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  • June 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 6
    OurDoctorStore.com creates online storefronts for DPMs. The company cites the benefits of additional income for podiatrists without the overhead costs of carrying inventory in the office and more convenience for patients.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    7,083 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       When patients seek out podiatric products, they may be referred to companies and Web sites that may not offer a proper selection. Patients may have to search hours for the right product and podiatrists might lose potential income by not offering the items themselves. However, one company lets doctors sell the products they recommend through customized Web sites.    OurDoctorStore.com creates Internet storefronts for physicians. Lowell Scott Weil, Jr., DPM, MBA, says the company offers several benefits for podiatrists and their patients. One advantage of the ... continue reading
    This lateral weighbearing radiograph demonstrates midfoot arthrosis and medial column collapse in a patient with a Morton’s foot.
    By Neal M. Blitz, DPM
    37,997 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       The impact of medial column hypermobility on foot function and deformity development has gained significant attention in the past few decades.1 It has been associated with pes planus, metatarsus primus adductus, hallux valgus, midfoot arthritis, metatarsalgia, plantar plate injury and lesser metatarsal stress fractures. Dudley Morton, an anatomist, introduced the concept of hypermobility.2 The so-called “Morton’s foot” includes hypermobility, equinus and a short first metatarsal.3    While the existence of hypermobility... continue reading
    Orthotic modifications may be helpful in relieving symptoms of metatarsalgia. Here one can see a slot aperture for lesser metatarsalgia that can be extended to the end of the device in order to offload the affected metatarsal head that has been receiving
    Guest Clinical Editor: Bruce Williams, DPM
    31,399 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
       Metatarsalgia is one of the more commonly seen complaints in any podiatry practice. Common treatments for the disorder include ice, removable metatarsal pads, antiinflammatories, injected steroids and physical therapy. While such treatments often completely resolve an acute bout of metatarsalgia, they often do nothing to remedy the true underlying biomechanical causes of the problem.    To correct the faulty foot biomechanics, DPMs rely on custom foot orthotics. Unfortunately, the devices are often no different than what one prescribes for any other foot di... continue reading
    The author notes that joint replacement is his procedure of choice for treating lesser MPJ disorders. When the range of motion is acceptable, one can remove the sizer and place the properly sized implant into the proximal phalanx.
    By Vincent J. Muscarella, DPM
    16,077 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Podiatric physicians routinely see disorders of the forefoot, especially the lesser metatarsophalangeal joints (MPJs). In fact, they are often the presenting complaint of the patient or the reason for the medical referral. Lesser MPJ disorders can also occur as a result of preexisting conditions such as trauma, infection, faulty biomechanics and previous podiatric surgery.    Unfortunately, the term metatarsalgia has been used as a catch-all term to describe a condition without a true etiology. This can be very frustrating to both the patient and the doctor... continue reading
    Dr. Werber and his staff frequently use text messaging and instant messaging to communicate during office hours. Instead of putting a message on a pad, a staff member can immediately type it online and send it to the cell phone of the doctor.
    By Bruce Werber, DPM
    8,742 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       In these times of diminishing reimbursement, we must look at ways of decreasing the costs of our practices. Obviously, we cannot cut much from patient care costs and we have a limited ability to increase fees and income from our practices. In any business, there are ways to improve the net profit. One could implement extended hours to see more patients, minimize payroll costs by reducing staff or try to lower the cost of materials.    However, I recommend taking a closer look at technology and changing the standard workflow to improve efficiency and decreas... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    1,531 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Every June, we start thinking about next year. We actively seek out suggestions from our Editorial Advisory Board and other key contributors on the latest topics that would make for solid feature articles. We sit in on lectures during the Western Podiatric Medical Congress and subsequently approach the lecturers about converting their talks into future articles. It is all part of the process in developing the right editorial mix of innovative approaches and practical insights for both common conditions and other dilemmas one may see in practice.    Last year... continue reading
    This young tae kwon do athlete attempts to break a board by using a turn kick during a promotion test. If the student has not built up enough power, speed and accuracy to strike the board with the correct technique, there can be resulting trauma to the fo
    By Mark A. Caselli, DPM, and Edward C. Rzonca, DPM
    28,600 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Martial arts, such as karate and tae kwon do, have become very popular in recent years for both adults and children. Karate and tae kwon do have been promoted as excellent activities for maintaining good health and fitness. People frequently perform these activities after school or work.    Given that the foot and ankle account for at least 10 percent of the total injuries sustained in the martial arts — and may even be higher due to the lack of reporting of many digital injuries such as contusions, toenail trauma and uncomplicated fractures — most podia... continue reading
    The template system of the Accu-Cut Two-Stage Osteotomy Guide System “makes the precise parallel cuts of the  traditional Austin bunionectomy easy,” notes Chris Allen, DPM.
    By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    5,343 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       When performing bunion surgery, DPMs may be seeking a device that can correct several angles and enhance the cuts of traditional bunionectomies. Now a tried-and-true osteotomy device comes complete with new equipment to make surgery simpler. The new instrumentation is designed to help practitioners correct intermetatarsal angles in addition to proximal articular set angle (PASA).    Over a year ago, Biopro expanded its Accu-Cut™ Osteotomy Guide System with the introduction of the 2-Stage Guide for correction of PASA. The new system has a kit con... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    3,632 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       I consider myself a general podiatrist. I took a PSR-12 residency, which was the gold standard for post-graduate podiatric training in the 1970s. Now a PSR-12 will hardly get you a license. Podiatry has evolved during the past 30 years and hopefully I have evolved with the profession.    I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery but don’t consider myself a surgical specialist in podiatry. In a small town, you do everything.    This morning, we had a lady with a fractured ankle, a 10-year-old with a Salter I fracture of... continue reading
    Here is a view of an adult-acquired flatfoot secondary to PTTD. Note the collapse of the medial longitudinal arch, valgus heel, midfoot abduction with the positive too many toes sign and valgus rotation of the hallux. (Photo courtesy of Gerard V. Yu, DPM)
    Moderator: Robert Mendicino, DPM Panelists: Alan Catanzariti, DPM, Jordan Grossman, DPM, Michael S. Lee, DPM, Shannon Rush, DPM and Gerard V. Yu, DPM
    21,541 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Adult-acquired flatfoot (AAF) is one of the more common conditions that podiatrists see in practice. With this in mind, some of the leading experts on this subject shared their views and experience on this subject. They discuss the role of diagnostic imaging, their use of conservative treatments and their perspectives on appropriate surgical procedures. Without further delay, here is what they had to say.    Q: What ancillary studies are required for proper diagnosis and treatment selection for the adult-acquired flatfoot?    A: Mi... continue reading