Volume 18 - Issue 4 - April 2005

Feature »

How To Evaluate EMR Systems For Your Practice

By Bruce Werber, DPM | 7490 reads | 0 comments

   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



Practice Builders »

Understanding The Factors That Influence The Value Of A Practice

By Kevin McDonald, DPM | 9612 reads | 0 comments

   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



Technology In Practice »

Can A New Orthotic Provide Better Stability For Patients?

By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor | 5896 reads | 0 comments

   For some patients, the traditional foot orthosis is simply not enough to reduce the pain and symptoms associated with a variety of podiatric disorders. However, the Dynamic Control Orthosis (DCO) may provide the additional stability that podiatrists are seeking for their patients.

   The DCO features a custom-molded polypropylene, metatarsal length foot orthosis with a 35-mm heel cup and free motion ankle joint attached to a polypropylene calf section, according to the device’s manufacturer, Langer, Inc. The one-piece calf design and footplate allows for m



Sports Medicine »

How To Identify And Treat Pruritic Conditions In Athletes

By Mark Caselli, DPM | 18872 reads | 0 comments

   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



Orthotics Q&A »

A Closer Look At Orthotics For Pediatric Conditions

Guest Clinical Editor: Eric Feit, DPM | 21035 reads | 0 comments

   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



Forum »

Breaking Bread And Forgetting Podiatry

By John McCord, DPM | 2298 reads | 0 comments

   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 Read the full story »

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