Volume 18 - Issue 6 - June 2005
Diabetes Watch »
Complications related to obesity have been a topic of concern for health officials since the 1950s. However, it has only been in the past few years that a widespread epidemic has reached alarming proportions in the United States and worldwide, leading to substantial health and economic costs. In the U.S., obesity is largely linked to an increase in the incidence of type II diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome.
In fact, a recently published study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that “one-third of Americans born in 2000 c
New Products »
A Lighter Step
Patients need to stay off their feet while recovering from various types of sprains and a new walker may let them do just that.
The StepLite® Easy Air™ Pneumatic-Gel Ankle Walker has a pneumatic gel “bladder” that contains multiple air and gel cells. These cells can be inflated and deflated to facilitate support and comfort, according to the manufacturer FLA Orthopedics.
The company notes the product is ideal for treating acute or severe ankle sprains, severe ankle or foot stra
News and Trends »
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
Orthotics Q&A »
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
Practice Builders »
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
Sports Medicine »
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
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