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  • December 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 12
    By Steven Peltz, CHBC
    4,921 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/05
       Any practice goes through a number of stages. The “going into practice stage” begins when you make the decision to start your own practice and ends when your cash flow exceeds your expenses, and you begin to take home a paycheck that covers your living expenses.    The third stage is the mature stage where the practice is utilizing between 80 and 100 percent of the time available for patient treatment, and the patient wait for an appointment is longer than two weeks.    In between those two stages is the second stage, the growth stage. ... continue reading
    By Lawrence A. DiDomenico, DPM, and Alfonso A. Haro III, DPM
    50,611 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/05
       Surgical recommendations are sparse when evaluating treatment options for the athletic population diagnosed with hallux limitus, hallux rigidus or first metatarsophalangeal (MPJ) osteoarthritis. However, we have found success in treating athletes with first MPJ arthrodesis, and helping them to achieve pain relief and a return to activities.    Several surgeons have found similar success as evidenced by a review of the literature on this subject. In 1996, Bouche, et. al., advocated first MPJ arthrodesis in active patients, reporting that it could “relieve ... continue reading

    16,396 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/05
       Given the nuances of making adjustments to orthotic prescriptions, our expert panelists discuss their approaches in using adjustments such as first ray cutouts and metatarsal pads, and the tools necessary for making modifications. They also discuss which adjustments they will make themselves and which ones they will send out to an orthotics lab. Without further delay, here is what they had to say.    Q: How do you incorporate footwear when determining appropriate orthotic prescriptions?    A: Ideally, Howard Horowitz, DPM, says one s ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    3,483 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/05
       Despite the increased awareness of diabetes in recent years and its potentially devastating complications, the recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a grim portrait of the effort to curtail and prevent the condition. In the last two years alone, there has been a 14 percent increase in the prevalence of diabetes in the United States (see page 8, “News And Trends”).    The estimated number of Americans with diabetes now stands at 20.8 million people in the United States, a 2.6 million increase from 2003. The CDC es ... continue reading
    By Mark A. Caselli, DPM
    16,786 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/05
       Few would argue that football is one of the most popular sports in the United States. There are an estimated 1.5 million high school and junior high school players, and 75,000 college and university athletes who play the sport. Football also has one of the highest injury rates among high school sports. The number of football-related injuries is estimated at 600,000 per year.    The care of football injuries occupies a unique place in sports medicine in the United States. Given the relatively small number of games in each season and the potential for college ... continue reading

    5,275 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/05
    One Gel, Many Uses    Are your patients looking for a multiple product package that offers numerous benefits and more convenience? Look no further than the All Gel Care Kit™, which combines several gel foot care products from Silipos in one kit. The company says this packaging facilitates easy dispensing in the office.    Silipos says the gel products protect patients against shear forces and friction, and also release a mineral oil to condition and moisturize feet.    The All Gel Care Kit complements the original Digi ... continue reading
    By George R. Vito, DPM, Floyd L. Pacheco, Jr., DPM, Charles Southerland, DPM, Edgardo Rodriguez, DPM, and Shannon Thompson, DPM
    29,799 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/05
       Arthritis of the ankle can be a painful and disabling condition. Clinicians can effectively treat mild or moderate arthritis with conservative therapies and joint preserving surgical procedures.1-5 Advanced cases that do not respond to more conservative measures require aggressive surgery. Traditional procedures for severe ankle arthritis pain include ankle arthrodesis and arthroplasty with implant. These are lengthy, usually invasive procedures that can successfully treat severe ankle arthritis but they also have some serious surgical risks.    R ... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    3,722 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/05
       Two years ago, I finished a 10-year period as a member of my state podiatric medical licensing board. During that period, I frequently wondered what a podiatrist must feel when he or she receives a registered letter with a notification of a complaint to the board.    Complaints against DPMs came from a variety of sources. Most were from disgruntled patients. Some came from other DPMs, especially when a partnership between two podiatrists breaks up. Some came from the board of pharmacy when a DPM was perceived to be over-prescribing narcotics or possibly Via ... continue reading
    By Alexander Reyzelman, DPM
    80,545 reads | 3 comments | 12/03/05
       Ingrown toenails are one of the most common presenting pedal foot maladies with an estimated 20 percent of those who present seeking foot care for this problem.1,2 Chemical matrixectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures podiatrists perform. Although the technique for the matrixectomy procedure is fairly simple and straightforward, there are many modifications to the procedure and there are controversial issues including the use of adjunctive antibiotics and postoperative care.    In order to understand the evolution of the procedure, o ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    6,658 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/05
       The prevalence of diabetes in the United States has increased by 14 percent in the last two years, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report concludes that 20.8 million people in the U.S., 7 percent of the population, have the disease and 6.2 million of these people are undiagnosed. In 2003, an estimated 18.2 million people had diabetes, according to the CDC.    Why the rapid rise in diabetes prevalence in just two years? The overall incidence of diabetes may be increasing due to declining diets and sed ... continue reading