Volume 18 - Issue 6 - June 2005

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 | 6903 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 | 30140 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 | 8309 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



Sports Medicine »

Secrets To Treating Martial Arts Injuries

By Mark A. Caselli, DPM, and Edward C. Rzonca, DPM | 27095 reads | 0 comments

   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



Technology In Practice »

Accu-Cut System Facilitates Enhanced Precision

By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor | 5211 reads | 0 comments

   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