Volume 18 - Issue 6 - June 2005

Forum »

Rethinking The Notion Of Dual Degrees

By John H. McCord, DPM | 3605 reads | 0 comments

   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



Diabetes Watch »

Can A New Ex-Fix Device Have An Impact In Deformity Correction?

By Amy L. Duckworth, DPM | 12847 reads | 0 comments

   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 »

New Products

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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 »

Online Podiatry Stores: Can They Enhance Revenue And Patient Care?

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 7046 reads | 0 comments

   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 »

Can Orthotics Address The Faulty Biomechanics Of Metatarsalgia?

Guest Clinical Editor: Bruce Williams, DPM | 31181 reads | 1 comments

   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 »

How To Improve Efficiency And Cut Costs With Digital Technology

By Bruce Werber, DPM | 8637 reads | 0 comments

   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



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