.

   With these statistics in mind, we present our Fifth Annual Diabetes theme



Forum »

Learning About Surgeons From A Narcissistic Cat

By John McCord, DPM | 4629 reads | 0 comments

   One of my most valuable fixed assets is my old cat Bob. He is actually my son’s cat. My son asked if we would watch Bob while he explored the world for a few months. That was nine years ago. Bob is a narcissist. He has all of the narcissistic personality traits. He is exploitative, grandiose, preoccupied with success, feels unique, feels entitled, seeks admiration, lacks empathy, is envious and is hypersensitive to criticism.

   Bob’s behavior is often disruptive to the rest of the family pets, which have all run away at this point. There is not a thing



Letters »

What About Cryosurgery For Interdigital Neuritis?

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   Babak Baravarian, DPM, first of all, I want to say I always find your articles very educational and informative. As a CryoStar cryoanalgesic certified podiatrist with over 100 clinical cases under my wings, I wanted to add my spin on interdigital neuritis to your perspective (see “How To Diagnose And Treat Interdigital Neuritis,” page 67, January issue).

   The use of cyroablation for treatment of Morton’s neuromas received FDA approval in June of 2003. With my colleague, Lawrence Fallat, DPM, and the other 19 CryoStar surgeons, we have treated well o



New Products »

New Products

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A Step Toward A Perfect Fit

   The newest product for digital foot scanning expands on previously developed technology.

   The iStep Footwear Integration Technology (FIT) expands on the iStep Pressure Plate, a computer system that measures arch type and pressure points as a patient walks, according to Apex Foot Health Industries, the manufacturer of both products.

   The company’s patented FIT is particularly valuable in retail as the technology allows one to categorize patients based on their foot measurements, arch types and



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