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  • August 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 8

    3,410 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Disguising Bumps And Bruises    Summer activity can bring bumps and bruises for children, and a new scar product can help DPMs improve the appearance of kids’ scars.    The new Mederma® for Kids™ is formulated for children between the ages of 2 and 12, and can minimize the appearance of scars resulting from injury, burns, bug bites and surgery, according to manufacturer Merz Pharmaceuticals. The company says the product is also perfect for scars from childhood diseases and stretch marks from weight fluctuation.  ... continue reading
    During this gait assessment, one can see the tripod video camera, which tracks the patient’s gait from the side, and the low, mounted video camera, which assesses foot function during gait.
    David Levine, DPM, CPed
    17,971 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       When assessing patients, obtaining information via video and computer-assisted gait analysis may assist clinicians in more ways than they even realize. It is information that one may not otherwise obtain during a typical podiatric biomechanical examination. Watching patients ambulate can be very helpful in picking up key details that can inform the diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan.    One needs to consider other contributing factors as well. These factors include the patient’s occupation as well as the shoes he or she typically wears. For example, a... continue reading
    Regular exercise is vital for patients with pre-diabetes or those who are borderline diabetic, according to Eric Feit, DPM, a Past President of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Diabetes Association.
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    12,229 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Maintaining anutritious diet and exercise plan is paramount for patients with diabetes in order to reduce the risk of complications from the disease. For pre-diabetic patients, making such lifestyle changes may also be helpful in warding off diabetes. Encouraging pre-diabetic patients to change their habits was a primary focus of discussion recently at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 65th Annual Scientific Sessions. ... continue reading
    When it comes to kids who range in age from 9 to 12, they may experience shoe size changes anywhere between six months to a year.
    By Russell G. Volpe, DPM
    15,200 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Although the summer will soon be winding down, the activities of children dictate year-round use of athletic footwear. When assessing and treating pediatric patients, and answering the questions of their parents, clinicians often face the challenge of evaluating and recommending features in a good pediatric athletic shoe.    Certainly, using orthoses can help encourage normal development of the foot. However, in order to improve function and the patient’s activity level, one must also consider the features of athletic footwear in order to optimize the effe... continue reading
    When it comes to evaluating biomechanical considerations in static stance, Nicholas Sol, DPM, CPed, says it is important to keep in mind that a patient may have over 30 different standing postures.
    Guest Clinical Editor: Nicholas Sol, DPM, CPed
    8,846 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Evaluating biomechanics in static stance poses unique challenges because of the differences between static stance and dynamic gait. In addition, one must take the occupation of patients into account when modifying orthotics for patients who spend a significant amount of weightbearing time in static stance. That said, let us take a closer look at what these expert panelists have to say on the subject.    Q: What are the key differences between approaching the biomechanics of static stance and dynamic gait?    A: Podiatry schools and... continue reading
    The crossover second toe deformity, as seen here, has been repaired and the hallux valgus deformity will be corrected with arthrodesis of the metatarsophalangeal joint.
    By Jesse B. Burks, DPM
    36,777 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       The bunion deformity is one of the most common deformities that podiatric foot and ankle surgeons treat. As with other conditions, the conservative and surgical measures vary based on the patient’s expectations and the surgeon’s experience. Although there are limited conservative options available such as shoe modifications and prescription orthoses, most podiatric physicians would agree that surgical correction is often necessary for a symptomatic bunion deformity.    While there are several considerations in choosing the appropriate surgical procedure,... continue reading
    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
    5,299 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
    4,985 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
    27,769 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
    14,839 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