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  • April 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 4
    By Mark Caselli, DPM
    19,690 reads | 0 comments | 04/03/05
       Pruritis, a common complaint in athletes, has many causes. In addition to the eczematous dermatoses previously discussed (see “A Closer Look At Eczematous Dermatitis In Athletes,” pg. 112, February issue), one should be aware of other equally important conditions that may cause itching in athletes. These conditions include infections, parasite infestations, insect stings or bites, allergic reactions and systemic conditions.    When a patient presents with a pruritic skin rash, there is often a great temptation to jump to a diagnostic conclusion of one o ... continue reading
    By Peter A. Blume, DPM, Kenneth L. Cornell, DPM, and Robert Schoen, MD
    5,555 reads | 0 comments | 04/03/05
       Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic inflammatory polyarthritis that involves small and large joints, and affects approximately 1 percent of the population in the United States.1 The natural progression of the disease leads to irreversible deformity in the hands and feet with destruction of bone and articular cartilage. This may ultimately lead to the loss of function of the extremity. There are numerous extraarticular manifestations of RA (i.e., including vasculitis). They can affect any organ system and result in premature death.    Over the ... continue reading
    Guest Clinical Editor: Eric Feit, DPM
    22,031 reads | 0 comments | 04/03/05
       While one must take special considerations into account while prescribing orthotics for children, different pediatric conditions also warrant special care. Following up on the previous discussion of pediatric orthotics (see “Expert Insights On Prescribing Pediatric Orthotics,” page 24, February issue), our expert panelists discuss key orthotic pearls in treating metatarsus adductus, abnormal femoral torsion and flatfoot in the pediatric population.    Q: Are orthotics helpful for a rigid metatarsus adductus foot type?    A: Rich ... continue reading
    By William Fishco, DPM
    45,387 reads | 0 comments | 04/03/05
       The talonavicular joint arthrodesis has been utilized for a variety of pathologies of the foot. Instability and subluxation of the rearfoot in adult acquired pes valgus is the most common reason for rearfoot fusion. Congenital deformities, neuromuscular diseases and arthritic conditions, whether they are from an inflammatory arthritis, osteoarthritis or posttraumatic causes, are less common pathologies that would require fusion of the talonavicular joint.1    In a rigid rearfoot deformity, such as a multiplanar deformity with heel valgus, forefoot ... continue reading
    By John McCord, DPM
    2,447 reads | 0 comments | 04/03/05
       I don’t think about podiatry much on the weekends. My mind goes to another place, namely my kitchen. My wife and I built a new home 13 years ago and the kitchen is the center of our existence. We made it large enough to accommodate our friends and family, and everybody participates in the preparation of dinners.    The Viking range is a commercial style ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    7,564 reads | 0 comments | 04/03/05
       Since Medicaid does not recognize podiatrists as physicians, beneficiaries of the federal program may not receive podiatric care for their foot and ankle conditions. However, recent bills in the Senate and House aim to define podiatrists as physicians under Medicaid. The bills’ proponents, including the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), say the change will enhance preventive patient care and possibly prevent states from making cuts in podiatric services during budget crises.    Foot and ankle care provided by a MD or DO is covered as a “phy ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    1,906 reads | 0 comments | 04/03/05
       Is objectivity much of a priority in studies of new medications? Granted, pharmaceutical companies have the wherewithal to support funding of these studies. Without that funding, some of the leading advances in new medications may not be possible. However, the companies also have a vested interest in the results of these studies and you have to wonder if that vested interest casts an imposing shadow at times on those doing the research.    One DPM says he has “rarely felt any pressure” in the research studies he has participated in over the years. He say ... continue reading
    By Bruce Werber, DPM
    7,840 reads | 0 comments | 04/03/05
       The prospect of converting medical records from paper to an electronic system can be quite a daunting challenge. Not only does it require learning new technology, it will likely require changes in existing processes and a collective mindset that is open and willing to embrace changes that can lead to improved efficiency for you and your staff. The difficulty is finding the correct system for your practice.    Electronic medical record (EMR) systems store and produce significant quantities of information. EMR technology has grown into a tremendous platform fo ... continue reading
    By Bradley W. Bakotic, DPM, DO
    11,442 reads | 0 comments | 04/03/05
       During the course of a tightly scheduled office day, a 30-year-old female presents with a painful paronychia involving the lateral border of her right hallux. The painful nail border is acutely inflamed. The doctor temporarily defers a definitive chemical matrixectomy and opts to perform a “slant-back” procedure to remove the offending nail border.    The doctor adducts the patient’s foot ever so slightly to access the problematic portion of the affected nail unit more easily. While doing so, the clinician notices a tan/brown, slightly elevated papule ... continue reading
    By Kevin McDonald, DPM
    10,186 reads | 0 comments | 04/03/05
       Most podiatrists focus intently on providing excellent care for their patients. However, when the time comes to purchase or sell a podiatric medical practice, podiatrists generally lack the knowledge and experience to competently assess the value of podiatry practice, and the terms of a proposed sales agreement.    If you spend sufficient time looking at real estate, you will find that homes “for sale by owner” are frequently overpriced. The owners are in love with their own house, overly optimistic and a tad bit greedy. One frequently sees this scenario ... continue reading