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  • August 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 8
    Implementing software decision support and tracking tools may go a long way toward facilitating more effective visits and follow-up care for patients with diabetes.
    By Barbara Aung, DPM and Kim Jungkind, MPH, RN, CCM
    5,268 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Podiatric medical practices strive to provide patients with high quality care. Patients with diabetes pose an added challenge due to the comprehensive nature of the condition and resulting complications. In a proactive effort to improve visit planning and improve the care of these patients, podiatrists may want to consider the use of software decision support and tracking tools to assist them in delivering needs-based care to their patients.    We have found success with a simple, practical registry, decision support and tracking system. As a “connected h... continue reading
    By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    4,954 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       The performance review can be a difficult proposition as there is a certain amount of dread and anticipation for both the employer and the employee. One must address the tricky issue of pay or salary. Performing a thorough performance review is also important from a legal perspective. For example, a fired employee may claim he or she was never told about a particular area of deficiency.    There is a desire to cover all the relevant areas and issues in the performance review but some people have trouble being tactful and honest at the same time. A common mi ... continue reading
    By Mark A. Caselli, DPM, Edward C. Rzonca, DPM and John J. Rainieri, DPM
    27,652 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       The sport of cycling has grown in popularity in recent years. Spurred on by Lance Armstrong’s successes in the Tour de France and the increasing popularity of mountain biking (the first Olympic mountain bike race was held at the 1996 summer games in Atlanta), participation in bicycling is second only to swimming.    The Bureau of Transportation Statistics at the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that more than 49 million Americans ride bicycles at least monthly, with over 5 million people riding at least 20 days per month. Cycling creates a trem... continue reading
    When it comes to treating chronic joint and neuromuscular pain in the lower extremity, there are nutriceutical treatment options according to the author.
    By John E. Hahn, DPM, ND
    14,783 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Many of my colleagues have voiced concerns regarding the use of nutriceuticals in their practices. The expressed concerns range from “These things are unproven” and “There is no FDA scrutiny over these products” to “They don’t work all the time” and “There are no scientific, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies on their safety or effectiveness.”    I had many of the same doubts before I incorporated nutriceuticals into my practice over 12 years ago. Since my training in podiatry school was allopathic in nature, it was difficult for me t... continue reading
    A 73-year-old patient presented with rest pain and a non-healing ulcer that had been persistent for four months. The patient was hypertensive, had hypercholesterolemia and an ankle-brachial index of 0.55 suggested peripheral arterial disease.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    16,975 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       New technologies abound and there is certainly no shortage of new innovations. There are new medications for diabetic neuropathic pain and antibiotic-resistant infections. There are innovative matrices that may enhance the healing environment for wounds. There are leading advances in the limb salvage arena as well as impressive modalities for facilitating bone healing. With that said, let us take a closer look at several new and emerging innovations that may prove beneficial to podiatrists and their patients.    1. Tigecycline (Tygacil™, Wye... continue reading
    Jerry Gross, DPM, says the AmeriGel Hydrogel Saturated Gauze Dressing provides “the moisturizing and debriding qualities needed in many of our non-healing wounds.”
    By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor
    3,586 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Podiatrists have turned to AmeriGel Care Lotion to solve an array of skin problems, including psoriasis and ichthyosis. Building upon the success of the lotion, AmeriGel Hydrogel Saturated Gauze Dressing utilizes the same key ingredient with an eye toward providing long-term moist wound care.    What makes the AmeriGel Gauze Dressing unique among the impregnated gauze dressings available today is the use of Oakin™ as its primary ingredient, according to the manufacturer, AmerX Health Care Corp. Oakin provides antifungal, antimicrobial and autoly... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    1,942 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       What has always struck me about the podiatry profession is the diverse array of niches within the field. Podiatrists may specialize in the sports medicine arena or excel in ensuring appropriate wound care for high-risk patients with diabetes. Podiatric doctors may be known for their stellar surgical expertise while other DPMs have a strong knowledge of podiatric dermatology.    Addressing the diversity of the podiatric experience is a challenge that we look forward to with each issue. Nowhere is this diversity more apparent than in this month's edition, one... continue reading
    When it comes to patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (like the patient shown above), the author says there is enough evidence and basic science-based research to show compression plays a role in part of the underlying nerve pain and symptoms.
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM
    25,182 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       As we evolve in our treatment of foot and ankle conditions, it seems like each treatment meets with some reservation from the medical community. As podiatric physicians, our mindset is scientific in nature and we need hard facts and evidence-based results to show each treatment option is beneficial. I am with the mainstream in that thinking but I also try to rationalize a treatment option and see why it may or may not benefit a patient.    To that extent, there has been a great deal of interest in treatment options for diabetic neuropathy. A. Lee Dellon, MD... continue reading
    By Eric Feit, DPM
    18,786 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       One of the fastest growing sports in the United States, tennis is also one of the few sports that people can play throughout their lives. More and more seniors are active tennis players and they have their share of foot and ankle injuries. Other tennis players are very similar to most weekend warriors in other sports such as running, aerobics and volleyball. It is very difficult to slow them down even if they become injured.    This is the challenge for the foot and ankle specialist. How can we treat injured players and keep them on their feet? What alterna... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    2,052 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       I wrote about cooking a few months ago in this column (see page 98, April issue). Since that column was published, many readers have called or written to ask for my recipe for salmon marinated in single malt Scotch and grilled on a cedar plank. I have a confession. I don’t usually use recipes when I cook.    Cooking is something I can experiment with and goof up without dire consequences so I wing it and no dish ever comes out the same twice. I will try to remember the basics of the marinated salmon and give you a usable recipe (see “Dr. McCord’s Recip... continue reading